Children & Youth Ministries

Children's Church

Jenny and Cameron Bethel

Teaching responsibilities for the Christian Education of our kindergarten through fifth grade students.  Children’s Church starts immediately after the Children’s Message at the 10:45 service and the children rejoin the service at the Passing of the Peace.  Teachers rotate, two at a time, teaching an average of one Sunday per month.


Hattie Sheehy

Two adults serve approximately every 6 weeks to care for infants through five-year old children during both services.  Children are returned to their families at the “Peace”.  Adults must complete “Safeguarding God’s Children” before being eligible to serve.

Brotherhood of the fire

Deacon Turner Guidry

An ecumenical group intended to discuss and foster Christian character of the young men participating.  Older men serve as mentors.  Meetings occur ordinarily on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. 

Location: Off of Jarrett Road not far from Turner Guidry's house (directions - east on HWY from church, left  on Downings Creek Road, first left is Jarrett Road, first left is a lane up a hill to the location of a large house and a large fire pit - chairs and dinner are provided)

Order of St. George

Deacon Turner Guidry

This is an ecumenical young men’s Bible study, which meets for breakfast on Thursdays at 7 am in the parish hall. 


Susan Gray

MOMS’ Connection mission is to connect and support moms of preschoolers and to be shown the love of Christ.

MOMS’ Connection is a FREE group for all moms, expectant moms, grandmothers, and caregivers.

MOMS’ Connection is where we meet for peer support, fun activities, parenting tips, friendship, encouragement, and good adult conversation.

MOMS’ Connection invites children from 0-5 to join other children in the nursery with trained volunteers.

When: 3rd Friday of each month, 10 AM to 11:30 AM.

Where: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Parish Hall

Questions?? Call Susan Gray 828-361-7175. 

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Adult Ministries

Adult Spiritual Formation

Robert Schneider

To provide opportunities for Parishioners to engage and grow in knowledge; to understand and share the love of God by offering classes and programs; to enrich the lives, minds and souls of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Spiritual formation is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ.  This committee prayerfully discerns topics for study and discussion to encourage individual and community growth.  It also helps members of the parish to identify and nurture their gifts of teaching leading, listening, exhorting, etc. for the building up of the body of Christ.

Click here for the current schedule of classes.

Centering Prayer

Beth Hitchcock

The mission of the Centering Prayer group is to foster an ever deepening level of interior silence and awareness of God's presence in our everyday lives.

Centering Prayer meets on Friday at 2pm in the children's Sunday School room.


Carolyn Cline-Griffiths and Tom Griffiths

Raising up and sustaining shepherds for the sharing of God’s blessings

Cursillo, a Spanish word meaning “a short course in Christianity” is a program to help Christians know God’s love and grace, and live out their personal vocations as Christ-centered leaders in the world.   It begins with a weekend retreat of renewal and continues with small weekly support groups and larger periodic group meetings called Ultreyas. It is important to know that individuals who express an interest in Cursillo are first paired with someone who has previously attended a Cursillo weekend and is active in the program and that this person will be their sponsor before, during and after the Cursillo weekend.  For more information please contact Carolyn , Tom or Father Bill.

For more information, click here to visit the diocesan Cursillo web page.


Kathy Wright

To engage people - sharing a large collection of books and materials, creating a safe space for the study of God and faith, and providing resources to borrow or take for parishioners and the larger community.

The Library builds and catalogs a collection of print and non-print materials appropriate to the needs and wants of the congregation. The library is available to the community, and the collection can be viewed under the Library drop-down menu at the top of this website.