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What to Expect

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church seeks to be a welcoming and inclusive place where all people may freely and openly explore the spiritual and religious concerns of their lives.  We are on a journey of discovery and transformation focused on knowing, loving, and following Jesus Christ.  Wherever you are on your journey of faith, even if you feel you have lost your faith, you are welcome at Good Shepherd.

What to Expect

Sunday Services
Each service on Sunday includes the sharing of Holy Communion. We have four services:
8:00 am Rite I: Traditional language, instrumental music, one hymn.
10:15 am Rite II: Modern language, with choir and hymn singing.
10:15 am New Light: Very contemporary service for families with young children. Piano and guitar music, lots of singing.
5:00 pm Rite II: Modern language, one hymn. Very laid back and casual.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month, we have a Taize service in the chapel at 6:30pm. This is a quiet meditative service of singing, prayer and reflection. The service is usually not held in June or July. 

On Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm we have Holy Communion with Healing in the chapel. The liturgy is very similar to the 5:00 pm Sunday service. The Wednesday service is more intentionally focused on healing and everyone has an opportunity to receive laying on of hands and anointed with oil for a special need or concern.

How long are the services?
The 8:00 and 10:15 services last about 1 hour. New Light:  45 minutes to 1 hour. 5:00 pm 35-40 minutes. The Taize and Healing Services both last about 45 minutes.

Can I take communion?
All baptized Christians are invited and encouraged to receive communion. Children who have been baptized are welcome to receive also. Some parents choose to wait until their children have taken a first communion class (kindergarten—1st grade ages), but it is fine to have children receive communion and take the class later. 

Should I bring my Bible?
Just bring yourself. Everything you need is provided. View a sample service leaflet.

What should I wear?
You will find people dressed very casually (jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc.), more formally and all places in between. Just be yourself. You will fit in.

Where should I sit?
Good Shepherd has two large sections of seating in the center, and two smaller sections that are on either side of the altar. Sit wherever you are comfortable. Ushers can help you. Make yourself at home.

Where should I park?
We have a large parking lot surrounding the church. Parking is also available on Lake Hills Drive and in the small shopping center across the street.

Can I bring my children to church services?
Children are welcome to participate in all services. We have “doodle cards” in the pews for drawing or scribbling. The New Light service is specifically designed for children. Children are active in the service itself, and no one expects any of the children to sit still or be quiet. Child Care is available for children ages 0 through 4 on Sunday morning. Our nursery is equipped and staffed for the safety and care of younger children. Please ask an usher for directions to the Center.

Nursing mothers who would like some privacy are welcome to use the reception area of the church office during the services. Please check with an usher for access.