Get Involved

Whether you first encounter the Good Shepherd community through Sunday worship, Wednesday night dinners, the preschool, a Sunday afternoon concert or a family movie night, we hope you will keep seeking new ways to get involved.  By getting involved in ministry opportunities at Good Shepherd you will meet people, help build the church, and help God’s dreams for us in this place come true.  Service to each other in the church and to the greater community around us is a wonderful way to give thanks for the abundance in our lives.  How would you like to say thank you?  How would you like to use your gifts?  Please consider some of the opportunities listed here – or come talk to a clergy or staff person for help with discernment.

Acolyte Masters and Vergers
Contact Matt Harbison at        

Acolytes work in groups to assist the clergy in worship. Adult leaders are needed to help coordinate and schedule teams and assist acolytes in the sacristy before worship. The Verger is the main ceremonial leader at the 10:30 am Eucharist.  Vergers are trained to assist acolytes, deacons and clergy in the service as well as lay participants.

Altar Guild                           
Contact Hazel Bell at    

The Altar Guild prepares the Table for Holy Eucharist for each service.  Members of the Altar Guild serve in the Chapel or in the main church one week each month, generally on Saturday morning. Lay Leaders: Milly Rawlings/Lisa Brock/Hazel Bell

Chalice Bearers
Contact The Rev. Robert Childers at

Chalice Bearers are chosen by the Rector and trained and licensed through the Diocese of East Tennessee for a limited term.  This group assists the clergy during the service by offering the wine element during the Holy Eucharist. Lay Leader: Hazel Bell

Children’s Church
Contact Kathleen Crevasse at

Volunteers lead the liturgy of the word for preschoolers at the 10:30 am worship service (summer: 10 a.m.). Children engage the word through music, stories and crafts and join their parents for Holy Eucharist.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Contact Kathleen Crevasse at

Kindergarten through 2nd graders experience an age-appropriate liturgy of the Word during the 10:30 am service (summers – 10 a.m.) before returning to their parents at The Peace. Volunteer leaders, accompanied by clergy or program staff, conduct the service, teach object lessons and lead the children in ‘wondering’ about the lessons of the day.

Eucharistic Visitors
Contact The Rev. Robert Childers at

This group is charged with representing Good Shepherd by sharing the bread and wine from each Sunday Holy Eucharist with those in our community who are not able to attend services at the church. They meet one Monday every other month for prayer and reflection in addition to visiting parishioners.  Lay Leader:  Milly Rawlings

Flower Delivery
Contact Mitsy Costello at    

These volunteers hand deliver the altar flowers to parishioners who are sick, homebound, or who have significant celebrations in their home life. Flowers are delivered on Sundays following the 10:30am worship service. Lay Leader: Mitsy Costello

Flower Guild:    Church
Contact Barbara Helton        

This is a wonderful way to learn to arrange flowers! Teams meet one Saturday morning a month to arrange flowers on the altar. After the late worship service, volunteers divide the flowers into vases to be delivered to people in the community. Lay Leaders: Emmie Avery, Barbara Helton

Flower Guild:    Chapel
Contact Carolyn Miller at    

Teams of two meet on Mondays to arrange flowers for the Tuesday service and returns before the Thursday afternoon service to freshen the flowers.   Lay Leader: Carolyn Miller

Funeral Visitation Hosts & Ushers
Contact Sandra Alagona at

There are also opportunities for service to families dealing with the death of a love one by serving as a Funeral Visitation Host or as an Usher at Good Shepherd.

Godly Play Teachers
Contact Kathleen Crevasse at

Teams of 3-4 adults or teenagers are trained to share stories of the bible and our Episcopal tradition in the Godly Play style.  Leaders assist children in the art of wondering – a type of theological reflection that encourages the children to find their own place in the stories and their own relationship with the holy.

Lay Readers/Lectors  (8am and 10:30 a.m.)
8amContact Mike Costello ; 10:30am – Contact Oscar Brock        

Lay Readers (Lectors) are needed at both 8am and 10:30 am Holy Eucharists to read the prescribed scriptures for the day and the Prayers of the People.  Training for new lectors is provided annually. Lay Leaders: Mike Costello, Oscar Brock

Linen Guild
Contact Caroline Cavett        

This group launders and cares for all fine linens used in the church and chapel. Teams of two are responsible for the linens one week per month. The duties may be done on one’s own time. Lay Leader: Caroline Cavett

Contact George Robinson at    

Teams of ushers are needed at both Sunday services to hand out bulletins, take up the offering and help the congregation to Holy Communion. Each team of ushers serves 5-6 times each year and are additionally asked to serve for special during Holy Week and Christmas. Lay Leader: George Robinson

Vacation Bible School (VBS) leaders
Contact Kathleen Crevasse at

Teams of teenagers and adults are needed the first full week of June every year to help conduct our annual vacation bible school.  Helpers are needed for storytelling, games, arts and crafts, snack preparation and hanging out with the kids.

Wedding Guild
Contact May May McGuire at

The Wedding Guild offers support and guidance for brides and their families in the preparation and execution of a wedding in the Christian tradition at Good Shepherd.  Members of Good Shepherd who would like to serve on the Wedding Guild are invited to contact May May McGuire or the church office at

Youth Leaders & Youth Event Hosts
Contact Matt Harbison at