Core Values

Generations: An Introduction

This summer we have been clarifying our mission and values as a parish, and also how we can put our mission and values into practice in real time. A big part of that is Generations--a discipleship ministry that is specifically crafted for the whole family (ages 1 through 100). At Generations we will give you the tools you need to take discipleship home with you, no matter what stage of life. Generations will meet every Wednesday Night beginning at 5:30 p.m., from September 14 through May.

Here's a sample of what you'll experience:

5:30 p.m.   Dinner starts at 5:30 (Suggested donation of $5). We cook so you don't have to! Come to eat together and get to know the Good Shepherd Family.

6:00 p.m.   A family or group from our church will lead a brief version of Evening Prayer straight from the prayer book. The family that prays together stays together!

6:15 p.m.   After Evening Prayer, one of our Lay Catechists will present a short catechetical meditation on an aspect of our faith. The theme will change weekly.

6:30 p.m.   After the catechetical presentation, we will break into small groups at round tables. A Lay Catechist at each table will lead each group in a guided meditation based on the theme of the night.

6:45 p.m.   Generations will close with prayer and a few suggestions from Fr. Brian about how to apply and use the night's theme at home.

There is something for everyone at Generations! And if you can't make it in time for dinner, no problem! You are more than welcome to come at 6:00 for the discipleship. And if you can only make it for dinner, well, that is fine too! What really matters is that you are part of our church Family. See you there!

Our Core Values

At Church of the Good Shepherd, We Strive to Cultivate:

1) Family-like Acceptance

2) A Space for Reverent Reflection

3) Peace and Harmony

4) Our Anglican Identity

5) A Living Tradition

6) A Home for Everyone

Having a clear mission is extremely important because of the influence it can, and should, have on every aspect of parish life. Because of this, a great deal of deliberation has been put into its formation.

This is where you come in. Our mission ought to reflect who we are, our deepest identity as a parish. And not only who we are, but also who we aspire to be. It should reflect our Core Values.

As you know, the vestry and I spent a great deal of time receiving your input and listening to all of you regarding our identity as a parish, and we thank all of you for your contributions. While studying your input, there was a great deal of overlap. From your responses, we were able to develop the following core values, upon which our mission is based.

Remember, these are your words, not mine. May we aspire to see them fulfilled in our parish life! 

Father Brian