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The chapel is normally open for prayer and quiet during regular church office hours and the mornings when the CrossRoads Café is open. However, due to the pandemic, until further notice it is closed.

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CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: to reduce the risks of transmitting the virus.

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Global needs, disasters ...

Sending money through trusted and experienced organizations is probably the best way for the individual to contribute to international disaster relief. Donations thru the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund is one such trusted way.

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Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
64 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701
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. . . seeking and serving Christ in all persons.

The Episcopal church in Athens, Ohio (Since 1875) Welcome!  The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio is a diverse, welcoming, growing parish congregation, located on the campus of Ohio University - - Seeking to know and serve Christ in loving service to the Campus, the Community, and the world.

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In-House worship services have been suspended until the
crisis abates, and until improved weather,
outside In-Person services as well.

Until further notice the Church building is not open to the public.

Friday is cleaning and fumigating day, no one, including staff, should enter the building.

Office hours are from 10:00 - 12:00 Monday-Thursday, please knock.

COVID-19 Response

We care about our parishioners and neighbors. The following changes have been made to the worship services and ministries at Church of the Good Shepherd to help care for each other during the pandemic:
  • Masks covering both your nose and mouth must always be worn on our property, even if you are outside.
  • A distance of at least 6 feet must be kept between individuals and family groups.
  • No eating or drinking on the premises.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash hands regularly.
  • All food and drink ministries are To Go only.
  • Currently, the building is not open to the public. Outside groups require permission to use the facilities.

Outdoor Worship Service, 10:30 am Sunday ...

At this time no in-person outdoor nor in-door worship services are planned until further notice. "Virtual" Sunday and Special services are offered via email.

Wednesday Free Lunch ...

has been suspended until further notice, a few items are available in a food pantry cabinet on the Church's front porch.

CrossRoads Café Coffee Shop Ministry ...

is closed to reduce the risks of transmitting the virus and to care for our staff and customers.

Votive Prayer Hill and COVID-19 Memorial

Stop by and visit our Votive Prayer Hill.   For centuries people of faith have lit candles to represent their prayers.   Since our side chapel is currently closed due to the pandemic, we invite you to stop by the front yard of the church and write your prayer (bring your own permanent marker) on the gold ribbon of a prayer stake then put the stake anywhere in the ground.   It is our hope that the golden ribbons will reflect the prayers and be a symbol of our love of our community and God’s love for us.   Near the columbarium sit and view the reflective archways memorial to the over 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19.

Tree of Giving   --   FREE Face Masks

Our Tree of Giving is stocked with clean, individually packaged, cotton, reusable face masks. Please take a mask for yourself and one for a friend.   Not only are face masks required at Church of the Good Shepherd, it is a mandate of the State of Ohio, as well as an ordinance of the City of Athens to wear a face mask covering both your nose and mouth in public.   We are all in this together. Over 500 face masks have been taken.

In its Episcopalians In Connection series "Stories from the Episcopal Church in Southern Ohio" the Diocese has published an article about Good Shepherd's Prayer Hill and Tree of Giving -- SERVING OUR CHANGING NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE PANDEMIC.

"All Things Bright and Beautiful"

Great things are happening -- the Church is in the process of a number of facility upgrades including restoration work on the historic Aeollian-Skinner organ, installing building-wide air conditioning, a full-fledged kitchen upgrade, and more.   Check Bright and Beautiful Projects for overall plans.

Due to the many generous contributors the kitchen, the air-conditioning and sound system projects are largely completed.   The emphasis now will be Phase 3 of the organ project -- the restoration of the organ's deep insides.

THE ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT: The goal of this project is to restore the organ to “like new” condition.   So far Phase 1 and Phase 2 have been completed.   Phase 1 involved the refurbishing of the keyboards and the purchase of a new organ bench.   Phase 2 was the replacement of wires, switching systems, etc. inside the console itself.

As of May 2021 through generous contributions we have raised just over $71,000 of the $90,000 needed!


Phase 3 of restoration, the most detailed and expensive phase, will involve complete replacement of the leather, felts, etc. for EACH of these myriad pipes in the organ chamber.   Total funds needed for the organ project are $90,000.   Completion will insure another 50+ trouble free years to life of this instrument.

DONATE to the Organ Fund

Indicate for the organ in the "Add special instructions to the seller" section. For contributing using checks and other options, please consult "Giving" for details.

To help raise funds toward this restoration work the Organ Project has a Facebook page, Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Athens, OH, to tell the story of the organ and restoration updates.   (You may be asked to log in, just click 'no thanks' if you don't have a Facebook account.)

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The Rev. Deborah Woolsey Welcome to our Website! We are honored that you are visiting this site and hope that it will be a helpful way to learn more about this parish, our ministries, and our mission. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself in your life, I hope you felt called to visit us, and will find what you need here. The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd has a history of taking the words of the Bible seriously that say we are to: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.” It is our belief that these words, which are found in both the Old and New Testament, are the foundation of the way we are to live out our mission collectively and individually. We believe God loves us, and that every human being is created in God’s image. For us, that is really where it begins: and it means that we intentionally welcome all people regardless of gender, age, race, color, sexuality, socioeconomic status, marital status, politic, or physical condition.

At the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd we not only want to welcome you, we want to invite you to join us in growing in faith and love of God, and to live out our mission of seeing Christ in all persons and serving all persons in Christ. We believe that only together we can do the work of Jesus in loving God and loving our neighbors. In our parish’s life, we have found living this mission to be at times challenging and exhilarating, joyful and fulfilling, and that there truly is a place for all of us.

It is my prayer that you will find at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd a safe place for spiritual exploration and healing, a place where you find our words of welcome are really more than words and will join us in living out God love.

Many Blessings, Mother Deborah

The Rev. Deborah Woolsey is the Rector for the Church Of The Good Shepherd. Check HERE for biographical information.

WELCOME TO THE EPISICOPAL CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD!   Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith, we welcome you in the name of Jesus.

FOR PASTORAL NEEDS please contact The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 (C) or 740-593-6877 (Church) or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD please contact Alex Buckley, Senior Warden, at 740-593-5513 or by e-mail at macbuck@yahoo.com or The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 or by e-mail at revdebwoolsey@gmail.com.

THE MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH are the whole People of God. To inquire about various ways to participate, please speak to one of the clergy or staff.   Please consult Ministries and Ways to Serve for more information on what we do.

Rev. Deborah Woolsey, Rector
Alex Buckley, Senior Warden
Marsha Reilly, Music Director
Barbara Martin, Office Administrator

Church of the Good Shepherd
64 University Terrace
Athens, Ohio 45701-2913

Phone:   740-593-6877

E-Mail: chogs@chogs.org
Internet: www.chogs.org

Office Hours:   The office is open from
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday thru Thursday (PLEASE KNOCK).

If visiting, please browse the "Events Calendar" for scheduling details.

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