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Log Cabin Community Church: This Vinings church celebrated its 100th anniversary in June. Forty-three Cobb County families of varied denominations and races founded the church by meeting in a tiny cabin. The ecumenical tradition continues today under the Reverend Rich Landers, who also works in admissions at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. The quaint stone sanctuary, built in 1949, hosts more than sixty weddings every year, and the original cabin has been restored as a history museum. 2699 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna, 404-351-1912, logcabinchurch.com

Churches Across Atlanta

If there’s one time a week that Atlanta is indisputably Southern, it’s Sunday morning. According to Gallup, 48 percent of Georgians consider themselves “very religious,” meaning faith plays an important role in their daily lives and that they attend services almost weekly. On Sundays now in Atlanta, every retail business except Chick-fil-A seems to be open and you can even buy a six-pack at the liquor store. But you’ll also find cops directing traffic as hundreds of families pour into the churches along Peachtree Street or Boulevard. Children play tag across church lawns, the little girls staining their frilly skirts, the boys’ shirttails spilling out of khaki pants. At Big Bethel A.M.E., matriarchs don colorful suits and regal hats to take their accustomed places along the wooden pews. Afterward, all over town, congregants go out to lunch and notice who’s dressed up for the Sabbath. Although diverse Atlanta is quite content to let Nashville claim the title of “Buckle of the Bible Belt,” the pious path still cuts a broad swath through our city. Here we take a peek at the many different ways Atlantans observe this weekly ritual; from our November 2012 issue.
updated 11.12.12

