Druid Hills United Methodist Church | Atlanta, GA

Druid Hills UMC strives to be a congregation that embodies God’s radical love and radical hospitality, proclaiming Jesus as our Savior and as our model of the ultimate embodiment of God’s love. We believe that all persons are of sacred worth and dignity as part of God’s good creation. Druid Hills welcomes all persons into the full life and ministry of our congregation, regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, or faith history. This welcoming statement, adopted in 2010, reflects the spirit in which we intend to live out our witness as Christians in our community. It is central to our call to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Druid Hills’s neighborhood has undergone significant demographic changes in recent years, with a larger proportion of younger, higher income households, particularly those with children. Demographers believe that the next ten years will double the number of children aged 5 to 17 in the area to 8,000 people. The largest segment of people currently living in our ministry area is older millennials, closely followed by younger baby boomers.


Project: One Helluva Week

“One Helluva Week” is a reader’s theater style worship service originally intended for Palm Sunday. The worship serviced is set around five holy week vignettes, each representing one of the Kübler-Ross stages of grief. Incorporation of Passion Week Scripture, Psalms, music from both the Christian tradition as well as folk tradition, and fragments from the Gospel of Mary and original words are shaped to lead the worshiping community through the Holy Week story in a fresh way.


Our proposal is to revisit the liturgy, taking lessons learned from a first experience, looking for ways to sharpen texts and consider different music.



1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE

Atlanta, GA





Team Members:

Rev. Dave Allen Grady, pastor

Gus Godbee, Director of Worship Arts

Bill Duncan, lay leader