Finding a congregation where you feel at home and can grow spiritually is one of life’s greatest joys. We at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church have found such a home, and we welcome you to join us. If you’re looking for traditional worship, with a strong emphasis on the ministry of the Word of God, this is the place for you.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is an historic Episcopal church in the Forest Hill area of Richmond, Virginia. Founded in 1908, the congregation has been worshipping, growing, and serving the community for over a century.
Although our church building stands just blocks from both the James River and Forest Hill park, our parishioners come from as far away as Richmond’s surrounding counties and areas “North of the River” and as close by as our surrounding “South of the River” neighborhoods.
Among our members today, you will find conservatives and liberals; singles and couples; children, parents, and grandparents; lifelong Episcopalians and many new to the Episcopal Church. We come together each Sunday to worship, to be formed in the faith and to be empowered for ministry in the world.
In keeping with the Episcopal tradition, the Church of the Good Shepherd is:
Protestant, and Catholic
Evangelical, and Sacramental
Ancient, and Modern
Bible-believing, and Culture-engaging
Mind-enriching, and Heart-Inspiring
As Episcopalians, we do not profess any particular “Episcopal” gospel. Rather, Episcopalians historically have professed to believe what all Christians profess, “mere Christianity:”
We hold the Holy Scriptures to be God-inspired and the rule and ultimate standard of faith.
We embrace the teachings of the Early Church, the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church.
We affirm to the historic Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed as true proclamations of the Christian faith.
We organize our common life around the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
What to Expect
For the first-time Sunday morning visitor, our worship services can be exhilarating … or confusing. Services often involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses — all of which may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. In general, our worship:
• Follows the Book of Common Prayer,* the Episcopal Church’s prayer book
• Involves the whole congregation
• 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 age or denomination — to participate in communion.
For more information about what we do on Sundays, check out this “Annotated Order of Service,” which explains the reason for the various parts of the worship service.
Sunday Morning: 9:30 a.m.
This service of Holy Communion (or Morning Prayer) is led by our rector and will include music performed by our organist and members of our choir. After this service join us for refreshments and fellowship in the Parish Hall.
Tuesday Morning: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
This informal service of Morning Prayer is led by one of our licensed lay ministers and offers an opportunity to begin the day with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. In addition to the standard parts of the service, there is an opportunity to join together in offering intercessory prayers for those in need, as well as to offer thanksgiving for our many blessings.