Sundays: Holy Eucharist at 8:00am (Rite I)
Holy Eucharist at 10:30am (Rite II)
Celtic Eucharist at 6:00pm (2nd Sundays)
Wednesdays: Healing Eucharist with Anointing Oil at 12:05pm
Vespers at 6:30 pm (during Lent)
Please see below for information about online worship during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a worship-centered community that celebrates diversity, honors tradition, and transforms hearts and lives by building relationships across borders and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. We walk a "middle way" between the Reformed (Protestant) and Roman Catholic traditions, seeking to express the fullness of Biblical faith through liturgy, teaching, fellowship, and service. Click here for more info.
PLEASE NOTE: All church gatherings are cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, effective Sunday, March 15, all Good Shepherd gatherings are canceled until further notice, including Sunday and Wednesday worship, Sunday school and other formation groups, Vestry meetings, and all other church groups and meetings. Father Joe continues to be available via phone or email. While we grieve our inability to gather together in body and to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion, especially during our most holy seasons of Lent and Easter, we know that this extended time of self-quarantine is the only way to ensure the protection of God's beloved human family, especially the most vulnerable among us. Those struggling with this fast from the Eucharist may find spiritual comfort and nourishment in this thoughtful reflection from our Orthodox friends: "Fasting from Communion in a Pandemic."
Latest update from our Diocese
The Bishops of the Diocese of North Carolina, in consultation with the 16-person Task Force for Reopening, have issued a 4-Stage Plan for a return to public worship. While the currently moratorium on in-person services has been extended to July 1, this plan will allow churches, starting on that day, to begin slowly welcoming people back to worship, as well as gradually reintroducing programs and other offerings, albeit with guidelines in place set forth by local and state Public Health Indicators. The leadership of Good Shepherd will be meeting in the coming weeks to determine the best ways to implement this Plan for our congregation.
Holy Week Online
While we wish that we could be together for this holy time, we recognize that in the interest of keeping everyone safe, it is imperative that we practice social distancing, stay home, and worship together virtually.
The Resource Guide provides Scripture readings, reflections, and practices that you can do yourself from your home, during every day of holy week! Videos will be posted here as well as to the Facebook page and YouTube channel, which will pair with the Resource Guide to help you get the most out of your home Holy Week experience.
Palm Sunday, April 5th:
Gospel Reading with Reflection & Music at 10:30 AM
Vespers with Passion Reading at 7:00 PM
Holy Tuesday, April 7th:
Lectio Divina at 3:00 PM
Holy Monday, April 6th:
Centering Prayer at 3:00 PM
Holy Wednesday, April 8th:
Agape Meal at 3:00 PM
Maundy Thursday, April 9th:
Stripping of the Altar at 7:00 PM
Online Prayer Services
During this time of self-quarantine, we invite you to learn about the spiritual practices and resources available for individual and family devotion that exist within our own Episcopal tradition, particularly the ancient practice of praying the Daily Office. This cycle of daily prayers dates back to the earliest Christian monastics. Forms for Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, and Evening Prayer (Vespers) can all be found in our Book of Common Prayer.
Click here to access a free digital copy of the Book of Common Prayer.
Online prayer services will be live streamed via Facebook Live at the service times listed below. These services will be also posted to our YouTube Channel immediately afterwards, so that you can access them at any time.
Morning Prayer: Sundays at 10:30 am
with homily on the Scripture readings for Sunday
Evening Prayer: Sundays at 7:30 pm
with guided Daily Examen
Noonday Prayer: Wednesdays at 12:05 pm
with Litany of Healing
Stay safe, wash your hands, and hopefully we will see you soon!
Good Friday, April 10th:
Stations of the Cross at 12:00 PM
Holy Saturday, April 11th:
The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:00 PM
Easter Sunday, April 12th:
This year on Easter Sunday, we have the unique opportunity to worship together with our fellow Episcopalians from all over the country! Along with our bishops, we invite you to tune into the service at the National Cathedral at 11:15 AM, to hear the words of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry as we celebrate this holy and blessed day.
"I am the good shepherd.
I know my own and my own know me."
Find your place here...
Good Shepherd has a variety of ministries for every age, to deepen your faith and to serve God and one another. No matter who you are, where you are on your spiritual journey, or what your gifts and interests may be, there is a place for you in our community! We want to help you connect with God's unique call for your life. Visit our ministries page for more information.
Click here to read our monthly newsletter! See what God has going on at Good Shepherd! You can also sign up receive the newsletter in your inbox by submitting your email address in the box at the bottom of this page, or you can receive a printed copy through your regular mail by contacting the the church secretary.
Church T-Shirts for sale! You can pick up one of our signature red Good Shepherd t-shirts by stopping by the church office. The cost is $10 per shirt.
Vestry Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm in the Edmondson Conference Room. All meetings are open to the congregation, and all are welcome! For more information on our vestry, visit our Leadership page.
Volunteers for Our Daily Bread gather at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen at 11:15am on the first Thursday of every month. Come and join the Good Shepherd crew as we share food and fellowship with folks in need.
Randolph County LGBT Tribe Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the parlor. If you are looking for a safe, affirming community, come and join. Allies welcome!
Dorcas Knitting Group meets every Tuesday at 1:00pm in the parlor and shares prayer and fellowship as they put together loving prayer shawls and other gifts for those in need. All are welcome to join, and no prior knitting experience is needed.
Parkinson Support Group meets at Good Shepherd on the first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am in the parish hall. These meetings are open to anyone in the community who may have an interest in learning more about this disease.