Mercy Community Church

Mercy Community Church is a grassroots, ecumenical, open and affirming church where people who live in houses and people who live on the streets worship and work together. Our community gathers five days of the week (Sun-Thurs) to share meals, clothing, and resources, fellowship, worship, learn together, support one another, and build healthy community. Many of our community members are currently living on the streets or in the process of seeking housing. Our community works to support one another by providing access to resources often denied to those living on the streets. However, we do not function as a service organization, but as a worshiping community that also supports one another through pastoral care and relationship-building. Our community is 15 years old and currently meets exclusively out-of-doors.  

Site Work

Mon/Wed/Thurs, 8:00am–12:00pm; Sunday 9:00am-1:00pm

Site work will be in person. As an ongoing COVID-19 precaution, our community is still currently meeting outdoors. Our worship services, fellowship time, meal-serving, and other activities take place outdoors on the patio and parking lot of Druid Hills Presbyterian Church (1026 Ponce de Leon Ave NE). Some on-site work now happens indoors (cleaning restrooms, washing dishes, some food prep, organizing and hosting the clothing closet, etc.). We are currently masking indoors for this work.

On-site work includes daily tasks such as prepping and serving food, washing dishes, attending at food/beverage stations, cleaning and disinfecting, and setting up tables and tents outdoors. An important aspect of this work also includes building relationships and fostering healthy community among our members. Getting to know people, listening to people’s stories and concerns, and treating people with dignity and respect is an essential part of our work.  Sometimes the most important thing to do here is to just be present and attentive to someone in the community. 

Fall 2022 Reflection Group

Tuesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm led by Rev. Dr. Joshua M. Noblitt.

Spring 2023 Integrative Seminar

Tuesday, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Pastoral Care Class

Students will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501 CE 2 in the fall semester, taught by Dr. Emmanuel Lartey (Thursday 2:30pm-4:30pm).

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Kendall Soulen will serve as the academic advisor for Mercy Community Church students.

Site Mission

We believe that God desires life, health, dignity, and sanctuary for us all.  Whether you are in housing or not, whether you live in our neighborhood or come from far away, whether you love the church or have ever felt left out, we want to welcome people to spend time with us as we work to build one another up in beloved community. Our desire is never to have one group of people merely serving another group, but to bring people together in community and healthy mutual relationships that lead to us all having more of what we need. As a church community, we not only worship and fellowship together, but we actively seek justice every day by caring for one another’s needs and seeking wholeness, health, dignity, respect, community, and housing for all. 

About the Site

For additional information about Mercy Community Church you can visit our website at mercyatl.org or find us on Facebook. 

Student Reflections

Additional Requirements & Accessibility

Students should be prepared to engage with a variety of different people and show compassion, dignity, and respect to all.

Our space is accessible by bus if students plan to rely on public transportation.

COVID-19 Protocols

  1. As an ongoing precaution we are currently serving our community in a hybrid indoor/outdoor format with most of our group activities taking place outside.
  2. Currently we ask that people mask when inside.
  3. If someone is feeling sick or has symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that they stay home and test if they have been exposed to COVID19.

A small percentage of our community speaks Spanish (approx 10%). It is a great place to speak Spanish and we often try to incorporate it in our worship too. 

Contact

Mercy Community Church 
PO Box 8676, Atlanta, GA 31106 
Rev. Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum 
501.240.6392 
brittany@mercyatl.org 

Site Supervisor

Rev. Brittany Fiscus-van Rossum is one of three pastors serving Mercy Community Church. She is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary and was jointly ordained by Mercy Church and the PC(USA).  

Teaching Supervisor

Rev. Dr. Joshua M. Noblitt is Saint Mark’s Minister of Social Justice and Pastoral Care. His work involves leading program, advocacy and volunteer opportunities related to social justice issues in the community, and overseeing pastoral care for the Saint Mark family. Josh completed his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and began his pastoral ministry at Saint Mark in 2005. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and has a private psychotherapy practice in addition to his pastoral duties at Saint Mark. Noblitt has served on numerous national and local boards, and is currently serving on the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services Advisory Board, and as a charter member of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ LGBTQ Advisory Board. He is an alumnus of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2011, New Leaders Council Class of 2013 and Outstanding Atlanta Class of 2013. Visit Josh on the web at joshuanoblitt.com.