Blessing of the Backpacks

Starting a new school year means excitement, joy, and anxiety. Go with God’s blessing and God’s assurance that God is ALWAYS with you.

Join us on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. for a service of Holy Eucharist and Blessing of the Backpacks! Students, teachers – bring your bags and have them blessed.

National Bell Ringing

This Sunday, August 25th, we will join churches all over the United States to commemorate the landing of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia 400 years ago.

2:30 p.m. Service with prayers and reflections
3:00 p.m. Tolling of the church bells for 4 minutes

The Rev. Matt Johnson:
“It’s a simple thing, but ringing the bells is a way to say ‘We remember. It’s worth remembering,’ and acknowledging the sin of slavery.” 

The service is open to the public. Please join us.

Watch Bishop Curry’s invitation.

Life at Good Shepherd

Enjoy this slide show to experience a glimpse into life at the Church of the Good Shepherd and Good Shepherd Day School.

In all we do, we strive to follow Jesus’ command to love God, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. You are welcome here.

Slide show

Sacred Ground – A Dialogue

Sacred Ground is a film- and reading-based dialogue series on race and faith. Participants will walk together through America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in the threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. It’s an invitation for small groups to gather to learn, share, and prepare to become Beloved Community.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will embark on this journey onto Sacred Ground this fall. We’ll form dialogue groups which will meet every two weeks to study, listen, and discuss. Please contact the church if you are interested in learning more about the program.

Take-out Church

Summer is fast approaching, and many of us will be traveling – why not
take church with you? Our “Take-out Church” is contained in one small
pizza box, which easily fits under almost any car’s front seat. Inside the
box you’ll find materials to help you continue to grow in the “Seven
Practices of Love”: Turn, learn, pray, worship, go, bless, rest. 
The boxes are available in the parish hall. If you would like to have a
Take-out Church box delivered to your home, please do not hesitate to
contact Katharina Johnson .

Register for VBS “Who is my Neighbor?”

Community Vacation Bible School

June 10 – 14, 2019
8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. daily at First Presbyterian Church
Ages 3 through completed 5th grade
Registration fee: $15 per child ($30 max per family)
Scholarships available

Registration is closed

Lenten Breakfasts “Go Speak”

Every Sunday in Lent, starting March 10th from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

During the 40 days of Lent, the people of Good Shepherd will get together every Sunday over breakfast to listen to each other’s faith stories, and to tell our own. We’ll be using the Go Speak Reconciliation Edition cards with prompts about faith, Jesus, race, and reconciliation.
We will enjoy food and create a sacred space for our stories. Please come and join us.

Ash Wednesday Services

Join us today for a service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes.

7:30 a.m. — Rite One
12:10 p.m. — Rite Two
6:30 p.m. — Rite Two with music

Mardi Gras Celebration 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Come to celebrate the last day before lent. Join us for delicious Louisiana food, King Cake, crafts sponsored by the day school, face painting, a musical presentation by the day school children, and lots of other fun.

Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Musical presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Suggested donations for dinner: $7 per adult, $5 per child, $20 max per family

Christmas Meditations

During the 12 days of Christmas, we will meditate on the meaning of the birth of Christ and its consequences for our lives using writings by the author Howard Thurman (1899-1981).

Click here to receive the daily eShepherd Christmas Meditations.