LAST SUNDAY IN EASTER - MAY 24, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

 

As you know the New Brunswick Government announced this past Friday that we have moved to the Yellow Phase of reopening organizations and businesses. This includes religious services of up to 50 people provided physical distancing is maintained. Members of Vestry and myself are working on an Operational plan which must be in place before we can resume services. We will be working hard early on in the week and hope to have an announcement of when services will resume at Good Shepherd in the middle of next week. There are many details that we will be working on to make our worship services as safe as possible for all involved. We will not be able to just open the doors to the public without much planning and consideration. We ask for your patience as we work on the Operational plan. Things are going to look different in how we worship we will have more details to you soon.

 

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

Here is the link for the Service for May 24th:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQaF7MRVVRA

Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell, Wendy Maxwell, and Bruce MacLeod for their hard work on this!

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

6th SUNDAY OF EASTER - MAY 17, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

 

Thank-you to our staff: David, Lori and Larry for their continued work during this difficult period. Thank-you to Bruce and Patti our Wardens and the member of Vestry for their continued effort. As you know the NB Government has begun to lift some restrictions about movement and gatherings. At this point gatherings of 10 or less are permitted but not more.

In the coming weeks if things continue to go well then we will be able to meet in groups of 50 or less provided procedures like social distancing are maintained. Right now the Vestry and I are forming a committee to walk through how we open again for our services. The Bishop met with the clergy of the Diocese this past week and each parish will need to come up with an operational plan in order to reopen for worship. The operational plan for Church of the Good Shepherd will include: 1) Physical distancing, 2) Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, 3) Screening and monitoring and staying home if you are sick, 4) Cleaning and disinfecting, among other items. We will not open for public services without this plan in place. Please bear with us and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

God bless you,

 

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

 

This Week’s Service

Enjoy our service for May 17th. Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell, Ginny Higgins, Susan Taylor, and Bruce MacLeod for their work on this week’s edition.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-MJWUpik4g&t=6s

 

The Great Rectory Makeover

You should see the transformation that is taking place in the Rectory. Thank-you to the long list of people who have been contributing to this work. The difference is amazing! Follow us on Facebook.

 

Summer Student
Our Summer Student Alex Small started this past Friday helping to paint walls at the Rectory.

Welcome Alex!

 

Children’s Activities

Please find activities from a link on the right on our home page.

On Wednesday evening at 6:30pm I have booked a Zoom session so that our children from our Sunday School and Youth Group can say hello to one another. There will be a Bible Story, a game and some prayer. If this one goes well we might try another one!

Jonathan Springthorpe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Sunday School and Youth Group Catch Up

Time: May 20, 2020 06:30 PM America/Moncton

 

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Online/Phone Bible Study on 1 Peter 2:13-25

 

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Topic: 1 Peter Bible Study

Time: May 19, 2020 07:00 PM America/Moncton

 

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"No greater love has no man than this that He lay His life down for His friends" John 15:13

 

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

Church Of The Good Shepherd

www.goodshepherdsj.ca

Jonathan's Cell: (506) 343-7748

Church Office: (506) 635-8145

Church e-mail: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca

 

5th SUNDAY OF EASTER - MAY 10, 2020

Dear Good Shepherd Family,

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Weekly Update:

As you know we are moving in the right direction with the Covid 19 Crisis but we do not have the green light from either the Bishop or the NB Government to meet yet. I will be meeting with the Bishop (and the other clergy) on Monday via Zoom to discuss the situation and to start to put together a picture of what meeting together for public worship might look like. We will be also discussing this on Thursday night at Vestry. We hope to have more to tell you in a week’s time. Stay safe and May God Bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you now and forever more!

 

Rectory Makeover:

My wife Kristen and I want to thank everyone involved in doing work in the Rectory in preparation and in particular Shayne, Terry and Tim, Margaret Ann, Grenville, Susan and Stephane, Barry, Jerry, Jeff and Nathan, and Bruce. I hope I am not leaving anyone out. The transformation to date is quite striking. Bushes and landscaping has been done, cleaning, carpets removed, and painting among other jobs. You can follow the journey on Facebook by joining the group The Great Rectory Makeover.

Online Service:

Here is the latest installment of our weekly online service. I am not sure if you realize this but to do the online services is quite a process. David Mitchell chooses and arranges the music and records it sometimes with help from Sharon Titus or others. He also records Joyce leading the prayers and reading the Psalm. I prepare the sermon and the rest of the liturgy and then record them usually at home. Then I edit the audio in a video editing software and put it all together. Once I have finished with it then it goes to Bruce MacLeod who creates all of the visuals that you see on the screen. This alone takes hours. Then Bruce uploads it to Youtube and you get to watch and listen to it at home. Many thanks to David and Joyce Mitchell, Elyse Doiron, and Bruce MacLeod for their hard work. We hope you enjoy it and experience spiritual uplifting through the music, prayers and preaching!

Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/EcNT48tMdYg

Newsletter:

Our latest News Around the Flock is available with a big thanks to Deanna for all of her work in formatting it. Thanks for all who contributed to the content. If you haven’t received an e-mail copy or if you would like to receive a paper copy please contact Lori in the church office.

Sunday School/ Youth Group Activities:

There are activities attached to this e-mail that go with the Gospel reading from John 14:1-14.

Thanks to Judy Mae for finding these activities.

Offerings:

Thank-you to all who are able to continue to give financially to our ministry together. Please see our website for information on how you can give.

Online/Phone Bible Study on 1 Peter 2:1-12

Join us for an in depth look into the Scripture.

Jonathan Springthorpe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bible Study on 1 Peter 2:1-12

Time: May 12, 2020 07:00 PM America/Moncton

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"No greater love has no man than this that He lay His life down for His friends" John 15:13

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER - MAY 3, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

We come to the end of another week in this Covid 19 Pandemic. We have some good news to celebrate here in New Brunswick reporting no new COVID-19 cases for 14 consecutive days and the full recovery of all 118 people who had the virus. Thanks be to God! We wait on the government and the Bishop as to when we can meet again. May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you now and forever more. Amen.

Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell, Sharon Titus, and Bruce MacLeod for their help in putting the service together. They all do a wonderful job.

Here is the link to this Sunday's Service:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdHpvo7ITCY

Activities for the Sunday School and Youth Groups are attached.

"No greater love has no man than this that He lay His life down for His friends" John 15:13

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

This week has been one of tragedy with the death of 23 people in Nova Scotia and I ask for your continued prayers for the family, friends, and co-workers of the 22 victims. I also ask for prayers for the family, friends, and co-workers of the shooter. God knows all need prayer right now. Patti Skidmore rang our church bells 22 times once for each of the victims in the violent rampage. Many other churches sounded their bells as a way to remember those lives lost.

 

On the one hand this week has been filled with tragedy and on another there are signs of hope that the social distancing has flattened the curve of new cases in New Brunswick and across parts of Canada. We cannot yet meet in person to hold services but there is light at the end of the tunnel. We will wait to hear from Bishop David Edwards as to when we can resume services. I will let you know as soon as I know.

Thank-you to all who have maintained their giving to the church during this difficult time.

If you are able, you can drop off your offering at the office from Tuesday to Friday between 9am and noon. Or you can sign up for e-offering or choose to do an e-transfer of funds. The information is on our website https://www.goodshepherdsj.ca/

Here is the link to the video for tomorrow's service. Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell and Bruce MacLeod for their continued work on these services.

https://youtu.be/_GKUsG72eA0

May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you now and forever. Amen.

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
Church of the Good Shepherd
Anglican Parish of Lancaster
668 Manawagonish Road
Saint John, NB  E2M 3W5
506-635-8145

2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 19, 2020

Dear Parish Family,

I hope and pray for you that God is giving you strength during these difficult days.

The Vestry and I met this past Thursday through video/phone conference to talk about a number of issues both related to Covid 19 and ongoing issues. I would like to thank the members of Vestry, our staff, Lori, David, and Larry and the Wardens for their continued work and diligence in these unprecedented times.

Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell, and Bruce MacLeod for their work on another service online.

I hope to offer an online/phone Bible Study on 1 Peter beginning a week from Tuesday. More details to follow.

Here is the Service for tomorrow:
https://youtu.be/cypW_gXwhEc

 

May God bless you and keep you and make His face to Shine upon you now and forever more!

 

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

Church of the Good Shepherd

Anglican Parish of Lancaster

668 Manawagonish Road

Saint John, NB E2M 3W5

506-635-8145

EASTER SUNDAY - APRIL 12, 2020

He is risen! He is risen indeed alleluia.

Here is the link for Easter Sunday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL2IpYdOink

Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell, Sharon Titus, and Bruce MacLeod for all of their hard work.

God Bless,

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
Church of the Good Shepherd
Anglican Parish of Lancaster
668 Manawagonish Road
Saint John, NB E2M 3W5
506-635-8145

A NOTE FROM OUR RECTOR AND LINK TO GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

Dear Good Shepherd Family,


Here is the link for the Good Friday Service for today. May God bless you.

https://youtu.be/7SNA13_x8mc

In Christ,

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
Church of the Good Shepherd
Anglican Parish of Lancaster
668 Manawagonish Road
Saint John, NB E2M 3W5
506-635-8145

A NOTE FROM OUR RECTOR AND LINK TO MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE

 

Dear Good Shepherd Family,

 

I know this Holy Week is unusual and I don't know about you but it really is difficult not being able to get together in person. Below is the link for the Maundy Thursday Service though it is modified to fit into an online format. Thank-you to David and Joyce Mitchell, Sharon Titus, and Bruce Macleod for all of their work on this service and the Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. May God bless you this Easter weekend. I look forward to when we can meet in person.

