Welcome to St Andrew's Episcopal Church located in Hartwell, Georgia... the "best city by a dam site." Could that make us the "best Episcopal Church by a dam site?" That wouldn't be a bad thing, but what we'd rather want folks to say is that we are one of the friendliest and most welcoming churches around Lake Hartwell. We strive to be like "family", which many of us already feel we are. We'd love to have you come by and check us out sometime and see for yourself but we are currently under a "shelter at home" status and limited by social distancing and the number of individuals that can be gathered together in our space! We are currently LIVE STREAMING our services via Facebook and All are welcome to watch and worship with us from your own homes! Our service on Sunday is at 10 AM and the link to it is St. Andrew's Service.
We at St. Andrew's strive to live and share the Gospel through love, service and worship!
While growing in Christ and loving one another as a "socially distanced family" we are also in the midst of searching for our next Priest who will continue to shepherd us in the mission we have been called to as Christians in the Episcopal Church.
St. Andrew's is a vibrant and healthy parish with an average Sunday attendance of 45 before Covid 19. We are located in a beautiful recreation area of Northeast Georgia. and are within an easy commute of several universities and other metropolitan areas. We seek an inspiring, collaborative leader to serve as rector (or Priest-in-Charge.) Hartwell, is a growing community in northeast Georgia with increasing industry and businesses, recreational activities and still maintaining small town living. Hart county has a good school system and local culture making it a great place to raise a family or enjoying life as an empty nester. We have plenty of both and continue to seek ways to grow so others will want to join in the fun.
We have had a rather lengthy interim period during which the parish has established a shared leadership model, improved communication strategies. We have also improved our community involvement which we feel very strongly about continuing. St. Andrew's seeks an Episcopal priest who is committed to helping us continue our mission and ministry by leading and guiding us into the future. At the present time we have established a very healthy partnership with St. Alban's in Elberton and our next rector would serve both churches. Specific details can be found in our OTM portfolio and in our advertisement in the Episcopal Digital Network (EDN)' Clergy interested in this position need to submit materials through the Diocese of Atlanta's online application system linked here:
Before the pandemic we were averaging 45 at our worship services.
We have finally been allowed to move our worship to in-person, but out doors so that we can be as safe as possible with masks and social distancing and receiving the communion wafer from our priest. We have music but kinda say the words to the hymns as singing is still too much air/germ movement!
During this time of social distancing and limitations on how we can worship and the number of unknown risks to our older members we are continuing to hold our services by live streaming with a small number of members who do the reading, singing, playing the organ, running the camera and setting up for the service itself.
Before covid 19 we were enjoying coffee hour after our Sunday service and enjoying food, fellowship and keeping up with each other in person.
We have had a really good turn out of folks who have missed the in-person, but on colder mornings we are not as many in number as on warmer days... we have plenty more yard to fill!