Next Chapter


Scripture and Prayer for May 21

As we prepare for The Next Chapter in the life of the church at SGUMC, let us employ scripture to pause, pray, and feel peace in the assurance of God’s perfect plan for our lives. Use this prayer as a tool to calm your mind and open your heart to the exciting opportunities God is providing in our community.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Lord, Proverbs 3:5-6 says to trust in you with all my heart, because you will bring me guidance better than my own mind. I want my paths to be made straight by you, so I am asking you to guide me in The Next Chapter of my life, and every chapter after. Give me the trust and strength to submit my concerns to you, so that I can walk in the path of your Son, Jesus. In his name I pray, Amen.

Projected Pastor Appointment

On Sunday, March 19, in all worship services, members of SGUMC's Staff Parish Committee announced the projected pastor appointment for Shady Grove. We fully expect Rev. Chris McLain will be appointed as our new pastor. She comes to us from Blacksburg United Methodist Church where she currently serves as an associate pastor. The appointment will be given final approval at Annual Conference, the meeting of the Virginia Conference which takes place June 16-18. Rev. McLain's first day at Shady Grove will be Sunday, July 2. READ BIO


During the next 90 days as our congregation prepares to say goodbye to Rev. Adkins, welcome a new Senior Pastor, and break ground on a building expansion, help us cover our church in prayer. Please consider this PRAISE prayer.  Use it as a reminder to pray daily for our church. Posters of the prayer are also being placed in classrooms throughout the church so that we may pray together whenever we gather for meetings, Bible study, and Sunday school. 

Retirement Celebration for Rev. Adkins
Mark your calendar now for the celebration of Rev. David Adkins' 40 years in ministry on Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 pm in the fellowship hall. More details will follow.

Letter from Polly Rowan, Church Council Chair

Our Methodist founder, John Wesley, wanted his pastors to always be thinking of their mission of spreading the word. READ MORE


Building Plans

The called church conference was held on Sunday, March 5 to vote on proceeding with the building plan as outlined below and the financial plan. 102 members were present.  The vote was 80 yes and 22 no. Since March 5, staff and ministry groups have been meeting with the architect to fine-tune design of the new space.

Take a look at the 3D rendering of the new space.

Schematic Design


Sanctuary/Narthex Expansion

Fellowship Hall Entrance Expansion

Gathering Space

Music and Sacristy Space

Financial Recap