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

Worship Ministry News (November 2012)

Worship Ministry News

Four of our youth have Affirmed their Baptism on October 28.  The Rite included a ceremonial passing of the Word of God from the oldest generation on down to the youth themselves.  It also included a special sharing from the youth about their personal connection with God and a “Thank You” to those who have inspired them on their journey.  Quite emotional! Continue reading Worship Ministry News (November 2012)

Middle and High School Youth – Youth Ministry – SOV

Come and See what work we did

Come and Hear about the people we met

Come and Enjoy worship and a potluck

Looking ahead to October, the Come and Seek worship service on the 2nd Sunday evening will focus on Creation and the Human Condition. For class on the 3rd Sunday evening, our topic will be the Flood. The last Sunday in October, Reformation Sunday, is when our youth who have completed the confirmation curriculum will affirm their baptism. Continue reading Middle and High School Youth – Youth Ministry – SOV