Young-ish Adult Group

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.  

common cathedral

Three times a year, we serve at an outdoor worship service and lunch for those without homes. Common Cathedral is held on Boston Common. We prepare sandwiches on Saturday, then bring them with us on Sunday, when we join in the worship service and stay to serve lunch. Learn more about Common Cathedral here.

growing food for our neighbors

CGS has a plot at Watertown Community Gardens, where we grow vegetables each summer. We also have a small garden plot on our church grounds, planted each summer by the children in our Vacation Garden School. Produce from both gardens goes to Watertown Food Pantry to help those in need nearby.

Education for ministry

Education for Ministry is an in-depth study of scripture, Christian history, and theology through which one learns to reflect theologically on all of life.  The EfM group meeting at Good Shepherd is open to all adults desiring to deepen their understanding of the faith. EfM forms in September each year: Space is limited, so be in touch by July reserve a spot for *next* September. You can learn more about the content and scope of EfM here.

Episcopal City Mission

CGS is active in Episcopal City Mission, which works for economic and racial 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

Women's Spiritual memoir reading group

Women of the parish find hope and guidance from the stories of women through the centuries who have navigated the challenges of their times. Each month we read a different book or collection of poems and gather to reflect and discuss. Meets alternately on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Contact for more info.

Living Stones Ministry

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

Vacation Garden School

Each summer we spend a week with children, celebrating water, soil, seed, animals, and harvest. We help kids learn to revel in creation and take up their vocations as stewards of the earth. Older children serve as "junior counselors," helping the younger ones learn and have fun. Middle schoolers serve as "counselors," doing behind-the-scenes ministry in support of the children and doing service work in the community in the afternoons. We need caring adults to help prepare for, lead, and feed this holy gathering. VGS 2018 will be July 30 - August 3.

liturgical ministries + choir

A large percentage of our active members are actively involved in some form of worship leadership, as greeters, readers, vergers, intercessors, healing prayer ministers, eucharistic ministers, or members of our seasonal choir. Some are trained to take communion to those in hospital or lead morning prayer. Our Sunday services often include the art and poetry of parishioners of all ages.

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.

diocesan & national church ministries

Christ's mission is often more effectively offered in partnership with others. There are hundreds of ways to get involved in the larger work of our church. Click here to learn more about the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about the Episcopal Church USA.

Hidden Brook

Hidden Brook is our weekly contemplative service of prayer, chant, candlelight, silence, poetry, and music. Here is more about Hidden Brook.