When you visit Good Shepherd United Methodist Church we want you to be our honored guest.  We are dedicated to being an inviting community of faith where everyone can connect and grow in Christ.  Whether you are seeking to know Jesus Christ in your life, new to the area, the United Methodist Church, or you are a new Christian, there is something at Good Shepherd for you.

As our honored guest, we hope that you experience God’s radical hospitality and that Good Shepherd might become a spiritual home for each of you.

Below you will find answers and links to some of the questions our guests have asked.  If you have a question that is not listed, contact Pastor Jeremy Squires at revsquires@thegsumc.org

When are your Sunday Worship Times?

      Modern Service 8:45 AM; Traditional Service 11:00 AM

      Sunday School for Children and Adults: 10:10 AM

Do you have to be a member to receive Holy Communion?

No.  In the United Methodist Church, we believe in an open table for communion where all are welcome.  We believe that the sacrament of Holy Communion is an act of God’s grace extended to everyone including children. We have…

Communion every Sunday at 8:45 AM   

Communion on First Sunday at 11:00 AM

We receive communion by Intinction most of the time.  Intinction is a  fancy word for saying that we are taking Communion by dipping bread in wine/grape juice. At Good Shepherd UMC, we use non-alcoholic grape juice only.You can’t do this wrong and no one will look at you funny if you aren’t “doing it right.” But here are a few tips:

When you come forward, you will receive a piece of the bread which will be placed in your hand

Then, you will dip the bread in the cup and eat.

When you are given the bread. The server will offer words of affirmation, such as “The Body of Christ given for you” or “Christ’s body broken for you.”

When given the cup:  The server will offer words of affirmation, such as “The Blood of Christ given for you” or “The blood of Christ shed for you.”

You can respond by: You can be silent and not say anything, maybe a silent prayer or, You can say, “Amen” or,

You can say, “Thanks be to God!” or, You may also say whatever the Spirit leads you to say.

Do you have a nursery during worship and Sunday School?

Yes.  Child care is provided on Sunday morning beginning at 8:30 am for children ages Birth – 2 Years.

Are children welcome in worship?

All children are welcome in either worship service.  During service children are invited to meet at the back of the sanctuary with ministry leaders to attend Kids Worship in room 210 in our Christian Life Center (CLC)

Do you have a Safe Sanctuary policy?

Yes.  We have a Safe Sanctuary policy that assists us in creating and providing a safe environment for our children, youth and adults.

Is your building physically accessible?

Yes.  Good Shepherd UMC is committed to making our church comfortable and accessible for everyone.  We offer the following:

  • Handicap accessible parking spaces and entry ramps
  • Front entrance and back entrance doors at ground level
  • Wheelchairs available for church use
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms
  • Elevator to upper floor in the Christian Life Center
    Assisted hearing devices; large print hymnals, worship bulletins and Sunday School materials

Where do I park?

There are ample parking places for first-time guests at the front of our building facing New Shackle Island Rd.  The parking lot holds a large number of vehicles.

What Sunday Classes do you Offer?

What is Wednesday Night GROW?

Who are your Church Staff?

What is on the Calendar?

Where are you Located?

How do I find out more?

Stop at the Connection Center at the front entrance (the Narthex) for more information about the church, e.g., Sunday School Classes, group studies, etc.

 

Feel free to contact us at gsumcstaff@comcast.net or fill out the form below before you intend to visit and we would be happy to meet you on Sunday morning, set up a tour, have information for youth, children or adults, and help you find your place here.

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