A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area

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The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd

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Spirituality

Faith Formation

I Will, With God's Help:  An Introduction to the Baptismal Life

Sundays, October 8, 15, 22, at 11:45 a.m., in the library

Are you seeking baptism for yourself or your child? This three-week class is a time of preparation and orientation to the sacrament of Holy Baptism in the Episcopal Church. This class is a requirement for all baptismal candidates. The sacrament of Holy Baptism will next be celebrated on November 5, and January 7. 

The Difference Heaven Makes: Our Christian Hope & Why it Matters  
Wednesdays in September (6, 13, 20, 27), from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In the life the church, our liturgy and hymns are full of references to the promise of heaven. In our lives, we speak of our loved ones who have died as being in “a better place.” In our wider culture, many recent best-selling books and movies have explored the topic of heaven, often based on dramatic true stories of near-death experiences. However, many of our common conceptions of heaven do not originate from the Bible or our Christian tradition. So, how do we make sense of heaven? What difference does heaven make? On Wednesday nights in September, we will be exploring this important topic!  


6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Presentation

The Beauty of Holiness:  An Instructed Eucharist

Sunday, September 24, 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.   Date Changed due to Irma.


One the defining characteristics of the Episcopal Church is the centrality of the Eucharist in our common life of worship and prayer. However, many people have questions about exactly what we do when we gather on Sunday for worship. Even those of us who have been Episcopalians our whole lives need to be reminded from time to time about the meaning and significance of our liturgical tradition. As our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry, likes to say, “we are the Episcopal branch of Jesus’ movement in this world!” On Sunday, September 17, I will be leading an Instructed Eucharist at both our morning worship services. I will be offering reflections and commentary throughout the service about what we are doing in our worship and why we do it!  

An Introduction to Life in the Church
Saturday, September 30, at 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the  All Saints’ Room


Are you new to Good Shepherd Church? Are you seeking the sacrament of Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation? Do you just want to learn more about life in the Episcopal Church? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this is the class for you! This one-day class will provide an overview of the Bible, Church History, Liturgy, and several other important topics related to the ministry we share together here at Good Shepherd. Join us for this exciting time of learning and spiritual formation. 

Spirituality isn't confined to a worship service.  Good Shepherd offers many opportunities to be nearer to God through programs and ministries with a focus on giving, caring, prayer, concern for others and looking deeper into our own faith. Some examples include: 


Altar Flowers

The flowers on our altar on Sundays and at special services are provided for by donations.  We have forms in the Narthex and in the office that may be filled out if you wish altar flowers to commemorate a certain person on a particular Sunday. 


Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis of Assisi was the champion of the downtrodden and the animals of this world.  In his honor, Good Shepherd holds a Blessing of the animals at the courtyard at the church on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis, usually in the beginning of October.  Pets of all types are welcome and each will be blessed by name. 


Daughters of the King

The Order of the Daughters of the King (DOK) is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service and evangelism.  Daughters make a commitment to Jesus as their Savior, and follow Him as Lord of their lives. 


St. Martha's Guild

At Good Shepherd, this informal group of volunteers offers hospitality to make it easier for families who have lost a loved one and are trying to plan and prepare for a memorial service and reception. The scripture behind this important ministry comes from the book of Luke:  "As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him."  Luke 10:38


Labyrinth Programs

The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that helps people find peace, healing and connection with god by the simple act of walking its circular path.  We offer facilitated and instructed walks but individuals are welcome to walk the labyrinth on their own.  We welcome outside groups who would like to walk the labyrinth as a part of a retreat or other event.  


Passing on the Faith

Good Shepherd has an ongoing inter-generational and multi-faceted ministry of support for our baptized children.  It includes making wooden "faith chests," knitting receiving blankets, and giving a small stuffed sheep, symbolizing that all baptized here are lambs of the Good Shepherd.