Public Sunday Worship Resumes

8:00 Public Worship

view the 8:00 a.m. service leaflet

The bishops have added a Stage 1b to the reopening plan for the diocese (you can read the entire plan here). During stage 1b churches can hold outdoor public worship, and at Good Shepherd we will offer a rite I service of Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m. each Sunday (weather permitting) beginning this Sunday, September 6th. This service, which will take place in the in the cloister garden, is limited to 25 people.

To be as safe as possible at our outdoor worship, everyone is required to…
1) wear a mask,
2) observe social distance of at least 6 feet
3) print the bulletin at home (available here), and bring it to the service,
4) and bring a chair (spots will be marked for chair placement).

Please note that the risks involved with attending church remain high, and it is strongly recommended that elders, people with health concerns, and/or those who exhibit any of the following symptoms continue to worship from home during stage 1b.
-cough or shortness of breath
-difficulty breathing
-fever or chills
-fatigue, muscle pain, or body aches
-sore throat
-new loss of taste or smell
-congestion or runny nose
-nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

10:30 a.m. Worship Live Stream

view the 10:30 a.m. service leaflet

To help us join together as the Body of Christ while we stay at home, we’ll continue to live stream our service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (the prelude begins around 10:25 a.m.) for as long as the moratorium on regular public worship is in effect. To tune in to the live stream or to watch recordings of previous services, visit

Bishop’s Visitation

On SUNDAY, AUGUST 23rd, we will have our annual episcopal (bishop’s) visitation, this year by the Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple, Bishop Suffragan (assistant) of the Diocese of North Carolina. Unfortunately, because this will be a virtual visitation, confirmations need to be postponed until a bishop can come in person. However, we will still have the opportunity to…
join Bp. Anne for Q&A from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. on August 23rd (see below for information about joining the zoom meeting), and
hear Bp. Anne preach during the 10:30 a.m. online service on August 23rd (the service will stream live at the usual website,

Q&A with Bp. Anne Hodges-Copple
Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

Meeting ID: 922 6092 9774
Passcode: 231

To join the Zoom Meeting, click here
or paste the following into your browser’s address bar
If you are asked for it, enter the meeting id and password above.

If you prefer to participate by calling into the Zoom Meeting via phone dial
(301) 715-8592
and enter the meeting id and password above.

It’s time to get back together…

Although we can still not gather in person as members of the Church of the Good Shepherd, it is time to start gathering as a community, beyond our Sunday worship, in whatever method is available. Fortunately, we do have virtual methods to gather, learn, interact, and effectively provide each other that very important sense of community.

We will be having at least one training session on how to utilize the Zoom format offered by our own Matt Johnson, dates to follow. We hope this training helps both group leaders and participants receive the information you need to allow you to have a positive experience.

Once we are all Zoom savvy, we will hopefully, by mid-August, resume and complete Sacred Ground. The participants in each of the three groups will be receiving information regarding your group’s startup date, link etc. We are also going to attempt to include a session 11 where all 3 groups will virtually come together to discuss “what’s next” regarding Anti-Racism.

The Sunday morning Bible Study, normally led by Albert Ervin, will be resuming to allow this enthusiastic group to continue in a virtual format; date not yet determined.

Christian Essentials is a NEW opportunity for small groups to “explore, grow and deepen your relationship with God, neighbor, world and self.” There are 5 different Modules available (you can participate in one or more of these Modules, as you wish), and each module consists of six sessions. The first Module beginning in late September will be “Love God,” and the six sessions consist of Introduction, Worship, Bible Study, Spiritual Practices, Basics of Our Faith, and Stewardship. (In the future we hope to offer the other four Modules, which include Care for Each Other, Serve The World, and more.) The groups are limited to 12 or fewer participants, so there will be 1 or 2 groups depending on how many sign-up. To provide us with this opportunity, four of our members have received training and will be facilitating: Nan Bayless is our lead facilitator, assisted by Britt Myers. The additional facilitators are Mary Palmer and Emily Bondy.

We are also going to have a Virtual Welcome Home — more information will follow on this as we finalize our plans.

I hope that your will find something in these offering that will spark your interest. Please contact me, Mary Palmer, [email protected], if you have interest in leading another Study Group.

A Message from Our Bishops

Click here to watch the message from our bishops, Sam Rodman and Anne Hodges-Copple, about where we are in our journey together through the pandemic.

Worship Moratorium Extended

In the bishops’ reopening plan (available here), there are several Public Health Indicators (PHI) required to move from Stage 1 to Stage 2:

sufficient PPE is available.

  • Rates of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining,
  • testing and tracing are available, and
  • sufficient PPE is available.

In North Carolina, we have exceeded the goals set by the state health department (NC DHHS) for testing/tracing (PHI 2) and PPE (PHI 3), but the rates of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are not yet declining (the latest metrics from NC DHHS are available here). Since it is not likely that goal 1 will be met by July 1st as we had hoped, the bishops have delayed the resumption of public worship. As soon as a date has been decided, we’ll let you know.

Sunday Worship Live Stream

To help us join together as the Body of Christ while we stay at home, we’ll continue to live stream our service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (the prelude begins around 10:25 a.m.) for as long as the moratorium on pubic worship is in effect. To tune in to the live stream or to watch recordings of previous services, click here or visit

The service leaflet is available here.

And remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

New Director of the Good Shepherd Day School

Please welcome Ms. Sandra Munford, who has been called to serve as the new Director of the Good Shepherd Day School.

Ms. Sandra comes to us with nearly forty years of experience in early childhood education. After thirty years as owner and operator of Williams Daycare, Ms. Sandra decided to return to school, and she earned a bachelor’s degree in child/family services and computer science then a master’s degree in Education and Cultural Diversity. While completing her degrees, she also worked as a teacher at Chosen Generation Daycare, and most recently she taught in the Head Start program at A. J. Richardson (NEED) Inc.

While Ms. Sandra settles in, Katharina Johnson, who has been serving as the Day School’s interim director since January, will remain on the school’s staff to oversee the transition. Over the next several weeks Katharina will also begin resuming her duties as the church’s Director of Christian Education.

Of all Good Shepherd’s ministries, the Day School has the greatest impact on Rocky Mount, and the wardens and rector are excited to welcome Ms. Sandra for this new chapter on our journey.

Coronavirus Resources from the Diocese of N.C.

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a global pandemic that has created a world and situation unlike any we have known before. We continue to know this is understandably a cause for concern, but still not a cause for panic. It is an opportunity for all of us to go deeper into our faith to find ways to love and support one another. We are in this together, and we are beloved community.

Holy Week and Easter Videos

Maundy Thursday (April 9th, 2020, 6:30 p.m.)
Click here to watch the recording.
Click here for the service leaflet.

Good Friday (April 10th, 2020, 6:30 p.m.)
Click here to watch the recording.
Click here for the service leaflet.

Great Vigil of Easter (April 12th, 2020, 6:00 a.m.)
Click here to watch the recording.
Click here for the service leaflet.

Easter Day Festival Eucharist (April 12th, 2020, 10:30 a.m.)
Click here to watch the recording.
Click here for the service leaflet.

Palm Sunday Worship Video

View the service leaflet here.

Organist: Lawrence Goering
Presider: Matt Johnson
Reader: Joan Ashby
Soloist: Jim Ashby