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Join us on the third Sunday of each month at 9:00am for the Sunday Forum, a time of conversation and presentations on a wide range of topics relevant to faith and life at Good Shepherd. Check back for more information!
SPRING 2024 SCHEDULE FOR SUNDAY FORUM
Foundations of Evolving Faith: Theological Reflections for Today and Tomorrow
Third Sundays at 9:00am in the Parish Hall
Join us for the Sunday Forum this spring as we offer an insightful examination of the evolving landscape of faith within our community. Throughout this series, we'll delve into essential topics such as the significance of children, youth, and family ministries, the theological principles underlying church architecture, the adaptability of Anglican liturgy to contemporary contexts, and the multifaceted role of our church campus in serving both our members and the broader community. Led by Good Shepherd's Rector, Sanford Groff, and Associate Rector, Derek Larson, these engaging discussions aim to reflect on how our faith traditions can remain relevant and impactful amidst the ever-changing dynamics of our world.
Session 2- Foundations of Evolving Faith: Fonts, Pulpits, and Theological Architecture
Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 9:00am
Discover the profound significance behind the seemingly mundane elements of church architecture. From fonts to light fixtures, every structural component holds a theological purpose, shaping our worship and prayer experience. Reflect on how Good Shepherd's worship space, transformed two decades ago to meet evolving community needs, continues to serve us today. As we navigate a post-pandemic world, explore new possibilities for utilizing our sacred space in alignment with God's calling and our community's contemporary needs. Engage in a thought-provoking dialogue as we unpack the theological underpinnings of church architecture and discern its relevance in today's context.
Session 3- Foundations of Evolving Faith: The Shape of Liturgy, The Shape of Community
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 9:00am
Rooted in centuries of tradition, our prayers and liturgies serve as timeless pillars of worship. Yet, inherent in our Anglican tradition is also the flexibility to adapt these sacred rites to the ever-evolving cultural and contextual landscapes we inhabit. From the nuances of when and where we kneel to the melodies that fill our sanctuary, each element of our liturgy reflects not only our historic heritage but also the vitality of our present existence. Join us as we explore the intricate interplay between tradition and innovation within the liturgical practices of Good Shepherd. Together, let us consider where we find freedom to adapt and where we are called to preserve, as we strive to harmonize our ancient faith traditions with the pressing needs of today's world.
Session 4- Foundations of Evolving Faith: Embodying Our Mission through Our Campus
Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 9:00am
Delve into the core purpose of our church campus and its multifaceted role in serving both our members and the broader community. Explore the compelling narratives conveyed by our physical structures, from the message they impart to passersby to the atmosphere they cultivate for those who enter our campus. As we confront the evolving needs and contexts of our community, consider how these factors influence the manifestation of our mission. Reflect on the pivotal moments of theological discernment preceding the pandemic, and examine how our post-pandemic landscape has reshaped our priorities and intentions as we discern a path forward as stewards and missionaries entrusted with the blessing of these tangible spaces in Tequesta. Join us for an insightful dialogue as we navigate these profound questions and envision the future of our church.
Youth (and doughnuts!)
The Name Says It All
Meets in the Youth Rooms, a.k.a. "The Barn"
Youth grades 6 - 12 are welcome to join together for a time of casual conversation about Bible texts, current events and the life of faith. And yes, there will be doughnuts. You MUST check out this fantastic space for our youth!
Sundays at 10:00
All kids in pre-K through 5th grade are invited to Sunday school -- an opportunity for your children to encounter God and leave changed. Sunday School happens every Sunday morning at 10 AM when your kids are invited to join others in God's Kingdom! Register online.
On Nov 5th and 12, Father Derek led a 2-part discussion of Same-Sex Marriage and the Episcopal Church. The series reflected on what we believe in the Episcopal Church about same-sex marriage and how we make space for multiple interpretations of Scripture and tradition while also committing to affirm the dignity and gifts of our LGBT siblings.
This recorded presentation, from September's Grow Sunday, is the first step in discerning your unique attributes that help to build up the body of Christ as part of mission and ministry.
Watch the video and then take the Spiritual Gifts Assessment. Save your results for a later discussion.
By developing spiritual practices that resonate with our unique personalities, we draw closer to God. Many devout Christians weave their spiritual practices into a Rule of Life that sustains their relationship with God day to day.
There are times when we are called to go deeper in our spiritual journey, to explore more fully the story of our lives in order to discern God’s purpose. Here we introduce the Enneagram, an ancient tool that describes your personality in terms of who you are and how you relate to God, to others, and to yourself.
This two-part preparation course is required for adults interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation. This class is also for anyone who is new to Good Shepherd or those who might be interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church. (Youth confirmation is a separate program addressed through our Youth Ministry program.)
Join Father Derek for this program on September 17th and 24th from 11:30 – 1:30 in the library. Bishop Eaton will visit Good Shepherd on Sunday, October 8, 2023
Confirmation is the public and outward affirmation of a mature commitment to Christ. To be confirmed, it is required that the candidate has been baptized and participates in The Episcopal Way preparation workshop.
The Bishop of Southeast Florida confirms participants as members of the Episcopal Church during a service on a given Sunday of the year. Watch the announcements for dates and times or request information from the office.
Reaffirmation is for those who have already been confirmed in the Episcopal Church and wish to restate their commitment to Christ. People may choose to reaffirm their faith for a variety of reasons, like returning to the church after a long period, or to show support to a loved on e who is being confirmed. It is required that candidates participate in The Episcopal Way preparation workshop.
Reception into the Episcopal Church is for those who have made a mature commitment to Christ in another denomination by a bishop through apostolic succession. Those who were confirmed and received by laying on of hands by a bishop may choose reception. If that element of a previous confirmation was not present, Episcopal confirmation may be a more suitable option.
Cursillo is a movement of spiritual enrichment throughout the Church and our parish. The Cursillo experience begins with a three day retreat at which participants engage in warm Christian community and receive enlightening readings about faith. For many, the Christian life which follows is enhanced and enlivened. You may request information about this group at the link below.