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Worship from Home
Anytime During the Week

Join us as we worship ONLINE, you may worship anytime during the week. Worship for the upcoming week is typically posted on Saturday.

Outdoor Worship
Sunday, 10:30 am

Please note that registration is a two-step process
  1. REGISTER to help us for planning and logistics
  2. Note that there is a required Health Form that must be completed for any in-person gathering. You may click HERE to complete or the link will be displayed immediately after submitting worship registration. *Note that this is an updated form compared to the form used in the past.
Please also visit the OUTDOOR WEBPAGE to review requirements and guidelines.
Important Reminder for Outdoor 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, come to online worship for this week instead of Drive-In or In-Person. Please contact the pastor if you would like to have a prayer time together.
**Weather Related Information**
Please note that drive-in worship is scheduled rain or shine, but we do adjust the altar area and parking arrangements. Please follow the direction of the parking attendants when you come for worship. In the event of severe storms, we will do our best to notify you in advance of any changes to worship.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

For those needing God’s encouragement, Prayer Shawls are available to share. A shawl can be picked up either at worship this Sunday or at the church office. 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.

Real Discipleship Survey

How do people become marathoners? It happens by stages: 
  • Watching a friend race and thinking, "Why marathons?"
  • Trying run-walks with your friend thinking, "What are marathons about?"
  • Getting the shoes, stretching, running, keeping time and pursuing, "How to run a marathon?"
  • Friends you run with ask you to coach them and you wonder, "What if I coached or we started a running team?"
According to Phil Maynard, this is just how people become followers of Jesus.
  • Beginning by wondering, "Why Jesus?
  • Exploring faith and asking "What is Jesus about?"
  • Growing with Jesus by asking and practicing, "How do I live like Jesus?"
  • Maturing with Jesus by exploring and answering, What if Jesus sent me to help others on the journey?"
Where are you on the journey? Where you are is the best place to be! It's the place from which you can take the next step, and the next.

We encourage you to take a few minutes and take the next step by clicking HERE
Construction Update!
This week we have seen much in the way of clearing of trees and preparing of the site for the next phase. Please be sure to use caution anytime you are making the trip to campus. Most of the week our back lot will be closed to traffic, but currently will still be in use on Sunday mornings.

SGUMC College Outreach 2020-2021

SGUMC Youth and Adult Discipleship Ministries are collaborating to show love and support for our college students by sending care via their mailboxes and extending invitations to online opportunities to connect via Zoom. Please complete this Google Form so that we can get good contact info to reach as many college students as possible. Any and all college students (or family members of students) can complete the form! Questions? EMAIL Lauren Adkins or call 804.212.7195.

Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza
October 28, 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Help support SGUMC Children and Youth Ministries! Please RSVP, we must have 20 people commit to eat for the spirit night to happen. Orders can be placed online, by phone, or in person. And yes - pick up, curbside, and delivery orders will count towards our event! Just remember to tell them or indicate on your order that you’re with Shady Grove!

All Saints Day
Sunday, November 1 during Worship

All Saints Day will be celebrated in both our online worship and during our 10:30 am outdoor worship. We will remember Shady Grove members who have died this year as we join together as the Body of Christ, honoring our loved ones’ lives.

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party
November 1, 1:00-4:00 pm

One of the always fun intergenerational mission events is our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party! Although things will be a bit different this year we will still have this annual event with a few adjustments to how we pack. PLEASE REGISTER ONLY ONE FAMILY MEMBER EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN COME PACK TOGETHER AS WE NEED TO TRACK OUR MAXIMUM CAPACITY BY "FAMILY PACKING PODS". Families will arrive in 15 minute increments although your time here will be longer, this will just help us stagger the packing and distance from each other. You will select your arrival time slot during the registration process.

Within one week of the event you will also need to complete a VAUMC Conference Health Form that is required for all on campus events. If you submit for worship or other events a separate form is not required.

We will be praying for good weather as we are planning this to be an outside event. Please park in the back lot and walk between the sanctuary and education building and you will receive directions to begin your packing!


2020 Virtual Lay Servant Academy
November 14, 8:45-4:00 pm

The 2020 Lay Servant Academy will be held via Zoom on Saturday, November 14. Three courses are being offered: I Love to Tell the Story, Older Adult Ministries, and On-line Worship. Please visit the Laity District and Conference webpage for more information and the link to register.

Learning Pods
Tuesdays, 7:45 am-3:45 pm

Details and Registration on Realm for each Tuesday that you wish to participate.
Children's Ministry - Infants-5th Grade

Children's Sunday School

Looking for an opportunity to keep children connected on Sunday mornings while continuing to learn? Here is a list of grade level opportunities along with the time they are joining together. 
  • 9:00-9:30 Kindergarten through 3rd grade (with breakout rooms) will be using Cokesbury's Celebrate Wonder curriculum     JOIN
  • 9:30-10:00 4th & 5th grade will be studying Adam Hamilton's curriculum "Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times"     JOIN

Kindergarten Bibles

October is the time for SGUMC's Kindergarten children to receive their very own Beginner's Bible which teaches about God's never stopping, never giving up, unbreakable, always and forever love. Please email Kate to arrange a time.

