A Community of Faith in the Jupiter, Tequesta and Hobe Sound Area
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
"We Have A Place For You."
You will be directed to our online giving page. Please select Lenten Outreach Project (CROS) when designating your gift.
TOGETHER WE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Good Shepherd offers a robust selection of outreach projects for any level of involvement. Please select any items from the form below. We will contact you via email with program information.
Outreach & Missions
The next Outreach and Missions Committee Meeting will be Tuesday, April 2, at 7:00 p.m.
CROS Camp Update as of March 21
We’re making progress! We are up to Level III! Sunday School is providing craft materials. We have raised the funds for Level II - microwaves, snacks, and academic enrichment. We have funds to provide the first item in level III - T-shirts! Let’s keep going! In the words of one of last year’s campers, “Thank you for caring about us!” Each week we will record our progress on our Camp Thermometer. Check it out each Sunday!
CROS Ministries doesn’t just feed hungry bodies, it feeds hungry minds, too! We at Good Shepherd are used to working with CROS through its food pantries and its gleaning programs. But CROS also operates a 9-week Summer Camp for 200 children in Palm Beach County, and it is this camp which we have chosen for our 2019 Lenten giving project.
CROS is an acronym for Christians Reaching Out to Society, and this summer camp definitely reaches out to our community by promoting school readiness and proper nutrition, and by providing a safe and nurturing place for children to call “home” during the long summer days. The elementary camp serves children from K-5th grade. The Middle School is a Step Up program which serves children in grades 6, 7, and 8.
This year, our Good Shepherd Sunday School has undertaken to provide the supplies that the campers will need: things like glitter, glue sticks, paint, and balloons. Our task as a congregation is to provide funds to help cover some of the expenses of operating the camp. Beginning the first Sunday in Lent, there will be a photo display in the Narthex – and a shopping cart! Our goal this year is to fill the cart, and each week we hope to cross a few more of these needed items off their list:
· $200 – provides microwaves for the two camp locations
· $250 – covers the cost of academic enrichment in the arts and sciences
· $500 – provides instructional classes in physical education
· $500 – also provides enough birthday cupcakes for campers to celebrate the estimated 20 birthdays that will occur over the course of the summer
· $750 – purchases snacks for the entire camp for the whole summer
· $1,200 – pays for t-shirts for the campers
· $1,500 – covers the cost of tablets to enable the camp to connect with the Palm Beach school district’s Step Up Middle School Program.
· $2,500 – covers the cost of cooking enrichment and robotics enrichment for the Middle School Program.
And finally -----
· $10,000 covers the cost of once-a-week field trips to museums, theatres, and other cultural enrichment sites that these children would not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy.
What better project could we undertake for Lent than one which invites us to “take up our CROS” and help others in need!
— Marilyn Lawrence, Outreach & Missions Committee Chair
Lenten Project: CROS Camp for CROS Ministries
Funding a future for children in our community.
"CROS Camp showed me that people care about me," said one of last year's campers. Let us show THIS year's campers that we care about them, too! The camp promotes school readiness, proper nutrition, and offers opportunities for the children to lean and grow. Please take a moment to look at our display in the Narthex, and help us raise funds for a safe and supportive summer 'home' for these children in our own community. Each week we will record our progress on our Camp Thermometer!
Kairos Prison Ministry
(“I was in prison and you visited me”, Matthew 25:36)
Kairos is an ecumenical prison ministry program with the mission to bring Christ’s love to incarcerated individuals by holding retreats within the prison chapel twice a year. For some, this opportunity is the first time they hear of God’s loving forgiveness. This volunteer program is an off-shoot from the Cursillo movement, at the request of the National Cursillo Center, and is supported by various denominations. Our 50 member teams that go into the prison consist of Episcopalian, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Church of God and non-denominational Christians.
In our area, there are two prisons which accept the Kairos Ministry, one is Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) and the other is Martin Correctional Institution (MCI).
If you would like to know more about this ministry, and would like to volunteer for future teams, please contact Jim Couillard.
Quantum House - Plans are in the works for Good Shepherd volunteers to prepare and serve a dinner for the guests at this house for families with children in the hospital at St. Mary's.
St. George's Dinner Ministry - Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals at the St. George's Center in Riviera Beach. Good Shepherd provides dinner for over 100 hungry people, on the second Wednesday of each month. Info.
Our Little Roses Orphanage - Located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Our Little Roses provides the opportunity for a childhood that all girls deserve – protection from harm; a safe, healthy and loving home; a chance to learn; the dream of a future, and a foundation in faith.