Our Celtic Eucharist has grown in attendance and popularity in the months since it was introduced.
The Celtic Eucharist follows the sacred, liturgical patterns that are familiar to Good Shepherd, while introducing prayers and music from the 8th century, 19th century, and present-day Isle of Man and Iona Abby.
This evening service offers an opportunity to worship when you cannot attend on Sunday morning, or when you need to hear the prayers and music of the church in different language and style.
In the current days of the pandemic, it also offers an in-person worship opportunity with fewer people. Many who are cautious regarding larger gatherings have found this to be an excellent opportunity to worship each Sunday.
Sunday, January 30th at 11:30 am
in the Common Room and on Zoom
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The Common Room is now available for use. The rest of the project- kitchen, classroom, and sacristy- will be completed in the coming weeks.
The entire downstairs is home to a new air purification system. The Vestry included an air filtration system in the renovations that includes a HEPA filter and brings fresh, outside air into the Common Room.
"Snow Day in Waban"
featuring a new Country Casual Teak "Monarch" 6-foot bench in the Memorial Garden. It intentionally matches the bench in front of the handicapped portico. The new bench was made possible by the gift of two parishioners.
Help us continue our worship each week
Can you commit to serve one Sunday each month?
We need lectors, intercessors, chalice bearers, and acolytes for our 10:00 am Eucharist-- both those who have served in the past and those willing to serve in the future. If you are interested in taking on a new role, the clergy are available to help with preparation. Contact Fr. Michael to learn more or volunteer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We need two servers each Sunday evening for our Celtic Eucharist, a reader and an intercessor. Please contact Pia Bertelli to volunteer or to find out more about our new Sunday evening worship Eucharist (email@example.com).
In order to continue to broadcast Sunday worship live on YouTube, both at 10 am and at 5:30 pm, we need in-person volunteers for very simple technical support. Some is as simple as clicking a button! Contact Troy Bracher (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information and to help.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AND PRECAUTIONS
Good Shepherd has upgraded our HEPA air filters. We have added two Medify Air MA-112 filters to existing HEPA filters. These medical grade, large area filters are made for churches, concert halls, and universities-- they offer the highest grade of HEPA filters, and purify over 5,000 square feet in less than 15 minutes.
MASKS REQUIRED INDOORS.
Please continue to socially distance between households.
Sit close to the front and allow space in the back of the church for children to return from church school.
Communion wine is only offered in individual chalices-- families share.
Please bring your own chalice or small vessel, or use one of the chalices available in the back for the church.
The Eucharistic minister will pour consecrated wine into your chalice.
All singers in our choir are required to be fully vaccinated. We have refigured the chancel to allow for additional space between choir members.
Employees of the parish, as well as those working with Christian Education, must also be fully vaccinated.
We continue to use the outdoor gathering space of the Good Shepherd Green as often as the weather allows.
Regathering information for Sundays
Choral Eucharist on Sundays at 10:00 am. Our choir-- following new protocols and a vaccination requirement-- lead our worship each week. We continue to broadcast this service live on our parish website and YouTube channel.
Church School resumes for preschool and elementary school ages at 9:55.
A modified Coffee Hour takes place following the 10:00 Eucharist. Depending on the weather, we gather on the Good Shepherd Green, in the Common Room, or both.
In my Father's House-- the Common Room is available for use and other parts of the renovations- sacristy, kitchen, and classroom- will be finished in January.
Adult Forum is at 11:45 in the Loring Room. For those who do not attend in-person, we offer the opportunity to join us via Zoom.
Sundays at 5:30 pm, our Celtic Eucharist follows the sacred, liturgical patterns of Good Shepherd, while introducing prayers and music from the 8th century, 19th century, and present-day Iona Abby. The Celtic Eucharist resumes on Sunday, January 9th.
For those not yet ready to return to in-person worship, we continue to broadcast all services held in the church live on Good Shepherd's YouTube channel.
And until the day that we can all gather again, Good Shepherd is leaving on the light for you.