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New, larger chapel debuts
By Roishina C. Henderson

Anticipation has been mounting for months, and now the highly visible new site of the Hartsfield-Jackson chapel is open in the Atrium.

The old chapel was only 410 square feet and was tucked away on the second floor of the Atrium. The new, 1,040-square-foot chapel on the third floor is easy to spot, with its lighted, stained-glass window and clear labeling as "Interfaith Chapel." Construction began in March.

The hallway from the chapel's entrance leads directly into the main sanctuary, which can hold 30 or more seats. The sanctuary also has a special space for praying on the floor.

The new chapel houses a small library/reading room and office space. The library contains copies of the Bible in different languages as well as the Quran and other general literature.

Head Chaplain Chester Cook is looking to have 11 a.m. services on weekdays, during which different speakers will address the congregation.

"I believe we're going to see a lot more usage [of the chapel] from the public," Cook said. "I'm excited."

Cook said a grand opening of the chapel likely will be held in early June. The sanctuary is open 24 hours a day, and the office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is a second chapel on Concourse E near the escalators and the "Legacy of a Dream Martin Luther King Jr." exhibit.

Chaplian Chester Cook

Airport Chaplain Chester Cook shares his plans for the small library in the new chapel.

New Airport Chapel

The new Airport chapel is on the third floor of the Atrium.


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