FOR EPISCOPALIANS AND THOSE FAMILIAR WITH THE CHURCH
This page is for people who are already Episcopalians or those who are familiar with the Episcopal Church. Others should feel free to read, but it won't describe too much about what the Episcopal Church is all about.
Good Shepherd believes that God loves all His creations. To the best of our ability, we welcome all people without regard to race, national origin, religion or sexual orientation, and we will try to love you as best we can (which, by the way, is usually pretty good).
Good Shepherd has two primary services per Sunday: one at 8:00 AM and one at 10:00 PM. The one at 8:00 generally has no music and the one at 10:00 has music and a choir. The 8:00 service is Rite One and the 10:00 service is Rite Two. The 10:00 service is often closed with a wonderful round sung by men and women, accompanied by handbells. We are not a high church - we use few chants and rarely use "smells and bells". We are also not a super-informal low church. Our services follow the Prayer Book with few exceptions. Sunday School and an adult forum follow the 10:00 service. These usually start at 11:30 and last until 12:15.
We are a church committed to using name tags. If you visit, the name tags may be helpful to you - and don't be surprised when you are asked to wear a name tag, as well. The Good Shepherd family is pretty informal. Most women come in everyday clothes, whether dresses or slacks. Most men come in slacks and a shirt. There are some who prefer to dress up a bit more and no one questions that decision. Some of the teenagers have been known to show up in shorts, but you won't see too many adults dressed that way.
Good Shepherd has always welcomed any baptized Christian to Communion. Communion is an important part of our service, and we invite you to participate. If you are uncomfortable about taking Communion for any reason and would prefer to be blessed instead, please come to the altar when it is your turn and cross your arms over your chest. Our minister will bless you instead of offering you Communion.
Service to our neighborhood is very much who we are. We are always looking for more volunteers. If you have thought that you might like to help the less fortunate, but were not sure how to get started, you have come to the right place! Talk with our minister at the end of the service or call her at (304) 428-1525 and press option 11 and tell her what you are thinking. She will help you get connected with someone who can put you right to work.