Church of the Good Shepherd is a non-denominational church from a Lutheran heritage.
Originally founded in 1956, Church of the Good Shepherd has been a pillar in the Fairfield County community of faith for over half a century. Infused with new energy we are more focused than ever on serving the spiritual needs of those God sends to us from Norwalk and the surrounding area and sending to those God would ask us to serve. Good Shepherd is a relatively small, but fast-growing congregation, which allows for the development of relationships between the people who worship here. The people that form this church come from many different backgrounds and denominations.
Originally founded as a Lutheran church, some of our members are baptized Lutherans, but we also have many people who were raised in Catholic and non-denominational traditions. Good Shepherd is focused less on those points of doctrine that separate us and more on finding those things that unite us around Christ and the Scripture inspired in each of us through the Holy Spirit. Good Shepherd offers a warm, friendly, casual environment for all Christians and even those just exploring their faith. Our hope is that everyone will feel welcome, and comfortable here.
We see a church that introduces and demonstrates the reality of God’s kingdom here and now by sharing the peace and grace of Jesus with the people of Fairfield County and beyond. We seek to inspire people to live as passionate Christ-followers, prepared to work within their gifts and skills wherever their call takes them.
The Worship Gathering:
Our service really begins with warm, friendly people who greet those who gather in. We open our doors each Sunday (and other special times) to celebrate our Christian faith with people from all walks of life, and in varying stages of their journey through life with Christ. Male and female, young and not-so-young, Good Shepherd is an eclectic mix of people from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. The environment at Good Shepherd is always relaxed which is most noticeably reflected in attire, which is varying degrees of casual. Come a few minutes early or stay for a few minutes afterward for a cup of coffee and a donut.
The worship service format generally follows a modern-day liturgy and the style is a mix of both traditional and contemporary styles. The service varies from week to week as the individual pieces that make up the service change but every service includes music designed to encourage participation in praise and worship and a message from Scripture given in hope that God’s Spirit would inspire and encourage those who attend. A typical service lasts about an hour and the first Sunday of every month we celebrate Communion together.
We really have a heart to care for and inspire kids in their relationship with Jesus! Simultaneous to the church service, children and middle-schoolers have the opportunity to experience a separate age-appropriate interactive education and worship time. Nursery for babies and younger children is available for all worship services.
Our Pastor and Team:
Kevin and Jacinta Mullins were called as pastors in 2011 and are excited to be part of leading Church of the Good Shepherd into God’s future. Alongside Kevin’s pastoral activities at Good Shepherd, he also is the Executive Director of Food Rescue US, a national hunger relief organization, headquartered in South Norwalk. Prior to leading the ministry at Good Shepherd, Kevin and Jacinta served in various pastoral capacities with other churches, spanning more than 20 years of service. In addition to Jesus and the people of God, Kevin is interested in philosophy, film and music. Jacinta loves tiny puppies, fashion, and is an avid reader. The Mullins family lives in Norwalk.
Good Shepherd is a Christian church, and at the core of our beliefs is the Apostles’ Creed:
We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.