Parish office hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9:00 am to noon
Phone: 506-635-8145 Email: email@example.com
Sept. 20th was Welcome Back Sunday. We were encouraged with the attendance! It was great to see the parking lot full of cars, a fresh new look to our front door and entranceway and so many friendly faces worshipping with us, even with the mask wearing and social distancing. Sunday School “JAM” (Jesus and me) also started Sept. 20th. We revealed our Capital Financial Campaign, and had available a small gift for parishioners to take to friends to let them know we were thinking of them.
Starting Sept 27th, 2020 we are returning to having Sunday services at 9:00AM and 10:30AM. We ask that you pre-register at our church office for the Sunday Service you plan to attend by phone or email, unless you have already added your name to the next Sunday's list on the previous Sunday. If you forgot to register, please do not stay home! We can add your name to the list when you arrive! Masks to be worn at the service with social distancing. There will be a signup sheet at the back of the church for GREETERS for the 9:00AM and 10:30AM services. If anyone is interested in signing up, please tell the greeters that week and they will add your name to the list for the week that you are interested in covering.
Thank you to everyone who is willing to help out!!!
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.
Confirmation classes started September 9th. This Wed. Sept 23rd is the final deadline to join this class (call 635-8145 to register). Confirmation with Bishop Edwards will be on December 6th, 2020
Bible Study on the Book of Deuteronomy will start September 29th, 2020 at 7:00 pm. Please call the office at 635-1145 to let them know if you are interested in attending, or show up on Sept. 29th.
Communications Alert: We want to make sure we are reaching parishioners during this COVID-19 pandemic. Any parishioners who have an email address and haven't yet provided your email to the church office, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (635-8145) to let the office know you would like to be added to the email distribution list. We are now on our Summer Schedule of one 10:00 am Sunday Service, but it will be recorded and emailed Sunday evenings and put on our Facebook Page "Church of the Good Shepherd, Saint John NB" and here on our website (goodshepherdsj.ca).
Thank you to everyone who is able to still continue with your regular offerings - electronic or otherwise. Our deficit this year may be more than we predicted due to COVID-19, so we ask that you prayerfully consider participating in our Capital Financial Campaign by increasing your weekly offering (if you are able) or selecting an envelope from the board at the front of our church, which has envelopes marked from $1.00 to $200.00 with a blessing inside each. You can select the envelope corresponding to the extra amount you are able to donate and put that amount in the envelope and place it on the offering plate.
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.
If you are willing to consider E-Offering, there is a link to the application on the home page of this website (right side). Lori Maker (635-8145) is your contact if you have any questions or wish to begin with E-Offering.
We are also set up to receive e-Transfer donations:
e-transfer: email@example.com (security: Lancaster)
There is a comment field available in e-transfer where you can put your envelope #.
If someone is on your mind then reach out and call them. On Sept 20th we made available a small gift and card that you can take to a friend to encourage 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.
The Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe
The Great Rectory Makeover: Several members of our parish have worked on the Rectory to make it ready for the Springthorpe family. Many thanks to all of you! If you would like to see some of the work that has been done you can sign in to Facebook and ask to join the group "The Great Rectory Makeover". The Springthorpe family has now moved in!
Need a place to hold an event or meeting?
Contact our church office Tue-Fri 9am-12pm (635-8145) for availability and shared cost of using our large hall/gym, small hall or small meeting rooms. Individuals and companies welcome to inquire. See facility pics at this link:
https://www.goodshepherdsj.ca/facility-space-availability ON HOLD during COVID-19 Pandemic.
BIKER'S BREAKFAST - MAY 30TH, 2020 - was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic!
Our Biker's Breakfast had been planned for May 30th, 2020, but had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions! This year was 18 years since we began this Blessing and Breakfast. We hope that we will be able to host it once again the last Saturday in May 2021, God willing. Breakfast is normally served from 9AM to 10AM with the Blessing by 10:15 AM. We serve a big breakfast for a free will offering. All are welcome and if for some reason you can't bring your bike, by car, truck or bus get your self to this event. Check out pictures from previous years at the links below! In the meantime, Stay Safe and God Bless! Please see the message here from our Rector, the Rev. Johnathan Springthorpe.
ANNUAL BIKER'S BREAKFAST AND BLESSING OF BIKES: Was held Saturday, MAY 25TH, 2019
Thank you to all who helped out and attended our bikers breakfast. We had more than 105 bikes and many more people! Check out the pictures from this year and past bikers breakfasts at the following links:
2019: Click here for pics on Facebook