What is Good Shepherd?

We are a friendly and diverse group of people who come together to worship God, and receive his blessing and inspiration. Good Shepherd is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and a part of the New England Synod. We are a Reconciling in Christ congregation.

All are welcome here at Good Shepherd. Our Lord welcomes all who seek him, and so do we. We welcome you whether you have been a life long church goer or have just walked in the door for the first time. We welcome people from every tradition, and people new to faith. We welcome people of every age, every color and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, every socioeconomic status, marital status, every differing ability. Welcome to believers, questioners and doubters.

We pledge to our Lord, to ourselves, to you, and to all others that we will strive to live and share our love as a reconciling people. In our hearts and in this place, all are welcome to celebrate and rejoice, to grieve and be healed. We believe and proclaim that Jesus lives in all of us and we are made new through Christ’s love.

Church Services

We are now worshipping two ways every week and you have your choice: either outdoors on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. on the back lawn of the church, weather permitting or online at a time of your choosing. Please see our news page for the detailed guidelines if you decide to worship with us outdoors and any weather cancellations. See our Facebook or Youtube channel for online worship.

Children are always welcome to attend the service.

Worship Leaders

Worship unites the people of God with each other, through the Holy Spirit and a common bond of thanksgiving and praise. The worship service is made up of many participants.

Rev. Douglas Ryniewicz began his ministry as Pastor at Good Shepherd on August 9th 2013. He leads our worship services with the help of Victor Johnson, and church members.

Victor Johnson joined us in 2004. He is a gifted musician and the leader of Good Shepherd's vibrant musical community and our three choir groups.

Our choir is on hiatus during the pandemic but members are recording music from their homes for our online worship services.

Church members may also take part in the worship service as part of our Lay Ministry program. We have adapted to the pandemic and work online, helping with the outdoor worship, assisting with financial matters as a counter, or preparing the altar as a member of the Altar Guild.

Common Questions

Can my kids come to the worship service?

Of course! Children are always welcome during worship services.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.

© 2008-2020 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 466 Elm Street, Monroe, CT.

Good Shepherd is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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