Welcome to GSYM. We believe God is actively seeking to transform this rising generation of young people into followers of Jesus one life at a time. Good Shepherd Youth Ministries (GSYM) exists to engage young people in their faith and empower them to live lives that conform to Christ and transform culture."Conforming to Christ" means growing closer to and becoming more like Jesus. "Transforming culture" means following God in such a way that the people around us are challenged to live their lives in closer conformity to God. When students begin to conform to Christ, lives are changed, and when enough lives are changed... an entire culture can be transformed. It is our hope and you or your family will look into what we're about and consider participating in all the great things that are happening at the Church of the Good Shepherd.
The mission of Good Shepherd Youth Ministry (GSYM) is to teach students to conform to Christ and transform culture. The Church of the Good Shepherd is dedicated to challenging the rising generation to engage God's redemptive mission in the world. GSYM does this by training students to grow more like Christ who is the perfect image of God and in whom we realize our true identity. Students are then empowered to go out into the culture in order to transform it as agents of God's redemptive mission.
- What: High school ("Crossroads) and middle school ("Vertical") student ministries will begin the Fall. Students will be encouraged to discover their own call to discipleship as they grow in their faith and walk with God.
- Sunday Schedule:
Middle School 5:00-6:00 PM at the Youth House
Dinner for All 6:00-6:30 PM
High School: Be on the lookout for info and a start date for 2016-2017
- What: On Sunday mornings, middle school and high school students gather together in the Youth House. Then students break into adult-led discussion groups based on age and gender. These small groups are designed to encourage student discussion and sharing on spiritual themes in relation to their lives inside and outside the church. The lessons are based on Sunday's gospel reading from The Lectionary.
- When: 10:15 - 11:00 am (begins August 21)
- Where: The Youth House
- What: Cornerstone is a citywide youth event to disciple students and build up the community of young people in Augusta.
- Who: All students, from any church background, grades 6-12, are welcome!
Be on the lookout for 2016 - 2017 trips for High School and Middle School Youth!
- Home Works is an opportunity for rising 6th graders through rising 9th graders to have their first experiences of mission work. Good Shepherd provides the home base and the Augusta urban community is our work place. Young people from all over the region gather together to serve God's people through worship, work and play. During the evening program, we relate our work to Scripture and discuss how God is leading us in what we do each day.
- Home Works 2017 - look for information soon!
- Church of the Good Shepherd and the Episcopal Day School
- Click on the following link to get directions to Good Shepherd: maps.google.com/maps
- A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place as a part of the discipline and life of faith. It is a time set apart to seek and find God in new ways and new places. Following the example of countless pilgrims who have gone before, pilgrim participants experience God's providential care and presence anew. The Pilgrimage is open to youth in grades 11-12 and usually takes place every two years. The next Pilgrimage is currently set for June 2017 to Spain.
Diocesan Youth Events
- What: The Youth Commission of the Diocese of Georgia provides several opportunities for junior and senior high students to gather for overnight or weekend events with a variety of emphases. Events such as New Beginnings and Happening invite youth into a deeper relationship with God and help to form their faith in new and exciting ways. These events take place throughout the year.
Summer High School Mission Work
- An opportunity for rising 10th graders thru freshmen in college to participate in mission work. Previous mission trips have taken us to to Sewanee, TN and Mission on the Bay in Bay St. Louis, MS. We spend an entire week working construction projects in the destination community. Each year the destination and dates are selected by the youth. These dates are announced in early January and registration is due in early April.
- Click the "Google Calendar" icon on the bottom right to see the calendar in a new window.
GSYM Adult Leadership
- What: Ministry is not based on some people up front and the rest observing as an audience. The goal of ministry is to turn members into ministers themselves. Good Shepherd Youth Ministry believes strongly in the vision of the church as a community of ministers and is committed to raising up adult and student leaders.
What options are there for me?
- Youth Group Support: Adults may support Good Shepherd Youth Group (Sundays and/or Wednesdays at 6:30 PM) in a number of ways: we need adults to help with setup, hospitality, or coordinating food. We also need adult chaperones for the multiple trips we are planning throughout the year (see "Trips" tab). We also need help organizing our databases and information as the youth group is expanding drastically!
- Sunday School Leaders: Sunday School Leaders help lead discussion groups for middle school girls and guys and high school girls and guys' small groups every Sunday morning during the formation time from 10:15-11:00 AM.
How do I get involved
- Good Shepherd's youth ministries will only ever be as strong as its community support. If you have gifts or skills that you would like to share then we would love to have your support.
- Please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Safeguarding God's Children
Open up the document below to get step-by-step instructions for self-enrolling and getting starting with the easy Safeguarding God's Children course online:
- What: Confirmation is the expression of a mature commitment to Christ, a time in which adults and youth, confirm before the congregation that they have been sufficiently instructed in the Christian faith and are ready to affirm their confession of Jesus as Savior and Lord. To be confirmed, young people must be of an age to make a mature commitment of faith , attend a minimum of 70% of Sunday School classes, and attend confirmation class.
- When: Confirmation classes begin in the spring preceding the Bishop's annual visitation in November. Reminder, students who wish to begin the process must be active members in GSYM. More detailed information will be given out at Youth Group and Sunday School closer to the beginning of classes.
- Info: All youth in grades 6 through 12 who feel called to serve at the Lord's table are encouraged to acolyte. The acolytes meet regularly throughout the year to participate in the corporate worship of the church. Corporate worship is where we join with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear Gods Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments. Christians do not live in isolation, but as a worshipping community, acolytes play a crucial role in making the church's worship experience happen.
- Training Day: Acolyte Trainings are scheduled throughout the church year.
Church League Basketball
- What: Good Shepherd participates in the Augusta Christian Basketball Association. The association offers teams for girls and boys ages 7-19. League play begins in early December or January and ends in late February. The cost is approximately $30 which includes the registration fee and uniforms. Teams are contingent upon having enough players and coaches for each age division.