Children’s Ministry is a vibrant part of Shady Grove’s Ministry. Programming has four parts that work together in helping children and parents grow in their faith.

Social – Children bond with their peers through such activities as bowling, movies, parties, etc. We emphasize acceptance and diversity as we encourage children to bring friends. It is the beginning of evangelism. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” Our Children’s Ministry emphasizes the importance of establishing a welcoming atmosphere through relational ministry. Parents also connect through forums, classes and discussion groups.

Spiritual – Children encounter the question Jesus asks, “Who do YOU say that I am?” through various avenues. Our SonShine Singers and Praise Kids explore their faith expression through music and movement. Through Children’s Moment in the 11:00 sanctuary service, children feel a part of the corporate worship experience with their families. In addition after Children’s Moment, the children move to COW (Children’s Own Worship) runs 11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel. During this time, children experience elements of worship in age appropriate ways. We are intentional in our childcare to recognize that children’s faith journeys begin early.

Study – Through Sunday School on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and Bible Zone on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m., children have hands on learning of our Bible and faith traditions. Toddlers learn about Jesus through play on Sunday mornings while loving adults care for infants during all services. At Little Hands and Sprouts on Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 pm, kids ages 2-4 and pre-k and kindergarteners learn about God’s impact in their lives and the world. Children grow in their knowledge of God’s Word so that they may be able to serve others here and “to the ends of the earth.”

Service – Our program emphasizes that our children are the heart and hands of Jesus. A person in need is our neighbor. We are involved in learning about missions as well as experiencing hands on missions - visiting nursing homes, working with food pantries, helping out with conference ministries. Our third, fourth and fifth graders participate Sundays 5:30 – 6:30 pm in G-3, a precursor to youth group. This group has the theme: Grow. Go. Give. Each summer our G-3 kids participate in an overnight mission experience.

Children’s ministry touches other age levels and emphases throughout the church so as to strengthen children’s abilities to worship, connect, grow, and serve with other members of the congregation.

For Moms

Rowdy Moms
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm in the Library

The Rowdy Moms' group is comprised of mothers with children ages newborn-teen. We are not only a support system to one another, but we extend our hearts, minds and creative energy to the community at large. The Rowdy Moms is a book club, a place to voice concerns, and a venue to get advice from fellow mothers. Being a Rowdy Mom also provides a tremendous opportunity to grow in faith by participating in numerous projects, big and small. Childcare is available through Wednesday night programming. EMAIL Sarah Hardymon

Shady Grove UMC Preschool

Shady Grove United Methodist Church Preschool is a ministry to the children and parents of the church and surrounding community. Our program is open 9:00 am - 12:00 pm with two, three, four and five day classes for children age 1 through pre-Kindergarten. For more information, visit our website or call Leigh Pierce, Director, at 804-360-3533.

Education Building Welcome Center

We all love Shady Grove, but it can be hard to find your way around if you are new to our buildings. The Children's Council and Hospitality Team are joining forces to try to help newcomers on Sunday morning feel welcome and informed. The idea is that two adults (children can help too!) will stand in the foyer of the education building to welcome newcomers and help them find their way to Sunday school classes. Questions? EMAIL Sarah Hardymon       SIGN UP TO HELP

Children's Programming

Sunday School
Sundays, 9:30-10:30 am in the Education Building
Sunday school for children age 3-5th grade is offered on Sunday mornings. Children are promoted to the next class at the beginning of September each year.

COW (Children’s Own Worship)
Sundays, during 11:00 worship in the Chapel Building
offers children ages 3- 2nd grade the opportunity to worship through song, crafts, stories, games, and prayers in the chapel building each Sunday following children’s moment in the sanctuary at 11:00 a.m. Older children and youth who would like to serve as mentors and helpers for COW need to see Beanie Kelly.

G-3 (3rd-5th Grade)
Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm in Chapel Hall

G-3 (Go-Grow-Give) is a precursor to youth group for 3rd -5th graders. They play games, talk about their faith and life issues, work on community service projects and learn something new and exciting about God and the world around them each week.

SonShine Singers (ages 3-Kindergarten)
Wednesdays, 6:15-6:45 pm in the Sanctuary
Praise Kids
(Grade 1-5)
Sundays, 3:30-5:00 pm
These children's choirs meet weekly for music and movement as well as preparing to present in worship on a monthly basis. EMAIL Sylvia Cooper or call at 360-3907, ext. 140 with any questions.

Wednesday Nights

From September-November and January-April, The Shady Grove Bistro offers supper in the Fellowship Hall from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. with classes starting at 6:15 p.m.. A wide variety of adult classes run at the same time as our children’s programming so the whole family is engaged in a spiritual activity. Childcare is offered from 5:45 – 8:30 pm for infants or those not in a class. For children in our care after 7:15 pm a Veggie Tale curriculum is used to promote learning and Faith Play.

Little Hands (toddlers-2 year olds)
(age 3-Kindergarten)
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm in EB 103 and 104
This program helps our youngest children in the beginning of their faith journey with fun age appropriate activities.

Bible Zone (1st-5th Grade)
Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm in EB 209 and 210
This program helps capture the children’s imaginations and helps children use their natural enthusiasm with fun, cooperative games, group activities, and storytelling. Children are involved in both the telling and the listening of the Bible stories as they understand how they pertain to their life today.