Bahamas Methodist Habitat Caring Clothes Closet CARITAS


Shady Grove's Mission Committee is working hard to do God’s work in our community as well as throughout the world. Our goal is to bring our church’s light and promise of Christ’s love to those in need. We ask that you remember that Christ teaches us to go out and be “fishers of people” as well as to care for those who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances than ourselves.

STEP Back to School Supply Drive for Gilpin Court

Please bring supplies to church on Sunday, August 5 or drop them off at the church office by Monday, August 6. Monetary donations are welcome - our missions team will shop for you!


Here's the list:

  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil pouches
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Erasers
  • Composition books
  • Pocket folders
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • 3-ring binders
  • Dividers
  • Rulers
  • Index cards

Jessica Besnier - In Mission in Guatemala

Church member Jessica Besnier is spending the summer of 2018 serving in mission in Guatemala. 



Appalachian Service Project The 2018 adult mission trip will serve with the Appalachian Service Project in Guyan Valley, West Virginia. The Shady Grove team will depart Monday, April 2 and return on Friday, April 6. Expected cost is $425. Please contact Mark Tuttle to reserve your spot or for more information,

Caring Clothes Closet (CCC)
Free clothing for people in need from people who care located in the little white shed, between the Landmark House and the Fellowship Hall. We have several agencies whose clients are served by our closet, including United Methodist Family Services cottages and foster families, Fresh Start for Single Moms ministry, and others. Visit for more information. Questions? Please contact Sara Fender (

CARITAS (Congregations Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter)
For those living on the streets, CARITAS is a haven of safety. Over 200 churches take turns providing food, shelter and social needs to individuals and families who are experiencing a housing crisis. The guests stay with each church site for one week with the hosting church providing meals, showers, laundry services and a safe and warm sleeping environment. This is a major project for a church of any size. Shady Grove has been involved with CARITAS since 2002 with the help of hundreds of members. How can you help? Provide one of the many needed items for the week: help in the kitchen, transport the guests to the showers or to the laundry facilities, provide books, magazines, movies for the guests to watch. There is an array of needs that need to be filled during the weeks that we host CARITAS. Shady Grove UMC will host CARITAS March 10-17, 2018.Contact Rick Dodge at to help with this ministry. 

Giving Tree In December the Giving Tree program helps to collect the needed clothing items for our Caring Clothes Closet.  Learn more at

Global Missions Shady Grove supports missionaries and mission efforts around the world. Visit the the Global Missions page for more information.

Habitat for Humanity is an nonprofit Christian organization committed to eliminating substandard housing through the rehabilitation and building of simple, decent homes for those in need. Habitat works in partnership with qualified families and community volunteers, including businesses and organizations, to build and sell houses with non-profit, interest free mortgages. Shady Grove is proud to be a part of this effort. Volunteer opportunities include working on a construction site, in the Restore and recycling opportunities. Shady Grove contact is Eric Fales at

Shalom Farms

Come Dig in the Dirt! Shalom Farms is a regional food security, community development project of United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond (UMUMR). And Shalom Farms is a non-profit community farm project with the goal of helping low income inner city neighborhoods in Richmond with food security. SGUMC will send a team of volunteers quarterly. If you or a group is interested in setting up a Sunday, please contact Sandi Shriner at or 364-3868.

STEP (Strategies to Elevate People)

The STEP tutoring program offers Shady Grove folks an opportunity to work with children in Gilpin Court on Thursday afternoons.  We leave the church at 3:30 pm on Thursdays and return by 6:00 pm. Tutoring experience is not needed; we will train you! You can volunteer weekly, monthly, bi-monthly etc.  Questions?  Contact STEP Ministry Chairman, Sterling Edmunds, at These kids need us, so STEP UP and STEP OUT by serving this local ministry! 

United Methodist Family Services
Shady Grove is involved with the UMFS for various projects throughout the year, such as back-to-school backpack collection for students, painting of cottages, building a new playgrounds, etc. Questions?  Contact Gregg Butler at

Youth Mission Trips and Activities 
Mission opportunities are a vital part of the Shady Grove UMC Youth Ministry. The largest part of our missions are our summer mission trips.  Other youth mission events have been packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now, collecting items and packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and many other community outreach activities. Contact Frank Basil at to get involved or check out the Youth Ministry webpage.