Outreach Ministries

 

Good Shepherd has a long history of reaching out beyond its walls to serve those in need. Although our primary focus has been on serving the needs of people in the Denver area, we also support two missionary families, an annual medical/dental mission to Jamaica, youth group mission trips, projects funded through the United Thank Offering, emergency financial assistance through Episcopal Relief and Development, and the Diocese of Colorado Haiti Project.

In 2015 much of our outreach funding went to organizations and ministries that serve the hungry and the homeless, both in Arapahoe County and in downtown Denver. We are especially proud to be a partner church at the Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry in Greenwood Village. In the summer of 2013, largely as a result of Good Shepherd's financial and volunteer support for this agency, Covenant Cupboard was selected as the 31st Jubilee Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. (For more information on Jubilee Ministry go to  www.colorado-jubilee.org.

 Good Shepherd currently supports these outreach and mission ministries:

  • Emergency food and financial assistance to need individuals and families through Rector’s discretionary fund
  • Mary’s Hope Workshops: spiritual healing for victims of severe childhood abuse; workshops are presented by former parishioners Deacon Diane Moore and Sherry Niermann at various locations around the United States.
  • St. Clare’s Kitchen and Clothes Closet: weekly dinners and clothing for homeless in downtown Denver
  • St. Francis Center: day shelter for homeless men/transitional housing in downtown Denver
  • 32nd Avenue Jubilee Center serving Denver’s Hispanic Community
  • “Operation Gratitude”: neck gaiters for troops in Afghanistan knitted by parishioners
  • Financial support for two missionary families: One family currently serves as missionary trainers in Florida; another family serves the Anglican Church in North Africa
  • Bienvenidos Food Bank
  • Covenant Cupboard Food Bank based at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village, distributing food boxes, toys and books to needy families on Friday aftrernoons from 1 - 5 pm.
  • Diocese of Colorado Haiti Project serving the village of Petit Trous de Nippes and St. Paul's School in Petit Trous
  • House of Hope: shelter for women with children (part of the Family Tree network of social service programs).
  • Jamaica dental/medical mission trips: medical/dental supplies and missionary teams traveling to Jamaica
  • Sudanese Community Church, a community made up of many Sudanese refugees living in Denver, based at St. John's Cathedral
  • Youth Group Mission trips: Over the past five years our high schoolers have traveled to Alaska, New Orleans (twice), Salt Lake City and Jamaica to do various building and restoration projects with local communities and churches. Our middle school youth have traveled to Leadville and Alamosa, also to work on various building and community restoration projects.

Thank You!!

The fulfillment of our mission statement goals is made possible through the continued support and encouragement of each of you. Thank you for your generous response to each in-gathering throughout the year and your financial support during special offerings. Many of the projects will be held again this next year but we desire to hear from you. Please let us know if you are involved in serving the community and would like Good Shepherd to be a part of that program. Please join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm at Good Shepherd.

Upcoming Events

07/11/2017 - 6:30pm