Detailed driving directions
From the west take Hwy 80 into Terrell. Turn left on Frances.
From the east take Hwy 80 into Terrell. Turn right on Frances.
From Rockwall take Hwy 205 into Terrell. Turn left on Moore Ave (Hwy 80). Left on Frances.
From Greenville go south on Hwy 34. Turn right on College.
From Kaufman go north on Hwy 34. Turn left on College.
From Talty and I-20 take 134 north. Turn right on Moore Ave. Left on Frances.
Finding Your Way Around.
As you look at the front of the buildings on College the church proper is to the right. Enter the church by the main door at the top of the steps. Nursery care, children's Sunday School and office suites are located in the building to your left. The central area connecting the two is the Parish Hall. Adult Sunday School is located in a separate building located behind the Parish Hall. Go between the Office building and Parish Hall, through the gate to the red brick house. Join us for coffee hour after the 10:30 service in the Parish Hall
To find the Nursery and children's Sunday School rooms, enter the glass door of the office, go straight through the reception area and turn left into the hallway. Nursery will be at the end of the hall to your left, children's ministry to the right. The nursery opens at 9:15. The staff is fully trained and have had background screenings. All persons who work with children have had Safe Church Training by the Diocese. You will be given a copy the Good Shepherds Parents Handbook for more information about the children's programs on your first visit.
Some Things We Do and Why We Do Them
Although the bulletin has most of the words used in the service, all services are taken from the red Book of Common Prayer found in the pew rack. "Common" does not mean ordinary but "that which is held in common". Cetainly we pray spontaneously at home and other times, but "common" worship is done through the liturgy. Our service has it's roots in antiquity and allows us stay focused on worship.
You will find the breadth of the Bibe revealed as we read lessons from the Old Testament, the Psalms and the New Testament - one letter and one of the Gospels. This will cover most of the most important stories and ideas of the Bible over the course of three years.
The priest will choose one of the given Readings as the basis for that days sermon, giving a more in-depth look at the scriptures and it's application to every day life.
Sacraments are ways God cares for us in the course of our lives. Holy Communion (The Eucharist) is celebrated every week.
For more information on Sacraments please
The Sign of The Cross
Some members make the sign of the cross at certain times during the service. This ancient act of piety expresses the centrality of Jesus in our lives as well as pointing towards the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God Holy Spirit, as we touch our forehead, abdomen, and each shoulder
Kneeling, standing, etc.
During the service you will find us worshipping with our bodies as we kneel, stand and sit. As a rule we stand for singing, praising and sometimes praying. We sit for instruction (as in listening to scripture and the sermon) and kneel for prayer, especially for confession and Communion. Please do not feel obligated to kneel if you are uncomfortable. If you are unsure just follow those around you.
Some of us bow our head at the mention of the name of Jesus. This custom is derived from Scripture. Some of us may make a low bow or even genuflect (kneel for a moment on one knee) as we approach the altar or cross in front of it. This reflects our belief that Christ is truly present, through faith, in the bread and wine of Holy Communion. We keep consecrated bread and wine on reserve in a special cupboard (called an Ambry or Tabernacle) near our altar. This bread and wine is on reserve so that it may be taken to nursing homes and hospitals, especially in times of grave illness. Our bowing or genuflecting is acknowledgement that He is with us. For more about our belief in real presence, please see our Sacraments section.
A Special Note About Acts of Piety. Our customs of kneeling, bowing, crossing ourselves, etc., are personal acts of piety and are solely up to the individual. No one feels superior by doing them, nor should someone feel inferior by not doing them. They are used because some find it helpful in focusing their thoughts on God.