Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church

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Good Shepherd
Presbyterian Church
622 Joppa Farm Rd
Joppatowne, MD

Our Ministries

Want to Get Involved?  Here are things to do at Good Shepherd.


  • Worship Team - Plans church services and service formats. Oversees the worship service and acolytes. Meets 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Outreach Team - Plans and implements activities to make community aware of our church and its programs and to facilitate people joining our church family. Meets second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Christian Education Team - Plans and implements church education programs including Sunday School, Confirmation, Vacation Bible School and special events. Meets first 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Stewardship Team - Plan and implement activities associated with raising money for the church including the annual member pledge campaign. Meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Property Team - Plan and implement activities associated with maintaining and repairing the church building and grounds including building repairs, heating/air conditioning, lawn cutting, painting, etc. Meets 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
  • Nominating Team - Contacts individuals and presents names to congregation for prospective Elders and Deacons. Meets at various times. Must be a church member. 

Church Activities:

  • Choir - Sing at weekly church service. Practice every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bell Choir - Play in hand bell group during church service. Practice Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
  • Altar Guild - Maintain church altar with flowers, candles and other decorations. Assure that hymnals and bibles are in pews. Prepare communion items. Two individuals serve for a month. Sign-up sheet in hall.
  • Lay Reader - Assist pastor during church service with scripture reading, responsive reading and offering prayer. Sign-up sheet in hall. 
  • Ushers - Greet and seat people at church, pass out church bulletins and take offering. Pass out and collect Ritual of Friendship pads and Guest Folders. Serve one Sunday a month.
  • Coffee Hour - Make coffee (already supplied), provide refreshments, set-up and clean up for coffee hour after church service. Sign-up sheet in hall.
  • Children’s Sermon - Prepare and present brief story for children during church service. Sign-up sheet in hall. 
  • Acolyte - For young people; light and extinguish candles during church services.
  • Vacation Bible School - Participate in a special program for children for 1 week at the end of June between 6 and 8 in the evening. The program includes singing, prayer, crafts, lessons, food, etc. 
  • Sunday School - Teach different age groups on Sunday morning from kindergarten to adults.
  • Shepherd’s Kids - Help at weekly get-together on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 for children to sing, learn, play games and have a snack.
  • Sharing Table - Make a casserole and/or help serve food to needy people at facility in Edgewood on 4 Saturdays a year. Sign-up sheet in hall.
  • Women’s Circle - Bible studies and refreshments. Meets second Monday of each month at different homes at 7:00 p.m.
  • Crafty Ladies - Work on craft items throughout the year for sale at the Fall Festival. Meets every Thursday at church from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • Fall Festival - Yearly one-day fund raising event. Help with sale of crafts, white elephant table, baked goods, food set-up and clean-up. Usually held on a Saturday in October. Information in Fall.

  • Good Shepherd Website - Maintained by multiple persons.
  • Weeding/Planting - Help plant flowers and weed beds around church. 
  • Communion - Serve communion on selected Sundays. Must be a church member. 
  • Nursery - Help with nursery during church.

Church Government:

  • Elders - Consisting of 12 church members elected by the congregation for a 3-year term, the "Session" governs the church including chairing the Teams, planning the budget and voting on various church issues. Each year, 4 new Elders are elected to the Session and 4 leave. Must be a church member and 21 years old.
  • Deacons - Composed of 9 church members elected to a 3-year term who provide support to the congregation’s needs including the Flock. Every year, 3 new Deacons are elected and 3 leave. Must be a church member.