We need to hear from all of Good Shepherd as we move into September. If you have not already, please complete this survey so we can hear from you about your desire to connect with Good Shepherd in the coming months.
We all approach the coming months with hopes and fears. We wish we could gather as we have in the past, but current circumstances will not allow that.
Given these new realities, we would like to hear from you about your willingness and desires to gather-- in-person, online, and in other ways. We are guided by a regathering committee taking the best science and guidance into consideration, but we need to know what works well for our parishioners and what alterations we can make in order to meet your needs, in whatever way that might be.
If you have already taken the survey, Thank you. If not, please do so now-- only five minutes is needed-- with hope and prayers for our future. peace, Jay+
General information regarding our outdoor Matins: Your Vestry and Regathering Committee have created a worship environment true to Good Shepherd's traditions while following the best guidance available. We have moved our Sunday worship outside. Register in advance (click here or use the link above) if you plan to attend.*
Attendance is limited to 25% of the seating capacity, both on the Good Shepherd Green and in the church.
Arrive and depart through the Beacon Street entry to the Good Shepherd Green. Do not come through the building or down the back driveway unless you need to avoid using stairs.
Individual bulletins are printed including music, readings, and text from the prayer book. These are only used once and are recycled.
Tents/ canopies are provided for shade and protection from the elements, though they are only for your convenience. Spread out as you are able and never ignore guidance on physical separation.
Each individual/ family must sit at least six feet apart. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Wear a mask upon arrival and departure, and continue to wear your mask as much as possible throughout the service.
To access the restrooms, walk via the playground up the rear driveway, not through the entrance to the Common Room.
Follow all signage and be cautious in respecting the space around others.
In the case of inclement weather, worship will move into the church. Inside, other guidance and limits are in place.
*Advance registration helps us to plan for your safety and to cap attendance at a safe level. We will endeavor to accommodate those who have not registered in advance, though this will only be done if space is available and physical distancing is possible.
Angels Ascending and Descending:
Handicapped Accessibility at Good Shepherd
Left- the roof is raised to accommodate the elevator coming up to the church level
Right- the elevator shaft is framed in the boiler room, with higher floor level access
Click here to view Angels Ascending and Descending, a plan to achieve 100% accessibility at Good Shepherd. At a total cost of $500,000 and with a beautiful, compassionate proposal secured, your Vestry asks you to consider prayerfully your support of this plan.
On Sunday, June 10th, the parish gathered on Zoom to approve funding for Angels Ascending and Descending. You should receive information in the mail about the plan, including ways that you can contribute to the effort.
Please continue to make your financial contributions to Good Shepherd. In these unprecedented times, remember that we rely completely on the generosity of our parishioners. Kindly continue your giving and mail your support to the church office:
Parish of the Good Shepherd 1671 Beacon St., Waban, MA 02468
Additionally, we have set up an online giving portal. If you are unable to give through traditional means, please consider this new option to support Good Shepherd. Click on the Donate button on our website www.goodshepherdnewton.org.