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.

Caring Clothes Closet (CCC)
Free clothing for people in need from people who care located in the little white shed, between the church office 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. 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 is sending a team of volunteers on the fourth Saturday of the month from May to October 2019. Each is a separate registration event in Realm. Questions? Contact Sandi Shriner. EMAIL SANDI SIGN UP FOR AUGUST 24 | SIGN UP FOR SEPTEMBER 28 | SIGN UP FOR OCTOBER 26

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.