Kickstart Our Community Collaboration
Dear Neighbors & Friends,
We are so incredibly grateful to get to share life with you as part of this congregation of Neighborhood Church and the community here in intown Atlanta. As we reflect on the journey of becoming Neighborhood Church since 2016, we are astounded by the people who have connected with one another, by the organizations using their gifts and resources to change lives for the better, and for the ways community has formed that is life-giving all around. We are grateful that the sale of the Druid Hills building allowed us to undertake much needed renovations and restoration of the church building on McLendon. However, Neighborhood Church believes a building doesn't make a church what it is. Instead our facility gives us the opportunity to deeply connect with our community and provide space for the many people and organizations doing great work in the world. That’s why we envision a building that the entire community can bring to life and look to as a central gathering space. We want our building to build community.
As Neighborhood Church began over the last two years, we actively engaged with our neighbors and the greater community and asked: what needs and wants do you have for space in our community? In response to both the gifts of this community and the needs expressed, Neighborhood Church has plans for new offerings in the newly renovated and restored building. A Center for Art and Spirituality will provide retreat space, retreat days, group classes, spiritual direction, and guest speakers. Our new Co-Lab will offer community connection and programming for neighbors who work from home and face isolation. We will also seek to cultivate new community partnership relationships that will allow us to amplify the voices of groups working for justice in Atlanta. These ministry offerings within the congregation and with the community will help us offer opportunities to seek and experience restoration through relationship with God and others. Neighborhood Church will also continue to offer the Candler Park Day School just as we have for years as part of our ongoing community ministry, and our buildings will continue to house events and activities for our many community partners. Our dream is to create a neighborhood of collaborative, creative organizations and neighbors, working together to build an Atlanta that is more beautiful and beloved.
But we can’t do this alone. We invite our neighbors and community to join our “Kickstart our Community Collaboration” and help us reach a goal of $100,000 to help make the dream of a collaborative community gathering space a reality. We have also set a participation goal of 100 donations in any amount. The funds will support: enhanced multi-use furnishings; a salary for a “Community Curator” staff position to help facilitate collaboration and communication between the community and church; new landscaping for the property; and an operating cushion as we get the project off the ground. However you choose to support us, just know that we are actively looking for ways to be so much more than a congregation in a church building on Sundays, but a space where all belong in this vibrant community.
For decades, faithful folks gave sacrificially and significantly to allow the Druid Hills United Methodist Church to serve its community, often in small offerings given week by week. Other saints built and preserved the Epworth church, giving of time and treasure to provide a home to congregation and community for years. Part of our story as a congregation is that the generous legacy of these two churches has empowered and financially enabled the new life of Neighborhood Church and the restoration of our facility. We are grateful for the ways God has moved to help us to meet so many new people in the past couple of years, and many of you now call Neighborhood Church your community. Now we invite you to add your gifts to those given over the years so that all of us - the saints of the past and the new congregation and community of the present, can build and grow a church that loves and welcomes its neighbors that will thrive for years into the future.
Grateful to be your neighbors,
Rev. Anjie and Andy Woodworth
Co-Pastors at Neighborhood Church