Forest Hill & 43rd Street
Richmond, VA 23225

To Know Christ and to Make Him Known

What to Expect

For the first-time visitor, our worship services can be exhilarating … or confusing. Services often involve movements, rituals, and spoken responses — all of which may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. In general, our worship:

• Follows the order of service given in the Book of Common Prayer, the Episcopal Church’s prayer book

• Involves the whole congregation, not just the priest, in the service

• Engages not just the mind but also the body, as we stand, sit, kneel, and eat

• Employs a variety of music styles, from traditional hymns to contemporary praise songs, from classical pieces to bluegrass

• Balances “Word” and “Sacrament,” including a sermon and Holy Communion

• Welcomes all baptized Christians — no matter one’s age or denomination — to participate in communion.

• Follows the social distancing precautions as establish by the Diocese of Southern Virginia in consultation with the Commonwealth of Virginia, (when regathering is allowed).

For more information about what we do on Sundays — and why — check out this “Annotated Order of Service,” which explains the reason for the various parts of the worship service.

*Please Note: As of mid-December, in-person, indoor worship has been suspended. We are hoping to offer indoor worship service as soon as we are safely able to do so. In the meantime, we are offering the service of Morning Prayer online on Sunday mornings at 11. Please contact us at info@goodshepherdrichmond.org for information about how to join. We are committed to keeping our congregation safe, especially our most vulnerable parishioners. For more information or updates, visit The Diocese of Southern Virginia’s COVID-19 Resource page.