The Church of the Good Shepherd

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Who we are

Our Vision

The Church of the Good Shepherd has had a ministry on the west side of Calgary for over 50 years. The Church is not a building or an organization, or even a is a people. We strive to be inclusive so no one feels a stranger for long. We believe it is important to be a parish family welcoming to all races, cultures, gender and sexual orientation. As Christians of differing perspectives, convictions and practices, we celebrate in our worship together the love of Christ for one another. Our vision is to be a people who welcome all unconditionally into a community of peace and love where renewal through worship and deepening spiritual practices will equip all with a spirituality for everyday life no matter where your daily travels may take you: into classroom, office, hospital, malls, our homes...all the places we live Monday to Saturday. We care about everyone's need for community, for spiritual growth and for love. We believe these things are available through our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and one another.

Mission Statement

We are a family committed to growing in faith and to serving others as apostles of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd.

Location of worship

The Church of the Good Shepherd
408 - 38 Street SW
Calgary, AB T3C 1T1
Phone: ​403-246-8123
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Church Pastor

Rev. Derwyn Costinak
Rev. Derwyn Costinak
408 - 38 Street SW
Calgary, AB T3C 1T1
Phone: ​403-246-8123
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Nehemiah 8:10

...for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.





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The Church of the Good Shepherd Service Times

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8 am, BCP Holy Communion

A traditional Anglican Eucharist taken from the Book of Common Prayer.

10 am, Contemporary Eucharist

A service of song, readings and prayer with the sharing of the bread and wine of the Eucharist. Children are invited to remain in the service or may participate in Sunday School.


10 am, Simple Eucharist

An abbreviated Eucharist followed by coffee and conversation in the Narthex.

PLEASE NOTE: There are currently no Wednesday services. The Wednesday service will resume on September 13, 2017)

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Sunday School and Nursery

There are opportunities for spiritual discovery for children of all ages at Good Shepherd. Sunday School is available for children (recommended ages 4 - 12) during the 10am service.

We use the Compendium of the Church Mouse curriculum, which is designed for one-room Sunday Schools - like ours!

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Important Dates & Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 3
• Canned Fish Sunday. In support of the St. Edmunds Food Bank.

Saturday, September 9
• Welcome Back BBQ, 5pm. Bring a side/dessert to share, main dish to be provided (pulled pork!)

Sunday, September 10
• Sunday School resumes during the 10am service.

Sunday, September 17
• Sandwich Sunday. Donations of meat and bread are most welcome. We will be making sandwiches for the Drop-In Centre.   Edit
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History of The Church of the Good Shepherd Calgary AB

Our History

If you look at the Church of the Good Shepherd’s parish list from the year 1958, there were over 140 families, every one of them residing in Wildwood.

There were a lot of Anglicans in this community in its early days! Today, the parish list of the Good Shepherd contains families from all over Calgary, even some out-of towners.

The parish began as an extension of St. Stephen’s church, conducting some of its first services in Spruce Cliff School. On February 27, 1954, the land at Lot 17, Block 2, Plan 2877 H.L. was duly registered with the City of Calgary and construction plans were drawn up. The new church building, at 408 – 38 Street S.W., was dedicated in the fall of 1958 with Canon Archie McMullen as the new minister. The new church quickly reached out to the new community with the organization of a Sunday School, an Alanon group, Women’s, Girls’ and Junior Auxiliaries, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Girl Guide groups.

During the 1960’s, the parish operated a food concession at the Calgary Stampede. “Ye Old Comfortable Pew” enabled the parish to substantially reduce its debt and, at the same time, deepen the faith and fellowship of its members.

The 1970’s brought new challenges and a period of rebuilding. In 1978, the Church celebrated the retirement of all debt with a 20th Anniversary Consecration Service on November 26. Since then the parish has been renovated twice, the last time, in 2004, when offices, new meeting rooms and an expanded Narthex were added. The parish now offers art classes in a new studio and meeting rooms to accommodate many community organizations. Installation of an elevator has allowed barrier-free access to all areas of the building. A permanent labyrinth on the front lawn welcomes all those seeking a path of peace and meditation. See our "Walking the Labyrinth" section for more information.

Newcomers find the parish to be a warm, friendly family, open and welcoming to all – a place where no one feels a stranger for long.

Parish Priests at the Church of the Good Shepherd 1958– Present

Canon C.A. (Archie) McMullen
1958 to 1965
Rev. R.S.H. (Bob) Greene
1965 - 1972
Rev. A.R. Thomas
1972 to 1973
Rev. E.H. (Hugh) Christmas
1973 - 1974
Rev. Gordon Dixon
1974 to 1980
Rev. Raymond Brassel
1981 to 1996
Rev. Helen Belcher
1997 to 2006
Rev. Kersi Bird
2006 to 2016
Rev. Derwyn Costinak
2017 to present   Edit

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Accept, O Lord, my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my will. All that I am and have thou hast given to me; and I give all back to thee to be disposed of according to they good pleasure. Give me only the comfort of thy presence and the joy of thy love; with thee I shall be more than rich and shall desire nothing more.
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