CGS Community Garden Plot Team: Help grow veggies and herbs for neighbors in need this summer. Our community garden plot on Grove Street is a team effort with great rewards, and produce goes to the Watertown Food Pantry. We have 3 people on board and would be glad for 2 more. Contact Charlie Kitts if interested.

Pot-Luck Garden
: CGS is creating a new flower garden made up of favorite blooms from parishioners.  Bring us a beloved flower that reminds you of love and why you come to CGS.  Please sign up on the Wall of Opportunity.

CGS/VGS Garden watering:  Are you looking for a meditative task to help the beauty of the church?  Stop by CGS and water the new flower gardens and the VGS gardens during dry summer months.  Sign up on the wall of opportunity.

Common Cathedral: An opportunity to participate in Common Cathedral, Sunday July 23 after church. Saturday we will make lots of sandwiches. Sunday we will take them and other food to Boston Common to share a meal and a service full of prayers and sons with an outdoor congregation of housed and unhoused folks. Please sign up to participate and/or make sandwiches. There is a signup sheet at the Wall of Opportunity. For more information ask Deacon Ken Schmidt or Kate Gyllensvard.


Vacation Garden School
at CGS will be August 7 - 11 this summer for kids ages 4 to 13. It’s our 6th summer of VGS!! For details and a registration form, contact Melanie at vgs@goodshepherdwatertown.org.

Our Diocesan Summer Camp is great! Registration is now open for the Barbara Harris Camp in Greenfield, NH. Generous financial aid is available, including one full campership for each parish. Learn more here (http://www.bchcenter.org/), and be in touch with Pastor Amy if you are interested in the campership.


Ongoing opportunities:


Young-ish Adult Group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the parish rectory for dinner and group study. We are currently preparing to write individual rules of life. Contact Pastor Amy for more info.


Pastoral Response Team: Every Friday from 11:00 am to noon in the parish office. Join with Pastor Amy for noonday prayer and share with her in strengthening our response to challenges, crises, celebrations, and changes in our CGS community and beyond. Each week's work will differ, but might include sending birthday cards, delivering flowers, calling someone who visited the parish for the first time, or representing CGS at a civic event.  

 

Children's Formation Program:  Supporting children in their life in Christ is central to our mission. Children of all ages are always welcome in church services, where they are formed in the faith through the rites and rhythms of sacramental worship. During the academic year, we also offer a program just for children, which meets at 9 am. Our program is drawn from the Spark curriculum and centers around key scripture stories, which are taught and experienced through a variety of formats: drama, art, cooking, discussion, and service. More details on our ministry with children and parents is here.  


CGS is active in Episcopal City Mission, which helps grow the capacity of organizations working for economic justice in the Boston area. Learn about their work here. Contact our ECM representatives, Kate Gyllensvard and Charlie Bering, to learn how to get involved, at justice@goodshepherdwatertown.org.


Seasoned Sisters: Women of the parish over the age of 70 meet monthly for conversation, prayer, and significant snacks! The group also does projects in support of the mission of the parish. Contact our Pastoral Care Area Coordinator to join up.


Living Stones Ministry in support of a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Learn more here.


Watertown Welcomes Immigrants Signs: The Watertown Welcomes Immigrants Coalition is offering Welcome Neighbor lawn signs to Watertown residents. Each sign contains the phrase "No matter where you are from, we are glad you're our neighbor" in 5 languages (Arabic, Armenian, English, Farsi and Spanish). If you are interested, the signs cost $9. To purchase a sign, please contact membership@worldinwatertown.org.


The ministry of altar flowers: Flowers on or near the altar during worship are a sign of thanksgiving for God’s grace and a celebration of creation as sacred. Flowers also can be given in memory of a loved one. If you would like to give flowers on a particular Sunday, you are invited to sign up on the chart that will be placed in the side chapel. Our Administrator, Gail, will remind you when your day is coming up. You can purchase flowers in a vase and bring them with you, order them from a florist to be delivered, or pick them from your garden.



 
 
  
 
 



Gardening for the Watertown Food Pantry
CGS is committed to supporting the Watertown Food Pantry by (1) collecting non-perishable food items every week throughout the year, (2) growing vegetables and herbs for distribution to food pantry patrons at the Nichols Ave. Community Garden, and (3) advocating policies and funding priorities that promote food justice. If you'd like to join our gardening team, contact programs@goodshepherdwatertown.org.