Everyone has different gifts and interests, and there are many ways to to live out one’s faith by ministering within and outside the church. The following are some of the areas of ministry that are part of the life of this community. If you would like to get involved with any of these, please speak to a vestry member, a warden or the rector.
OneBody Youth Group
Welcome to our Youth Group. We are called OneBody (that's from the Bible) and represent 3 separate churches: Good Shepherd (Wildwood), St. Laurence (Lakeview) and St. Martin's (Aspen). Each of our youth groups meet at our individual churches on Sunday mornings and for events or trips we all gather together as one! Most of the youthlings know each other from school, sports teams or just enjoy getting to know each other at youth events. Our events are awesome and always include LOTS of food. Come hang out with us!
‘Stewardship’-how we use and honour the resources that God has given us- is a concept that we seek to undertake as individuals and members of the parish. The ministry of members of the stewardship committee is to inform the church of the financial needs of the community, and the spiritual practice of giving.
Santa Sunda 2015 - donations of toys and food for the St. Edmund's Christmas hampers.
The outreach committee at Good Shepherd is all about fellowship and helping others. In addition to making monetary donations to some non-profit organizations and charities, we also coordinate activities and projects to better our community and world.
We have ongoing collections of stamps for the Canadian Bible Society in support of their prison ministry, eye glasses for third world countries as well as coordinating events throughout the year – such as collecting baby food for Calgary Interfaith Food Bank, school supplies for Closer to Home for school children in our community and stuffed socks for the Mustard Seed at Christmas time.
In an ongoing effort to our community, we designate one Sunday a month to helping the Drop-in Centre. Our Sunday School and Girl Guides make sandwiches once a month to help feed the hungry and teach young ones about homelessness. Also, once a month we urge parishioners to donate various canned protein items which go to help the needy through St. Edmunds Food Bank.
The outreach committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd is very active with new activities and projects. There are always ongoing happenings and always new ways to help others.
Music is an essential part of worship for many in our
congregation. Our main source for music is the Anglican Church of Canada’s Common Praise Hymnbook(1998), More Voices, Good Shepherd Song Book and other contemporary music. The organ, piano and guitar are all used to accompany the congregation.
Hymns are selected each week based on our scripture readings and themes that are current in the church community so that there can be integration within each individual’s worship experience.
We have a small but mighty choir that meets every week before and after the 10AM service. They are an essential part in leading the congregation in our music ministry. The choir takes abreak over the summer months but are always eager to start back again in September!
We always welcome new faces whether you want to sing with the choir, come play an instrument with us or suggest some new hymns or songs that you enjoy! Feel free to talk to Jason or Kersi if you feel this ministry speaks to you!
Building and Maintenance
Our terrific building and maintenance committee keeps our church in running order! They are responsible for the maintenance of church buildings and equipment, biannual cleaning bees, grounds upkeep and maintenance of inventory of property.
In the beginning…
Good Shepherd’s previous incumbent, Rev. Helen Belcher, and Kathie MacDuff were in the habit of fantasizing about a non-denominational retreat centre in the woods where people could rediscover their creativity. After Good Shepherd’s renovations, Helen approached Kathie with the idea of opening an art studio which would host regular classes, workshops and drop-ins for anyone interested.
The Good Shepherd Art Studio opened its doors September of 2003! Since that time, numerous mixed media, watercolour and creative journaling classes have been conducted.
We’ve hosted many acclaimed guest instructors and have facilitated numerous sales and exhibitions including the popular More Journals, a show featuring 100 visual books lovingly created by local artists.
Everyone is welcome to work in community on whatever creative project they have while being able to access the studio resources.