We are now OPEN for worship! Sundays 10am OR Live @ facebook.com/goodshepherdmaitland
Welcome, and thanks for checking out Good Shepherd. We're a growing congregation of people young and old who hunger for the presence of Jesus.
Our mission is simple: Make disciples of all people who are confident in their faith, filled with God's Holy Spirit, and totally in love with Jesus!
If it's your first time visiting an Episcopal Church, fear not! Our entire service--music and all--is printed in the program you'll receive as you enter the church. There is no dress code and all are welcome.
We promise to give you a warm welcome and offer you opportunities for learning about us and how to get involved.
Good Shepherd is diverse, and always looking to become more so! Whether you're simply curious about Jesus, looking for a place to go deeper in your faith, or a "seasoned" Jesus-follower, you are welcome here. God's grace meets us wherever we are, and we want to do the same for you.
Thanks for taking the time to let me say Hello. We look forward to getting to know you!
We believe in a God who transforms lives by forgiving sin, healing the sick, saving the lost, and restoring joy to the weary. We believe that God is love and proved it by sending his Son. "God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).
We believe the Bible is the perfect Word of God, is authoritative and life-giving in all it teaches. Most importantly, the Bible leads us to the living Jesus (see John 5:39).
We believe in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom Jesus sends upon his people to direct them and empower them to advance his Kingdom.
We believe the Sacraments (Holy Communion and Baptism) are a means of God's grace and are intended to strengthen the spiritual lives of his people.
Our beliefs can be summarized in the words of the Apostles Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Episcopal Church is a national church that finds its roots in the dawn of Christianity in the British Isles. By some accounts, Christianity was brought to England as early as 37 AD when the country was still part of the Roman Empire. Romano-British bishops are recorded as attending some of the very early councils of the Church in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. By the 7th century the scattered Christian communities came under the authority of the Pope in Rome through the evangelistic work of St Augustine of Canterbury who had been sent to England by Pope Gregory.
By the 16th century the English church became autonomous and became known as the Church of England. The Bible (previously only available in Latin) and an order for worship, called the Book of Common Prayer, became available in English. During this time worship services, according to the Book of Common Prayer were held in San Francisco Bay by the chaplain to Sir Francis Drake (The Prayer Book Cross at the summit of Golden Gate Park commemorates the event). A few years later Book of Common Prayer services were held in the Jamestown Colony of Virginia.
After the American Revolution, the Church of England churches scattered throughout the former colonies formed an American denomination that became known as The Episcopal Church. The Book of Common Prayer authorized for use in the American church was almost identical to the one that had been used since the 17th century in the Church of England.
The Episcopal Church continues to maintain ties to the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury as a member of the Anglican Communion which comprises provinces and churches in 165 countries around the world. Because of our history, those coming from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Methodist traditions will find in our worship services some similarities to those with which they are familiar.