Welcome!

We invite you to soak in God’s light amongst good company.  Community is very important to us at Holy Spirit.  We enjoy a vibrant parish social life with barbecues, family game nights, bunko, occasional Sunday brunches together, among other activities.

We take seriously Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you” and care for one another by providing practical, emotional, and spiritual support for each other in times of need (and times of joy-like the birth or adoption of a child).

Of course, community extends beyond those with whom we worship. For us, Outreach is love in action.  Food scarcity is a primary area of concern and we address that with our Beans and Rice Ministry.  We are currently pursuing partnerships with schools and other agencies to assist with providing food during the weekends and holidays for children who traditionally receive free or reduced meals at school.

All are always welcome at any of our events!

You can also click to join our Facebook Board page. This is an active page where members and guest can share thoughts, prayers, articles, and what’s going on at Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

Volunteer Spot: HIGHLIGHT SUMMER FEEDING/ SUMMER READING

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS:

Summer Feeding: Holy Spirit will be hosting Summer Feeding at Thompson Middle School this year. We need friendly faces from Holy Spirit to hand out food and books to the children. This is such a wonderful opportunity to help children in our community! Please consider donating your time from 11:05-12:15 weekdays this summer. Click here to sign up!

Sawyerville June 24th– We are feeding 130 staff members at Sawyerville Day Camp! Buzz and the Holy Smokers will have the Boston Butts cooked and we will need the sides. We will need a volunteer team to go and serve that day as well. Contact Toni Nash or Buzz Palmer if you would like to help with preparing, bringing or serving food!Would you like more information about Sawyerville Day Camp? Check it out here: http://www.sawyervilledaycamp.org/

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Gifts of the Spirit:
You are welcome to join into any ministry throughout the year
Tell us here how you desire to share your gifts.
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Honduras Mission Trip

If you would like to learn more about the upcoming trip to Honduras this summer, come join us for fellowship and information.  Questions, ask Doug or Carol Smedley.

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Beans and Rice COOKIES: We need cookies each month for our Beans & Rice ministry- can you sign up for a month? sign up here!
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Gifts of the Spirit:
You are welcome to join into any ministry throughout the year. Fear not if you didn’t fill out your form yet, you can at any time by going to the online survey or receiving one in the office. Ministry leaders will be contacting respondents in the next few weeks
Should you feel called to volunteer in one of these ministries, please contact Tara here: tara@holyspirit-al.org
acolyte ( 5th grade and up )
children’s chapel helper
teaching Sunday School
EYC help
coffee hour host
greeter
reader
usher
clean team
mow team
alter guild

 

 

 

We believe…

That God is still speaking and is present in all things in our lives.  

We change, our lives change, the world changes.  The one constant we have in our lives is that God is with us in all things.  We don’t always feel God’s presence, but faith is trusting in things not seen.  And when we doubt, that is honored too.  As a community, we create space for people to be honest about their joys, their sorrows, and their doubts.  Oftentimes, it is a faith which has doubted and questioned which is the strongest.  And if you never doubt, you are welcome too.  All are welcome, the doubter, the seeker and the faithful!

In the Power of Scripture

The Episcopal Church takes reading the Bible very seriously. Approximately 70% of the Book of Common Prayer comes directly from the Bible, and Episcopalians read more Holy Scripture in Sunday worship than almost any other denomination in Christianity.

In the Importance of Tradition

We are part of a living faith which spans thousands of years. We value the wisdom and devotion of all those who have preceded us in faith. Our Book of Common Prayer is not only full of devotional  and teaching resources for individuals and congregations, but it is also the primary symbol of our unity. We, who are many and diverse, come together in Christ through our worship, our common prayer. There are many voices of those who precede us in faith, which help us to be faithful today.

In the Gift of Reason
Each of us, with God’s help and the gift of Scripture and Tradition, come to faith in our own way. The gift of Reason allows us to do this. Reason helps us to answer our questions and grow spiritually. We honor the gift of science in our faith and take seriously the challenge to be faithful to our tradition while open to new revelations in our world.

In the Value of Community

From the earliest days, the followers of “The Way” knew growing in the life of Christ means being in intentional community.  Jesus modeled this in his gathering of disciples.  Jesus was always challenging the cultural norms by inviting with those who were scorned to be a part of his community.

In Faith in Action

Worship, prayer, and community are central to who we are at Holy Spirit.  And we believe that we are called to be the hearts, hands, and feet of Christ here in our patch of God’s good creation.  Outreach is a central and growing emphasis for us a gathered body.

In Worship as an Experience of the Soul, the Heart, the Head, and the Entire Body

Episcopalians find that worship is enhanced by creating a beautiful worshipful space–we light candles and carry torches to remind us of light go Christ. There is a purpose for how we use our bodies in prayer.  We lift with our voices in prayer and and praise in word and song; we stand in exultation and offering of ourselves, sit in the service of listening, kneel in supplication, and bow in reverence to the sacrifice that Christ made for us.

In the Sacraments and Sacramental Living

As it states on the Episcopal Church Website

“Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 857).

Besides baptism and the Eucharist (Holy Communion), the church recognizes other spiritual markers in our journey of faith. These include:
These help us to be a sacramental people, seeing God always at work around us.

 

From the Vestry

Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit! We are an inclusive, inquiring community doing our best to follow in the path set forth by Jesus.

Our mission is to create worship, ministries, education, and social gatherings which support our deepening discipleship with Christ.  We believe it is important that our experience of “church” reaches beyond the confines of any building or worship service; and that it must be relevant to how we live our lives–how we raise our families, care for aging parents, mend broken relationships,  approach our vocations, and participate in the needs of our community and the world.

Grateful for Christ’s message of love, grace, and forgiveness , we  attempt to embody that for our families, church, and the greater community.  We are grounded in the teachings and worship of the Episcopal Church.

It is our experience that deepening discipleship is lived out in individual prayer and study,corporate worshipChristian education, sharing of gifts, gathering in community, and tending to the least of these.  We believe the Holy Scriptures are living words, pointing to the way as ascribed by the Living Word–Christ.

Thank you for visiting our website.  Please join us for one of our worship offerings, adult or children’s educational programs, or contact us directly for a conversation. office@holyspirit-al.org

 

What Holy Spirit Means to Us

 

In honor of our 13 year anniversary, we asked folks at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit Alabaster what they like about church.

 

Mary Bea’s response:

Tawny’s response:

Janet & Ellen’s response:

 

This is Grace’s response:

Mary’s response:

Katy’s response:

Ally’s response:

 

Juli and Sherry’s response:

 

 

Tara’s response:

Regan’s response:

 

This is Al’s response: