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We will continue to use best practices and adjust our schedule as guidelines from the CDC, the Commonwealth of VA, and the VA Conference of the UMC continue to be updated. Based on current guidance from the CDC, all persons, ages 2 and above must wear a mask at all times indoors. If outdoors and distanced, masks may be removed.
Current Worship Schedule
  • Sunday, 9:00 am - Outdoor and Drive-in Worship-look for our new outdoor worship space behind the church office
  • Sunday, 10:30 am - Indoor Worship in the Sanctuary
  • Continue to Worship from Home during the week
Children will begin in worship at both 9:00 and 10:30 and after the Children's Moment have the opportunity to go to Sunday School during the 9:00 worship and C.O.W. (Children's Own Worship-ages 3 and above) during the 10:30 worship. Weather permitting, they will meet outdoors near the Chapel Building. Rain plan would be to move inside the Chapel or Education Building. Faithcare (Nursery-ages under 3) - is available during both the 9:00 and 10:30 am worship in the Education Building, Room 111.

**Important Reminder for the Day of Worship**

On the day of worship, take your temperature. If you have a fever above 100.4 degrees, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, GI issues, chills, or new loss of taste or smell, please enjoy the opportunity to worship from home. Please contact the pastor if you would like to have a prayer time together.

Afghan Refugee Support

The congregation is asked to donate items in need that will be taken to Fort Lee to support the refugees that recently arrived from Afghanistan.  Please drop off donations at church on Sunday September 19th and/or September 26th.  Items most needed include:
  • New or gently used clothes (no logos or inappropriate language)
  • Leggings and sports bras for girls and women (critical need)
  • Long skirts and shirts for women size Small/Medium (preferably light material with ¾ to long sleeve)
  • Men and women closed toe shoes and socks sizes 7-8
  • Men, women, boys, and girls underwear
  • Men pants, shorts, and belts size 34 and below
  • Shirts all sizes
  • Boys clothing all sizes
Also needed
  • Electric kettles for warming tea and baby bottles (critical need)
  • Nail clippers and Personal hygiene items (travel size preferred)
  • Phone chargers
  • Toys, kid’s games, coloring books, playing cards, soccer balls, volleyballs
  • Backpacks and duffel bags
  • First aid kits, masks, and blankets

Faithcare Worker Job Opening

Shady Grove UMC is hiring for a Faithcare Worker. This person will work with a team to provide a safe, nurturing, and dependable environment for babies and young children who are cared for in the church nursery. They will work under the direction of the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry. You may view a complete job description by clicking HERE. To apply, please EMAIL resume and references.

The Pastor is In at Starbucks
Wednesdays, 8:00-8:45 am

Stop by to see Pastor Chris to touch base, have a prayer, or just say hi! No need to schedule an appointment, just stop by anytime at the Twin Hickory Starbucks on Nuckols Road on Wednesdays from 8:00-8:45 am.
Children's Ministry - Infants-5th Grade
Questions? EMAIL Kate

Kindergarten Bible Time

It's Kindergarten Bible Time! Kindergartners will receive their very own storybook Bible during Sunday school on Sunday, October 3 at 9:00 am. Please make sure to let Ms. Kate know if you have a child in kindergarten.

"The Christmas Carol Special Report" Children's Musical Auditions
Sunday, September 19, 3:00-5:00 pm

We invite children entering Kindergarten- Fifth Grade to be a part of “The Christmas Carol Special Report! Our presentation this year will be on Sunday, November 21. Audition packets may be picked up in the church office beginning September 8. Email Sylvia or Kate for more information.

Drive In Spooktacular
Saturday, October 16, 6:00-9:00 pm

Join us for fun games and food from 6:00-7:00 pm, movie will start at 7:00 pm. Costume parade will precede movie. All ages are welcome. Although the event is free, if you would like to donate popcorn or candy, please click HERE

Children's Sunday School Volunteers

Raise your hand if you love Jesus! Raise your hand if you love to have fun! Raise your hand if you love kids! Raise your hand if you will share your love of Jesus with kids at Sunday School! Email Kate to let her know that you will help.

G3: Grow, Go, Give!
Begins Sunday, September 19, 5:00-6:00 pm

G3: Grow, Go, Give is a pre-cursor to youth group for grades 3, 4, and 5. Our theme is God’s Heroes and how we can rely on strength from God as we grow in faith, go and serve, and give help to others. G3 will meet outdoors near the Chapel Building, weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, they will meet in the Chapel Building.

Baby Bundles

The Baby Bundle ministry is looking for people who love to knit baby blankets and baby caps.  New SGUMC babies are welcomed with a prayerfully created baby blanket, baby cap, and hand-carved cross. If you would like to be part of this ministry or if your family has a new baby, please contact Kate Bishop, Polly Rowan, or Beth Lighthiser.
Youth Ministry - Grades 6-12
Questions? EMAIL Frank
Rising 6th graders are welcome to attend all our summer opportunities beginning on July 1. Be sure to signup to receive the Youth Update weekly email below so you  can keep up to date.

Calendar of Events

Click HERE to view the weekly Youth Update for more details on the events below!

September 17 - High School Chick-fil-A, 7:45 am
September 19 - Sunday Morning Small Group for MS and HS, 9:00 am
September 19 - All Youth Kickoff - 5:00 pm
September 24 - Middle School Chick-fil-A, 7:20 am
September 26 - Sunday Night Large Group-MS 6:00 pm  HS 7:30 pm

Keep Connected with Youth Ministry

If you don't currently receive the Youth Update email, be sure to sign up by clicking HERE to keep up to date with all that's happening with youth ministry.
Click HERE to view the most recent Youth Update with details on how you can connect and all that is happening throughout the week and looking ahead.
Adult Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Beanie
Opportunities for a Single Day or Evening

Bike the High Bridge Trail - Farmville
Saturday, September 25, 11:00 am

Once a railroad bed, the trail is wide, level and flat. Its finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy to enjoy. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, 125 feet above the Appomattox River, and the longest recreational bridge in VA. Park in the free lot at Main and Depot. We will bike 5 miles to the High Bridge, enjoy the view and head back for sandwiches in town. We will order the sandwiches before pedaling so they will be ready on our return for a picnic.

Richmond Trolley Tour
Tuesday, October 12th, 10:00 am

We will roll past familiar and unfamiliar landmarks in the city of Richmond. After a two hour tour, we will enjoy lunch at Bottoms Up Pizza. This is a JOY (Just Older Youth) event and open to any adults who love learning the history of Richmond. Space is limited to 20 per trolley. If we fill up the first, we can add another if we have enough participants. Our tour guide is RVA on Wheels, Trolley Cost is $30.
Short Term Classes and Groups

Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
Sunday, September 12-October 24 5:00 pm
Hybrid Class - Fellowship Hall and Zoom

How do we move from what may be shallow Christianity to deep transformation? In his book, Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Peter Scazzero takes a “slowed-down be with God approach to being a disciple.” He urges readers to get to know the crucified Jesus rather than the Americanized Jesus.
This class will meet on Sundays at 5:00 pm in the fellowship hall, led by Pastor Chris and Pastor Beanie. The church will order the books and you may pay the church office or through Realm.

Art and Scripture
Tuesday, September 14-November 23, 10:00 am

Let’s take a look at how scripture is depicted through art. Study famous artists and those with whom you may not be familiar. Come once, come weekly. Take a coffee break to chat and explore.

Mysteries of the Messiah
Wednesday, September 15 - October 27, 6:30 pm

Our six week study will look at how the Old Testament reveals divine mysteries about Jesus, as explained by Rabbi Jason Sobel. "You will come to understand that the Bible fits together as a whole to offer one complete picture of Jesus." This class is scheduled to meet in person on Wednesdays in the education building at 6:30 pm beginning September 15th (not Oct. 6th). The book may be purchased on Amazon or Cokesbury.com.  

Genesis 1-11 Wiersbe Study Series
Wednesday, September 15-November 3, 6:15 pm
Education Building and Zoom

Examine Genesis 1-11 using Wiersbe’s book, Genesis 1-11- Believing the Simple Truth of God's Word. From book description: "In a cluttered and confusing world, there's value in getting back to the basics. This study guide provides a panoramic view of the beginning of life, while exploring God's basic values for His people."
Please purchase $10.99 book  on Amazon. You will receive an online link after registration. Class also in person.

The Difficult Words of Jesus
Friday, September 17-October 29, 10:00 am
Will NOT meet on October 8
Virtually Meeting via Zoom

We will study The Difficult Words of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies. You may purchase your book on Amazon or Cokesbury.com.  
The six week study will focus on these sayings
1. Sell What You Own
2. Hate Father and Mother
3. Slave of All
4. Nowhere Among the Gentiles
5. Outer Darkness
6. Your Father the Devil

Ongoing Bible Study
Monday, September 13-December 6, 7:00 pm
Virtually Meeting via Zoom

Let's dig deep into the book of Mark, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, with Pastor Chris. What does this fast paced gospel have to teach us? This 13 week Gospel Study will be the first of an ongoing Bible study. You may stay for each class or float in or out depending upon your schedule.
Ongoing Classes and Groups

Seekers (Adult Sunday School Class)
Begins Sunday, September 12, 9:00 am

The class studies a variety of authors and seeks to apply God’s call to discipleship to everyday situations. The class will be a combination of in person and virtual.

GO (God Opportunities) Group
Begins Wednesday, September 15, 6:15 pm

GO discusses the weekly sermon and looks for opportunities to serve in the community. This group is open to all adults who are looking for a great supportive group to explore God’s call. Participants are discussing whether to meet in person or virtually. Please email Jeff Samford for more information.

Knitting Ministry
Last Tuesday of Every Month, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet this month on Tuesday, August 31st with Margaret Phillips at 4521 Meredith Creek Dr. Glen Allen from 2:00-4:00 pm. Questinos? Call 527-7857.

Sewing Seeds of Hope (SSOH)
Wednesdays from 12:30-3:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Please donate uncut pieces of fabric for large size dresses and boy shorts. Place these in the bin on the right side of the Hope House (formerly CCC location). Also, please pick up and finish sewing kits in this bin. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Join us every Wednesday from 12:30-3:00 p.m. to cut, measure, label, package, and sew. Questions? Email Pam Kugel or call 804-364-7250.
Music Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Sylvia

Sanctuary Choir
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45 pm

The Sanctuary Choir meets each Wednesday, and we’d love to have you join us! We continue our Zoom Gatherings and then plan to meet in small groups in the sanctuary with limited rehearsal times beginning September 22. Email Sylvia for detailed schedule.

Praise Kids
Sunday, September 26-November 28, 4:00-5:00 pm
Sanctuary or outdoors to be determined

Come join the Praise Kids, a vocal choir for children in Grades K-5, directed by Sylvia Cooper. The Praise Kids will sing in worship each second Sunday of the month as well as rehearse for our Christmas musical. Email Sylvia for more information or for a zoom invite.

Youth Explosion Choir
Sunday, September 26-December 5, 5:00-5:45 pm
Sanctuary or outdoors to be determined

Come join the Youth Explosion Choir, a vocal choir for youth in Grades 6-12, directed by Sylvia Cooper. Our focus is singing monthly in worship and caroling in the community. Email Sylvia for more information or for a zoom invite.

Children’s Liturgical Movement
Sunday, October 3-November 28, December 5, 3:30-4:00 pm
Sanctuary or outdoors to be determined

Children’s Liturgical Movement/Dance: (Grades 1-5). Opportunity to share in worship services virtually and in person. Contact Sylvia by September 19 to join.

Finding Your Joy at Shady Grove

Are you wondering about all of the programs and ministries that go on at Shady Grove? Do you wonder how you could be more connected? Maybe it is a one day mission opportunity in our community, a bible study, decorating the church for holidays, maintenance and repair work on our church property or serving through prayers and ministering to fellow church members. These opportunities and more are great ways that you can serve and grow in your faith journey at Shady Grove. We want to help you “FIND YOUR JOY” at Shady Grove. We have fellow members that would love to talk to you about how to be more connected. To learn more, please click HERE.

Altar Flower Calendar

Thanks to all who have provided altar flowers for our outdoor worship. There are a few weeks available in the next few months to place flowers in memory, honor or celebration of a person or special milestone. We have a long standing community relationship with local florist Coleman Brothers which helps to keep cost at $22.00 for the flowers. You may sign up on REALM to select a date.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

For those needing God’s encouragement, Prayer Shawls are available to share. A shawl can be picked up either at worship the last Sunday of the month or at the church office during the week. EMAIL Dana or call the office to make arrangements to pickup at the office. Crafted with care and wrapped and bagged for safety, a prayer shawl is an expression of care for those in need of comfort and a reminder that they are in thoughts and prayers.

Keeping connected through Realm!

Realm Connect is a great way to keep connected, register for events, keep track of giving and make contributions online and more!
Already have a Realm login? Don't forget to LOGIN and make sure your's and your family member's profiles are up to date. You can also edit information and keep connected with the Realm Connect app for your mobile device. Download from the Apple APP STORE or GOOGLE PLAY.
Don't have a Realm login? Send an EMAIL to get connected and then you will receive an email invite with a link to get connected.
Click HERE to learn more about Realm.

Schedule of Events

Click HERE for a schedule of all events listed on the church calendar!

Order Your SGUMC Nametag!

It is now possible to order and pay for a Shady Grove UMC nametag online, using Realm! Click HERE to order. The cost is still $8.00. Nametags take two to three weeks for delivery, at which point you will be able to pick it up from one of the welcome centers on a Sunday morning. Questions? Contact Donna Noble. EMAIL DONNA

News from the Virginia Conference

Want to stay connected to news from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church? Check out past issues of the E-Advocate weekly news! You can also subscribe to receive directly to your inbox by completing the subscription information on the E-Advocate webpage.

Ways to Give

  • Give Online - Click HERE for either a one-time donation or to setup recurring donations through secure giving with Ream Connect
  • Text GivingText serve to 73256 to get a secure link to give 
  • Amazon SmileAmazon has a program called Amazon Smile that gives 0.5% of eligible purchases back to non-profits in the form of a rebate. Simply start shopping at AMAZON SMILE. Log in to your Amazon account as you normally do, search for the Amazon Smile account labeled, Shady Grove United Methodist Church and be sure to choose the church in Glen Allen, VA! Once selected, this setting remains with your account. For all future Amazon shopping, just be sure to start by going to AMAZON SMILE  to login to your account. This is not an endorsement of Amazon by the finance committee. This is a means for those interested to provide additional support to the general fund and ministries at SGUMC. Questions? Contact Frank Basil at  804-360-2600. EMAIL FRANK
Questions about giving, making  a new pledge, or updating an existing pledge may be directed to Pam Sweeney, EMAIL or call 804-360-3907, ext. 123
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