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 takes place Sundays at 10:30 am during the 10:30 am church service. Children stay in church until after the collect of the day and then proceed to Sunday School. We are looking for volunteers to teach one or two sessions, together or separate. Don’t worry - no experience required! 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.
If you would like a friendship call for yourself or for someone shut-in or lonesome (visit, phone-call, drive to appointment, household chore), please contact the church office at 635-8145 to arrange dispatch of a volunteer for you.
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 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. In 2017 we enjoyed 5 meetings, including a Pot-Luck at the Rectory in May. We held our annual "cleaning bee", and decorated the church for Christmas.
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.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out as servers and clean-up crew for at least 1 of 3 or 4 Sundays each Month at George's Cafe (located at Carleton Kirk United Church Hall on Duke St. West). This is a ministry that orginally started at the former St. George's Anglican Church (later called St. George's-St. Jude's Church, and then Westside Anglican Mission. The
Westside Anglican Mission, the Carleton Kirk United Church, and the Church of the Good Shepherd have contributed in some way to this valuable ministry, whether it is financially, cooking, serving, and/or cleanup. WAM closed Dec. 31, 2019, but George's Cafe continues. Carleton Kirk will be providing lunch the first week of each month and Rob Pitman will need volunteers to help the other weeks. Please arrive by 4:00, and plan to stay, eat and work until 6:00pm! The sign-up sheet will show us we have enough volunteers. Please feel free to join them. All are welcome to eat at George's Cafe.
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!
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 Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and new members are always welcome!
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 until March 1st, 2020. They are in need of several new members. No experience necessary! Please call Lynn Adams (635-8474) or Arlene Trask (738-2856) if you may be interested.
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 this year we went with two octaves rather than three. Arlene Trask is Tintinnabula's director.
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.
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. We are please to present Fashion Diva’s and Fabulous Desserts fundraiser to be held on April 4, 2020 at 2pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Doors will open at 1:30 pm. We will have a few vendors for your shopping pleasure. Tickets are $15.00 and are available from LIFT members or by calling the office at 635-8145. Nov 28th we will host the "Cool Chicks and Ugly Doclings". Our next meeting is Tues. March 12th, 2020.
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 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! Our next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 13th, 2019.
Recycling Bottles and Cans
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 & Thu 8:30am–5pm; Tue & Fri 8:30am–4pm;Sat 8:30am-Noon
(Wed, Sun, Sat of long weekends, and the entire week between Christmas and New Years – closed)