The mission of the Community of Hope is to train Christian communities of lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality, and equipped for serving in pastoral care ministries. The first Community of Hope Center in the state of Georgia was started at St. Aidan’s in May of 2011, and there are now 8 more CoHI Centers statewide. Five years after founding the first CoHI Center, St. Aidan’s hosted the First Annual Georgia CoHI Conference in 2016.
Besides serving as Visiting Eucharistic Ministers, the Community of Hope members also has a Prayer Station during each Sunday service, offering comfort and solace to those in need. Community of Hope helps during funerals at St. Aidan’s, providing pastoral care to the grieving families, welcoming them, attending to their needs, praying with them, and maintaining a Chaplain relationship with them for one year following the death of their loved one.