Generations

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 Mission: The When and Where

It is a great thing to have a mission statement and solid core values, but it will be totally worthless unless we actually enact it! We must set our mission in motion in such a way that is accessible and inviting.  Anyone who walks through our doors should be able to immediately discern our clear path of discipleship and how to get involved.

Here’s the path: Worship -> Grow -> Care. Now how do we do it?

Our access point is Sunday morning. If you are a member, Sunday morning is a given. Sunday is kind of what we Christians do. For our members, Sundays are for worship.

And if you are new, your first real contact with our church will likely be on a Sunday morning. Even if you are not an Anglican, or not a Christian, the liturgy of the word is open for anyone to come into the midst of our loving community and reflect on the meaning of life and the lessons implicit in the celebration of our faith.

Sundays are to Reflect and Worship.

Now, for Grow and Care. Of course, there are already many ways to grow and care in our parish already, but what we do not have is a clear path from one to the next. What we have currently is not so much a path as a mosaic. A mosaic can be a beautiful thing, but it doesn’t make a good map to follow!

We live in a complex world. People are busy. Families are busy. So let’s make it simple for everyone. Generations, on Wednesday nights, has been specifically crafted to provide everything we need to Grow and Care. And it gives us a clear-cut, straightforward path of discipleship that enables us to fulfill our mission and easily invite newcomers into the life of our church.

Worship -> Grow -> Care

Sundays -> Wednesdays

Our Mission lived out in real life: Clear. Simple. Straightforward. Discipleship. As I’ve said before, our mission is not another thing we do, it is the thing we do. Put the start date (9/14) for Generations on your calendars, and be prepared to grow together!

Father Brian

Generations

I think that the Core Values and guiding principles that you have chosen are excellent. What a foundation for building a future!

In accord with these values, I have had a number of individuals from a variety of stages of life coming to me since I started at Good Shepherd seeking more mixed-generation opportunities. Not just a few individuals, but enough to make me take notice. In response, I floated a few ideas that generated a great deal of interest among various groups within the parish. The idea that emerged after conferring with these groups is called, appropriately, Generations. 

Generations is intended to provide us with a setting where we can come together, on a weekly basis beyond Sunday mornings, as a community to develop intergenerational relationships, learn from one another, and become involved in one another’s lives. 

Beginning on September 14th, we will begin meeting in the Parish Hall every Wednesday for dinner together and fellowship. We will have communal, lay-led evening prayer together, followed by short presentations that are crafted specifically to bring all of our members from all generations together to helps us grow in our faith. We are even looking for ways to incorporate community service into Generations on a regular basis.

Generations will be an excellent opportunity. It is an opportunity not only to fill a need in the church, but also to put our core values and mission into practice. I hope you are as excited as I am!

Father Brian