Summer@Shepherd | Students, Kids and Families

Summer Community Groups

Life is better when you are connected with others as a community!

No matter where you are on your faith journey, life is always better when we share it with someone else. That's why this summer new groups are being formed that are focused on one thing: making new friends. Whether you enjoy cooking (or eating) or you love hiking or biking, you'll find an opportunity to connect with others who enjoy the same thing.

If you are a new (or newish) parent, we know that connecting with others isn't super easy, yet having someone to encourage and support you is really important. That's why you'll have an opportunity to connect with other families this summer.

Groups will start after May 15th and continue until the end of August.

Any questions, please reach out to Pastor Benjamin McWhorter-Rush at ben_rush@coswired.org.

Take a Next Step this Summer...

Disciple Bible Study

Are you looking for tools to go deeper with studying the Bible? Want to become a stronger Disciple and leader in ministry?

Learning scripture is an important part to growth as a Disciple, and we can have a deeper understanding of God and who we are called to be as Disciples when we spend time studying the Bible. One thing you can expect from this study: you'll learn the meaning of servant leadership. Disciple aims at transformation, not just information

This summer we will be going through the New Testament in 12 weeks.

Disciple  Bible Study will begin on June 8th, 6:30pm.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

At Church of the Shepherd, we know that we can’t be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.

We know that growing in relationship with Jesus requires more than the typical things Christians do. If we are truly going to love God well and love others well, we must courageously open up the below-the-surface (inner) aspects of our lives to God’s transforming power.

Online and in-person group options will begin the week of June 15th. 

BLESS Group

Ever wonder how God could use you to build relationships with people God loves and is pursuing?  Want to help someone else you know find the hope you found in Jesus?

If you answered yes to these two questions, come join us for 4 weekly sessions of Training and Equipping that will help us break down the obstacles and fears.  

Help us to become more aware of everyday opportunities to BLESS someone, learn Jesus' model of training, and how to be prepared to share our own unique Story of how Jesus has transformed our lives in real and relatable way.

Our next Bless group will begin on June 20th at 1pm. 

Serve With Shepherd this Summer...

Extending the Table

Our June's Food Drive Is Right Around the Corner

"...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." Matthew 25:35

As Christians, we believe that God loves everyone. Everyone is valuable and worthy of dignity. We're all made in God's image and one way that we can live out the reality in our day to day lives is to help meet the immediate needs of people in our area. That's why every month, Church of the Shepherd gathers food and other resources to do just that.

Bless you all for your continued generosity in supporting our ministry partners.  Our next Extending the Table Drive will happen on on Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th during our regular worship service times. For more details on how and when this food drive is taking place, click here.

You can bring in your items and drop them in the collection bin in the entryway of the church when you enter for worship.  If you are not attending worship in person, you can drop off your items 4:30-6:00 PM on Saturday or 8:30-11:30 AM on Sunday. Thank you!

Foodbank

Serve Opportunity

Everyone deserves access to food.  Our call as followers of Jesus is to feed the hungry.  The St. Louis Area Foodbank takes that call to heart as they fight to ease food insecurity across our region.  We have scheduled a time to serve there on Thursday, June 2 from 1:00-3:00 PM (Please Note:  Our serve time in June is one week earlier than it normally is!).

While duties can vary depending up on the foodbank’s needs. Most often it involves helping sort and pack food and other items that will be distributed throughout the bi-state area.  If you are interested in joining in for some fun while serving with some of our Church of the Shepherd family, please register here. 

Spots are limited and registration ends on May 29 or when the spots are filled.  If you have questions or if you’re unable to join us on this day but are interested in future opportunities at the foodbank, please contact Denise Spalding.
"Compassion, Caring, Sharing the LIGHT of Christ, Encouragement, Support...that is the heart of a Stephen Minister & that's why I became a Stephen Minister."
—Katie W.
"I walked through the darkest time in my life with a Stephen Minister by my side.
 So, I understood the value, that I could share with someone else.  That's why I became a Stephen Minister."

—Vickie F.  
"What I found...God was really helping me.  The training which I received helped me in all areas of my life and I found community in a team of ministers who care for & support me in my faith journey. That's why I am a Stephen Minister."
—Ann B

What about you? Come hear more about the caring team of Stephen Ministry on November 9, 2021 via Zoom from 6:30-8:00.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Ann Borgmeyer.

Are You In?

You can make a huge difference in the lives of kids in our church community.   Are you ready to start serving in Shepherd Kids? Our children are the future of the church, so let’s join together and help them have fun diving deeper as they learn about God and God’s unconditional love for all.

We're currently looking to expand our group of volunteers that make Shepherd Kids possible. If you're interested in helping out with our Pre-K through 5th grade program, then click the link below to get started.