These breakfasts which are served on the first and third Saturdays, September through June, provide much appreciated
nutrition and bring those who serve closer together in a joyful spirit of shared purpose and caring. Help is always welcome and new leaders are much sought after. The primary responsibility of leaders is to organize volunteers to provide the food items necessary to prepare and serve.
For about eighteen years, our parish has served a hearty meatloaf dinner on the first Thursday of every month at the Wheat/United Way Cafe. The participants have come to rely on and look forward to the Good Shepherd Meatloaf Thursday! On average, we serve fifty meals a month. A revolving schedule has volunteers participating three to four times a year. We start preparing the meal by 4pm and are finished by 6pm. We have participants who bring the base of the meal, those who come to serve and interact with the clients and those who assist by preparing meatloaves in advance.
In August 2020 Church of the Good Shepherd offered its first Drive-up for Take-out Free Community Take-Out Meals. On a Saturday morning from 11:00–12:00 over eighty healthy meals were given out at the Union Street entrance to the church. Most meals were reserved in advance but walk ups were also welcomed. Encouraged by the community's response, Good Shepherd will continue its Community Take-Out Meal program on September 12. Reservations at email@example.com are encouraged for planning purposes but all are welcome.
The Diaper-A-Day Diaper Pantry opened at the Church of the Good Shepherd in January 2016. The pantry provides 30 free diapers a month for children (newborn up to 3 ½ years old) living in Clinton, Bolton, Sterling, Lancaster, Berlin or Boylston. We currently provide more than 1,700 diapers a month to area families and have given out more than 64,000 diapers since opening in 2016.
All of the diapers given out are either donated or purchased with monetary donations. Donations are received from countless individuals, churches, businesses, schools, and other organizations. If you would like to help, diapers (size 4, 5 & 6 preferred) and diaper wipes are welcome. Help bagging diapers and sorting items may also be needed.
Please contact Lisa Bergman with any questions. 978-855-4496 firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent Food Drive
During Advent 2019 Good Shepherd families added one item per day to their shopping carts. Gathered together these simple additions provided bags of groceries to families in our community.
With the help of generous parishioners and in community partnership with Dr. Theodore Nelson's dental office and Jabil Healthcare of Clinton Good Shepherd was able to supply 76 fully stocked backpacks to students in need as the current school year began.
New and lightly used purses, as well as supplies including wallets, lip gloss, hand lotion, gift cards, and more are donated to Good Shepherd. The purses are filled with the supplies and given out to moms accessing Clinton WIC benefits.