Frequently Asked Questions

This section answers many of the most common questions we receive from members and visitors.

What times are regular Sunday services? Are the services different?

We have three services on Sunday. At each service we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, also known as Mass or the Lord’s Supper. This is our principal act of worship in the Episcopal Church. Our services are conducted according to our Book of Common Prayer. Our morning services are held in the church, our main worship space.

Our first service on Sunday begins at 8:00 a.m.  This service is Rite I, which uses traditional language. There is no music or choir at this service.

Our second service begins at 10:30 a.m.  This service is Rite II, using more modern contemporary language. This service has music year round and, during the school year, we have a choir.

At 5:00 p.m., in our chapel, we have a Rite II Eucharist. This is an informal service, with guitar music and you are encouraged to come “as you are.”

Does Good Shepherd offer any services during the week?

We celebrate the Eucharist at three different services during the week.

On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel, we have a Rite II Eucharist, accompanied by prayers for healing and anointing.

At 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, in the church, we have an informal and simple celebration of the Eucharist. Rather than the Book of Common Prayer, our worship text is taken from the liturgy of one of our sister churches in the Anglican Communion. We have used liturgies from the Anglican churches in Canada, Kenya, New Zealand and England. This service gives us an opportunity to experience the richness of our liturgical traditions throughout the Anglican church.

On Thursday at 5:00 p.m., we celebrate Rite I Eucharist in the chapel.

What about nursery or childcare? Are children welcome in the services?

At the second Sunday service (10:30) nursery and childcare is provided.  Children are welcome and encouraged. The nursery is for infants and preschoolers. During the school year, we offer Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) for children in kindergarten through 2rd grade. The children go to CLOW at the first reading and return at the Peace. CLOW is an age appropriate worship service which follows the format and flow of our liturgy.  Children’s Church is for three and four year olds who are dropped off before church in the multipurpose room, returning to church at the Peace.

What time is Sunday school?

9:15 for all ages. Traditional Sunday school – Christian Formation for all ages – mirrors the school year. Generally, we offer at least three (3) classes for Adults.

The Shepherd’s Study is a bible study class which meets in the Lupton Reading Room. The books studied come from suggestions of the class.

Adult Forum offers various classes on contemporary issues in our community and the world, asking the question, “Where does our faith intersect with the world around us and how do we, as Christians, respond?”  The Forum meets in the Library.

Lectionary Class looks at the Lessons of the Day, offering lively and informal discussion of the three lessons heard in our worship service. The Lectionary Class meets in the Conference Room.

Our Christian Formation offering for children – kindergarten through 5th grade – is Godly Play, an interactive curriculum which encourages participants to engage and interact with the scriptural texts deepening and enriching their understanding of God, God’s word and the children’s own relationships with God and God’s people.

Where do I park?

There is parking in front of the church and in our lower parking lot, across the street from the church on Scenic Highway and Franklin Road.

If I am a member of another Episcopal Church, how can I join?

If you would like to transfer your membership to Good Shepherd, simply call or email the parish office ( or (423) 821-1583 and we will call your present church and ask for your membership to be transferred.

What if I have been baptized in another church, other than the Episcopal Church?

We believe one baptism is sufficient. A second baptism is not required to become a member of the Episcopal Church. Please call the office at (423) 821-1583) to register the date and place of your baptism. You will then be a baptized member of Good Shepherd, and be able to participate in all programs and ministries. You will not, however, be eligible to serve in or vote on an elected position (Vestry or diocesan committee) until you are confirmed or formally received into the church.

What is Confirmation and how do I become confirmed?

Confirmation is a mature affirmation of the promises made on your behalf at Baptism. Confirmation is a sacramental rite in which persons who have been duly prepared make a mature, public affirmation of their faith and a commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism and receive the laying-on-of-hands by the bishop. The Inquirers’ Class, an adult confirmation class taught by the Rector, includes topics such as church history, The Book of Common Prayer, how the Bible came to be, living the Christian life, and instructed Eucharist.

What if I have been confirmed in another church other than an Episcopal Church?

If you have been confirmed in another denomination (ie. Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox), having received the laying-on-of-hands from a bishop, please speak to any of the clergy. They will arrange for you to be received into the church by our diocese’s bishop. Persons who wish to be received generally take the confirmation class as a refresher of their previous preparation, and as an introduction to the Episcopal Church. These classes take place in the spring, prior to the bishop’s visitation.

How can I become more involved at Good Shepherd?

Check the Get Involved section of our website to learn more about ministry opportunities.  You may also contact Sandra Alagona, our Parish Engagement Coordinator at (423) 821-1583. She will be happy to talk with you and help you find a ministry, class, or fellowship group suited to your interests, needs, and time schedule. We also hope you will take time to read through our website and see all of our classes and events here at Good Shepherd!

Can I speak with a priest?

Most certainly! Call the church to either speak directly to a priest or to schedule an appointment. You can find the church’s contact details and clergy email addresses on the Contact Us page.

How can I keep up with the activities at Good Shepherd?

If you would like to receive our weekly e-newsletter, The Good News, or our monthly print newsletter, The Staff, please contact Sandra Alagona at or call her at 423) 821-1583.  We also encourage you to frequently visit our website!