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Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

Charlestown, NH
Report for the Northeast Anglican
June 2018


vbsThe Summer has been a busy one for the Church of the Good Shepherd. We held our fifth annual vacation Bible school on July 9-13, and had 10-11 children with us the entire week. Again, we collaborated with Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire to hold the program. Their youth ministers are a joy to work with in spreading the Good News to young people in the community. This year we had three children from our parish participate in the program.
















After painting the church sanctuary last winter, we noted a large white space above the altar where a dossal curtain had hung. The parish debated rehanging the curtain, when one member suggested we create a work of art or reredos to hang there. Further discussion led to the idea of an image of Christ the Good Shepherd. Some after, we invited Fr. Christian Tutor, All Saints Anglican Church, and Sean Kramer, iconographer to visit Good Shepherd and give us a lecture on the use of icons in liturgical worship. After more discussion we decided to commission Mr. Kramer, to write an icon of Christ the Good Shepherd for sanctuary.

During vacation Bible school, Phil Turner, our junior warden, suggested that the children create an artwork to hang over the altar in place of the scheduled set of crafts projects. The children took on the project very seriously and created a very collage of images that reflected their understanding of Christ the Good Shepherd. Needless to say there were lots of sheep will wooly cotton balls glued to their backs, clouds, rivers, trees, grass, crosses, and Christ. We were all impressed as was Mr. Kramer. We expect the project will take 9 months.   VBS Icon

Our most exciting news is that Mr. Scott Chase will be ordained to the deaconate by Bishop Marsh on Saturday, September 8. His services are greatly welcomed as Fr. David has "retired," Fr. Art Bennett is not much younger than Fr. David, and our parish appears to be growing!

Finally, we look forward to the "Blessing of the Badges" on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, Saturday, September 29 at the Charlestown Fire Station. Fr. Art, a former police officer, has organized this event for the past three years, in which the community is invited to come and show support for our police, fire, and emergency service personnel who risk their lives daily to protect our community.

We look forward to seeing our friends from around the Diocese of the Northeast at the October Synod in Maine.

Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody


Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody