Good Shepherd is a diverse parish with a diversity of needs. Parishioners of all ages and skills have many opportunities to get engaged in the life of our parish by serving others. Click here to download a convenient guide of all volunteer opportunities.
Our Acolytes are middle and high school youth who assist in services by carrying the crosses and torches and by helping the clergy in the service
The Altar Guild cares for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for service sand clean up afterwards.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by our bishop to deliver Holy Eucharist to parishioners who are hospitalized or otherwise homebound . They may also act as a chalice bearer during our regular Sunday services.
Lay Readers assist in services by reading the Lesson appointed for the day
Music is a very important part of our parish. Parishioners can participate in Youth Choir, Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, the playing of instruments for services or working in the music library
Our Ushers arrive at church about 30 minutes before a service to greet parishioners, pass out bulletins, receive offerings, guide parishioners to Holy Communion, and tidy the pews after the service
Vergers assist the clergy in the conduct of public worship, especially to marshal processions
PARISH ‘IN’ REACH
Children’s Activities – Many opportunities are available to assist with Vacation Bible School, Christmas Pageant, Children’s Chapel, etc. People are needed to coordinate, make props and costumes, fix food, do receptions or teach for any of the wonderful events for our children – bulletin boards too!
Daughters of the King is a women’s prayer group who offer daily prayers for both parishioners and non-parishioners for whom prayers have been requested. Their prayer list is confidential.
Fellowship Events are a popular way for us to get to know one another. Fellowship Committee members and volunteers assist with equipment pick-up/return, preparation of food, event set-up/clean-up for the Chili Cook-off, Mike Beard Memorial Pig Pickin’, Parish Picnic, Shrimp and Oyster Roast and other parish fellowship events
Flower Deliveries are made every Sunday after the 10:15 service to parishioners who are in the hospital or otherwise home-bound
Gardening Guild members install and care for plantings on CGS grounds and those in the Parish Life Center, grounds pick-up
Library Guild shelves books, follows up with parishioners with overdue books, catalogs new books, assist parishioners in the library itself
Meals & Funeral Receptions - provide meals to home-bound parishioners during times of trial and joy through our "Loving Your Neighbor" group; provide food and/or assistance for funeral receptions at church.
Nursery Guild members help paid staff care for children under 5 years old in the nursery during services and special church meetings and help with nursery clean-up days
Office/Receptionist is a critical role in our parish office. Volunteers typically help with a 4 hour shift (AM or PM) to answer the phone, route calls, greet and direct visitors, assist staff with short-term projects
Recording Ministry operates digital equipment to make a recording of services, duplicate and ready them for mailing to homebound parishioners and to be put online, operate sound system during services
Sunday School Teachers prepare/assist in the teaching of our children, teens or adults during Christian Education on Sunday mornings
Tellers assist with the tally of the Sunday morning offering on Monday morning
Transportation Drivers use their personal vehicles to get our parishioners to church services, events and meetings as needed
The Vestry is the lay leadership of the parish. Twelve parishioners elected by the congregation who serve with the Rector to make business decisions for the parish.
Youth Advisor/Aide works with parish middle and high school youth, fix meals for Sunday nights and/or chaperone trips
Wedding Guild members help the parish Wedding Coordinator direct weddings at CGS which includes assisting clergy and bridal party at both the rehearsal and wedding itself.
Weekly Service Times
8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
In our Church
In Stoker Chapel
Parish Office Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday
121 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603