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Formation at Home

Formation at Home

Under the direction of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, we will conduct our worship and formation programming online until we are able to gather again in person. This page contains information on our online formation programming. We look forward to seeing you online soon.

WAY OF LOVE EVENTS

Blessing Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour
Sunday, August 16   |   following online worship

On Blessing Sunday in a typical year, we celebrate our students and ask God's blessing on their backpacks and new licenses. But this is no typical start to a school year, and we know it brings a host of unique challenges and opportunities for our youth and their families. So to kick off this academic year, we'll gather virtually as a Good Shepherd community to ask God’s blessing on our students’ entire experience of learning: from their backpacks and devices, to the spaces where they'll learn and study, to the people who'll journey with them.

Join us after worship this Sunday to participate in this special moment of blessing, to celebrate this community, and to remember that we’re not alone as we walk this unfamiliar path. For the Zoom link and any questions, please email Aimee Bostwick.

One Book, One Parish

During the spiritual practice of REST on the Way of Love, we offer different resources to you engage in this practice in a way that is best for you, from walking, praying, to reading, we hope this practice will restore you. We invite you to join a parish-wide reading of Afoot and Lighthearted: A Journal for Mindful Walking by Bonnie Smith Whitehouse and Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective by Michael Schut. 

Afoot and Lighthearted (Silver Medal winner of the Nautilus Book Award) is a guided journal for walkers who want to expand their physical and creative worlds through acts of mindfulness. It will teach readers how to harness the power of walking to cultivate and nourish attention, inspiration, and determination, as well as to combat distraction, anxiety, and the dreaded creative block. Simpler Living, Compassionate Life , editor Michael Schut presents a rare collection of voices ― Henri Nouwen, Cecile Andrews, Richard Foster and others ― as they explore our use of money, the practice of simplicity, listening to our lives, widening our circle of community, and other topics at the core of how we live out our faith in our homes and workplaces. A study guide is included.
You can find both books for order on Amazon and Kindle.


WAY OF LOVE WEDNESDAYS   |   CHILDREN

Edge
Wednesdays   |   5:00pm

Every week our 3rd-5th graders will gather in the “Edge Lounge” (aka Zoom) for games and a discussion centered on the Way of Love. Please email Aimee Bostwick for the Zoom link.

WORSHIP - Children resources

Celebrate the 50 days of Easter
Helping Families Keep Easter at Home
Faith at Home : Weekly lectionary-based activities and reflections


WAY OF LOVE WEDNESDAYS   |   YOUTH

Middle School EYC
Wednesdays   |   6:30pm

We will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information and to get Zoom meeting ID and password, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

WORSHIP AT HOME RESOURCES

During this time of social distancing we are offered the unique opportunity to cultivate a practice of worshipping at home. We will continue to post resources for you to use until we have the opportunity to worship in person.

Simple Daily Prayers
Prayers of Healing
How to Live Stream Worship With Kids

FORMATION OFFERINGS

ONLINE FORMATION   |   ADULTS

Lectionary Reflection Group
Sunday, August 16   |    9:30am

Join us for a virtual study and reflection on the readings for our worship at 10:30am. Experience Sunday worship in a new way as you learn from your fellow parishioners. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Blessing Sunday Virtual Coffee Hour 
Sunday, August 16   |   following online worship

On Blessing Sunday in a typical year, we celebrate our students and ask God's blessing on their backpacks and new licenses. But this is no typical start to a school year, and we know it brings a host of unique challenges and opportunities for our youth and their families. So to kick off this academic year, we'll gather virtually as a Good Shepherd community to ask God’s blessing on our students’ entire experience of learning: from their backpacks and devices, to the spaces where they'll learn and study, to the people who'll journey with them.

Join us after worship this Sunday to participate in this special moment of blessing, to celebrate this community, and to remember that we’re not alone as we walk this unfamiliar path. For the Zoom link and any questions, please email Aimee Bostwick..

Contemplative Prayer Groups
Sunday, August 16   |   5:15pm

We will meet virtually on Sundays. Join us for a 20 minute practice of contemplative prayer. We will begin by check in as people are welcomed into the space followed by a 20 minute sit. Please invite others that you know will appreciate this practice. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Men’s Bible & Brew
Monday, August 17   |   6:30pm

We will meet virtually on Mondays. New members are welcome to join us. For more information and for a link to join the meeting, please contact Stanford Adams.

Mom’s Bible Study
Tuesday, August 18   |   9:30am 

We will meet virtually on Tuesdays.We are reading Becoming by Michelle Obama; please join in at any time if you’ve read the book or not. Our time together will serve as continued connection and support for each other. For more information and for a link to join the meeting, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Transitions Bible Study
Tuesday, August 18   |   1:30pm

We will meet virtually on Tuesdays. We are currently engaged in a multi-week study of the Psalms, with guidance from teachers in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Please share with your friends as they are welcome to join us. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick or Marcea Paul.

Contemplative Prayer Groups
Wednesday August 12   |   5:15pm

We will meet virtually on Wednesdays. Join us for a 20 minute practice of contemplative prayer. We will begin by check in as people are welcomed into the space followed by a 20 minute sit. Please invite others that you know will appreciate this practice. For more information and for a link to join, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Thursday Forum
Thursday, August 13   |   10:00am

The Thursday Forum is a co-ed Bible study that meets virtually each Thursdays at 10:00am. It is a safe space to both wrestle with the challenging questions raised by the Holy Scriptures and to celebrate the insights, learning and joy that come from reading the Bible in community. Whether you have studied the Bible your whole life or whether you’re just beginning to engage the biblical texts, you will find a warm welcome in this group. ​This summer, the Thursday Forum is studying a different one of Paul's letters each week. For more information and for a link to join the meeting, please email Brandon Ashcraft.

Women on the Journey
Thursday, August 13   |   11:00am

Women on the Journey is a sacred circle of women who gather to share their wisdom and companionship with one another. All women are welcome to join our circle! Over the season of Easter we are studying the book of Acts together. For more information and for a link to join, please email Aimee Bostwick.


ONLINE FORMATION   |   CHILDREN

Sunday Godly Play video and virtual discussion
Sundays   |   10:00am

Every Sunday morning, subscribers to our Children & Family email will receive an email with the story of the week video and activity ideas for you to share with your children. If you would like to subscribe to Children & Family email, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

Edge
Wednesdays   |   5:00pm

Every week our 3rd – 5th graders will gather in the “Edge Lounge” (aka Zoom) for games and a discussion centered on the Way of Love. Please email Aimee Bostwick for the Zoom link.

Children’s Choir
Sundays   |   9:30am

Every week, subscribers to our Youth Choir email will receive an invitation to join us in making a joyous noise on Sunday mornings. It is open to all children that find joy and comfort in singing. No previous choir experience necessary. If you would like to subscribe to the Youth Choir group, please contact Christina Baird.


ONLINE FORMATION   |   YOUTH

High School EYC
Tuesdays   |   3:00pm

We will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information and Zoom link, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

The Good Place Viewing Party + Discussion
Tuesdays   |   6:30pm

All 8th and 9th graders are invited to join us every Tuesday at 6:30pm as we watch NBC’s The Good Place. We will stream together over Netflix Party and then discuss the different themes in each episode. For log-in information, please email Aimee Bostwick.

Middle School EYC
Wednesdays   |   6:30pm

We will meet virtually via Zoom. For Zoom meeting ID and password, or if you would like to subscribe to Youth Ministry email, please contact Aimee Bostwick.

High School Formation
Sundays   |   12:00pm

We will meet virtually via zoom. For Zoom meeting ID and password, or if you would like to subscribe to Youth Ministry email, please contact Aimee Bostwick.