WELCOME TO OUR CHURCH

The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a multigenerational congregation with a rich history in Lake Charles and notable emphasis on engaging worship, opportunities for spiritual formation and growth, and service to the community. Everyone is welcome at Good Shepherd. We hope our historic building will instill a new sense of God’s beauty in your heart. We hope our historic, but ever relevant worship will open new pathways of God’s presence in your life. And we hope that the opportunities for doing God’s work in the world around us will excite your interest in sharing in our efforts to establish God’s kingdom of love, peace, compassion, mercy, and justice on earth as it is in heaven.

Our current live worship schedule, modified due to limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, is as follows:

      • Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 9:30A.M. and 5:00P.M. in the church with masks and social distancing. This service also is live streamed on our Facebook page.
      • Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 11 A.M. at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Big Lake, outdoors with masks and social distancing.This service also is live streamed on the Chapel’s Facebook page.
      • Wednesday, Holy Eucharist/Healing Service at 12 noon.

PERSONS IN VULNERABLE CATEGORIES SHOULD CONSIDER THE RISKS OF ATTENDING A PUBLIC EVENT. PERSONS WITH ANY SYMPTOM ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 SHOULD NOT ATTEND

Service bulletins are sent online to enable participation by those who choose to worship via our live streamed services.

Other services live streamed on our Facebook page will continue, as follows:

      • Nightly at 8 P.M. – An Order for Compline form the Book of Common Prayer
      • Wednesdays at 11:30A.M. – CenteringPrayer
      • Weekdays during the noon hour – Prayers for Our Nation from the Book of Common Prayer

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  the office is closed and all live events and activities at Good Shepherd are suspended until further notice.

Please, pray for all who are afflicted or affected by this virus.

Good Shepherd in a nutshell…

Worship – We call our form of worship “liturgy,” which means “work of the people.” Whereas a priest presides at the service and may be assisted by other ministers, we gather not as spectators, but as members of a community engaged and bound together in prayer, reflection, and worship.

Children and Youth – In normal times, Good Shepherd maintains a nursery during both morning services, Sunday school during the 10:30 a.m. service, and a Youth Group, which meets bi-weekly on Sundays at 5 p.m.

Service to the Community and the World – Good Shepherd strives to be a good neighbor in the local community and in the world. Good Shepherd established and remains affiliated with the Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. Our annual Book Fair supports local community service organizations. Since 1992, our Tend My Lambs ministry has supported a school in Begin, Haiti. Proceeds from our annual Fish Fry for Haiti continue to maintain the school. Every week we staff the Faith and Friends Food Pantry distribution.  In the summer we host a Summer Music Festival featuring the music of talented composers and musicians. At Christmas we serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army and prepare Christmas gifts for the needy.

Adult Spiritual Formation – Good Shepherd normally has four active, enthusiastic study groups affording opportunities for adult spiritual formation.  Groups meet on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., Mondays at 11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Our study groups typically open the door to discussion – not “my way or the highway” answers. We want people to feel free to think, to probe, to explore, to reason. Thus, we differ from modern misperceptions of Christianity as rigid, simplistic, and seemingly out-of-touch. Our door is open wide, and everyone is always welcome. No reservation required. And no need to leave your mind at the door!

Greetings and welcome to our web site, and hopefully, our fellowship! Our congregation’s heritage goes back over 123 years of life and ministry in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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Membership

Good Shepherd is a community of faith that has something for just about everyone. We hope you feel the same way and that God leads you to become part of our flock. Membership at Good Shepherd is simple but profound..

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We are maintaining a limited live service schedule and have suspended live events and activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our normal service schedule and activities will resume as restrictions are lifted and we again can gather safely.

Sunday

9:30 Holy Communion –  Rite II  – 715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd
Breakfast served September through May-9:30 a.m.

11:00 Holy Communion – Rite II – Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Big Lake

5:00 pm: Holy Communion – Rite 2 – 715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

Monday

8:00 EDS Morning Prayer (during the school year) -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd

Wednesday

Noon: Holy communion with prayers for healing – Chapel -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd (suspended during COVID-19 pandemic, may resume in August).

Thursday

2:00 Episcopal Day School Holy Eucharist (during the school year) -715 Kirkman Street – Church of the Good Shepherd
Please call the church office, 433.5244, if you or a family member would like a visit while in the hospital.  Home visits as well! Eucharistic Ministers available to visit those in need of Home Communion.