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.

The more things change, the more they change, and the Bishop has issued new guidance advising we return to virtual or outdoor services. So we are stepping back and cancelling in-person worship. Beginning this Sunday, July 12th, we will worship at

9:30A.M. and 5:00P.M. in the parking lot on the radio. We will come to you in your cars to administer communion in one kind, bread only. Service on the lawn at Big Lake will continue.

We will continue to virtually gather live every Sunday at 9:30A.M., 11:00 A.M. from Big Lake, and every night at 8:00P.M. for Compline, and every Wednesdays at 11:30A.M. for CenteringPrayer on our Facebook page.

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.

PERSONS IN VULNERABLE CATEGORIES SHOULD CONSIDER THE RISKS OF ATTENDING A PUBLIC EVENT.

PERSONS WITH ANY SYMPTOM ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19 SHOULD NOT ATTEND.

REGULAR WEEKDAY SERVICES We will continue our current worship schedule on our Facebook page:

† Evenings at 8 p.m. Compline, the last prayer of the day in the monastic tradition; and

† Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Centering Prayer

† Sundays, Holy Eucharist  at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

We will be sending service bulletins in special weekly newsletters.

Bishop Owensby also is offering Morning Prayer at 10 a.m. on Sundays and a brief reflection afternoons at 3 p.m. on his Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/bishopjakeowensby/).

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

Good Shepherd in a nutshell…

Worship – Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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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All Services and Activities have been
suspended through July 25, 2020.
Sunday Services – 9:30 am and 5:00 pm | Wednesday Service– 12:05 pm. Hearing augmentation devices are available from the ushers upon request.

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, call  the Reverend Jo Popham at 337-302-7240.