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 suspended until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, effective Sunday, March 15th, 2020 all Good Shepherd gatherings are suspended until further notice, including Sunday and Wednesday worship, Sunday school and other formation groups, Vestry meetings, and all other in-person meetings. Father Joe continues to be available via phone or email.
While we grieve our inability to gather together in body and share in the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, we know that this extended time of self-quarantine is the best 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 have issued a 4-Stage Plan for a return to public gathering. This plan was developed in consultation with a 16-person "Task Force for Reopening" that includes epidemiologists and other medical professionals. Additional subcommittees have also been created to address areas such as: Worship, Newcomers, and Protection & Prevention Equipment. All of the Diocesan Task Force Reports can be read below.
The Diocese of North Carolina is currently in Stage 1-B. While this means that indoor public gatherings remain suspended, Stage 1-B permits in-person outdoor gatherings with limited capacity. Worship services can be held with up to 25 people, and small group gatherings can meet with up to 15 people. All safety protocols under Stage 2, such as sign-ups, mask-wearing, and social distancing must be followed for any gathering.Currently, Good Shepherd continues offering worship and meetings exclusively online, but stay tuned for any updates or new directives from our Vestry.
Weekly Online Worship
During this time of self-quarantine, we have invited folks to learn about the spiritual practices and resources available for individual and family devotion that exist within our own Episcopal tradition, particularly through our weekly sharing of the Daily Office of Morning Prayer and sung Evening Prayer (aka Vespers). We encourage you to continue these practices - which you can do by clicking here to access a free digital copy of the Book of Common Prayer.
After praying the Offices together for five months, we are now offering a service of Spiritual Communion, airing from the sanctuary of Good Shepherd each week. We hope this service will be of great comfort for those who have missed our being in our church, as well as serve as a nice transition as part of Stage 1-B, as we move toward our eventual return to in-person gatherings.
All of our worship services are live streamed via Facebook Live at the service times listed below. These services are also posted to our YouTube Channel immediately afterwards, so that you can access them at any time. Sunday Spiritual Communion airs simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube!
Spiritual Communion: Sundays at 10:30 am
with Scripture Readings & Sermon
Noonday Prayer: Wednesdays at 12:05 pm
with Litany of Healing
Holy Week and Pentecost
This year during Holy Week, we introduced a number of spiritual practices that you can do in your own home. Our Holy Week Resource Guide offered Scripture readings, reflections, and practices that were paired with videos for each day of the week, introducing the practices and liturgies of the church.
In addition to these unique Holy Week offerings, we also provided a special Pentecost online service, which included new takes on our traditional Pentecost reading and parade. It was at this service that we first introduced Spiritual Communion.
Click on any of the videos below to experience these special Holy Week & Pentecost services!
Palm Sunday, April 5
Gospel Reading with Reflection & Music
Vespers with Passion Reading
Holy Monday, April 6
Holy Tuesday, April 7
Holy Wednesday, April 8
Maundy Thursday, April 9
Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday, April 10
Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, April 11
The Great Vigil of Easter
The Day of Pentecost
Sunday, May 31
"I am the good shepherd.
I know my own and my own know me."
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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.
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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 LGBTQ 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.