North Georgia United Methodists Open Doors on Election Day


Pictured: Decatur First UMC's ecumenical Election Night Communion Service invitation.

On and before Election Day, a number of North Georgia United Methodist churches opened their doors for prayer, communion, and to offer hospitality to their community. Many opened for prayer the day following the election as well. 

Mount Pisgah UMC, Johns Creek
Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church encouraged the community to unite in prayer for seven days before the 2016 presidential election. On Monday, November 7 between 6 am and 7 pm the church was open for communion and prayer. Led by church pastor Rev. Steve Wood, the church also offered an email prayer devotional at 

Decatur First UMC 
Decatur First UMC held an ecumenical Election Night Communion Service for the Decatur community at 7:30 pm on Nov. 8. The invitation to the service shares this message: "After we’ve made our different choices in the voting booth, let’s make the same choice together. Let’s meet at the same table to break bread and pass the cup. Election Day Communion is a chance to remind ourselves that our allegiance to Christ is higher than allegiance to any party or political campaign. That the power to truly change the world is found not in politics or presidents or protests, but in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This election day, let’s share communion. Let’s do this in remembrance of the one who unites us— the only one who can truly set us free."

Glenn Memorial UMC
Glenn Memorial on the Emory Campus opened its Little Chapel on Wednesday for prayer, mediation, or silence and stillness with God.​ That evening the church held a service of prayer, song, and dialogue. 

Mount Carmel UMC, Norcross
The sanctuary of Mount Carmel was open for prayer from 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Lithia Springs UMC
Lithia Springs UMC was open on election day from 6 am to 6 pm on Election Day for prayer.

Senoia UMC (Pictured)
The sanctuary of Senoia UMC was open for prayer from 9am-3pm on Election Day. All were invited to spend as much time as needed on Holy Ground.

New Church, Atlanta
The New Church in the Candler Park community of Atlanta was a poling place. The church offered donuts to those in line early, and has dubbed the day Choose Kindness Day. They are encouraging the congregation to "spread joy, beauty, grace, and kindness in a world of anxiety and uncertainty." Church pastors Revs. Andy and Anjie Woodworth opened the church sanctuary Wednesday to the community for prayer, to talk, or to light a candle. 

Cornerstone UMC, Newnan
Cornerstone UMC invited its congregation to pray for our nation, our leaders and our church for the 24 hours leading up to the close of the US polls. Members were invited to sign up for a 30 minute time to pray.

Varnell UMC
The community is invited to an Election Day Prayer Service at noon at Varnell UMC.

Elizabeth Lee, Chickamauga
Elizabeth Lee UMC Sanctuary in Chickamauga is open for prayer and reflection from 7am till 7pm for anyone in the North West Georgia area on Election Day.  

St. Andrew UMC, Carrollton
St. Andrew UMC in Carrollton's doors are open today from noon until 1 pm for Community Prayer time.  We have a Prayer Wall where people can add their own prayer concerns and praise reports.  Members come throughout the week and pray over these prayer requests and celebrations.

Midway UMC, Alpharetta
Midway UMC in Alpharetta is open for prayer from 7 am - 8 pm today (Election Day). Self-guided prayer sheets are provided. 

Lewis Memorial UMC, Evans
Lewis Memorial serves as a polling location. The church sanctuary is open today for prayer from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.  We will have a service of prayer and communion at 7:30 p.m.

Liberty UMC, Greene County

Liberty UMC in Greene County hosted an Election Eve Service of Communion and Prayer on Monday, November 7. Church pastor Rev. Tom Compton led the service with area clergy participating including Rev. Joyce Crawford and Rev. Karon Compton (Concord UMC and Union Chapel UMC) . Six local political candidates and their families were among the worshippers.

Impact UMC, East Point
Impact opened its doors to the community recently for a Town Hall discussion with Georgia Gov. Nation Deal. The church hosted the event as a way to educate members and the community on local issues, understanding that in addition to the presidential election, a number of key local issues that will have significant impact.