  • Big Bethel A.M.E.: Big Bethel A.M.E. is the oldest predominantly African American congregation in the city, dating back to 1847, when Atlanta was still called Marthasville. The neon cross and blue “Jesus Saves” signs atop its tall steeple are as iconic as the Coca-Cola sign at Five Points. The church was the original home for both the Gate City Colored School, Atlanta’s first public school for African Americans, and Morris Brown College. Its large facility, located on Auburn Avenue, made it Sweet Auburn’s de facto city hall. And more recently, dignitaries from Nelson Mandela to President Clinton have visited here. The ministry continues today under the leadership of Pastor Gregory V. Eason Sr. 220 Auburn Avenue, 404-827-9707, bigbethelame.org
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  • Big Bethel A.M.E.: Musicians play during the worship service at Big Bethel in Downtown Atlanta. 220 Auburn Avenue, 404-827-9707, bigbethelame.org
    Big Bethel A.M.E.: Musicians play during…
  • Big Bethel A.M.E.: Members of the congregation during the worship service at Big Bethel in Downtown Atlanta. 220 Auburn Avenue, 404-827-9707, bigbethelame.org
    Big Bethel A.M.E.: Members of the congre…
  • Big Bethel A.M.E.: A man raises his hand as he sings a hymnal from the balcony during the Sunday church service led by Rev. Dr. Gregory Eason Sr. at Big Bethel. 220 Auburn Avenue, 404-827-9707, bigbethelame.org
    Big Bethel A.M.E.: A man raises his hand…
  • Camp Creek Primitive Baptist Church: Founded in 1823, seventy-member Camp Creek is the oldest active church in Gwinnett County. 
John Melvin, who is also an assistant district attorney in DeKalb County (deputy chief ADA over 
the Public Integrity Unit), has been its pastor for fourteen years. 302 Camp Creek Road, Lilburn, 
campcreekchurch.org
    Camp Creek Primitive Baptist Church: Fou…
  • North Point Community Church: Members of the congregation hold up their hands and worship as the band plays on stage at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta. North Point currently averages more than 24,000 people in attendance between its 5 campuses each week, making it the largest church in metro Atlanta and the second largest church in the United States. 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-892-5000, northpoint.org
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  • North Point Community Church: North Point in Alpharetta is the mother church for the nondenominational, evangelical North Point Ministries, which includes five campuses and reaches more than 30,000 weekly attendees—making it one of the largest churches in the nation. Founded in 1995 by Andy Stanley, the church uses state-of-the-art staging, programming, and broadcasting to create services that “unchurched people love to attend.” From running the TV cameras to staffing the nursery, every Sunday morning requires 2,000 volunteers. Stanley is the son of Dr. Charles F. Stanley, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, who drew criticism in 1997 for moving the historic Midtown congregation to Dunwoody, where he continues to serve as pastor. 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-892-5000, northpoint.org
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  • North Point Community Church: A woman waves her hand with the music during one of the Sunday morning services at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta. 4350 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-892-5000, northpoint.org
    North Point Community Church: A woman wa…
  • Emmanuel Spiritual Holy Temple Church: This nondenominational, pentecostal church has worshipped in its quaint white cinder block building for more than forty years. The current pastor is Beverly A. Heard. Most Sundays, members wear the same colors—alternating black, white, or red—in order to express unity. Red stands for love and the blood of Jesus. 697 Wylie Street
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  • Emmanuel Spiritual Holy Temple Church: A young girl worships on Sunday morning at Emmanuel Spiritual Holy Temple Church in Atlanta\
    Emmanuel Spiritual Holy Temple Church: A…
  • Cathedral of Christ the King: Construction began on Christ the King Catholic Church in 1937, in the middle of the Great Depression and a year after the parish was established. The French Gothic sanctuary was built on Peachtree Road at East Wesley—replacing a mansion that was once headquarters of the Ku Klux Klan. Nearly twenty years later, the Diocese of Atlanta was created, and the church was elevated to Cathedral status. It became nationally prominent under Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan, an outspoken leader in both liturgical reform and the civil rights movement. 2699 Peachtree Road, 404-233-2145, cathedralofchristtheking.org
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  • Cathedral of Christ the King: Connie Melgaard plays a hymn on the organ during Sunday mass at Cathedral of Christ the King. The parish, which now has eleven masses per weekend and 12,000 members, was established in 1936. 2699 Peachtree Road, 404-233-2145, cathedralofchristtheking.org
    Cathedral of Christ the King: Connie Mel…
  • Log Cabin Community Church: A guitar is bathed in light from the stained glass window of Log Cabin Community Church in Smyrna. Founded in 1912, the small non-denominational church is steeped in history and heavily community oriented. 2699 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna, 404-351-1912, logcabinchurch.com
    Log Cabin Community Church: A guitar is …
  • Log Cabin Community Church: This Vinings church celebrated its 100th anniversary in June. Forty-three Cobb County families of varied denominations and races founded the church by meeting in a tiny cabin. The ecumenical tradition continues today under the Reverend Rich Landers, who also works in admissions at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. The quaint stone sanctuary, built in 1949, hosts more than sixty weddings every year, and the original cabin has been restored as a history museum. 2699 Log Cabin Drive, Smyrna, 404-351-1912, logcabinchurch.com
    Log Cabin Community Church: This Vinings…
  • Inman Park United Methodist Church: Bibles and hymnals sit stacked on a pew during the Sunday sermon led by Reverend Matthew Nelson at Inman Park United Methodist Church. 1015 Edgewood Avenue, 404-522-9322, inmanparkumc.org
    Inman Park United Methodist Church: Bibl…
  • Inman Park United Methodist Church: The Inman Park United Methodist church congregation lays hands on the youngest members as they pray with the children and teachers the day before the first day of school. 1015 Edgewood Avenue, 404-522-9322, inmanparkumc.org
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  • Inman Park United Methodist Church: This intimate congregation of 122 members was founded in 1866, and its Romanesque-style building—constructed of Stone Mountain granite—dates to 1898. The architect, Willis Franklin Denny II, also designed Rhodes Hall. Its two large stained-glass windows celebrate women who were instrumental in the church’s growth: Sarah A. Seitz and Martha Candler, mother of Asa Candler, founder of Coca-Cola. Asa also belonged to the church, and his brother Warren served as a Methodist bishop. 1015 Edgewood Avenue, 404-522-9322, inmanparkumc.org
    Inman Park United Methodist Church: This…