‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
The Church of the Good Shepherd is well known in the community for its impactful outreach programs. The first homeless shelter in Rocky Mount was housed in the basement of our church until it outgrew our space and we helped to open a community shelter. We embrace our responsibility to help others and appreciate these opportunities to serve God and thank Him for our many blessings. We have zoned in on some acute needs in our community and have developed much utilized programs. We invite you to become involved. As always, there are never enough volunteers for all the outreach we would like to do.
Outreach programs operated by Good Shepherd:
Christmas Stars: At the time of the year that God gave us the greatest gift of all, we share His love with children and youth from families with few financial resources. Good Shepherd families provide Christmas gifts to these children who might otherwise have nothing at Christmastime.
Food Pantry: Acknowledging the hunger crisis in our community and around the nation, Good Shepherd runs an outreach program that offers an extensive food pantry and produce market every Monday. With the help of a parishioner’s non-profit “Shepherd’s Chariot,” each week we receive large amounts of canned and fresh food that were reclaimed from various retailers. We bring it to Good Shepherd and other aid organizations for distribution.
Snack Bags: After the food pantry on Mondays, we distribute snack bags on Tuesdays through Fridays. In 2016, Good Shepherd distributed approximately 8000 snack bags to local residents. Each bag contains a canned meat, a side item, and bottled water — a meal that they might otherwise go without. Church members assemble the bags after church periodically as do the youth at their meetings.
Knitting Group: A group of parishioners meet on Wednesdays to knit items for inreach and outreach. Among those handcrafted items, they have knitted cancer caps for the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center and clothing for Crisis Ministry and Peacemakers of Rocky Mount.
Community programs supported by Good Shepherd:
- Good Shepherd has recently provided financial support to community organizations including POF-FIGS (People of Faith – Filling in the Gaps), United Community Ministries, and the Conetoe Family Life Center.
- Good Shepherd families provide Thanksgiving dinners to needy families through the Bassett Center and the Down East Partnership for Children.