God is our Refuge and Strength, an ever-present help in trouble. –Psalm 46:1
There are times on everyone’s journey where a little more care and compassion is needed because of a difficult experience. At Good Shepherd we promise to listen, empathize and be a reminder that we, your faith community, care. We will visit you when you’re in the hospital, bring communion to those of you who for health reasons can’t leave your home, provide you resources when you experience loss and pray, pray, pray.
At Good Shepherd, when one of our members is hurting we are all affected. We want to partner with you to show you our support.
The Ministries of ‘Support’ Offered:
Prayer Concerns: When you or a loved one is in need of prayer and support, please call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org The pastor will work with you in determining if you want your concern forwarded to our Prayer Companion Team or stay confidential between you and the pastor. Prayer grounds Good Shepherd as a community of faith, for it is an exercise of faith and hope.
Hospital Visits: Hospitals do not notify churches when their members are admitted. If you or a loved one is hospitalized, please contact the church office.
Home Visits: The Pastor and Trained Care Team Members are available to visit, support and bring Holy Communion to Good Shepherd members who for health reasons are unable to attend worship. Please contact the church office if you would like to request a visit.
Counseling Services at Good Shepherd we offer Christian Counseling and Spiritual Care to members and the community. Click here to learn more.
AA & NA Meetings: Several Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous groups meet at Good Shepherd. Contact the church office for more information.
Grief Share: Those who have lost a loved one are invited to participate in our grief share program on Monday evenings from 6-8pm which runs through December 6th. This series offers a warm comforting environment and support for your healing journey with videos, small group discussion and resources. For specific dates/topics and further information pick up a brochure at the Welcome Center or call the church office at 651.451.6225. Walk ins are welcome!
Growing Through Loss: Good Shepherd is a proud member of the interdenominational south suburban grief coalition. This involves 16 churches that rotate hosting speaker sessions each spring and fall. Each series is comprised of 5 nights addressing grief healing and support. The Spring 2022 Series will be held at Mary Mother of the Church, Burnsville on Thursdays, April 21 – May 19, 2022. Brochures will be available in early spring. Visit Growing Through Loss for more information.
Senior Advice: Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. Senior Advice provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and assisted living options that are available in their area.
Health Care Directives: Everyone needs a Health Care Directive. Please talk to your loved ones and write your wishes down.
Health Care Directive Form
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN CARE, PRAYER & SUPPORT
If you would like to send a Card of Support and a little cheer to someone in need, contact the church office for more details.
Prayer Chain Participant:
Our prayer companion ministry is a group of people who enjoy spending time with God in prayer. Do you want to participate in lifting up family, friends and neighbors in prayer? If yes, then be on our email Prayer Chain. Prayer requests from Sunday are posted to the Prayer Chain every Monday. Throughout the week, new requests are posted as they are received. If you would like to pray on an on-going basis for Good Shepherd Prayer Concerns please contact Lori at 651-230-1759.
Funeral Luncheon Helper:
If you are interested in helping to prepare and serve a funeral reception for those who have experienced the death of a loved one please contact the church office. There is no prior experience necessary. You will receive instructions the day or evening the meal is prepared. If you would like to help please call the church office.
Prayer Shawl Ministry:
Prayer Shawls are delivered to those who need to be wrapped in some extra love. If you are interested in making prayer shawls please contact the church office.