The Pilgrim's Way

The Pilgrim’s Way is an integrated and comprehensive attempt to give our students the “sticky” faith that comes from relationship with and through Jesus Christ.

Learn more about our efforts to offer Lifelong Christian Formation

Resources for Faith with social distancing

In structuring the Pilgrim's Way, we used 5 foundations on which to build what we teach and when. Using these five foundations, We've created for you some resources for creating a "Social Distanced Christian Community"
If you need any pastoral support, or need assistance of any kind, please reach out to the Good Shepherd clergy. We have a system in place to respond to needs as they arise. If you would like any of us to pray with you, in general or for specific needs, please call us:
Roger: 828-446-8105
Jinny: 706-836-9927
May God bless and keep you, and may you remember you are held in the hollow of God's hand. -Roger and Jinny

1. History and Practices:

Joining the Angels, Archangels, and all the Saints in worship and witness. Family Worship

A powerful tool we can use now--and always--to combat unsettling feelings is prayer. Prayer keeps us in spiritual relationship with each other and with God (and there is nothing we cannot prayerfully bring before God that will go unheard). Prayer is also “portable”--it can be carried out individually or communally no matter where we may find ourselves. This is true of certain forms of worship as well. All this suggests that religious practice is not confined to a particular space like Good Shepherd or EDS: your own home can be a place where God is honored and adored in a special way, and where you can lift up yourselves and others in prayer.

Chaplain Karen Ellestad and Roger Speer have created a resource to guide family worship at home.

2. Biblical Literacy:

Appreciating the story of God's redemptive love. Daily Biblical Devotions.

Faith@Home.org is a wonderful resource for daily readings, reflection,  and hearing God's story. Each scripture has a short reflection followed by links to activities you can do: Watch, Listen, Read, Do, Pray. 

3. Ethical Decision Making.

Choosing a life of virtue in service to the Neighbor. How you play is how you live.

It's estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 decisions each day. The power of gaming is that it allows us to '"practice" making decisions in a safe space. Each moment becomes a teachable moment that describes how we treat each other. Squabbling kids? Play a game together and give their argument rules to follow. Cabin Fever? Play a game that engages the imagination to go to other worlds.

You have heard by now of my use of games to teach. If you'd like to learn more about how I run my Game Lab sessions, click here. 
For a list of tabletop games to help you make use of downtime, click here.
Feel free to email Roger for other suggestions, personal attention to your situation, and for help running games.

4. Personal Faith Practices

Tending the Soul. Prayer for others, prayer for self.

It is difficult to put into practice all of our lessons when we are intentionally disconnected.
What we can ALWAYS do is pray. Send an email to Roger to request to be put on the Soul Tending Team. You'll be sent the name of every student at Good Shepherd in your grade so that you can wrap them up in prayer at your daily Family Prayers, or reach out to them with parents' support.

Taking time for your personal development is always important. As an artist, musician, and theater lover, I always go to any of these disciplines to "reconnect."
I have some copies left of Pathways of Faith, a religious coloring book illustrated by yours truly. You can order your own copy here. Or, you can download and print a few pages to get you started. You can find them here.

5. Christian Belief and Theology

Making sense of Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Small groups online for education and Praxis.

This Sunday, I'll have a video lesson prepared for you so that 6-12 grades can still attend a Sunday lesson. We are working to see if Atrium Presentations can be filmed and offered as well. Those videos will be sent in this newsletter, and saved on our website.

There are small groups meeting online throughout the week to play role playing games using discord servers. These story based games allow me to teach your teens to respond to challenges and obstacles like Jesus would. Contact Roger to get into a group.

Service Opportunities

Altar Servers

Students join other adults in the humbling privilege of leading worship services. For 6th grade and older – Leads must be in High School. Meets Sundays in the Acolyte Room. CLICK HERE FOR SERVER SCHEDULE

Leads

Altar servers who have discerned a specific call on retreat are trained to lead teams of other altar servers in public worship. For more info, order the book.

Hometown Missions

In partnership with the Diocese of Georgia, Student Ministry coordinates a weekend of service in the Augusta area, inviting youth from all local Episcopal congregations.

Mission Trips

Annual experiences to places we have never been to serve and learn from those we meet along the way.

VBS Crew Leaders

Students learn to lead and minister to the children of vacation bible school

Recurring Programs are post-poned until further notice

SUNDAY

Didache

A Greek word for teaching, referring specifically to a catechetical manual from the first century known as The Teachings of the Twelve Apostles. At Didache, we present the church’s foundational beliefs and understanding about God and life. 

Sunday mornings at 10am at Setze Cottage.

Praxis

Activities and events specifically designed to give students an experience of the lessons we teach on Sunday mornings while preparing them to enter the world as leaders and team players. 

Sunday evenings at 4:30pm (6-8 grade) and 5:30pm (9-12 grade) at Setze Cottage

The Table: Family Game Night

For all ages! Bring a snack, bring a game, and unplug from technology.

Fourth Sunday of every month, from 4:30 – 7:00pm, at Small Parish Hall

TUESDAY

Middle School Prayer Breakfast

We play, we pray, we hear scripture, and we eat.

Every Tuesday at 7am from mid-September to May, in the Small Parish Hall

WEDNESDAY

Lectio

Students gather to spend time in Holy Reading (Lectio Divina) and to discuss how Christian writing affects their lives.

Wednesdays when supper is served. 6:30pm at the DSM Office

Wednesday Adventures

Using tabletop role-playing games, we explore real life scenarios of hope, challenge, distress, love, and purpose. 

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm at the DSM Office.

SEASONAL

Second Sundays

We join with Episcopal churches across Augusta for a fun outing.

Church League Basketball

Good Shepherd participates in the annual Augusta Christian Basketball Association League, with co-ed teams from under 9 years old to under 19 years old. Teams are contingent upon having enough players and coaches for each age division. Practices in the EDS Gym. Click here for game schedule

Confirmation

Open to students who profess readiness for public affirmation of faith. Learn more.

Service Opportunities

Altar Servers

Students join other adults in the humbling privilege of leading worship services. For 6th grade and older – Leads must be in High School. Meets Sundays in the Acolyte Room. CLICK HERE FOR SERVER SCHEDULE

Leads

Altar servers who have discerned a specific call on retreat are trained to lead teams of other altar servers in public worship. For more info, order the book.

Hometown Missions

In partnership with the Diocese of Georgia, Student Ministry coordinates a weekend of service in the Augusta area, inviting youth from all local Episcopal congregations.

Mission Trips

Annual experiences to places we have never been to serve and learn from those we meet along the way.

VBS Crew Leaders

Students learn to lead and minister to the children of vacation bible school

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