The Good Shepherd Food Bank has been open for over 30 years. It is an emergency Food Bank that is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday.
Food boxes are given to clients who are residents of Orange County and who earn less than $271.00 a week. The Food Bank hands out between 50 and 100 boxes a week.
Volunteers from the Good Shepherd Food Bank pick up food supplies at Second Harvest every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. Approximately $100.00 is spent every week on whatever food supplies are available that week.
The Food Bank also provides some personal and hygiene items to our clients.
PRAYER SHAWL AND CHEMO CAP MINISTRY
Care and the love of knitting, crocheting, and looming, have been combined into a prayerful minstry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl and cap. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl or cap.
When the item is completed it is offered a final blessing during our Noonday Prayer Service. The shawls and caps are sent to the oncology wards of local hospitals, to parishioners and friends of parishioners in nursing homes or recovering from surgery or undergoing any kind of medical procedure. They are given as a comfort after a loss, during bereavement, as an aid to prayer or meditation, and to celebrate the birth of a new baby.
Each year we offer, free to the community, a nine-scene walk-through live drama. Each scene recreates a pivotal moment surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ: the Angel Gabriel’s appearing to Mary, Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, the Angel’s visit to Joseph in a dream, Caesar Augustus’ census declaration, the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the birth, shepherds in the fields, the heavenly host, the wise men and the star, and all gathered at the manger to rejoice in this unique birth of the Prince of Peace, the Savior of the world, God with us.
Refreshments and seasonal musical entertainment round out the living nativity experience.
Celandine Life Preparatory Academy, a Christian school for special needs children, is currently renting space on our campus. However, the relationship between the school and the church is not merely one of landlord and tenant. We love the presence of these children and their teachers on our campus and the blessing of having a mid-week chapel service for them where the children participate as acolytes and ushers, and help to enact the Bible stories. They help with the maintenance of the community gardens where fresh vegetables are grown for our Food Bank patrons
Each year our on-campus Celandine students create tags and decorate our trees. Our Angel Trees are always a generously supported ministry and over 100 thoughtful gifts donated annually for children ages 3 through 15. School social workers are personally aware of families in need and distribute the gifts.
JP is a ministry that “transforms the lives of people who are chronically underemployed by meeting their needs head on - empowering, encouraging and elevating their workplace attitudes and abilities to engage with and reward viable employers.” Good Shepherd continues to support this ministry financially and through prayer. JP is always looking for volunteers to help as coaches/mentors, teachers and administrative help, you can find out more about this ministry through links on our website or directly on the Jobs Partnership website: HERE