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."
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.
Turning from the old ways to the new brings out the God-given creativity in all of us. The coronavirus pandemic didn’t stop our Outreach & Mission activities, it just redirected them. We have found new ways of being Church.
Thanks to the generosity of our Good Shepherd family, our Lenten Collection for the Bahamas exceeded expectations! When the church building closed down on March 13th, the people of the church opened up. Donations that would have been put in the collection plate came in on line and by mail. We had a goal of $10,000 for a truck for St. Peter’s and St. Anne’s Parishes on Green Turtle Cay and N. Abaco. We raised $15,140, plus we received a donation from another source of $4,000, bringing our total to $19,140 – approaching double our initial goal. The Bahamas are still closed down at this writing, but we have wired a check for $8,000 to Fr. Ward for a future down payment on a truck, and we have a mission team assembled and hoping to go to the islands by mid-August.
Our Food Pantry presented a dilemma: When our church office closed its doors, the families who normally come to the office for food assistance were unable to get the help they needed. Working with church staff, and with the approval of our Bishop, we were able to open the pantry on a limited basis two afternoons a week. We called our regular clients to let them know, spread the word through the church and school, and made the information available through 211 and through the Tequesta website. We were concerned about having enough supplies to meet the need, but the response from our community has been amazing! Donors from our parish and from the wider community began arriving during those hours when we were open, bringing the needed supplies. Some people cleaned out their pantries; some went shopping for specific items that they knew we needed. One family, the Ullman’s, put the kids to work! The children made flyers that they distributed to their neighbors, then they went around with their little red wagon and collected donations. It was a proud family that showed up at Good Shepherd to deliver their supplies!
When St. George’s Mission in Riviera Beach suspended volunteer activity, we could no longer send our monthly team to prepare a hot dinner for the homeless clients. Instead, clients currently come once at mid- day to get a meal prepared by the staff. We adapted. We took the funds that would normally be used to purchase food for the meals we prepare, and instead are using those funds to purchase the supplies needed by the staff for the meals they prepare.
When the Jupiter Medical Center Auxiliary Thrift Shop on Center Street had to suspend its activity, they were left with a supply of Manna Bags that our Good Shepherd volunteers had prepared for the homeless who seek assistance there. Under the leadership of Denise Preston, we retrieved the Bags, assembled more, and took them to St. George’s Mission to distribute to the homeless there.
When we all went on lock-down, CROS ministries temporarily suspended gleaning, and we had to cancel a planned April gleaning event. CROS has now resumed gleaning, under very strict guidelines: participants must be between the ages of 18-65, and the size of the groups are strictly limited. Thanks to our gleaning coordinator, Beverley Cunningham, instead of ONE planned gleaning event, we are now sending small teams every week to pick vegetables for the CROS food pantries.
Outreach & Missions
The next Outreach and Missions Committee Meeting TBD.
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 Meal 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.
Lenten Outreach Project 2020 Update and other news
Food Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday from noon - 2:00 p.m.
All are welcome. Curbside service. Donations of food are also accepted during these hours. Please see an attendant.
Current need: soups. (7/17/2020)
We're sending a mission team and we're buying a truck!
Hurricane Dorian decimated the Abacos and Grand Bahama in September 2019. These islands, so close to us in South Florida, are struggling to recover. Last fall, Good Shepherd generously joined with other Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Southeast Florida to raise funds for the initial cleanup and purchase of supplies.
We are now in Phase II of a long-term rebuilding program. Simply put, supplies need to get from the ports to the project sites! Working with our own Diocese, the Diocese of the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, and Episcopal Charities, Good Shepherd has partnered with St. Peter’s and St. Anne’s Parishes on Green Turtle Cay and N. Abaco. These parishes include five churches, one on Green Turtle Cay, and four on N. Abaco, served by a single priest. Their most immediate need is for a TRUCK to transport supplies. They have located a used truck, in good condition, that can be purchased for $10,000.
Our immediate goal this Lent is to raise the funds to purchase this truck — $10,000— by Easter!
Our next step will be to send mission teams to help with the rebuilding. We are looking for volunteers who are handy with electrical work and general construction, who can give a week of their time this spring or summer to work with our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas. Transportation will be arranged, and accommodations will be provided. For further information, or to sign up for a mission team, please contact Teresa and Michael Grashof.
OUR GOAL IS TO ASSEMBLE 6-8 ADULTS FOR THIS MISSION TEAM
Please make checks payable to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church with “Bahamas Relief” on the memo line, and place your contribution in the collection plate or mail to 400 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469, or click the button below to make a secure online donation.