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CLOSED FOR THE SEMESTER: Starting on August 24 it will operate under restrictions imposed by the pandemic to reduce the risks of transmitting the virus. Please consult the paragraph in the center column of this page for details.
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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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64 University Terrace, Athens, Ohio 45701
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. . . seeking and serving Christ in all persons.
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.
In-House worship services have been suspended until the crisis abates.
Until further notice the Church building is not open to the public.
Office hours are from 10:00 - 12:00 Monday-Thursday, please knock.
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.
10:30 am Sunday, Morning Prayer - (Starting August, 16)
In addition to the changes above, the following additional changes have been made to worship services to reduce the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus:
- The service will be outside on the front steps of the church building.
- Bring your own Book of Common Prayer.
- Bring your own outdoor chair.
- Wear a face mask covering both your nose and mouth.
- Put your chair on the mark on the ground to maintain 6 feet distance.
- The Priest will be 15 feet from congregation.
- Dress for weather.
- The service will be canceled if it rains or storms.
Wednesday Free Lunch
Every Wednesday from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The following changes have been made to Wednesday Free Lunch to reduce the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus and to care for our volunteers and those we serve:
- Face masks covering both nose and mouth will always be worn by everyone.
- Servers will be wearing gloves.
- Lunch is TO GO ONLY.
- Lunch will be pre-packaged in lunch bags.
- Lunch bags will be distributed OUTSIDE in front of the church building.
- A distance of 6 feet must be maintained between individuals and family groups.
- If Athens County goes to Emergency Level 3 (red) or Level 4 (purple), this ministry will stop until Athens County changes to Emergency Level 2 (orange) or Level 1 (yellow).
CrossRoads Café Coffee Shop Ministry
Weekday Mornings 9:00 am – 11:30 am starting August 24 *hours of operation will vary during the pandemic.
The following changes have been made to CrossRoads Café to reduce the risks of transmitting the virus and to care for our staff and customers:
- CrossRoads Café is operating OUTSIDE on the front porch of the church building.
- Face Masks covering both nose and mouth must always be worn by staff and customers.
- Drinks are TO GO ONLY.
- A distance of 6 feet must always be maintained between individuals and staff.
- During the first 4 weeks of operation, all drinks are only $1.
- If Athens County moves to an Emergency Level 3 (red) or Level 4 (purple) CrossRoads Café will close until Athens County changes to Emergency Level 2 (orange) or Level 1 (yellow).
The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio guide to a
PHASED RETURN TO INCREASING IN-PERSON PARISH LIFE
Votive Prayer Hill
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.
Tree of Giving
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.
FREE Face Masks
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
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.
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.
To help raise funds toward this restoration work the Organ Project now has a Facebook page: Aeolian-Skinner Organ at Church of the Good Shepherd, Athens, OH. (You may be asked to log in, just click 'no thanks' if you don't have a Facebook account.)
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.
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
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOOD SHEPHERD please contact David Burton, Senior Warden, at 740-593-5634 or by e-mail at email@example.com or The Rev. Deborah Woolsey at 937-689-8895 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
David Burton, Senior Warden
Marsha Reilly, Music Director
Barbara Martin, Office Administrator
Church of the Good Shepherd
64 University Terrace
Athens, Ohio 45701-2913
Office Hours: The office is open from
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.
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