make good memories
of easter this year.
Shouldn’t your children have great memories of church?
Church on Easter is a great choice but deciding where to go can be puzzling. Some churches are so traditional that you aren’t sure your kids can sit through all that, and some feel more like a production than your idea of church. With so many unknowns, you might even consider staying home. We get it, and we are here to help.
We are offering three services this Easter, each with a different feel. Whether you choose the serenity of the early morning, the energy of the family service, or the grandeur of the traditional service, you can be sure that your family will have a positive experience and remember this Easter as a special one.
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing Service
Thursday, April 17 | 7 PM
Good Friday Services
Friday, April 18
Noon | Traditional Good Friday Service
6 PM | Stations of the Cross
We start the day at 6:30 with our sunrise vigil service. This service combines the best of the Easter Vigil and our traditional sunrise service. We will begin before dawn with the lighting of the new fire and a series of lessons and prayers. About the time the sun comes up, we will celebrate communion together around the outside fountain. This is our quietest service and would be a great choice for those who are looking for a spiritual, meditative experience.
Our Family Service is in the main church and is the service most designed to meet the needs of families with young children. It is a full celebration of the Eucharist, or communion, but it has music by the young choristers in our Junior Choir, it has a children’s sermon where children are invited to sit at the front for a few minutes, and it is followed by our traditional egg hunt.
We are adding a full Easter reception—cookies and mimosas included—in the school courtyard, and we have set up a couple of ideal spots to take pictures.
Our 10:30 service is the big service in every way. The music is on a grand scale, complete with familiar hymns and brass accompaniment. The church is full of members and visitors alike. The Adult Choir leads the singing and lifts our hearts at the offertory. There is a full reception afterwards, and people stay and visit long after the service. The reception will have a place for children too, and we will move the family photo booth to the main church and courtyard.
We understand. You want to know before you show up.
Let us help you take some of the guesswork out of your Easter morning. Especially if you are a first-time guest, you will find some questions answered on this page that will make your first visit to Good Shepherd a little bit smoother.
We hope you will join us. You and your family are welcome and wanted. If there are any questions we can answer, or anything we can do to help make this Easter special for you, I’m happy to hear from you.