City On A Hill is honored for evangelism, community service


    City On A Hill Church in Woodstock has been honored with the 2012 Denman Award for excellence in evangelism in the Atlanta Marietta District. 
     “Receiving the Denman award is a true honor. It represents … that we’re doing a good job as a church in the area of evangelism and that we should, even more importantly, keep it up,” said senior pastor Chris Bryant. 
      The Woodstock church’s flagship mission is a gasoline giveaway for single moms. Last month’s event was the sixth annual for the church, and the first one at the new location: the former Woodstock Public Library. 
       More than 100 volunteers served 202 single moms by offering each a flower and cold bottle of water, a popsicle for children and prayer requests. Volunteers checked and filled fluids and tires, washed windows and pumped eight gallons of gas into each car. Each mom talked to more than a half dozen people during the event. Approximately 1,650 gallons of gas were dispensed. 
       “We had one woman who said at the end: ‘I want to go through it again, but not for the gas; for the experience,” Bryant said. 
        The church also hosts a community egg hunt at Easter, and water and Coke giveaways at local intersections during August. 
         The 150-member church regularly has nearly 350 worshippers each Sunday. “When people join, we explain it’s not a club or an organization they’re joining. They’re joining a mission,” said the pastor. 
        “At COAH we recognize that within five miles of our facility there are 49,000 plus people who consider themselves spiritual, but who are not in any significant way connected to a faith community. Our current congregation size (sum total of all members & attendees) is approximately one percent of this mission field,” said Bryant. “We’ve got a lot more work to do. It is more critical than it has ever been for churches, including ours, to continue to evaluate the way we attract and welcome visitors, preach and teach, and otherwise engage the world so we will be effective in our hopes of making disciples of Jesus Christ”
       City On A Hill: Services are held at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and 9:35 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays at 7745 Main Street, Woodstock 30188. 678-445-3480.