Serving the Community

God’s mission is to the world – both to serve and to draw people to Christ. At Good Shepherd, we seek out ways that we can serve others both here at our church and in the greater community. Below are some of the many ways that Good Shepherd regularly serves the community.

  • Coffeehouse

    Coffeehouse is an evening of entertainment and fellowship for people of all ages and abilities held at Good Shepherd. It’s designed to be especially appropriate for adults with developmental disabilities. With over 250 guests each month, many are needed to serve at these events. Coffeehouse is a great place for families and groups to serve. If you are interested in donating food or serving at Coffeehouse, contact the Coffeehouse team at

    More information about Coffeehouse is available at The Serving Cup.

  • food Barrel

    Each month, Good Shepherd supports a local partner through our Food Barrel found outside the Sanctuary. The Food Bank of Eastern NC, Backpack Buddies, Families Together school supplies drive, North Raleigh Ministries, and more are served through Good Shepherd's Food Barrel.  A list of needs is provided each Sunday in the bulletin. Consider making the Food Barrel part of your households' monthly giving. You will extend our care and love when you do!

  • Memory Cafe

    Memory Café is a fun, safe, welcoming place for fellowship, dinner, and MUSIC! Individuals experiencing dementia and their caregivers who wish to socialize with others in similar circumstances while enjoying an evening out are invited to participate. We have found that a special connection exists when children and youth participate in Memory Cafe as servers, and there are numerous opportunities for adults to serve. To learn more about serving at Memory Cafe, contact the Memory Cafe team at

    Watch the Memory Café Intro video.

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Good Shepherd invests in three core community partners throughout the year through volunteer efforts and financial support.


    Family Promise, is a private, non-profit coalition of individuals and religious organizations united to provide short-term shelter, meals, and other assistance to homeless families of Wake County, with the objective of seeing them return to independent living. Throughout the year, Good Shepherd provides meals, shelter and care to families working to establish independence through Family Promise. There are numerous opportunities to serve the families directly or behind the scenes. Contact the Family Promise team at to learn more.


    Moving Families in Wake and surrounding counties from homelessness to stable homes through mentoring, housing support and connection to community resources is the mission of Families Together.  Good Shepherd partners with them to help provide emergency assistance and near term housing options to families in need.  For more information on the Families Together program, please visit


    North Raleigh Ministries offers its food assistance and Thrift Shoppes programs to our, most vulnerable neighbors. Families with elementary or middle school age children are eligible to receive child friendly breakfast and lunch foods in addition to the Food Pantry groceries.


    North Raleigh Ministries needs production volunteers for both Thrift Shoppe locations. This involves sorting, pricing, and displaying donated items. They are also looking for food processors for the Food Pantry. Food processing volunteers need to be able to lift 50 lbs. All NRM volunteers must follow current safety protocols. To find out more, contact info@northraleighministries.comFor more information on North Raleigh Ministries, visit their website: