Romero House Project
If you have been into the Church of the Good Shepherd since March/April and have been wondering why the Church has the delicious aroma of home cooked turkey dinners throughout the corridors then you should know that it’s because of a small group of dedicated volunteers who have been cooking to help support Romero House in Saint John. With the help of the generous donations of money and food made by parishioners and turkeys provided by Romero House a small group made up of Sharon Baxter, Ann Stone, Janet Brown, Susan Dole and Rick Cunningham have met weekly to cook in the church kitchen. A special thanks to these hard-working volunteers, especially Ann and Susan for giving the kitchen a deep cleaning on two separate occasions and Gen Primeau for shopping for supplies. Volunteers meet on Saturday morning each week at 8:00 am to cook turkeys, peel, cut and cook vegetables and make peanut butter and jam sandwiches that are then delivered to Romero House.
The Romero House cooking crew had to take a little break in September and October as our funding was low, but thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we were able to start back up on Nov 7th. We will continue making 200 sandwiches, 2 very large pots of turkey soup and cooking 2 full turkeys every week. Romero House continues to provide takeouts to over 400 people per day.
We welcome anyone who'd like to help out - we start at 8:00 AM Saturday mornings and finish by noon. If interested you can let Janet Brown, Susan Doyle, Anne Stone or Sharon Baxter know. We appreciate the volunteers who stepped up to help with our weekly shopping and delivering to/from Romero House.
To make a financial contribution please consider sending an e-transfer or dropping off cash or cheque to Lori Maker at the church office to receive a tax receipt. Please make note that the donation is for Romero House. A special thank you to the Atlantic Superstore in Millidgeville for their ongoing generous financial support in our efforts!
payable to "The Church of the Good Shepherd"
668 Manawagonish Rd.,Saint John, NB E2M 3W5
Phone: 506-635-8145 (Tue-Fri 9:00 am - Noon)
West Side Food Bank
Please remember the West Side Food Bank with a toonie or a loonie in the can in the Narthex, or a donation in a special envelope marked with your name or number. We aim to support the Food Bank by at least $200/month!
Our Parish Prayer Tree
A team of thirty-five volunteers is available, upon request, to pray for you or your loved one daily, for two weeks. These prayers will be treated with the strictest confidence. Prayer-requests should be short and to the point, and will be passed on verbatim. The Lord knows what we need best! A follow-up of thanks or an update is also a good way to encourage our intercessors in their ministry.
To initiate the prayer-tree ministry please call your request to our “Captain”, Ngaire Nelson at 672-8666, or Jean MacLeod 672-2086 if Ngaire can’t be reached.
Sunday school - J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)
Sunday School "Jesus and Me" (J.A.M.) started up again on Sept 20th during the 10:30 am Service. Children stay in church until after the collect of the day and then proceed to Sunday School. The sessions are kept simple in order to accommodate a wide range of ages. Sessions include: Attendance chart & stickers, The Lord’s Prayer, bible story, a craft (your choice) and of course snacks, which are provided. As we deal withi the COVID 19 pandemic there will be protocols in place to keep the children safe. The classroom will be big enough to allow spacing between the children. Hand sanitizer will be available for children and teachers to clean their hands before going into the classroom. There will be individual lesson packages/craft supplies, and utensils such as crayons, scizzors, glue etc., prepared and bagged for each student so there will be no sharing of supplies. Teachers will be expected to wear masks and students will be encouraged to wear them as well (but not mandatory). All students will be screened when they first come into the church, so a second screening will not be necessary for Sunday School. Treats, when provided, will be individually wrapped from the manufacturer so please let us know if your child has allergies. The program, as it has in the past, will have visual/hands on lessons, supporting the wrods of the bible, either scripture, Gospel or Psalms, and a relatable craft for the children to take home. We encourage you to engage in conversation with the children about what they have learned!
