Welcome!

Good Shepherd Parish is a charge in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) made of up three churches: Agency, Eldon, and Batavia.  Kelly W. Peavey serves as the pastor for all three.

You can join a live stream of our worship service at 11am each Sunday during the time of our physical distancing, below. If you click through to YouTube, you can even chat with your fellow worshipers. You can find our latest posts on the right or by clicking here


Look at the parish calendar here, or subscribe to it with this ICS  link.


Below is a playlist of our past sermons.

Drive-Up Communion

Again this week, we will be having drive-up communion at each church in the parish this Sunday, July 5.

  • 12:00 – Agency
  • 12:30 – Batavia
  • 1:00 – Eldon

Please RSVP by phone or email so that we know how many portions to prepare. Below are some guidelines we ask you to follow.

  • Don’t park next to each other – leave a car width between
  • Roll down driver’s window and show how many portions you need by show of fingers
  • Take portions from tray when it is brought to you, and pastor will speak briefly (while masked)
  • Partake in car or take with you and partake later

Here is a video showing the portions we will be using.

In-Person Worship – July 12

Starting July 12th all churches of the Good Shepherd Parish will have in-person worship! Masks and sanitizer will be available at each location. Logistic details vary a little by church, so each has made use of their calling tree to provide those details.

What is the same at all churches in the parish is the desire to keep our brothers and sisters safe. If you are ill, stay home and worship online. If you are not 100% comfortable with the idea of physically coming together in the sanctuary to worship, don’t. No one is under any obligation to be physically present – zero pressure.

We want everyone to be able to worship in Spirit and in truth, not in fear. If that means continuing to worship from home, I’m sure God will bless that.

Help Needed!

I have found a way for people to be able to call in and listen to the worship services on their phones. I need someone who has good internet, can run a Google Hangouts Meet meeting during our worship live stream, and will install Sparkocam software. Do I have any volunteers?

How does YouTube work?

YouTube is like television over the internet. Good Shepherd Parish has its own YouTube channel where we share videos that anyone can watch.

If people like our channel, and have a Google account (Gmail, G-Suite, Android phone), they can subscribe to our channel, just like you would with a cable or satellite TV provider, except that our channel is free. People who subscribe to our channel get notified when there’s a new video. We’d love for you to subscribe. Click on the picture below and it will take you to our channel.

Each video on our channel is like an episode of a TV program. Most of our videos are part of the Services, or Sermon, program. If you like a particular video, you can like it and even share it with others. When watching a video you will probably see images underneath it like I’ve included below. Clicking the Thumbs Up means you like it. Clicking on SHARE will give you options to share the video with your friends and family.

Again, this only works if you have a Google account and are logged into it. Otherwise you’ll see a big Image of a sign in dialog. button at the top right of the page. The more likes and subscribers we have, the more people will see our videos. Also, if we get up to 100 subscribers, our channel name could go from this: UCaNles4FGUYFjQOeyzb59GA to something like GSParish to more closely match our website. Wouldn’t that be so much nicer for people?

So, I’m asking you to do your part. If you have a Google account, or don’t mind getting one, subscribe to our channel and when you see a video that you connect with, like it and share it with others.

Thanks,

pk