Fellowship & Group Events
Good Shepherd United Church of Christ tries very hard to be an active, engaged family of faith. As part of this goal, we attempt to offer our members, friends and guests a wide range of activities to experience, that will help build and reflect our Christian faith. From special worship events and community service activities in Cary, Raleigh, Apex, Morrisville and beyond, to family-oriented entertainment, our goal is to provide a cross-section of calendar items so that there is “something for everyone.”
Several times throughout the year, the church organizes Let’s Go! events that allow our members and guests the opportunity experience new things and interact in casual, social environments. Durham Bulls baseball games, trips to local attractions, golf outings and attendance at museum exhibits are a sampling of the activities the church can undertake in a typical year.
Throughout the year, Good Shepherd also participates in group activities with our two sister churches, Covenant Christian Church and Cary First Christian Church. These events include joint worship during the holidays, pulpit exchanges, Appalachian mission trips, community service projects and social activities. Our three churches are also currently engaged in an open-ended progressive exploration of issues involving community, race relations and faith, called Community in the Heart of Christ. All members of the greater Cary community and their guests are welcome to attend these programs.
Good Shepherd UCC also has active small groups within the congregation.
Our Youth Group includes kids in middle school and high school. They meet several times during the year and undertake a wide range of activities, including community service, social events, and age-appropriate group discussions.
Our Young Adults meet at the church’s High House Living Room on the second and fourth Thursdays each month for an informal Bible study, that includes plenty of fellowship, worship and discussion.
Our Women’s Fellowship Group meets on an “almost monthly” basis for a combination of activities that include service projects, church-related projects, retreats, dining out, speaker programs and craft & hobby sessions, in a comfortable environment.
The Men’s Breakfast Fellowship is an informal gathering that takes place at Cary-area restaurants on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 9am. These get-togethers are filled with food (naturally!), laughs and friendly conversation.
The Good Shepherd United Church of Christ Cornerstone Statement notes that we are a “well-FED” congregation. This intentional play on words acknowledges the church’s frequent habit of dining together. In addition to the light snacks and fellowship time that takes place after worship each Sunday, the church looks for excuses to hold pot luck dinners, whenever possible.
One other notable example of Good Shepherd’s love of food and fellowship in our annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
Every Thanksgiving since 2004, members, their families and friends have enjoyed a delicious pot luck turkey dinner at the church. The tradition began when one of our members, Gayle Merrill, observed that many members of our church family spent this special holiday away from other family members. She suggested holding an event that would attract people who were looking for others to share a meal with, as well as members whose families were visiting from elsewhere. It’s now our Thanksgiving tradition, generally with 50+ people attending each year. We hope you are able to take advantage of the many fellowship activities that take place at Good Shepherd UCC. Please also visit our online Photo Gallery frequently for a closer look at some of things we’ve been up to lately (as well as some occasional visits back into our archives!).