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Summer Worship Schedule

Summer Mass Schedule Begins May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend)

May 27 - June 2, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend

  • 8:30 am - Rite I Mass (said Mass; no music; no incense)

  • 10:30 am - Rite II Mass

  • Coffee Hour from 9:15-10:30 and from 11:30-12:30

     We begin our Summer Mass schedule on Sunday, May 27 and continue through Sunday September 2 (Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend).  We return to our regular schedule on Sunday September 9.  Sunday school ends May 20 (Youth Sunday) and will resume this September.

     Third Sunday breakfast continues during the Summer from 9:15-10:30.  


Meals By Grace: An Outreach Opportunity

 Another St. Columba’s Outreach Opportunity!

Meals by Grace is a no cost, delivered meal program available to the children of Forsyth County and their families. These families have been identified (by the Forsyth County School System Social Workers) as having a special need with limited or unreliable transportation.

Once a month Meals By Grace allows children to work in the kitchen so we encourage interested St. Columba’s parishioners to register quickly (those spots fill up fast) at to volunteer Sunday, June 3rd from 1:00-3:00 at Midway United Methodist Church.  It’s a fun, positive atmosphere with people of all ages volunteering!

The Meals By Grace website is really easy to navigate and has lots of information.  Please feel free to direct any further questions to Missy Thompson or Kathleen Kraynick.

St. Columba’s Outreach has a wonderful Facebook community. We’d love to have you join us!  Click Here to join our facebook group.



EYC "English Pub" Fundraiser

A special thanks to Todd Reid for his leadership in the incredible "English Pub Night at St. Columba's," that took place on 20 April 2018 (the eve of Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday!).  All proceeds will help offset the expense of the youth mission trip to Navajo Nation in June 2018.

Here are some highlights of the evening:





Vacation Bible School 2018

"Shipwrecked:  Rescued By Jesus"

July 23 - July 27
9:00 am - 12 noon


VBS registration is underway. Our theme this year is "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus" and will take place the last week of July. Space is limited and we anticipate filling up all spots by the end of May ... so register early to ensure a spot. All those registering before the deadline will receive a CD of the week's songs as well as a VBS T-Shirt.  VBS is for all children ages PreK through 6th grade (age/grade as of August 2018).  Middle school and High school youth are welcome to register and serve as volunteer group leaders and program leads.  

The week will be filled with songs, crafts, science experiments, Bible lessons, delicious snacks, and fun outdoor games!  Kids will make new, lasting friendships and deepen their relationship with God.

Groups are divided up according to their rising grade level, from Pre-K (ages 3+ and potty-trained) through 6th grade.  Older teenagers are needed to help lead the groups and activities. 

Each morning begins with an opening gathering that introduces the Bible story for the day.  At the end of the week, we have a closing program (Friday, July 27) beginning at 11:30am for parents, grandparents, and family friends.

VOLUNTEERS:   both adult and teenagers - are needed to make the week possible.  Please consider volunteering as a group leader, classroom helper, snack helper, photographer, decorating/set up volunteer (on Sunday, July 22), or substitute volunteer.  We can't have VBS without volunteers!  It's a fun week for volunteers as well as children, and the time commitment is only 3 hours a day for just one week out of the summer, or even just one morning!  For more information on how you can help, contact our VBS Registration Coordinator, Monica Smith, or speak with our Durham Harris, assistant for Youth and Family Ministries, (770-888-4464 x 8004).

Space is limited, so register early.  The program is open to non-parishioners as well, so bring your friends!  The $30 cost covers the snacks and craft materials for each child, as well as a VBS T-Shirt and a CD of the week's songs and music that you can listen to at home or in the car (one CD per family).  

>> PLEASE NOTE:  The Registration Deadline is July 1.  After the 1st, you can still sign up, if there are extra spaces or if we have a cancellation.  However, we cannot guarantee that children who sign up after the deadline will receive a music CD or t-shirt.



Holy Week and Easter at St. Columba's 2018



Click the video above to see highlights from this year's Holy Week and Easter liturgies.

"An Ancient Story

of the Living God"

Palm Sunday (25 March 2018)
  7:45 am - Blessing of Palms & Rite I Mass
  9:00 am - Blessing of Palms, Procession into the Church, & Low Mass
10:10 am - Sunday School
11:15 am - Blessing of Palms, Procession into the Church, & Solemn Mass
* Our 9 & 11:15 Masses will begin outside weather permitting

Monday & Tuesday  in Holy Week (26 March & 27 March 2018)
  6:30 pm - Holy Eucharist
Wednesday in Holy Week (28 March 2018)
  6:15 pm - Soup, Salad, Quiche Dinner
  7:00 pm - Stations of the Cross
  7:30 pm - Evil and the Justice of God
  8:00 pm - Sung Candlelight Compline              

Maundy Thursday (29 March 2018)
  7:00 pm - Solemn Mass, Footwashing, & Procession to the Altar of Repose
  9:00 pm - All Night Silent Vigil Watch Begins (front chapel by main entrance doors)
>>CLICK HERE to sign up to join those keeping watch 
Maundy Thursday night and Good Friday morning

Good Friday (30 March 2018)
12:00 n   - Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday, Singing of St. John's Passion Gospel, 
                Veneration of the Cross, & Mass of the Presanctified

Holy Saturday (31 March 2018)
  8:30 pm - The Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday (1 April 2018)
  7:45 am - Rite I Mass
  9:00 am - Festal Mass and Combined Choir (no incense)
10:15 am - Easter Egg Hunt on the Grounds
11:15 am - Festal Mass and Combined Choir
12:30 pm - Easter Egg Hunt on the Grounds
   * No Sunday School 4/1 or 4/8; Sunday school resumes (4/15)

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About The Great Vigil of Easter -  Saturday, 31 March 2018 at 8:30 p.m. 

       Sisters and brothers in Christ, on this holy night when our Savior Jesus passed from death to life, we gather with the church throughout the world in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of Jesus Christ: through light and the Word, through water and the bread and cup, we recall Jesus’ death and resurrection, we share Christ's triumph over sin and death, and with inextinguishable hope we await Christ’s coming again. 

       At the Great Vigil of Easter, we all gather outside in the darkness and using the tradition handed down through the Church for centuries, we kindle the new fire of Easter which is the light of Christ rising in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death! The Paschal Candle is then lighted. The Paschal candle is large, and traditionally made of 100% beeswax. It is marked with a cross, an Alpha, and an Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The four numbers of the year are marked between the arms of the cross, symbolizing that Christ has, and always will be with humanity, and is with humanity now. For much of the year the paschal candle stands near the font and is lighted at every baptism, providing a symbolic link with this celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection and our own baptisms. Once the Paschal Candle is lighted, we then each light candles and process into the darkened church, with this new fire of Easter and see the darkness overcome by the light of Christ each of us bears in our hands. 

       It is the church year’s most holy and joyful night, for it proclaims and celebrates all of Christ's saving work. The Great Easter Vigil draws Christians into the reality of Christ’s life, passion, death, and resurrection. 

       This ancient service, dating from the fourth century, is one of the most beautiful and moving liturgies of the entire year. The power of Easter Vigil comes through strong symbols of light and water, together with Sacrament and Word. Everyone who attends for the first time seems to find the Easter Vigil to be a awe-inspiring and solemn way to celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do. Plan to attend the Vigil this year – it may just bring the true meaning of Easter home for you.