WHAT ARE MINISTRIES?
Church is more than a service. It’s people living life together and helping one another.
Each week, members and guests of Good Shepherd meet in small communities and small groups to learn about God, pray, eat, laugh, and live. We call these groups our Ministries, and they are the lifeblood of our church. Ministries use our passions and connections to further our mission of loving, nurturing, and serving God’s people.
Check out the tabs on the left side to learn about some of Good Shepherd’s ministries, and how to get involved.
Our Gardeners are a group of folks in the congregation who meet every Thursday morning, and they help care for the upkeep of the church, it’s building, and grounds. This includes cutting grass, trimming shrubs and trees, planting and cultivating flower beds, etc. There are always projects inside the building to be done, too!
If you’re interested in getting plugged in, contact Bob Austin, our property manager, by calling the church office.
The Hospitality Ministry is a group of people in our congregation who provide for the ministry of food! Just as Jesus’ ministry was a gastronomical delight, and just as Lutheran Christians love to break and eat bread with one another, the Hospitality Ministry humbly prepares and implements all of the major meals, coffee hour between services, and helps care for the well-being of our kitchen facility.
See Kathy Austin or Sherry Fieux for more information on how to get connected.
Youth and Family Ministry
Relationships are key to any ministry, so we strive for children and youth of every age to become part of our youth ministry programs where they can grow in relationships with each other, with caring adults, and with Jesus Christ. There are weekly opportunities to hang out, play games, eat together and study God’s word, as well as opportunities to have fun and serve our neighbors.
To learn more about Youth and Family Ministry activities or to get the most up-to-date information, contact the office.
Children in Worship
We feel that it is important for children to worship with their families. That is why families will pray together, sing together, hear God’s Word together, and commune together during worship. Should your child need a break from worship, space is available outside the sanctuary that is equipped with streaming options and children’s toys.
Faithworks is where we meet for faith formation, for doing the work of faith, and supporting each other through faith filled interaction with one another.
Families meet weekly after the service (and a snack, of course) at 11:00 AM. There are small groups and curriculum for children in the first year of life through high school.
We believe children’s faith is best formed in families. We use small groups to present the day’s lesson in an age appropriate manner, then reconvene intergenerationally to further explore the lessons through activities from the Sparkhouse curriculum catalog.
There are regular opportunities to put our faith into action through serving others, and through supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ during fellowship events.
We form Faith in Christian education, let Faith Work in our lives in fellowship with others, and put Faith into action through service in worship, in our community, and our world.
For more information about FaithWorks Sunday School or Sunday morning learning for middle and high school youth, contact the office.
Good Shepherd celebrates many milestones in the faith life of a child!
If you are interested in learning more about these milestones or how your family can participate, contact the office.
Middle and High School Youth Group
Good Shepherd has a small, combined middle and high school youth group that meets regularly on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. We share meals, stories, play games, and talk about how are faith shapes our life outside of the church walls. We also participate in retreats, service learning, and summer trips. Youth and friends are always welcome to join us.
For more information on youth group, contact the office.
Youth Ministry Events
During the month of July we will be providing meals to church families once a week as part of a take-home Sunday school. Pre-packaged carry-out meals will be provided between 5-6 PM on Wednesday, July 8,15, and 22. The meal will also come with a box of family activities, crafts and stories about God’s creation. We encourage you to enjoy the box throughout the week! On Wednesday, July 29 we invite families to join us for a Zoom pajama party to talk about the fun activities we did the weeks before. We’ll sing some songs, eat ice cream and enjoy our time together!
For more information on youth events, contact the office.
Practices on Sunday mornings. Choir members use their gifts to help lead the congregation in song during worship services. All are welcome!
- Praise Team
The Praise Team leads monthly our Contemporary Worship, and rehearses the Saturday mornings before. Guitarists, singers, drummers and kazoo-ers are invited to share their gifts.