Our Mission

All of our Sunday School classes, Bible studies, prayer groups and small groups exist to prepare you or your child for living for Christ in the real world. We use a variety of learning methods and teaching styles, so there is a fit for every type of learner, and each class or study includes a practical, relevant application to real life – where you are. We believe Christian Education exists not just to fill our minds, but to change our hearts and our lives.



DON'T GO TO CHURCH! BE IT!! 

This year at Good Shepherd, we’re continuing our "BE" theme. With all the changes that have been going on around here, we thought it would be a great time to remember that though some of our who/what/where/when may be changing right now, our HOW and our WHY will always stay the same!

Whether we have orange carpet or gray or meet in a group on Wednesday nights or small community groups throughout the week, our purpose, our mission, and our call is to BE the church together, both in our church community and out in the world. 


Spring Semester 2016

(January - May 2016)


COMMUNITY GROUPS


One of the biggest ways we'll express the BE theme is through our new COMMUNITY GROUPS that launched in February 2015. Community Groups are groups of people who meet twice a month around a common interest. The goal of community groups is simply to build relationships among our church members and family and friends or visitors who want to be involved. As we garden together, read together, play board games together, etc., we hope to build deeper friendships and a stronger community. If you don't see a group below that works for you, contact Kathy Larson about starting your own group!

Gardening Group: Shannon Klar: every other Saturday morning

Sewing Group: Marty McKenzie: every other Sunday afternoon


 Art Sanctuary Group: Kathy Larson: every other Sunday afternoon

Book Group: Diana Horne: every other Wednesday morning

Knitting Group: Barbara Thomson: every other Wednesday night

Board Game Group: Lisa VanderHeide: every other Saturday night


In addition to the bi-monthly community groups, we are BRINGING BACK Wednesday nights, once a month, with the same purpose - to build community in our congregation and among friends and visitors. 

There will be a covered dish dinner open to the WHOLE CHURCH COMMUNITY the first Wednesday of every month, from 6-7 pm, beginning October 7. Bring whatever you want to share - no pressure on making any fancy dish or even bringing anything homemade. Lots of people just swing by Harris Teeter or even Taco Bell and grab something on the way. God usually works it out so we get a somewhat balanced meal. And no one will mind if we end up with all desserts one or two or three times!

Sunday Mornings - 9:30 - 10:30 AM 

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH will study the Bible together on Sunday mornings. Bring your questions, we love to hear them! taught by: Dir. of Youth Ministry Joanie Fedor  

3rd-5th GRADERS will study Old Testament characters using storytelling, drama, art, and service projects. 
taught by: Katie Meeks and Julie Hetterly

K-2nd GRADERS will study Old Testament characters using storytelling, drama, art, and service projects. 
taught by: John and Beth Kreutzer

PRESCHOOLERS will explore the Wee Believe curriculum - “We Belong to God.” They will learn who God is in the world and who He is to them. 
taught by: Angela Hinton, Lara Dolinger, Mark and Melissa Katibah

ADULTS AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH (8th grade and up) 

Each semester, we offer different options of styles (lecture vs. discussion/interactive, academic vs. intro level, topical vs. textual, etc.) to meet a variety of learning styles, interests, and spiritual needs. In keeping with our desire to BE intergenerational, these three classes are open to adults and youth, ages 8th grade and up.


Spiritual Disciplines: Do you long to know God in a deeper way? To experience the presence of His Spirit in your daily life? This class will be based on Richard Foster's book, Celebration of Discipline, which describes 12 spiritual disciplines that will help believers connect to God in a deeper way. Students will be given a book and study guide.
led by: a variety of elders, past and present                     



When Life Doesn't Work: Do you struggle with things in your life not going the way you expected? Do you want to see how God is working in your life, especially in the hard times? Using principles from the book The Healing Path: How the Hurts in Your Past Can Lead You to a More Abundant Life, by Dan Allender, this class will explore tough things in our lives and see how God is working to heal us. 
taught by: Ray Ball

Samuel - Kings - Chronicles: This class will pick up where last year's OT class on Judges left off, studying the next period of the history of Israel - the monarchy. In Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, we will learn about all the kings of Israel and the prophets who preached God's Word to them, and learn that what makes the best leader is one who worships God and God alone.   
taught by: Kathy Larson

just for KIDS

CHILDREN’S CHURCH is during 11:00 am worship, after the Children’s Sermon. Children ages 4 years old through 1st grade are dismissed with an adult leader to hear the message of the sermon on their own level and to understand and practice elements of worship.

INFANTS are lovingly cared for in our nursery by professional staff and volunteers during Sunday School and worship. 

KID'S CLUB (K-5th grade) meets on the THIRD Sunday of each month, from 4-6 pm for a "mini-VBS" event, which includes Bible Study, fellowship, games, crafts, and lots of fun! This is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors out to play with us! 

Contact Melissa Lancaster (melissa@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Children’s Ministries.

just for YOUTH


Youth Group meets on Sunday nights from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for dinner, games, worship, prayer, and discussion with youth their own age and adult advisers who are passionate about youth.

YOUTH also do lots of special activities through the year like service projects, concerts, retreats, game nights, and more.

Contact Joanie Fedor (joanie@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more on Youth Ministries


just for MEN

Men’s Prayer Group meets Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am at Panera Bread (Carmel & 51) to eat and pray together.


just for WOMEN

Women's Bible Study meets in two groups: 
- Monday Nights, 7:00-8:30 pm [Barbara Thomson]
- Tuesday Mornings, 9:30-11:15 am [Ruth Ruane]

Each group is a delightful group of ladies of all ages and backgrounds who meet together to study, pray, laugh, cry, support, and encourage each other through all of life’s ups and downs and twists around. Both groups would love to welcome new members with open arms and open hearts!

Women of the Church meets twice a year for fellowship and spiritual growth - at a brunch (fall) and a retreat (spring). [Jane Chiseck]

Contact Kathy Larson (kathy@gspc.net; 704-364-1234) for more information on Adult Ministries.


See Left Menu for Notes from Past Adult Sunday School Classes & Bible Studies, Lent Prayer Guide, Advent Devotional Guide, and other Resources