Good Shepherd - Church in Lake Wales, FL

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Lake Wales ridge, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd is a family committed to faithfulness through worship, prayer, fellowship and learning.

As we walk with Christ, we hope to grow in our love for God and our service to others.

More than 250 people gather each week for service, worship, education, evangelism and pastoral care. Find out when you can join us for a service, and then learn how to become a part of our parish.

Parish News

Palm Sunday - April 13th 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM

Parishioners will gather outside the church before the 10:30 service for the blessing of the palms, followed by a procession into the church and a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel.

Maundy Thursday - April 17th 5:30 PM

A simple agape meal of bread, wine and homemade lentil soup will be served in the parish hall after the celebration of the Eucharist in the church. Members of the youth group will offer the readings during the meal. The evening will conclude with the stripping of the altar.

Good Friday - April 18th 12:00 noon and 5:30 PM

On the mornings of June 9th - 14th, join us on a jungle safari to explore the nature of God as CREATOR, PROVIDER, PROTECTOR, SAVIOR, and KING. We will have fun music, crafts, games, Bible study, and snacks. We welcome children who are entering Kindergarten next fall, through rising 5th graders. We welcome volunteers to help make our safari a success! Please call the office at 676-8578 to let us know you'd like to help. We can't wait to jump to the jungle beat!

Do you have access to high speed internet? Then you can watch over 1000 Bible study videos for all ages anytime, anywhere, by logging onto and setting up your account. Recently, Right Now launched a new feature, "Right Now Kids!" especially for young children. We just need your email address to get started! Call Lisa in the church office at 676-8578 or email her at and she will get you set up.

Several parishioners asked for Chip Thullbery's recipe for the delicious ham strata that was served on Rally Sunday.

Ham Strata

1/2 pound sliced ham, cut into small squares
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
6 slices white bread, crusts removed
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 eggs
2 cups half & half
1/2 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
Paprika (optional, for color)

Place bread in single layer on bottom of casserole dish. Stir together ham and mustard and sprinkle evenly over bread. Sprinkle shredded cheese over ham. Beat together eggs, half & half, salt, and pepper. Pour over cheese. Sprinkle paprika over top (optional) for color. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until set. Serves 8.

Most Recent Sermon

In the Garden

Posted April 17th, 2014

By The Rev. Joan Brawley

What a story we read today! Even if we ignore its spiritual elements (that is, if we were to gut the story!) the events of Christ’s last week alone, record a magnificent narrative. As N.T. Wright suggests: “The whole drama swirls to and fro with friendship betrayed, new worlds evoked, justice denied, empire appeased, faith insulted, innocence abused.” Read simply as a narrative, Christ’s passion is a masterpiece (pun intended!) and the plot alone qualifies (on a solely technical arc) as the greatest story ever told. Who isn’t captivated hearing this unique narrative?

Upcoming events

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 11:45am

Preschoolers and elementary-school age children, bring your baskets! The EYC will sponsor its annual Easter egg hunt after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday. Children who find the golden egg for each age group will win a prize! We would appreciate donations of plastic Easter eggs and/or non-chocolate candy fillers (we love chocolate, but it melts in the sun!) Please join us.

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 5:30pm

The vestry will hold its monthly meeting in the parish hall parlor.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:30am

The Junior Choir will sing at the 10:30 service.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 5:00pm - Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 5:00pm

Father Tom and other members of our parish will serve on the team of the upcoming Kairos Prison Ministry weekend at Avon Park Correctional Institution. Parishioners are invited to sign up to pray for the weekend on the prayer wheels in the narthex. Parishioners may also donate store-bought cookies to be shared with the residents.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 9:30am

We will celebrate our high school and college graduates and honor our volunteers. If your high school or college son, daughter, granddaughter, etc. is graduating this year, please contact the church office to let us know. We do not want to leave anyone out! This is the first summer service at 9:30 AM. Following the service, we will enjoy a delicious complimentary picnic across the street under the tent. Addy Willette is coordinating our picnic for the first time this year; please let Addy or the church office know if you would like to assist her. Everyone is welcome!

Find us

Church of the Good Shepherd

The Church of the Good Shepherd

221 South Fourth Street
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Phone: 863-676-8578
Fax: 863-676-1299

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