We are a multi-venue church offering several different worship styles to suit your preferences.

Christmas Eve Service Times
Please note the specific service times listed below, or download the pdf here.

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Christmas Eve Services, December 24

Sanctuary Services

1:00pm: Youth Orchestra, Children’s Message, Glow Sticks 2:30pm: Youth Orchestra, Children’s Message, Glow Sticks 7:00pm: Choir, 27-piece Orchestra, Guest soloists - LA Opera Company, Communion, Candlelight 8:30pm: Choir, 27-piece Orchestra, Guest soloists - LA Opera Company, Communion, Candlelight 11:00pm: Acoustic & Strings, Communion, Candlelight

Worship Center Services

4:00pm: 11:11 Contemporary Band, Communion, Glow Sticks 5:30pm: 11:11 Contemporary Band, Communion, Glow Sticks

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Serving Opportunities

Facilities Ministry Facilities volunteers needed for setup and cleanup. If interested, please email cordin@goodshepherd-naperville.org
Worship ALL SERVICES need leaders, greeters, ushers, tech support, communion assistants, and set up and clean up. If interested, please email worship@goodshepherd-naperville.org
Welcome Ministry ALL SERVICES need welcome team and parking lot attendants. If interested, please email welcome@goodshepherd-naperville.org
Nursery Ministry Nursery volunteers needed for the 4pm and 5:30pm services. If interested, please email janderson@goodshepherd-naperville.org
Special Needs Ministry Fusion Special Needs volunteers needed for the 4pm service. If interested, please email schaeffer@goodshepherd-naperville.org.

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Children’s Ministry

We encourage family worship for all services on December 24.  SPARKS (ages 2 - 5th grade) will NOT be available. SPARKLERS nursery ministry will be provided up to age 36 months during the 4pm and 5:30pm Christmas Eve services. The nursery will be available during the remaining services but will not be staffed.  

Special Needs Ministry

FUSION ministry will be provided during the 4pm Christmas Eve service. Registration is requested. If interested, please email Danielle at schaeffer@goodshepherd-naperville.org. 

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Parking Tips Christmas Eve is one of our busiest days of the year at Good Shepherd. Please follow these guidelines to help ensure safety and steady traffic flow in our parking lot.  Be aware of the setup. Signage will be posted for exits and entrances.  Head south as you leave. We recommend that you head Southbound on Shepherd Drive as you EXIT Church. Avoid overflow parking on Shepherd Drive.  If the parking lot is full, please park on Maplefield Road (behind McDonald’s) rather than on Shepherd Drive. This will help with visibility and traffic flow.  Carpool if you can. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.  Watch for pedestrians as you are looking for a parking space, especially small children who may make sudden, unpredictable moves.
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Contemporary Service Sat. 5:05pm, Sun. 9:29am and 11:01am
In the Worship Center, our casual contemporary worship services deliver the message of Jesus Christ in an engaging multi-media format, designed to reach people, no matter where they are in their relationship with Christ. The sermons connect the powerful teachings of Jesus to today’s world. Holy Communion offered every weekend in all contemporary services.

Worship during 9:29 a.m. and 11:01 a.m. Sunday services is led by eleven eleven, a full contemporary Christian band. Their music is a mixture of current praise and worship songs, as well as original compositions.

The Saturday 5:05 p.m. service is similar to the Sunday Worship Center services, but incorporates a more intimate and acoustic feel.

Click here to follow the Worship Center's eleven eleven band Facebook page.

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Encounter Christmas FOUR OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE!
Please note the specific service times listed below, or download the pdf here.

Saturday, December 15, 5:00pm & 7:30pm Tuesday, December 18, 7:00pm Wednesday, December 19, 7:00pm

Walk-ins Welcome!

It's so easy to get caught up in the fast-paced rhythm of the holiday season. Encounter CHRISTmas is an intentional decision to unplug from the chaos and instead focus our hearts and minds on the enormity of the gift that God has given us, Jesus. Join us for an evening of worship as we experience the Christmas story through carols and the Word. Childcare available with advanced registration for up to age 48 months during all services except 7:30pm on December 15.

Enjoy Fellowship and Treats at the Cookie Thing!

Come early or stay late for "The Cookie Thing" in the Cornerstone Café. Bring a plate of cookies to share!

Registration for Encounter Christmas: 

December 15, 5pm (childcare available) December 15, 7:30pm December 18, 7pm (childcare available) December 19, 7pm (childcare available)
Already registered? We are so excited to share this night of music and celebration with all of you. On the evening you attend, please arrive early to check in and get your tickets.
  • Ticket counter opens 1 hour before service begins.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before service begins.
  • Childcare is provided with advance registration for children 0-48 months for all services except Saturday, 12/15 at 7:30PM.
  • Please consider bringing a plate of cookies so we can all celebrate "The Cookie Thing" before and after Encounter Christmas.
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Explore God Chicago January 13 - February 24, 2018
Beginning in January 2018, more than 500 churches in the Chicagoland area will be exploring some tough questions about God, the Bible, suffering, and related topics through a series of sermons and discussion groups. Explore God is a unique effort to encourage people in the greater Chicago area to do just that: explore God. We all wonder, and we all have questions about God. Explore God is an opportunity to explore these big questions in an open and authentic way. The participating ministries will explore some of the most common questions people have about God and faith — questions like, “Is there a God?” “Is the Bible Reliable?” and “Why does God allow pain and suffering?” This unified effort spans multiple denominations and is an open invitation for anyone to participate, regardless of their spiritual background.

Explore God Small Groups

We are forming new small groups in conjunction with this series. Joining a small group is a great way to get connected within the church, meet new people, and discuss your faith questions together.  Now is the time to indicate your interest in joining or leading a small group so that the groups are ready to begin Explore God in January.  For more information on joining a small group or becoming a leader, click here. More details on getting involved here at Good Shepherd will be available soon. For now, check out ExploreGod.com for more information and resources!
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Family Worship Events
All of our family ministries work together to create a worship experience geared towards the ENTIRE family (parents, kids, teens and grandparents, too). In addition to the services, family worship events may include an optional meal, encouraging fellowship time with our community.

Purpose/Vision of Family Worship:

Connect families in community to engage in activities that foster a heart posture toward God in everyday life.

Annual Events:

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Summertime Family Worship
  • Back-to-School Worship
  • ADVENT Night

Upcoming events will be listed here when details become available.

For more information, reach out to our ministry leader by using the button below.
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Interactive Teaching Service Sun. 11:00am
The "eleven" service is a great way to connect with God's word. The pastor's Biblical teaching allows a platform for you to ask questions and learn with others in an interactive, participatory setting. Music is piano-led, featuring different vocalists and musicians each week. Holy Communion is offered every Sunday. This is a great opportunity to deepen your faith journey! Click here to see a video about the "eleven" service.
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Traditional Service Sun. 8:00 and 9:30am
Traditional worship services are held in the Sanctuary. Liturgical readings are delivered by members of the congregation; the pastor shares a message which connects the enduring lessons of Jesus Christ to today's environment. Both service times include prayer requests lifted up together as a congregation. The Sunday 8:00 a.m. service provides a traditional worship service with an intimate feel. The music includes time-honored hymns led by the organ and/or sacred vocal solos. Holy Communion offered every Sunday. The Sunday 9:30 a.m. service features music typically led by the organ and includes the Festival Choir most of the year singing a wide range of sacred music. The 9:30 a.m. service offers Holy Communion every Sunday.
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