Nestled in one of Atlanta’s historic neighbourhoods, St. Hilda’s is a parish in the ACC's Diocese of the South. While its members are faithful, it is an aging parish; yet despite the challenges posed by its changing demographics, St. Hilda's has great potential for growth.
Inman Park, like much of the city, is a transforming neighbourhood. Young professionals and families have made this beautiful part of the city their home and see its boundaries as ‘their community’. They walk their dogs through Freedom Park, stroll along North Highland Avenue with their toddlers in tow, bike to work or to the local breweries, and meander along Atlanta’s beautiful pedestrian ‘Beltline’.
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A major theme of the 2023 Joint Synods was evangelism, particularly as a response to cultural apathy towards religion and the decline of the mainline churches in Europe and North America. As part of its North American Mission initiative, the ACC has decided to take on the challenge of planting or revitalising a single parish each year, with St. Hilda's as its first candidate. As such, the SPMS has set a goal for 2024 of raising $100,000 as part of an effort to evangelize this largely affluent, yet un-churched community.
Some of the funds will go towards outreach, some will go towards renovating St. Hilda's historic building, but the lion's share will go towards supporting Father Creighton McElveen, who has been assigned to St. Hilda's parish as its new Priest-in-Charge. Father Creighton is married to Margaret Ann McElveen, a Certified Nurse Midwife. He holds a B.A. in Intellectual History and Philosophy from Kennesaw State University, an M.A. in Theology, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Theology from St Joseph’s College.
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