One of our goals here at Good Shepherd is to see hands employed by the gospel. When the apostle Paul speaks of the church, he refers to it as one body with many members (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12).
In order for the body of Christ to function properly, each member must do their part in using their unique gifts and callings to serve one another and enable the gospel to go forth. As a part of the body of Christ, we encourage you to consider serving in the church, not only on Sunday mornings but also throughout the week to love the city and see God’s kingdom come to bear
In the Church
One of the best places to witness the body of Christ truly acting as the body is on a Sunday morning. It takes a small army of volunteers serving on our Nursery Team, Children’s Church Team, Music Team, Greeters, and more to make Sunday Morning worship happen. If you are looking for ways to get more involved at GSPC, consider serving on a Sunday morning team where you will serve others, get to know the Good Shepherd family, and be a key part of facilitating the worship of our living God.
In the Community
As a church in the city and for the city, we long to see the gospel of Jesus Christ transform people’s lives not only spiritually, but socially and materially as well. What that means is that as we take the gospel into Normaltown and beyond we are looking for ways “to seek the welfare of the city” (Jer. 29:7) through tangible acts of service. We work to partner with local organizations and ministries like Downtown Ministries in order to love our city and serve our neighbors. We pray that Athens will come to see Jesus more clearly through our love for one another and our care for our neighbors.
On the third Wednesday of every month Good Shepherd prepares and serves a meal for those in need in our community through the ministry of Our Daily Bread. The meal is prepared and served at the First Baptist Church on the corner of Pulaski St. and Prince Ave. Marnie Dodd coordinates the meals and volunteers for Good Shepherd. We currently have a core team of 5 members who regulary prepare and serve the meals, and are always looking forward to those who can jump in to help every now and then or become regulars! There are two time-slots available. We prepare the meal from 10-12 and serve the meal from 11:30-1. Currently, we are transitioning to serving the meals indoors which provides new opportunities to visit with our guests.
Please contact Marnie Dodd (below) if you are interested in participating on any given date. Also, please let us know if you would be interested if childcare is provided.
Serve in the Church
Cleaning generally takes an hour with two people. It can be accomplished at any point after worship on Sunday and before worship the following week. View the Cleaning Checklist to see the tasks for this role.
The Coffee team prepares coffee on Sunday mornings and cleans coffee distribution supplies following the service. Coffee team members are asked to arrive between 9:15 am and 9:30 am.
FOR AGES 0 UNTIL 2 YEARS
Nursery workers in the infant room work with the littlest sheep we have. They enjoy holding and playing with the children in the room. Nursery workers should arrive by 10:20 am and are usually out by 11:50 am. Nursery workers care for children in the room, follow the posted “schedule” and clean up the room before leaving. All nursery workers must have a background check — A form from Checkr will be emailed to you.
FOR AGES 2 UNTIL 4 YEARS
Nursery workers in the toddler room interact with the older children and share the gospel with them through play and story time. Nursery workers should arrive by 10:20 am and are usually out by 11:50 am. Nursery workers care for children in the room, follow the posted “schedule” and clean up the room before leaving. All nursery workers must have a background check — A form from Checkr will be emailed to you.
Nursery floaters can be in either room on a given Sunday, depending on the number of children in nursery that day. Nursery floaters participate in the responsibilities of the nursery workers described above. All nursery workers must have a background check — A form from Checkr will be emailed to you.
Nursery substitutes are not scheduled for nursery duty but may be contacted about stepping in if a nursery worker has to miss a scheduled Sunday. When serving on a Sunday, nursery substitutes participate in the responsibilities of the nursery workers described above. All nursery workers must have a background check — A form from Checkr will be emailed to you.
FOR AGES 4 UNTIL 6 YEARS
Children’s church teachers lead a class for Pre-K and Kindergarten aged kids. In this class, kids will be given a more in-depth look at the story of God’s redemption as our teachers lead them through lessons from the Gospel Project. The goal of this class is to prepare our children for what it means to gather in worship and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
Greeters welcome people as they come in for Sunday worship. Greeters arrive by 10:15 am on Sunday mornings to greet and hand out bulletins to everyone who comes in by 10:40 am.
The worship team includes individuals playing music, singing, managing the sound system, or any other aspect of leading worship on Sunday mornings. They meet to practice outside of regular worship times.