Taking Leave of Simpson Chapel


As the North Georgia Conference prepares to move from the Simpsonwood property to Century Center in Atlanta, a service of deconsecration of the Simpson Chapel was held on August 5, 2015. Rev. Dr. John Simmons, Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, led the service. Rev. Simmons was assisted by the senior pastor of Simpsonwood UMC, Rev. Dr. Brian Clark. The chapel is owned by Gwinnett County and will be operated by the county going forward. 

Following the "Order for the Leave-Taking of a Church Building" in the United Methodist Book of Worship, the declaration was made that the chapel is no longer a United Methodist building and that, "we now deconsecrate and release for any honorable use." 

The 2015 North Georgia Annual Conference session had previously held a Service of Thanksgiving for the property and the ministry that took place on Simpsonwood grounds. The lay and clergy members of the 2015 Annual Conference voted to leave the chapel in its original location rather than move the building.  

The service of deconsecration ended in prayer:

"Bless those persons who have worshiped in this building. As disciples of the risen Christ, may we be channels at all times of your steadfast love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."


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