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Inclement Weather Notice

Due to excessive rain forecasted for Sunday, June 20, 2021,  Gentle Spirit Christain Church morning Service will be held online only. Please do not come to Candler Park. We will hold our Sunday service via Facebook Live at 10:30 am Eastern.

THIS SUNDAY

“Because of events this weekend in Candler Park (Music Festival), Worship Service will be in the Chapel of First Christian Church 601 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, Georgia 30030 10:30am. There will be no potluck this week.”

About Rev. Paul M. Turner

Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church, Rev. Paul M. Turner grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He and his husband Bill have lived in metro Atlanta since 1994. He is the editor of the Seeds of Hope blog whose posts from 1999-2005 are at http://whosoever.org/seeds/ -- and which now resides at https://gentlespirit.org/topics/blog/seeds-of-hope/.

Decatur Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale 2018

First Christian Church of Decatur has announced the dates and hours for its 11th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale, featuring quality trees and homemade wreaths, on their front lawn from Friday, November 23, 2018 until sold out.

Gentle Spirit Christian Church’s ministries — including our hygiene kit ministry to metro Atlanta’s homeless — are among the beneficiaries of this successful annual effort, which also benefits church and community missions in the city of Decatur, including FCCD’s own Decatur Toy Park.

Volunteers for the Tree Sale are welcome. For full details including sale hours, pre-sale discount, local delivery and more, visit the Tree Sale page on the FCCD website.

Hygiene Kits for the Homeless

We’re grateful to have been able to assemble hundreds more hygiene kits for distribution to local homeless people yet again on February 10, 2019, and we look forward to our next opportunity this spring.

This ministry happens in three phases:

  • Collection of supplies (see below) year-round.
  • Assembly: In Candler Park, picnic Pavilion 2, in place of our regular Church Without Walls worship service. Volunteers are welcome!
  • Distribution on the streets of metro Atlanta.

For more information, including the ingredients list for a standard kit and more background on this ministry, visit our Metro Atlanta Homeless Ministry page.  We’re grateful for the ongoing support of the Rotary Club of Decatur and First Christian Church of Decatur.

Here is our recent history of assembling hygiene kits for distribution to the homeless:

DateKits Completed
November 2, 2014500
February 8, 2015500
May 31, 2015500
August 30, 2015500
November 8, 2015500
February 7, 2016250
May 22, 2016200
October 23, 2016530
February 12, 2017500
May 21, 2017500
August 27, 2017500
November 12, 2017500
February 18, 2018500
June 3, 2018250
August 26, 2018250
November 4, 20181,000
February 10, 20191,000

World AIDS Day Service, November 26, 2017

In honor of World AIDS Day 2017, First Christian Church of Decatur will host Unity Fellowship Church Greater Atlanta and Gentle Spirit Christian Church in their main sanctuary for a joint service and panel discussion at 10:30am on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

For Gentle Spirit Christian Church, this special service in the main sanctuary of First Christian takes the place of its regular Sunday worship as The Church Without Walls in Candler Park.

“Remember, Hope, Act” is the theme of the World AIDS Day service, which will be concelebrated by Rev. Dr. James Brewer-Calvert of First Christian, Rev. Maressa Pendermon of Unity Fellowship, and Rev. Paul M. Turner of Gentle Spirit. The Praise Team from Unity Fellowship will offer a choral anthem. A 30-minute panel discussion follows the service.

“The AIDS pandemic is still far from being over,” said Rev. Turner. “While World AIDS Day normally finds me in somber reflection on that fact, I look forward to the spiritual uplift of this combined service with two of my partners in local ministry. Joining together in voice and song, we will be praying hard for God’s will to be done with respect to all who are affected by HIV/AIDS.”

Decatur Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale 2017

First Christian Church of Decatur has announced the dates and hours for its 10th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale, featuring quality trees and homemade wreaths, on their front lawn from Friday, November 24, 2017 until sold out.

Gentle Spirit Christian Church’s ministries — including our hygiene kit ministry to metro Atlanta’s homeless — are among the beneficiaries of this successful annual effort, which also benefits church and community missions in the city of Decatur, including FCCD’s own Decatur Toy Park.

Volunteers for the Tree Sale are welcome. For full details including sale hours, pre-sale discount, local delivery and more, visit the Tree Sale page on the FCCD website.