March 08, 2010

Affirming Event: Gentle Spirit Christian Church 12th Anniversary Picinc

Celebrating its 12th Anniversary with a redesigned website and new members, Gentle Spirit Christian Church invites friends, supporters and the public to a picnic celebration at Noon on Sunday, March 21st, in the first picnic pavilion at Candler Park.
Founded on March 15th, 1998, Gentle Spirit Christian Church has met as “The Church Without Walls” in Candler Park since late 2006. Its ministries include homelessness/hunger, addiction, HIV/AIDS, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies.
“The Gentle Spirit congregation of today looks a little different from the one of 12 years ago,” said Rev. Paul M. Turner, founding and senior pastor. “We started the church with a specific ministry to gay Christians, and as we’ve explored what it means to extend God’s welcome to everyone, we’ve become a church where truly anyone can feel they have a place at the table.”
The picnic celebration on Sunday, March 21st is open to the public. Rev. Turner will give highlights from the church’s history, and church members will be invited to share some of their own favorite stories. Attendees are invited to bring a potluck dish to share, but anyone is welcome to attend whether or not they bring a dish, and everyone is welcome to share in the meal and fellowship.
Gentle Spirit Christian Church is an independent, affirming and progressive congregation serving the metro Atlanta community. "The Church Without Walls" meets on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the first picnic pavilion in Atlanta's Candler Park (1500 McLendon Avenue NE, Atlanta) and also offers a joint service, "Communion in Community", on Sundays at 6:47 p.m. at First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur. The church's website is at

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