Please register in advance to attend our Eucharist on the Good Shepherd Green. We continue to livestream our worship so that those who cannot safely join us may engage in worship from home.
On Sunday, our lectors point us to see the divine at work in all aspects of life, both the desirable and the undesirable. We read from Genesis the story of Jacob's accidental marriage to two sisters. In Romans, Paul encourages us to believe thet God causes all things to work together for good for those who love him. In Matthew, we encounter a collection of parabolic sayings (short parables) in which Jesus describes people discovering the Kingdom of Heaven in small things: a mustard seed, a pearl of great price, treasure buried in a field.
You can access our livestream on YouTube and www.goodshepherdnewton.org. We continue working to improve audio quality and apologize for the imperfections. In the case of technical difficulties, try streaming from another source, such as closing youtube.com and opening our parish website.
Our Outreach Committee supported the B-Safe Summer Ministry in new and creative ways this year. We are grateful to our Outreach Committee, Marilyn Crone, and all who volunteered and donated.
Work continues at a brisk pace on our handicapped accessibility project, and signs of progress are emerging. If you have not already, please consider prayerfully your support of Angels Ascending and Descending.
Thank you for continuing your support of Good Shepherd. Pray for your parish, its leadership, and our common future.
thanks, peace, Jay+
Our Support of B-SAFE this Year
Like so many things this year, our support of B-SAFE looked different in 2020, but our Outreach Committee orchestrated an amazing week of service and care. Lunches were made in individual servings and delivered to the children during the week. Our 2018 Confirmands, under the leadership of Schuyler Awtrey and Lucas Boyd, collected and delivered groceries to the families of B-Safe participants. Good Shepherd donated generously out of our Outreach budget in order to fund special initiatives born out of the pandemic. We donated over $1,300 in Visa gift cards for use by B-Safe families. Thanks be to God for this amazing effort and our part in caring for the children and families served by B-Safe every summer.
General information regarding our outdoor Eucharist:
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 Eucharist 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. You may bring a parasol or umbrella to use outside of the tents.
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 though the entrance to the Common Room.
If you would like to receive Communion, please bring your own paten and chalice. We are following the "Eucharistic Visitor" model, meaning that items have been consecrated in advance and are distributed into individual vessels. Your paten/ chalice need not be sacred vessels- any small plate and wine glass allows for this extra measure of safety. There is no expectation at this time that those who attend will receive Communion.
Follow all signage and be cautious in respecting the space around others.
In the case of inclement weather, the Eucharist will move into the church. Inside, other guidance and capacity 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
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.