Drive-In Spooktacular
October 23 (TONIGHT) - Two Showings

Drive In Spooktacular will be a night to remember. Enjoy a movie on a BIG screen from your car. First show geared towards younger kids featuring a curious monkey will be at 6:30 pm. Second show geared towards older kids featuring furry friends getting schooled will be at 8:00 pm. Space is limited so you must REGISTER on Realm to reserve your spot. PLEASE REGISTER ONLY ONE MEMBER PER FAMILY SINCE THIS IS A DRIVE IN EVENT CAPACITY IS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CARS. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The Candy Games

Check out The Candy Games on Treehouse at the Grove where you can learn a Biblical joke, have a prayer, and receive related Family Time Talk inspirations throughout October. 
Youth Ministry - Grades 6-12

Keep Connected with Youth Ministry

Lauren is keeping connected in different ways while being unable to physically meet. 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. For more information, email Lauren Adkins.
Adult Ministry

Jesus: A Pilgrimage
Sundays, October 25-February 7, 4:30-5:30 pm

Ready to delve deeply into Jesus? Journey with Jesus, engage the Gospels, make connections through history, grow in your prayer and devotion practice, make real life connections through powerful stories, and travel through the Holy Land with your group. Our tour guide? Father James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage. This 13 week study with Pastor Chris will take us through two chapters per week. The book is available in paperback, digital and audio versions. REGISTER on Realm. Link to join available is in Realm.

30 Days to Understanding the Bible
Wednesdays, October 28-December 2, 6:15-7:15 pm

Want to get a better grasp of the Bible? What are the major themes? Major characters? What are the key approaches to reading this sacred gift from God? This class will help you to feel comfortable knowing your way around the Bible and major beliefs of our faith. We will meet virtually. This is a DVD discussion class based on the book 30 Days to Understanding the Bible by Max Anders. REGISTER on Realm. Link available to join is in Realm.

Friday Morning Women's Bible Study
October 30-November 20, 10:00-11:30 am

This book by Kathie Lee Gifford will be the topic of the Friday Morning Women's Bible Study. Walk with Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel as they take us hiking the ancient paths of Israel. Gaining insights into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible in a new way. Join us on online for some wonderful discussion. REGISTER on Realm. Link available to join is in Realm.

Pandemic Pumpkin Palooza
October 31 2:00 pm

Have Halloween fun at our socially distanced adult pumpkin carving. Join friends at the picnic table area behind the church office. Bring your own pumpkin and carving supplies. Carve pumpkins, catch up with friends, and be ready for a Halloween game. Please note, as with all on campus events, masks and health form registration required. REGISTER on Realm and you will receive the link for the SGUMC Health Form. Questions? EMAIL Beanie Kelly.

Disciple Fast Track 3 - Remember Who You Are
Tuesdays started October 6, 6:30-7:45 pm - ZOOM

In the title alone, one can hear God calling them into a deeper relationship with the words, "Remember Who You Are." This 24-week study is an invitation to those who have completed the original Disciple I or Disciple Fast Track I Bible Study. CLICK HERE to learn more about the study on Realm. Please email Lauren Adkins or Amy Barnett.

Chat and Chew - Beat the Blues

Come together virtually for a devotion and sharing of ups and downs. Let's encourage each other. Bring some food and a drink for a happier hour. Join 6-7 pm Mondays through November 2nd.     REGISTER on Realm     Join via ZOOM

Gift Cards to Support Youth Missions

Although you have not been able to stop by the gift card table on Sunday mornings, don’t forget that gift cards are still available to support youth ministry. You receive the full benefit of the card and we receive a percentage back from the retailers! Many cards make contact less payment easy by loading them directly on to your apps and in your account. Click HERE to see gift cards that are currently available for delivery or pickup. Don't see what you want? Check out the ORDER FORM of many cards we often order or go SCRIPZONE to see a full list of all the cards available for order. Send Cindy an EMAIL to place your order for available cards or cards you would like to order (may be a delay due to needing to meet a minimum order amount).
Don't forget that you can register your Kroger Plus Card to support youth missions as well! Register your card, shop at Kroger, and we receive a contribution from Kroger! Click HERE for instructions on how to register!

COVID-19 Relief Fund Assistance and Contributions Information

Click on image to make a contribution or to request assistance

Baby Bundles

Baby Bundles are special bundles prayerfully created by our church family as a way to welcome new SGUMC babies with God's love. If you are interested in being part of this ministry or if you know of babies, please contact Kate Bishop, Polly Rowan, or Beth Lighthiser.

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 at the bottom of 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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