HOLY WEEK & EASTER

Palm Sunday: April 10

Our Palm Sunday service on April 10 at 9am will feature Good Shepherd’s Sunday School children helping to tell the story of Jesus’ final week on earth. After the 9am service, we will have a Holy Week Fair from 10:30-11:30am featuring the following stations:

  • Pony Rides
  • Assembling Easter Baskets for Westborough Food Pantry
  • Painting Rocks
  • Nailing Prayers to the Cross

Maundy Thursday Service: April 14 at 7PM

Join us for a family-friendly service to celebrate Jesus’ commandment to love one another, which he exhibited through washing his disciple’s feet and giving Himself in Holy Communion. Worship will include interactive prayer stations and readings and special music.

Easter Vigil: April 16 at 7PM

The Easter Vigil is a special worship service to celebrate Christ’s resurrection. The service emphasizes Christ as a light breaking into the darkness, exemplified through the use of fire and candles at dusk. We will also remember our baptisms. Many readings will be acted out by different families, creating an engaging worship space for the youngest and oldest disciples at Good Shepherd.

Easter Egg Hunt: April 17 at 10:30AM

Children ages 3-6th grade are invited to an Easter Egg hunt on Easter morning! We’ll meet on the Prayer Patio at 10:30am and begin the search across Good Shepherd’s grounds for eggs filled with candy and other treats. We hope you’ll join us for this special Easter tradition.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Each year Good Shepherd participates in an ecumenical Vacation Bible School hosted by several of the faith communities in town.

This summer’s Vacation Bible School will take place on July 25th – July 29th. We’ll celebrate God’s Greatness through the theme “Monumental.”

Register Today!

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CAMPERSHIPS

Support Calumet Campers this summer! Good Shepherd has provided financial support for children and families to participate in Camp Calumet for many years. In addition to giving camperships to youth from Good Shepherd, we’ve also helped campers from Concordia Lutheran Church in Worcester experience Calumet. Help make 2022 the best summer ever!

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Education at Good Shepherd

Welcome!

At Good Shepherd, learning is a fundamental way in which we strive to grow, nurture, and make disciples in Christ. We see learning as a lifelong process: in every chapter of life, God reveals new aspects of Godself, and our understanding of what it means to be disciples evolves and grows! Click through the descriptions below to find out more about the learning opportunities available at Good Shepherd.

The little ones

The littlest members of our community are learning a lot about what it means to be a disciple simply by being in church with us! We welcome children as worshipers in our congregation, and know that the praise they give to God includes lots of wiggles and whispers in the pews.

We provide worship bags for kids with fresh content in it each week so that they can engage with their faith in age-appropriate ways while in worship with us.

And if they (or their caregivers!) need a break from the sanctuary, the Nursery is located right next door to it, and is supervised every Sunday morning by an experienced caregiver:

At this time, due to COVID-19 we are not providing child care, please check back soon for updated information.

September – June:  9:00 and 10:45
Mid-June – August:  8:30 and 10:15

Childcare can also be provided during congregational meetings, Wednesday evening learning programs and special events. Please contact the church office if you want to take advantage of this.

Children’s Sunday School

GSLC Sunday School each week from September through early of June for three year olds through grade six at 9 am.

The Sunday School curriculum follows the lectionary, which means that the kids get to engage with the same bible stories their caregivers hear in worship. Our hope is that this fosters conversations about God’s word as a family.

Bible Adventures

“Bible Adventures ” is a class designed for fifth and sixth graders to get a solid grounding in the Old Testament and New Testament before entering confirmation. The two grades are taught together, and the curriculum alternates from year to year between the two testaments. This is a fun, approachable class that not only gives an overview of the Bible, but also gives the kids an opportunity to process their faith lives with peers. Bible Adventures meets on Sunday mornings at 9 am in the Kenneth O. Bean Library on the 2nd floor of our building.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a two-year program for seventh and eighth graders, and prepares them to take ownership of their baptismal promises by offering an overview of the Bible, of Christian doctrine, and or our Lutheran perspective. Upon completion of the class, students are eligible to be confirmed through a rite called the Affirmation of Baptism during a special Sunday morning service.

Teens at Good Shepherd

Opportunities for fellowship, service, and learning continue with TAGS, our program for teens at Good Shepherd. Monthly meetings from September through June are complemented by social gatherings (like escape rooms and corn mazes) and service opportunities (hosting a Halloween party for the littlest kids in the congregation, participating with a feeding ministry in Northampton). We also serve God and our neighbor through yearly mission trips during the summer. Email TAGS@goodshepherdcares.org for more information!

Adult Learning

Sunday Adult Forum
Our adult forum meets on Sundays for identical sessions at 10am and covers a range of topics and series._______

Weekly Bible Studies
We have two groups that gather every Monday and Friday at 9:30am. Usually, we’re working through a devotional book together that deepens our understanding of scripture and the life of faith.
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Wednesday Evening Adult Study
On Wednesday nights during Advent and Lent, there’s a learning opportunity for adults at 6:30pm. Topics range widely, and in the past have included a series on faith and science, the anatomy of worship, racial reconciliation, and Russian Icon painting. These Adult Studies are currently being held in a hybrid format, please contact Samantha Menapace, Director if Christian Education  at samantha.menapace@goodshepherdcares.org for more information about these classes.

Safe Church

Our mission statement – We are growing, nurturing, making disciples in Christ – calls us to create a community of faith where children, youth and adults can participate together in ministry in a safe and secure environment. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is committed to being a safe haven for children and youth and all adults – a place where all persons are protected from any form of exploitation and abuse. We therefore adopt this policy for the protection of everyone and prevention of abuse in our church. Click the links to download PDFs of our policy summary and the full draft of our policy.

Safe Church Policy Summary

Safe Church Policy

Wednesday Evenings at Good Shepherd

At 6:30 pm we hold, Confirmation (7th & 8th graders). During Advent and Lent we have Adult Learning gathering during this time both in person and via Zoom as a hybrid class.

At 7:30, during Advent and Lent we end our evening by gathering for an Evening Prayer Service.

Library

Named in memory of Good Shepherd’s longest-tenured pastor, the Kenneth O. Bean Library houses a diverse collection of spiritual and theological resources that are available to check out and take home! Visit the library, on the second-floor education wing, whenever you come by.

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