A variety of groups for adults exist at Good Shepherd. Which groups suit you best?
Small groups are an optimal way to explore and grow. Our Kin Groups are designed to afford the same strong bonds that kinship does at its best: reliable company from those who share both history and hopes for the future. The groups meet weekly for study and prayer support. Their activities include fellowship and service to strengthen shared experience of the Christian walk. From time to time, groups may be offered using a variety of sources for their study time. Four Kin Groups recently completed The Bible Challenge, and three small groups competed The Restoration Project during Lent. Others hoped to be a part of this small group study, but were impeded by illness or scheduling.
New groups and group members are always encouraged to begin or join. If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Castner, Kin Group Coordinator, at (951) 929-6787.
Daughters of the King
The Order of the Daughters of the King is a spiritual sisterhood of women dedicated to a life of prayer, service and evangelism. It is an order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Membership includes women in the Anglican, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic churches, dedicated to supporting one another in prayer, service, and learning. DOK members also support each other as they deepen their knowledge of our faith tradition and bring it to bear upon the challenges of their lives.
Because DOK is an order, not an organization, women don’t just enroll as members and attend meetings; they take life-long vows to follow the Rule of Prayer and Rule of Service. Admission to the order follows an 8-week discernment course of study to prepare members to take vows of daily prayer.
If you would like more information about the order, please contact Nancy Reiterman at (951) 927-5567. Good Shepherd’s chapter typically meets on the third Monday of the month at 2:00 p.m.
Episcopal Church Women
The Episcopal Church Women of Good Shepherd provides an opportunity for women to be in fellowship while serving their church family and community. Monthly meetings typically occur on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. in Schippling Hall. Sandwiches brought by participants are cut to provide a buffet with lots of variety for all to pick from. Planning and prayer are always included, and a hands-on project is often scheduled. One of the groups’ current projects is assembling “Blessings in a Bag,” kits with essential food and hygiene contents which are made available to worshipers for use as they encounter folks in need.
Good Shepherd’s ECW chapter raises funds to cover summer camp fees for children who need scholarships and plays an active role in fund-raising for other congregational ministries. Additionally, members often serve by providing for receptions after funerals or memorial services.
All women of the church are automatically members of ECW and eligible to participate in its activities. For more information and to learn how you can offer your own gifts and talents, contact Linda Brown at (951) 282-9389 or come to any ECW monthly lunch meeting.
Couples of Good Shepherd
Couples of Good Shepherd (COGS) meets quarterly for dinner and fellowship. Couples of all types are welcome to participate. Couples have taken turns coordinating the meal and everyone chips in to cover the cost. New activities are regularly being explored. For more information, contact Diane Jenkins at (951) 599-4707.
Cursillo is a movement planning weekend “short courses” in Christian love. It helps those in the church understand their individual callings as Christian Leaders. The leadership may be exercised at work, in the family and social life, in leisure activities, and within the Church. Such leadership does not mean power over others, but rather positive influence on those around us. Weekends are staffed by those who have had prior Cursillo experience, attending to the every need of candidates. For more information on the Cursillo movement visit this information page, contact Judie Selman at (951) 692-8166, or visit the Episcopal Cursillo San Diego website at sdcursillo.org.