Relationship & Group Events
The purpose of this Ministry is to help the congregation to fulfill its covenant “to bind our lives together in trust and love as a family in Jesus Christ” by building and maintaining a loving community among the people of Good Shepherd. This Ministry helps the congregation fulfill its covenant to live as a family in Jesus Christ by initiating, arranging, and working with other Ministries in coordinating social occasions, meals, and 5th Sunday potlucks attended by church members, friends and guests. This Ministry should focus efforts related to the 6 C’s, giving particular attention to Communion.
The Relationship Ministry is responsible for building
This ministry shall be responsible for:
- Promoting fellowship within the Church by initiating, arranging, and coordinating social occasions attended by persons affiliated with the Church;
- Being a point of contact to help coordinate special events being held at the Church by outside groups or other Ministries;
- Arranging for refreshments following the worship service;
- Assisting in establishing and overseeing adult or Church-wide fellowship groups;
- Maintaining kitchen supplies, cooking utensils, equipment, appliances and condiments, for use by Church ministries, committees, members, and friends.
Throughout the year, Good Shepherd also participates in group activities with our two sister churches, Covenant Christian Church and Cary First Christian Church. These events include joint worship during the holidays, pulpit exchanges, Appalachian mission trips, community service projects and social activities. Our three churches are also currently engaged in an open-ended progressive exploration of issues involving community, race relations and faith, called Community in the Heart of Christ. All members of the greater Cary community and their guests are welcome to attend these programs.
Good Shepherd UCC also has active small groups within the congregation.
Our Youth Group includes kids in middle school and high school. They meet several times during the year and undertake a wide range of activities, including community service, social events, and age-appropriate group discussions.
Our Young Adults meet for an informal Bible study, that includes plenty of fellowship, worship and discussion.
Our Women’s Fellowship Group meets on an “almost monthly” basis for a combination of activities that include service projects, church-related projects, retreats, dining out, speaker programs and craft & hobby sessions, in a comfortable environment.
The Men’s Breakfast Fellowship is an informal gathering that takes place at Cary-area restaurants twice a month. These get-togethers are filled with food (naturally!), laughs and friendly conversation.
Refreshments Following Worship Service
Relationship serves refreshments during the Fellowship Hour following worship each Sunday. This is a special time where it is obvious that those present enjoy sharing with each other while enjoying some tasty and healthy treats. Everyone is welcome to attend. Those who wish to sponsor this Fellowship Hour in honor or memory of a loved one may do so by contributing food or a small monetary donation.
The Book Club meets monthly, September through May, and discusses a book picked by one of the members of the group. These books can range from fiction to non-fiction or any genre that the leader that month wishes to discuss. This is open to all members and friends of Good Shepherd UCC. To avoid the expense of new books, we try to pick books that are readily available in the libraries around town.