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Adult Formation

The Lectionary Class meets at 9:15 am and looks at the Lessons of the day, offering lively and informal discussion of the three lessons heard in our worship service. The Lectionary Class meets in the Library.

Coffee and Conversation also meets at 9:15 am and is a Bible study and faith discussion class which meets in the Lupton Reading Room. Occasionally guest speakers are invited for special series but most weeks this is a time for coffee, conversation, and reflection about how our faith and holy scriptures inform our lives.

Childcare is available in the nursery during the 9:15 am Sunday school hour.

Weekdays and Special Events

Men’s Bible Study
A lay-led men’s Bible study, open to the Good Shepherd community and beyond, meets Wednesday mornings from 7 – 8 a.m. in the parish hall.

Thursday Bible Study
Led by the rector, this Bible study meets Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. in the Library and is open to all.

Contemplative Prayer Groups
Contemplative prayer groups meet Tuesdays from 11:15-11:45 a.m. in the Lou Garcia Room and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:45 p.m. via Zoom; contact  Sandra at the church office (423-821-1583 or to learn more.

Shepherd’s Night Out
After the Wednesday evening Reconciliation Eucharist service (5:30 p.m.) in the chapel,  join us at 6:00 pm for Shepherd’s Night Out dinner in our parish hall.  After dinner, adults are invited to stay for 45 minutes of learning and discussion led by the rector or associate priest.

Education for Ministry (EfM)
An EfM group meets on Tuesdays evenings in the Lupton Reading Room.  To learn more about EfM in general, click here.  Contact Sandra at the church office,, to learn more about joining Good Shepherd’s EfM class.

Retreats/Quiet Days
Quiet days/retreats are held at the beginning of Advent and Lent.  We also host women’s retreats, labyrinth retreats and workshops, and dream work events. Contact Kathleen Crevasse at to receive more information.

Book Studies
Led by our associate priest, Michele Simmons, we offer book studies each season that speak to our faith and living out our faith in light of life’s challenges.  To learn more, contact Mtr. Michele at

Wandering Sheep
Led by our associate priest, Michele Simmons, who used to be a park ranger (!), hikes and gentler strolls occur roughly every 6 weeks as the seasons permit with Morning Prayer or Eucharist offered during the course of the ramble.  Contact Mtr. Michele at to learn more.

Grief Group
The Grief Group gathers for mutual fellowship and support to navigate the spiritual challenges that grief often brings. They meet every other Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Lupton Reading Room under the guidance of Mtr. Michele Simmons.  Contact Mtr. Michele at to learn more.