We have had a small group participate every week. The children have enjoyed stories, songs and crafts. Lessons have been around Praying, being Thankful and Grateful, the Creation of the World, The Ten Commandments, the Pumpkin Gospel - Letting the Light of God shine from withtin, Remembrance Day. On Oct 6, Thanksgiving, we held a family service so there was no J.A.M.. The children were given packages and encouraged to do the activities in church; Sermon Bingo, Prayer matching, for prizes after church.
As Advent 2020 approached the children worked on an outreach project for our Christmas baskets making a small gift and card for each of the families. During this time we talked about the Advent wreath and the meaning of each of the candles. On January 31, 2021 the children will remain in church for the Confirmation Service with Archbishop David.
We continue to look for volunteers to teach. We keep the curriculum simple, story and a craft. If you are interested please contact Janet Brown or Terry Ricketts. Check out the 2020 Collage of the children's crafts on our Photo Gallery page. Sunday School has been temporarily suspended while we are in Orange Level due to increased COVID cases.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our youth group (ages 8-12) met Wednesday evenings for crafts, games, a bible story, and snacks. Rev. Jonathan was assisted by Judy Mae Gallant and Rick Cunningham. He is looking forward to when Youth Group starts up again, hopefully after our Jan 31st, 2021 Confirmation, depending on our COVID level. Since Sept 2020 he has been holding Confirmation classes for ages 12 and over, with 1 classes left (Jan 20) before Archbishop David Edwards confirms the 6 participants Jan 31, 2021 at our 10:30 am Service.
Our Altar Guild is responsible for maintaining the chancel and all its altar ware, and preparing the Lord's Table and church for worship services. Our 7 members (2 teams of 2 and 1 team of 1) take bi-weekly rotations of duties. We welcome new members, and will start you out on one of the existing teams to help you get familiar with what the job entails.
We are grateful for the many memorials and donations that are given to cover our Flower Fund and Altar Guild expenses. We are thankful for all who have served in the past, and for those who continue to serve.
Our Servers assist the Celebrant with Communion and other tasks during the church service. We will be looking for volunteers to increase our numbers when we are able to start meeting in person again.
Recycling Bottles and Cans
L.I.F.T (Ladies in Fellowship Together) purchased 3 blue recycle bins in March 2017 and placed them around our church hall and gym areas for your convenience. At the same time they opened up a “Church of the Good Shepherd” account at the Golden Mile Redemption Center, 35 Linton Rd. For now, the proceeds of all donations to this account will go to our Sunday School. Thank you to all who have donated their recycling proceeds this past year and who will continue to do so going forward.
Redemption Center Hours of operation:
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri 10:00am–3pm;
Wed closed; Sat 8:30am-Noon
(Sat & Sun of long weekends, and the entire week between Christmas and New Years – closed)
The recycling depot is now open again, and many thanks to those who have alredy donated since it re-opened.
Online Services and Rectory Repairs
Sept. 20th, 2020 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.
Sept 27th, 2020 we returned 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!!!
Nov 21st, 2020 church, bible study and confirmation classes for the upcoming week were cancelled due to a surge in COVID cases in the Saint John area putting us in the Orange level of the pandemic, but services restarted Nov 29th with a limit of 50 participants per service. Our Service of Lessons and Carols was changed to Dec 20th, and our Confirmation Service was postponed to January 31, 2021.
Many thanks to the Rev. Jonathan Springthorpe, David Mitchell and all his vocal helpers), and Bruce MacLeod for their "Labour of Love" behind the scenes each week for our services. If you are a parishioner with email and are not currently receiving the Sunday Evening Parish updates with a link to that morning's 10:30 am service, please contact our church office at phone 635-8145 or email . Office hours are Mon-Fri 9am-12pm.
"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 moved in mid-September 2020!
Thank-you to all who have maintained your giving to your church during this difficult time. If you are able, you can drop off your offering at the office during the hours listed above, or you can sign up for e-offering or choose to do an e-transfer of funds.
