The Outreach Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd creates welcoming, generous spaces that help people and families move from vulnerability to stability. We prioritize and support ministries among those beyond our membership, both locally and worldwide, addressing immediate needs while creatively looking for deeper solutions, and collaborating with groups that are already established and experienced in these areas. We approach this work with humility, love, and discernment, respecting the dignity of every human being.
Tuesday and Friday Breakfast Ministry: Every week, in conjunction with the Federal Way Community Caregiving Network, we provide a light breakfast between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. for anyone who stops by. On hiatus during the quarantine.
Saturday Community Meal: In conjunction with the Federal Way Community Caregiving Network, every Saturday we open up the church basement at 12:00 and provide a meal from 1:30 to 2:30 for anyone who is hungry. Continuing as a sack lunch during the quarantine.
Clothing Closet: In conjunction with our Tuesday, Friday and Saturday meals, we provide clothing to those who need it. On hiatus during the quarantine.
Reach Out Shelter: In conjunction with Catholic Community Services, we host a women's shelter at Good Shepherd every night for five months out of the year. Many area churches and community organizations provide meals and serve as hosts for our guests. Due to the limitations of our buildings during the ongoing pendemic, Good Shepherd was not able to host the shelter in 2020-2021 but continues to support it financially.
Lake Grove School: In an ongoing relationship with our local elementary school, we have provided books, school supplies, and Thanksgiving baskets to children and families in our community.
Kairos Prison Ministry: At these special weekend events, Good Shepherd members bring their love for Christ into the Washington Women's Correctional Facility in Purdy. On hiatus during the quarantine.
Prayer Shawls: A number of parishioners enjoy crocheting or knitting prayer shawls, which we give out freely to people both inside and outside our community who could use a physical reminder of God's love wrapped around their shoulders.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Several AA groups, for men, women, or a mixed group, meet at Good Shepherd. Contact the office for specific meeting times. Our Thursday men's group is set to reopen in the spring of 2021. Others will follow as able.
New Hope Center, Goma: This ministry for grieving children in the Democratic Republic of Congo was created by Good Shepherd parishioners Anita and Bruce Paden, and we help support it financially.
Good Shepherd's extensive outreach efforts have qualified us as a Jubilee Ministry Center of the Episcopal Church. In order to qualify, a congregation must:
• be connected with the Episcopal Church,
• be involved among and with poor and oppressed people wherever they are located,
• be rooted in worship,
• include several programs, including at least one human rights advocacy program, and one human service program,
• and be willing to demonstrate its operation for models, maintain “how-to” files, act as a resource center for other ministries, and be subject to review.
For more information about any of Good Shepherd's Outreach ministries, please contact Pastor Josh.