The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
Frequently Asked Questions
A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
Just getting to know us? Here are some of the questions we hear most often.
What is Good Shepherd's mission? Good Shepherd is a welcoming community of faith whose mission is to develop and nurture our relationship with God in order that we may minister to one another and be Christ's presence in the community.
Does Good Shepherd welcome diversity? Everyone is welcome here. Because we come from many diverse backgrounds you will find that we don't always see things the same way, but as a community, we love that about Good Shepherd!
What is the typical Sunday service at Good Shepherd? The form of a typical service goes back to the beginnings of Christian worship. The first part (the Liturgy of the Word) consists of hymns, psalms, Bible readings, a sermon, and prayers. The second part is the Holy communion which has, at its heart, the Last Supper of Jesus Christ.
What is the difference between Rite I and Rite II? The Rite I service uses traditional language, and the Rite II service uses more contemporary language with more prayer options. Good Shepherd uses both, with Rite I at the 8:00 a.m. service, and Rite II at the 10:00 a.m. service.
May I receive Communion? YES. At Good Shepherd all are welcome to receive Communion at the Lord's Table.
May my children receive Communion? Children are welcome to receive Communion. It is up to parents to decide when they wish their children to begin to receive. Our clergy are happy to provide communion instruction and guidance in the parents' decision on this matter. We offer a Children's Communion Instruction at least once per year.
Children or adults may come forward for a blessing instead of communion, kneeling at the altar rail with arms crossed over the chest.
If I choose to receive communion, what should I do? Go to the altar rail with the other people in your row and kneel along with them. You may stand if you prefer. You will first receive the consecrated bread. Hold out both hands crossed, palms up, to receive it. You may then place it in your mouth or hold it to be dipped in the consecrated wine.
What is the Quiet Room? "Make a joyful noise." We love having babies and children in church. But if your energetic little one is making YOU uncomfortable, the Quiet Room, located just off the Narthex, is ideally suited for those who would like a separate place to listen to the service. Toys, books and comfy chairs are available.
Where is Good Shepherd located? We are in the Village of Tequesta, in northern Palm Beach County. Click here for a map and directions.
Where can I park? Parking is available on both the north and south sides of the church.
Is there a dress code? No. We are an eclectic bunch. From dresses and suits to shorts, hats or feather boas, you will see it all! Dress however you are most comfortable.
Where is the church office located and when is it open? The church office is located in the Ryon building which is northeast of the Sanctuary. Click here for a campus map. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Summer hours, from June to September are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.