St. Monica’s Guild has a long history of service at Good Shepherd and is an active chapter of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Southern Virginia. All women of the church are invited to participate in our meetings and activities. We meet the first Tuesday of each month September – June in the church library unless otherwise publicized. The ECW supports church outreach programs including youth ministries, missions, community feeding programs, church activities, the rector’s discretionary fund, Good Shepherd School, and a long list of church and charitable organizations throughout the year. We raise funds through a bi-annual summer yard sale supported by the entire parish. The proceeds are used to fund charitable giving and to provide funding for many projects in the Good Shepherd’s mission outreach such as Caritas meals. Our signature ministries are a luncheon for the Crossover Health Care Providers in January, sponsoring a needy family from the Good Samaritan Inn at Christmas and organizing the semi-annual UTO in gatherings (United Thank Offering). For many years we have supported the Jackson Field Home for Girls in Jarratt, Virginia. In May 2012 we had the opportunity to attend the annual ECW meeting for the Southern Diocese of Virginia at the school. Several pictures from that trip are posted here from the meeting. Our meetings on Tuesday evenings include a short program, often about various ministry opportunities in the area. St. Monica’s combines prayer, fellowship and service to the glory of God.
Women of the Church, we welcome you to our ministry.
On our Tuesday, November 4th meeting at 7:00 p.m. our guest speaker was Jen Hanrahan from East End Pregnancy Richmond. Those attending were asked to bring a newborn baby item to fill a gift basket for the center.
Suggested items for the gift basket included the following:
- Diapers (including larger sizes)
- Prenatal vitamins (over the counter, preferably gell variety)
- Canned/dry goods/toddler foods/baby foods for our emergency food bank
- Formula (Enfamil; can use all types soy, milk based, hypo-allergenic are all needed)
Larger, gently used material goods are also welcome and needed — such as bassinets; unexpired and in good condition car seats; portacribs, etc. Anyone that is interested can receive a tax receipt.