How to make your offerings:
A form specific to our Parish can be obtained from the church office or on the right of the home page of our website (www.goodshepherdsj.ca)
E-Transfer: (security: Lancaster)
Cheque: Make payable to “Church of the Good Shepherd”
Mail: 668 Manawagonish Road, Saint John, NB, E2M 3W5
David Mitchell is a noted voice teacher and singer, founding Director of the Sussex Choral Society and Polyphon A Cappella Chorus, Director of Still Waters Choir, and the past and founding Director of the Saint John Men's Chorus. He has led the ministry of music at Good Shepherd since 1998. One of our year's highlights is certainly the beautiful Christmas Cantata put on by our very own Church of the Good Shepherd Choir. His students now and then perform at our Sunday Service, and we are never disappointed. Our Choir practices are normally Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and new members are always welcome! David continues to do some online voice/music instruction, and is an integral part of our COVID-19 Online Services team, and while choir practice paused for a while during the COVID-19 pandemic, they helped David put together a Service of Lessons and Carols for both services on Dec 20, 2020.
St. George's Tintinnabula -
Hand Bell & Chime Choir
St. George’s Tintinnabula Hand-bell and Chimes Choir usually rehearses on Mondays at 6:45 pm in the Small Hall. but they are currently on hiatus. Want to try something new? Meet new friends and learn a new skill? Our Hand Bell Choir is looking for new members. Can’t read music....that’s ok, we will train. Our mission is to play for others who would enjoy this unique musical choir while having fun ourselves. Call Lynn Adams at 635-8474, you can leave a message with your name and number and we will get back to you.
Tintinnabula plays a couple of Services a year during Communion or for specific hymns and are invited to play at some other venues, including nursing homes, throughout the year. In summer 2017, Gary Baxter rebuilt the boxes we store them in, and vestry supported the cost of this venture. With 3 ringers short last year we went with two octaves rather than three. Arlene Trask is Tintinnabula's director.
Tintinnabula has been on pause due to the COVID pandemic.
St. Joseph's Guild
Our Men's Guild can always be counted on for a tasty parish luncheon after church services or doing repairs or some heavy lifting around the church and hall. They've been known to cook a mean Fall roast beef supper or a Seder meal on Maundy Thursdays. The highlight of the year is the annual Biker's Breakfast, usually held the last Saturday in May, starting at 9:00 am. The most recent one was Saturday, May 26th, 2018. Our 2020 Biker's Breakfast had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With our province currently in the ORANGE level due to increases in COVID cases, It is difficult to determine if we will be able to have our bikers' breakfast the last Saturday in May 2021 either. In the meantime, Stay Safe and God Bless!
L.I.F.T (Ladies in Fellowship Together)
The L.I.F.T. (Ladies in Fellowship Together) ministry looks to promote, strengthen and grow relationships among women, thru community involvement and spiritual giving within the church and the community. A couple of our popular and fun events are our Spring Fashion Shows and our Dessert Auctions, both at which you get to have some decadent desserts and lots of fun.
Our primary goals are simple yet vital. We look to support community groups and establish service activities that support the continued growth of Christ in our Community, and have some fun and fellowship along the way.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV)
We usually meet at 6:30 pm the 2nd Thursday of each month, except July and August, in the Sunshine Room, and all women in the parish are always welcome to join us!
As many of you know our focus has, in the past, been around fundraising. This year due to to the pandemic our focus has changed somewhat as we seek new ways to connect with each other rather than focusing on fundraising. At the October meeting Janet brought supplies to make cute decorative pumpkins. Everyone had fun and took home their creation to decorate their table for Thanksgiving. In November we took to adding a "Lil Something Something" to the Christmas pew markers. In December, plans were underway for a Centre piece workshop, but our Dec meeting was cancelled when we changed to the Orange Level of the pandemic.
L.I.F.T. will continue to explore new avenues of fundraising but as we have learned thru this pandemic, it is the people that matter most.