Hello! We're so happy you're interested in attending worship at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. We know that worshiping for the first time in a new church can feel overwhelming. Here are some frequently asked questions to help you know what to expect at Good Shepherd. And please, if we haven't answered your question here, let us know by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
Where are you located?
Good Shepherd's mailing address is 357 Clay Street in Reno, Nevada. We are at the corner of California and Arlington, across from the Brewer's Cabinet and kitty-corner from Wells Fargo. Parking information is here
, and our front entrance is on Clay Street. Due to COVID-19, we are worshiping via video only. However, when we reopen for in-person worship, we ask worshipers to enter the building through our main entrance on Clay Street and exit through the back door in Shepherd Hall. Greeters will be available to help you find entrances, exits, bathrooms and anything else you will need.
What should I wear?
Good Shepherd is a "come as you are" church. We want you to feel comfortable. If dressing up makes you feel good, go for it! If you prefer jeans and t-shirts, shorts and Hawaiian shirts, or whatever else you're comfortable in, that's perfectly fine with us. Due to COVID-19, we are worshiping via video only. However, when we reopen for in-person worship, you will be required to wear a mask to worship with us.
Are my children welcome in worship?
Yes! We welcome and encourage our little people to join us for worship. Due to COVID-19, our nursery is closed until further notice. However, once we are able to open the nursery, child care will be available for children under 8 years old if you prefer not to have your child(ren) with you during worship. A diaper changing station is also available in the nursery bathroom.
Will I have to introduce myself during worship?
We have a practice of greeting guests during worship. However, introducing yourself is completely optional! You do not have to say a thing if that is your preference, and we respect that. If you'd like to introduce yourself, we're happy to meet you. If you'd like to leave us your name and contact information, we promise not to pester you! No one will knock on your door. It's up to you to decide what, if any, contact information you share.
Is your building handicap accessible?
Yes. We have a ramp at both doors and accessible stalls in our bathrooms.
What if I'm not Lutheran?
Welcome! Come on down to Good Shepherd! It doesn't matter to your what your faith practices are or if you have any. Most people in the world aren't Lutheran, and we aren't an exclusive club. You are welcome regardless of your background.
What is the difference between your worship services?
While we are video worshiping only, our service is a hybrid of Contemporary and Traditional Worship. When we are able to hold public worship, we will have certain restrictions due to COVID-19 and therefore, we will continue with a hybrid service until such time as we are able to resume our typical worship schedule.
Pre-pandemic, we held three worship services which we hope to have again:
8am - 45 minute Worship which includes Holy Communion, has less music within a traditional Lutheran liturgy, and is quieter as we begin the day
9am - 50 minute Contemporary Worship which includes Holy Communion with contemporary music lead by our 4Jesus Band
11am - 60 minute Traditional Worship with our Choir which includes Holy Communion and is the best of traditional Lutheran liturgy and hymns from the 16th to 21st century. This is worship with plenty of music!
How do I become a member?
Anyone may worship at Good Shepherd without formally joining the church. However, we invite folks to consider membership as a means of expressing their faith and their intent to join with us in worshiping regularly, seeking to live a Christian life, and being stewards of the gifts God has entrusted to us. We hold New Member Orientation twice a year. Class content includes the opportunity to get to know others, learn about Lutheran values, beliefs, and history; and learn about ways to be involved and grow in faith at Good Shepherd. For more information, please complete the contact form below.
More questions? We're happy to help! Send us a message here and we will get back to you as soon as possible!