In Christ,
The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

Maundy Thursday Service:
https://youtu.be/Ailc38c-6So

A NOTE FROM OUR RECTOR - APRIL 4, 2020

Dear Good Shepherd Family,

Here is a link to the Palm Sunday Service recorded for tomorrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LoIKOMwNqc

I pray it will bless you in this difficult time. Thank-you to David Mitchell, and Joyce Mitchell and the Bruce MacLeod for their help in putting this service together. As you know we are still prohibited from meeting as we endeavor together to "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are putting together services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. We are looking at putting on an online Bible Study in the coming weeks.

If you need to talk or would like a prayer then please contact us and we will be in touch.

May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you, now and forever more. Amen

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
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"No greater love has no man than this that He lay His life down for His friends" John 15:13

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
Church Of The Good Shepherd
www.goodshepherdsj.ca


Jonathan's Cell: (506) 343-7748
Church Office: (506) 635-8145
Church e-mail: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca

A NOTE FROM OUR RECTOR - MARCH 27, 2020:

Dear Parishioners,

 

Until further notice our parish has been directed by the Diocese and the government to cease worship services and all non-essential gatherings of any kind. We will do our best in the coming days and weeks to communicate updates as this situation unfolds.

Here is this week’s church service online. Thanks to David Mitchell, Joyce Mitchell, and Sharon Titus for their contributions.

Click this link to watch it: https://youtu.be/fI8HtowNEOQ

 

Feel free to share the service with anyone you wish.

 

You will need a Book of Alternative Services if you wish to pray through the liturgy. You can download one for free at https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/BAS.pdf

 

Thank you to everyone who is able to still continue with your regular offerings - electronic or otherwise. Lori will be in the church office for her regular hours (Tuesday-Friday 9:00- noon) if you need any help. I can be reached directly on my cell phone – 506-343-7748.

If you need any practical help for example a drive to the grocery store or pharmacy please contact the church office as there are people who are willing to help you in this difficult time.

 

In Christ,
The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
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"No greater love has no man than this that He lay His life down for His friends" John 15:13

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
Church Of The Good Shepherd
www.goodshepherdsj.ca
Jonathan's Cell: (506) 343-7748
Church Office: (506) 635-8145
Church e-mail: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca

A NOTE FROM OUR RECTOR - MAR 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Until further notice our parish has been directed by the Diocese and the government to cease worship services and all non-essential gatherings of any kind. We will do our best in the coming days and weeks to communicate updates as this situation unfolds.

In the meantime, here are some important things to note:

We will be producing and posting a Service of the Word each week with music, readings, prayers, and a sermon. We will have it posted to Youtube by Saturday each week. The first is available here at this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkhz_9s1uyw&t=842s You will need a Book of Alternative Services if you wish to pray through the liturgy. You can download one for free at https://www.anglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/BAS.pdf

The Diocese is producing an online and over the phone Litany Service at 6pm from Monday to Saturday. It is called Litany @ 6. We will publish a link on Facebook (and here on our website).

Thank you to everyone who is able to still continue with your regular offerings - electronic or otherwise. Whether you are able to still give offerings or not is secondary to the trust that we have in God that our needs both as individuals and as a church family can be met. Lori will be in the church office for her regular hours (Tuesday-Friday 9:00- noon)

If you are willing to consider E-Offering, please look at the application form attached to the top right of this page or accessed from a link on the home page of this website. Lori Maker (635-8145) is your contact if you have any questions or wish to begin with E-Offering.

Pastoral care is still offered as usual with the exception that access has been restricted at the hospitals unless there is a life-threatening emergency - and even then only one visit will be allowed. Please let Jonathan know if you are admitted to the hospital under these conditions or if you would like a pastoral visit (506)-343-7748.

If you need any practical help for example a drive to the grocery store or pharmacy please contact the church office as there are people who are willing to help you in this difficult time.

If someone is on your mind then reach out and call them. Look to God the author and finisher of our faith. He is able to uphold us and help us to stand even in the darkest hour. May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you now and forever more.

In Christ,

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe

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"No greater love has no man than this that He lay His life down for His friends" John 15:13

 

The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
Church Of The Good Shepherd
www.goodshepherdsj.ca
Jonathan's Cell: (506) 343-7748
Church Office: (506) 635-8145
Church e-mail: goodshep@nb.sympatico.ca

Follow along in the Book of Alternative Services for a Service of the Word.

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