Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser – Youth Ministry – SOV Mission Trips

Please save the date of Saturday, April 27th for our annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser. The money the youth raise goes toward their summer mission trips to Norristown, PA and Niagara Falls, NY. The dinner will be held at the Groton Senior Center from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Think about inviting family, friends and neighbors. They can even carbo load for the Groton Road Race the next day.


ALTA Renaissance Wind Trio

Per sonar logoOn Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. Music at Trinty presents the ALTA Renaissance Wind Trio.  Alta’s unique sound and innovative programming has been delighting audiences throughout the Northeast for over twenty-five years.

While music of the late renaissance remained predominantly vocal, more and more composers were writing music “per sonar”, to be played. Canzonas, ricercari, fantasias, capricci, as well as vocal music, were performed instrumentally by wind and string bands throughout Europe. In this concert, Alta will perform  (with special guests Dr. Charles Turner and Craig Dorschel) an assortment of this wonderful repertoire on recorders ranging from soprano to contra-bass, shawms, dulcians, trombones, crumhorns, flute and percussion.

ALTA Renaissance Wind Trio

Music at Trinty is an outreach of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA 01607.  Detailed directions are available at  The event is open to all and a light reception will follow the concert.  There is no admission charge; however, a freewill offering will be received.

Maundy Thursday Celebration at SOV

Maundy Thursday Celebration
March 28th at 6:00pm

 The Seder is the Jewish Passover meal that Jesus celebrated with his disciples in the upper room on the day that we Christians now call Maundy Thursday. Since 1993, we at Shepherd of the Valley have begun our Maundy Thursday observance by telling the story of the Jewish exodus and deliverance from slavery in Egypt. We follow a Haggadah, a narrative which combines the traditional ritual of the Seder with a focus on modern day examples of enslavement and freedom. Continue reading Maundy Thursday Celebration at SOV

A Ministry in Action

A Thank You from Newtown CT

The Shepherd of the Valley Prayer Shawl Ministry received a “Thank You” note form the the Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, CT for their act of kindness and caring.

Letter of Thanks from Newton CT - SOV- Prayer Shawl MinistryThe Prayer Shawl Ministry was blessed with three extra shawls that were not designated at the time, so when the Newtown tragedy struck, we prayed over the shawls and sent them to this Catholic church, which had at least 7 members who were killed in the shooting.  We were so moved to be able to send them to the church, as we usually have no extra shawls, so we felt it was God’s doing.  It was a small gesture for us to reach out, making us feel better somewhat, also.

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Middle School and High School Youth Ministry February 2013- SOV – Groton MA

February is going to get off to a super start with a combined Super Sled Building and Super Bowl Event. On February 3rd, we’ll eat lunch at church, then, di-rectly after the congregational meeting, we’ll gather in the Clark-Heiter barn to complete our sleds for the Ididarod Challenge.

Everyone is invited to stay and watch the Super Bowl. Here’s your motivation-have a sled finished and ready for competition before the ulti-mate football competition of the season begins. Continue reading Middle School and High School Youth Ministry February 2013- SOV – Groton MA

Middle and High School Youth – Youth Ministry 2013 – SOV

  • The question is: What does it mean to be “born again”?

The answer is: Different for different people. Come and state your opinion, form an opinion, revise your opinion…Just come to Big House on Sunday, January 6that 7:00pm at Shepherd of the Valley.

Atonement – Adult Discipleship – SOV

Thinking about a New Year’s Resolution?

 If someone asked you to define the Atonement and indicate why it might have been necessary or what was/is its significance, what would you say? 


How would you compare God’s action in the Atonement with his direction to Hosea to redeem his wife Gomer?


How do sin, forgiveness, the Atonement, and a personal relationship with God fit together? Continue reading Atonement – Adult Discipleship – SOV

Middle and High School Youth – Youth Ministry November – SOV

As I’m writing this article, I’m in the midst of an accumulation of food and clothing.

The food is for the Groton Community Dinner, a local service project of the confirmation class and the Big House youth. By the time you read this, they will have already served Baked Beef Stew, Hearty Vegetable and White Bean Stew, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding to residents of Groton and surrounding communities. Continue reading Middle and High School Youth – Youth Ministry November – SOV