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Good Shepherd is passionate about connecting people - to God, to Christ, and to each other. You will find resources below that can help you get to know us better and connect with the community of disciples living out a solid faith and a sincere heart because of their connection to this community.

Children

Circle of Discovery – during the 11:00 am worship service for children with special needs and Kindergarten students.

Sunday school – 10:10 am – 10:55 am, Pre-K through Grade 5, scripture-based lessons during the school year.

Vacation Bible School – A week-long, evening, summer-time formation opportunity for children from preschool through 5th grade, staffed by volunteers, includes scripture-based theme with activities, dinner, fellowship and lots of fun!

Youth (Middle and High School)

The goal of the Youth Ministry program is to provide a safe place for youth to feel welcome and to explore and grow in their faith. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join us in learning about our faith and taking part in fun activities. All youth events have Safeguarding God’s Children trained adults in attendance and abide by the guidelines and policies of the Diocese of Kansas to keep our youth safe. Our youth are also encouraged to participate in our Diocesan Youth Ministry programs. (www.edokyouth.wordpress.com). Youth Group meets on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm during the school year. For more information contact the youth minister, Sean Connelley. Email – .

Adult

There are several opportunities for both men and women. All of the following groups allow you to become as involved as you would like.

Altar Guild – The ministry of the Altar Guild is to prepare the altar for worship. Teams rotate on a weekly basis. Other opportunities to serve include baking communion bread, laundering linens and adorning sanctuary for the different seasons of the church year. Contact Kathy Brisbois (316-640-3504) or Diane MacCoy (316-721-0644) if interested.

Tuesday Morning Study Group – This group undertakes various multi-week studies of the Bible, the Christian faith, and other topics of interest. The Tuesday Morning Study Group also goes out for breakfast at the conclusion of each study for a time of food and fellowship. The group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the parish Library. Check the calendar (link) to find out the latest study.

Seasonal Programs – Study and formation opportunities based on the themes of the season are offered during Lent (weeks between Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday) and Advent (the four weeks preceding Christmas). Groups meet on Wednesday evenings.

Lunch Bunch – Senior citizens and friends gather monthly for fellowship and a meal at different restaurants around town. This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:30 am. Check the calendar (link) for the location or contact the church office, 316-721-8096, for more information.

Friday Night Dinners – One Friday each month parishioners gather at a host home for fellowship. Guests bring a covered dish to share. Host provides entrée and beverages. Check the calendar (link) for location and dates. Contact Diane MacCoy (316-721-0644) for more information.

Building and Grounds (mowing teams / flower beds) – Stewardship of our grounds is maintained by Mowing Teams who work on a rotating schedule during the growing season to mow and edge (equipment supplied). Flower beds are maintained by volunteers on an “as-needed” basis. Contact Gee Petrosky, 316-722-0270, if interested.

Men

Men’s Group – Men of the church gather monthly for breakfast and fellowship. In addition to fellowship, service projects are planned such as the Annual Steak Feed. This group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 8:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Contact the church office, 316-721-8096, for additional information.

Women

Daughters of the King (DOK) – The Mission of the Order of Daughters of the King is an extension of Christ’s Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism. Our chapter gathers for study and prayer monthly during the school year. More information about DOK can be found on the national website (www.doknational.org). Meetings are the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:30 am in the Library. Contact the church office, 316-721-8096, for additional information.

Episcopal Church Women – The Episcopal Church Women (www.ecwnational.org) (ECW) empowers women to do Christ’s ministry in the world. Our local ECW meets at least twice a year before setting up for bake sales. These sales are the weekends before Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving and all proceeds are used for Outreach. We give financial support to Vacation Bible School, Episcopal Social Services and Our Little Roses Orphanage in Honduras. Contact the church office, 316-721-8096, for additional information.

Busy Needles – Busy Needles is a ministry that brings God’s love and hope to families and individuals by offering handmade gifts. Anyone who sews, knits, crochets, or crafts may join us or cheer us on. We create hats and scarves, prayer shawls, pocket prayer shawls, baby items and lap robes. Each year we make purple hats for babies to be distributed by Kansas hospitals to parents of newborns, in an effort to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Currently we meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The afternoon session meets from 2:30-4 pm and the evening session meets from 6:30-8 pm. For more information including the location of the meeting, contact the church office, 316-721-8096.

Ladies’ Night Out – Women of all ages gather monthly for fellowship and a meal at different restaurants around town. This group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Check the calendar (link) for location or contact Danette Friedel, 316-773-9534, for more information.

Outreach

Good Shepherd has many forms of outreach. These range from the structured approach of the Outreach Committee with regular annual projects to spontaneous donations to meet specific needs both within Good Shepherd and beyond. Many of the groups within Good Shepherd have additional outreach projects they support throughout the year.

Currently our parish-wide projects include:
Our Little Roses (www.ourlittleroses.org) is an orphanage for girls, located in Honduras. Our parish collects towels, sheets and other items for the girls as needed.

Operation Plenty
Operation Plenty occurs in December and April. Each year we obtain from public school staff the names of families who are not served by other organizations so that we may provide them with food and other household items. Usually we serve fifteen families with children in public schools.

Parish Garage Sale
Members of the parish donate items and volunteers staff the Garage sale annually. Proceeds are donated to local and international charities.

School Uniforms
During July and August school uniforms are collected for lower income schools in Wichita.

There are many other opportunities to be involved in Outreach Ministries, including but not limited to: