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 Pastors 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.
AA & NA Meetings: Several Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous groups meet at Good Shepherd. Contact the church office for more information.
Growing Through Loss: Good Shepherd is a proud member of the South Suburban Coalition. This ecumenical organization was spearheaded in 1993 and has grown to include 16 local churches. The coalition offers a 5-week series in the Fall and Spring with alternating churches hosting each series. The purpose of Growing Through Loss is to provide an opportunity for individuals to obtain information and support for a variety of loss and grief issues. The 2022 Fall Series will be hosted by the Church of St. Michael located at 22120 Denmark Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024 (651-463-5224). The five night series will be on Tuesday evenings on September 13, 20, 27 & October 4 & 11. Registration begins at 6:30 with speaker presentations from 7-7:50 and small group discussions after. A remembrance service will be celebrated on October 11th where friends and family are invited. Brochures outlining this series will be available in August at the Good Shepherd welcome center. If you would like to carpool, call the Good Shepherd office. Also we are excited to announce that Good Shepherd will be hosting the 2023 Spring Series! Visit www.growingthroughlosstcsouth.
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 the church office at 651.451.6225.
Connect with our home centered members by reaching out to them by phone or in home visits providing them with prayer, communion and friendly conversation. If you would like to participate in this most rewarding ministry, please contact the church office for more information.
Funeral Luncheon Helper:
If you are interested in helping to 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.