Church of the Good Shepherd

The Anglo-Catholic Parish of the Episcopal Diocese Of Upper South Carolina

Hands of Christ

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Attributed to Saint Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

The Bible is pretty clear when it comes to the duty of Christians to help those who need our help.

From the Old Testament prophets through Jesus himself, we are called on to give of our time and our talents and our treasure to those who have so much less than us.

At Good Shepherd, we take service to the least of these our neighbors seriously. We trace our beginnings to the Oxford Movement, which had as one of its priorities Christian service – being The Hands of Christ – and today we maintain a vibrant mission ministry.

Every June, we send youth and adults into the Appalachians for a week of physical and spiritual mission work. Throughout the year, we conduct food drives and fund drives for local, national and international ministries. And we periodically participate in special days of service.

But Jesus’ demand that we tend to the spiritual and corporal needs of our neighbors isn’t limited to our work as a community of Christ. He calls on all of us as individuals to serve the least of these. And Good Shepherd is blessed to be the spiritual home to an abundance of Christians who gladly serve as The Hands of Christ to the world.

On this page, you will find snapshots of some of those people. Keep checking back, because this is a new effort that we’ll be updating monthly.

You’ll also find a list of local ministries that are in need of volunteers, We’ve started with the ministries we have a long relationship with, but there are countless others that are doing God’s work in our community, and could do it better with your help. If you’d like help in selecting a ministry to work with, please contact Deacon Fred Walters.

Finally, if you know people in our parish who serve as The Hands of Christ, we would ask you to let us know, so we can celebrate their ministries. Just email their names, what they do to serve as Christ’s Hands and any other information you think we need to know to Cindi Scoppe at cscoppe@thestate.com

The Hands of Christ in our schools

Betty Prudence

To us, Betty Prudence is a faithful member of the Daughters of the King and the Altar Guild and, of course, our parish secretary. But to children in Richland District 1 who can use a little extra help, she’s a mentor and friend. She’s the sweet lady who comes to their school for an hour every Thursday and reads with them. She is, to them, The Hands of Christ.

Betty first started reading with children five years ago at Bradley Elementary School. She later switched to Reading Matters, which the SC Bishops’ Public Education Initiative began in 2015. This year she is reading with two first-graders at Greenview Elementary School in Lower Richland.

Betty feels not only that her efforts enhance the children’s education, but that having one-on-one conversation time with an adult is very important for all children. Most children don’t get enough of this. Betty figured that since she had the time, she should share it with the children.

Betty Prudence helpling child learn to read

Reading with children was a natural for Betty, who was the principal at Meadowfield, W.S. Sandel and Piney Grove elementary schools in Richland 1 before retiring in 2008.

"I gain so much by continuing to help out in my small way,” she said. "I stay connected to my profession, and seeing students grow and develop as learners is satisfying."

Betty says that people who would like to do God’s work in our community but aren’t sure how to get started should follow their interests, their skills and their comfort zone, as there are countless ways to be of service: Just look for a need that you have the talent to meet, she says, whether it’s sitting and talking with a senior or volunteering with Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to participants. "There is some place for everyone," she says.

Betty and her late husband, Richard, started attending Good Shepherd in 1987. Before Good Shepherd they had attended St. Martin’s in-the- Fields Episcopal Church, where they first met the newly ordained Fr Lyon (who was the curate) and Sallie. Richard also met Dean Carmine, who invited them to come to Good Shepherd. They both loved the liturgy here at Good Shepherd and became members, and were happy to welcome Fr Lyon and Sallie back to Columbia in 1991.

You can find more information on Reading Matters at http://bishopseducation.com/getting-plugged- in/. Learn more about other ways to serve as The Hands of Christ at http://www.goodshepherdcolumbia.org/outreach-ministries

The Hands of Christ in Appalachia

Several adults and young people from Good Shepherd serve as The Hands of Christ in an extraordinary way every June: They donate a full week of their year to repairing homes and hearts of the needy in Appalachia.

They fix roofs and floors and build wheelchair ramps and paint and slay overgrown yards, and do whatever physical work is needed for the elderly homeowners they serve. And they sit and listen to those homeowners’ stories, and laugh with them and cry with them. They share their faith in words and deeds.

The participants vary from year to year, and many come back year after year, because they believe they are doing what God has called them to do – using their skills if they have them, their enthusiasm if they don’t, sharing Christ’s love through their presence and companionship – and because they cherish the time they can spend together in Christian fellowship. Every one of them will give you slightly different reasons they participate in the work trip, but they’ll also give you one identical reason: Fr Lyon asked them to.

The Good Shepherd participants in 2016 were Deacon Fred Waters, Hampton Saussy, Randy Headley, Morgan Megna, Layne Waters, Cindi Scoppe, Fr Joseph Whitehurst (of St Thaddeus in Aiken), Lyndsey Amodio and Steve Amodio.


Do you know someone else who is reflecting the love of Jesus Christ by serving as His Hands in a world in need? Drop their name in the alms basin, along with what they do, or email cscoppe@thestate.com.

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:34-40

If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.

Isaiah 58:10

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord — and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

John 13:12-14

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

Mark 9:35-37

Do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.

Zechariah 7:10

Celebrant: Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

People: I will, with God’s help.

Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

People: I will, with God’s help.

The Baptismal Covenant - Book of Common Prayer,
page 305.