Rejoice!!!

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Multi-faith Service offers healing and hope

On the eve of the election, CGS hosted a prayer service for the Watertown community. The service gave people the chance to still their hearts and minds and prepare for the day ahead. We prayed for all voters, poll workers, and for the safety of everyone running for office.

Over 80 people from a variety of faith traditions filled the evening with stories, songs, prayers, and hope. The event was featured in the Boston Globe.

Thanks to co-sponsoring organizations: First Parish UU, Watertown Citizens for Faith, Justice, and the Environment, and the Brahma Kumaris Center for Peace.
News from CGS
Vacation Garden School 2017
will be August 7 thru 11.

Thirty-seven children participated in our 5th annual VGS, which was July 25-29, 2015. It was a beautiful, messy, hot, holy, and educational week!  

VGS invites children to explore the wonder of creation and claim their role as tenders of the earth. Each day has a theme -- water, soil, seed, animal, harvest -- and each camper (aged 4-7) has a junior counselor "buddy" (aged 8-10) who accompanies them through the week, keeping them safe, helping them learn and having fun alongside them.

Middle school students serve as counselors, focused on servant leadership, helping out behind the scenes in the morning and doing service gardening in the Watertown community in the afternoons.  

Registration for VGS 2017 opens for new families on April 1.  Call us or get more information and a registration form by emailing vgs@goodshepherdwatertown.org. Spots fill quickly, so be in touch soon!
Community Partnerships

One of our core commitments at CGS is to use our building in the service of the community. Each week, hundreds of people come through our doors to find education, healing, or fellowship through the services offered by our renters or organizations with which we partner.

Above is a photo of Pastor Amy reading at a recent Pajama Party we hosted in partnership with Watertown Family Network. Below is a photo of staff and a student from WHS's REACH program. Each Tuesday, REACH students come to CGS to learn vocational skills - a help to them and to us!

Through such partnerships we make good use of the resource of our building, and we learn about the needs and hopes of our neighbors.
Season after Pentecost 2017

From Pentecost Sunday (June 4) thru the summer and fall, the church observes the "season after Pentecost."The scripture readings on Sundays in this season invite us to claim the gift of the Holy Spirit working within us and be more bold in working for justice, peace, and human dignity.  How do we use our time? How proactive are we in standing up for those on the margins? 


This year, during this season after Pentecost, our vestry (church council) will be reviewing our parish's strategic plan, to consider whether the way we use our gifts and resources matches up with our understanding of God's call to us now. 


Click on the links here for resources for reflecting on your own life and ministry during this season.


Spiritual Gifts Inventory


Daily Prayer with Reflection Questions

A laboratory for mission

At CGS, we are growing in numbers and in mission. We are opening our hearts and minds to the Spirit's lead in a new era. We are building on our existing ministries of justice work (Living Stones), contemplative prayer (Hidden Brook) and the Watertown Community Garden Network. We are building a ministry with families that incorporates and extends all these practices. Join us or contact us to learn more!


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Click here for news from the national Episcopal Church.

 




Deepen your understanding of the faith -- Join the EfM group: Education for Ministry is an in-depth study of scripture, Christian history, and theology through which one learns to reflect theologically on all of life.  The EfM group meeting at Good Shepherd is open to all adults desiring to deepen their understanding of the faith. EfM forms in September each year: Space is limited, so be in touch now to reserve a spot for *next* September. You can learn more about the content and scope of EfM here. For more information, contact the Rev. Louise Forrest (LouiseFor@gmail.com)


Some of the participants in the Perkins Project

Supporting those in Recovery


One of our core commitments at CGS is using our building to serve the community For several decades, part of how we have done that is through hosting recovery groups. We are thankful that five times each week, the parish hall is full of people doing life-saving work by supporting one another in finding health and healing through Narcotics Anonymous. Nothing gives us more joy than to hear thunderous applause rising up as someone's sobriety milestone is celebrated! Learn more about NA and find a group near you here.


Table eucharist at our annual meeting, January 2017.