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A Religious Journey in Johns Creek at Perimeter Church

By Marina I. Jokic

Perimeter Church is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), therefore ascribing to the denomination's rich historical and reformed theology. While they are similar to other Presbyterian churches in that sense, they are one of the largest PCA churches in the United States- an advantage that gives them the ability to offer ample opportunities for families to be nurtured and grow in their faith and, more importantly, to serve others in need, both locally and globally.

Lopez points out that, as part of their engagement with the local community, Perimeter offers small activity groups for children in kindergarten all the way up to adult age. The church also provides many other ways to connect with people from similar as well as diverse backgrounds and age groups.

The church is quite active. Some of the ways it connects with people is through teaming up their volunteers with other community-based organizations to help meet the most critical needs of local residents and inner-city neighborhoods in Atlanta. Some primary areas of focus for the church include social justice, poverty alleviation, education, and strengthening families.

Many choose to join mission-driven discipleship groups as a way to put their knowledge into action. Families have the opportunity to involve their children in various activities such as KidsQuest worship, Camp All-American (an award-winning summer day camp) and Perimeter's K-8 school.

Lopez highlights the Connect Groups: fun, relationship-focused groups that gather off-site according to geographic location and stage of life. Connect Groups are a great opportunity for participants to meet and get to know each other, and enjoy good food and conversation. One of the core principles of Perimeter's theology is to enable people to worship well, grow in their faith, feel a sense of belonging, and give back to others.

Perimeter's experienced teaching team provides extensive theological instruction to its members. The church is very welcoming to new disciples and does its best to integrate new members into the fabric of its religious life. "We love visitors, and we have put together a great bunch of volunteers to greet, welcome and help connect the hundreds of newcomers that come every weekend," Lopez says.

The church encourages beginners to start their journey by attending "Taste of Perimeter," a monthly dinner that provides guests with a convenient way to learn about the organization. At this event, the founding pastor and his wife share the inspiring stories surrounding the origins of the church and its first worship service in 1977.

Perimeter has been a haven for many. Indeed, it has created a safe and constructive space for its members and radiated its positive impact to the larger community.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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