Holy Innocents’ is a community where the best of the Episcopal tradition is honored, and creativity, innovation, diversity, and inclusion are embraced.
We seek to extend the hospitality of Christ to all, whether in our buildings or through the web, in the hope that each person’s spiritual journey can flourish from individual faith into communal compassion and action. Home to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, our campus serves on many levels as an engaging, ever-renewing forum for people of all ages to gather, pray, celebrate, mourn, converse, reflect, learn, and teach.
Membership at Holy Innocents’ is based on desire. If you are baptized (or desire to be baptized), intend to make this parish your principal community of worship, and you will support the ministries of the parish, you may be recorded as a member of the parish. We offer several opportunities throughout the year when new members are welcomed at dinner and on Sunday mornings. We also offer opportunities for adult Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation. For more information on membership contact Marva Shelton,
What does it mean to be Episcopal?
The word “Episcopal” appears in the distinctive title for our church: The Episcopal Church in the United States . We use the term “ Episcopal” to designate that we consider “the Bishop” to be the principal leader in the church and our obedience to the office of Bishop to be the symbol of our union with each other. As a congregation, Holy Innocents' joins together with other congregations around the Episcopal office in the person of the Bishop.
What are the office hours at the church?
Starting the Tuesday after Labor Day, parish offices are open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am – 5:00pm and 8:30am – 3:00pm on Fridays. Summer hours (from the Tuesday after Memorial Day through the Friday before Labor Day) are Monday though Thursdays 9:00am - 4:00pm and 9:00am - 3:00pm on Fridays. The staff is eager to assist you. A complete listing of the clergy, vestry and staff is available here; phone numbers and links to e-mail addresses are noted.
When are worship services?
To view our service times click HERE
How do I become a member?
If you would like to join Holy Innocents, please print and fill out the form the registrar form HERE and return to Marva Shelton, by mail, email (
), or to the church office during office hours. For any questions or concern, call us at (404)255-4023.
How do I get my child baptized?
Baptisms are celebrated on specified days throughout the year. For dates and details on the Baptism class click HERE
How do I schedule a wedding?
Please call the parish office to speak to the registrar. The parish registrar and Events Coordinator will process a wedding date request. Once the date is confirmed the registrar will forward your names to one of the parish clergy and to the Wedding Committee to continue the wedding preparation. Visit the Weddings page on our site for a letter from our Rector and to download the wedding guide.
What are the age groups in Christian Education classes and how do I register my children?
Christian Formation classes are held on Sundays throughout the school year for all ages, beginning at age 2 through adults. Complete details of the course offerings are available by visiting the Hi-Lights section of the website. You can also get your children involved by visiting the Children's Formation page.
What Mission & Outreach Ministries are available to parishioners and how can I get involved or register my interest?
Numerous opportunities are available to parishioners and the scope of these ministries is varied. A detailed description of the outreach possibilities is available by clicking on the Mission & Outreach page or reviewing the printed Ministries Directory. You are invited to contact any of the leaders listed under the descriptions.
Is the sanctuary accessible after business hours?
The sanctuary is available for private prayer and meditation from 7AM through 10:30 PM every day. A complete list of the various times for prayer and Eucharist is accessible by clicking on the Worship link on the Home Page.
How do I contact the church when I have a pastoral need?
Priests may be contacted at the parish offices, Monday through Friday. For after-hour emergencies, there is always priest on call who can be reached 24/7/365 by calling the parish office, (404)-255-4023 and pressing "2" when prompted. This will automatically connect you with the cell phone of the clergy on call.
What do I do if someone dies?
The parish priests wish to minister to you in this most difficult time. Please call the priests at the office, (404)-255-4023, during business hours or after hours by leaving a message. Should you call after hours, please press "2" when prompted. This will automatically connect you with the cell phone of the clergy on call. The priests will assist you in the preparation of services and burial rites.
Does the Parish have a Memorial Garden?
The remains of parish members are buried in this beautiful garden on the Powers Ferry Road side of the Church. Nestled amidst the trees and shrubs with a beautiful water feature, this place affords families a reflective and dignified place for prayer and meditation. Information concerning burial sites is available by contacting Melody McNeil.
How do I post an announcement in the Sunday bulletin, newsletter or website?
Articles or information for the weekly newsletter, HI Lights, as well as the Sunday Bulletin should be submitted via the communications form. Submissions are due by 5pm on Mondays. Anything received after that will be included only as time and space permits. Website content and calendar updates should also be sent to Jess Ruiz!
Where can I park if the main church lot is full?
At times and on certain holidays additional parking is necessary. The Fine Arts parking lot entered from Powers Ferry Road is the next closest available lot. If the spaces are available we coordinate with the school and often use parking in the Upper School area.
How do I get involved?
The easiest way to get involved is to talk with one of the clergy about your interests or talents or check out our "Formation" section or "Hi-Lights" section and review the many possibilities that are described. Leaders of the various activities are listed and would welcome hearing from you. You may also contact a member of the staff for additional information.
How do I have floral arrangements offered in memory or honor of someone at services?
The Flower Guild is a group of dedicated parishioners that design and produce beautiful floral arrangements for a variety of events, most significant the various services and celebrations in the Church. Floral arrangements may be given in honor or memory by making a financial contribution. Please email Melody McNeil or call her at the parish office for further information or to make arrangements.
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