The people of Good Shepherd extend you a warm welcome!
Like faith communities around the U.S. and the world, Good Shepherd is retooling our ministries to continue to offer spiritual support and to point to Christ’s presence in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Church is more than a building, and we remain committed to our mission to grow, nurture, and make disciples in Christ wherever and however we can. Scroll down to learn more.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7
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Ministry during Pandemic
Though the ongoing pandemic has changed a lot of things, we know that two things have stayed the same: God’s everlasting love, and our call to grow, nurture, and make disciples in Christ. In grateful response to this holy love, we continue to find ways to live out our mission throughout the fall and the months to come. Read on to learn more!
Currently we offer worship in two mediums: online and in-person.
We gather as an online community on Sundays at 9am over on our Facebook page. The service is available afterwards both there and on our YouTube page for you to watch at any time. It also airs on Westborough TV at 9am on Tuesdays. For this service, we’re always looking for people who are willing to record themselves reading our lessons or our prayers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
We gather at 10:15am on Sunday mornings for in-person worship. We meet on an alternating weekly basis, indoors and in our parking lot. Click on the boxes above to learn more.
Sunday School has gone virtual! The 2020-2021 Sunday School program consists of weekly virtual, at-home Sunday School lessons, as well as Zoom calls on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, for children ages Pre-K through 8th grade. The lessons follow the lectionary, which means that children will learn about the same bible stories read in church on Sunday mornings. It is our hope that all of God’s children, young and older, will be empowered to discuss the same biblical passages each week and grow in discipleship together.
We’ll also be offering learning series for different grades throughout the year, beginning with a 4th grade series on the history of Martin Luther in October. If you’d like to receive weekly lessons, Zoom calls, and more information about the learning series, please email email@example.com.
There are several opportunities for adult learning:
Our adult forum is currently meeting on Sunday mornings via Zoom to learn about and discuss the criminal justice system in America, as well as our call as people of faith.
On Wednesday in October, our Reconciling in Christ committee will be leading a series exploring the so-called “clobber passages” of the Bible often used to condemn or exclude LGBTQIA+ folx, reframing them in a gospel light of healing and inclusion.
Our two bible studies also continue to meet via Zoom on Monday and Friday.
Please email the church office or sign up for our weekly news to receive the necessary links to any or all of these studies!
We all miss having a little more music in our life. To start the day off on the right note (pun intended), our music directory Kirby emails out daily installments of Music to Start Your Day, offering a bible verse and a piece of music for a few moments of contemplation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
We’re also looking for special musicians willing to play and/or sing at home and record themselves for our digital worship service. Please email Kirby to be added to the rotation!
Over the summer, Good Shepherd tapped several of our members to form a reopening team to help us discern how and when to begin gathering for worship in person once again. This team includes a scientist working in the pharmaceutical industry, a human resources expert, a building inspector, the chair of our worship and music committee, a retired nurse, and our pastors. We give thanks for their combined expertise and faithfulness in this difficult task!
This reopening team produced two documents. GSLC Phased Reopening offers a birds-eye-view of what reopening will look like, identifying the phases we’re moving through and the triggers that send us forward and backward in the process. Recommendations for Reopening is a much more detailed document. It identifies thirteen goals we’ll strive to meet in order to keep our gatherings as safe as possible, and gets into the nitty-gritty of how those goals will be met.
Click the links below to read the documents: