History of Holy Spirit

ken reading GospelThe Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit was begun in 2001 as part of the Diocese of Alabama’s program to expand the number of parishes in central Alabama. The church began meeting in the homes of the founding members, then in the Depot in Alabaster and finally settled in a storefront on Hwy 31 in Alabaster. A search committee selected the Rev. Lee Lowery to be the first rector of Holy Spirit and he served in this capacity until February of 2013.

In that time the church grew and in 2007 built a sanctuary in the present location. There was a double-wide trailer that served as the parish hall/church office/Christian Education building and nursery. In 2011, thanks to a generous gift from a parishioner, we were able to build a parish hall. We now have a large meeting area, nursery, church office, kitchen and 4 classrooms. This facility has allowed the parish to further expand its Christian Education activities, as well as offering a facility  to expand our parish activities. Holy Spirit is the only church in the Alabaster area that offers a true Liturgical ministry and we believe the only one with a pipe organ.

Over the years we have strived to grow our attendance and membership. We have a core group of parishioners who are dedicated to maintaining what we have and to growing our church into a large and vibrant community. In 2014 our average Sunday attendance was 87 and it is was 99 in 2015.

In the 2008-2013 timeframe there was  a struggle with financial stability.  Our church was established during a time when construction costs were high and the economic downturn our country  greatly affected the parishioners of Holy Spirit. The gift in this challenge has been a renewed passion for caring for our church and one another.

The vestry and parishioners  have been vigilant in reducing costs. We cut our own grass, clean our own buildings, and tackle any project that we feel we can handle . At the same time, we are mindful that investment in worship, education, and outreach are core to our being the body of Christ.  Through all this we have laughed, loved and become a stronger community loving and serving The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

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