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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

We hope to see you at outdoor worship this week!

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. Praise Packs are available to help children connect and engage with the service.

Return to Indoor Worship
We are excited to announce a return to indoor worship in the sanctuary! We know many of you are ready for a return to indoor worship, but if you want to continue to enjoy outdoor and drive-in worship, you can still do that as we will soon begin to have two worship opportunities on Sunday mornings along with our virtual Worship from Home during the week!
We have appreciated your grace and flexibility as we have continued to transition through the many challenges and opportunities the pandemic has put in front of us and continue to look forward as we have learned through these times. That continued grace and flexibility will help us as take this next step in a return to a new normal. Some of the details and logistics are still being worked out, but here are the times for our in person worship that will begin with a "soft open" on Sunday, May 23. This is Pentecost Sunday so we encourage your to wear red!
8:30 am Outdoor and Drive-in Worship (fully vaccinated people may remove their mask outdoors during worship)
10:00 am Worship in the Sanctuary
Both services will have a Children's Message and children will have the option to depart to C.O.W. (Children's Own Worship) after that message. Additional Small Group and Sunday School opportunities for children, youth and adults are being finalized so stay tuned for more!
Love Offering for Departing Staff
Friends, let us celebrate the ministries of Lauren Adkins as Director of Youth Ministries and “Nanny” Rose Farmer as Church Custodian and Child Care Giver as their staff ministries at Shady Grove come to a close this May. We would like to show our appreciation for their amazing service through a love offering for their five and fifty-five years, respectively. Love offerings are a common fund distributed based on full/part-time employment and years of service.
If you would like to contribute to this love offering, please do so by Friday, May 14. You may send a check with “love offering” in the memo line or to give online, click the GIVE button below and then select "Love Offering" from the Funds list.
Give to Love Offering

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.

Audio/Visual Team Volunteers Needed

New audio/visual equipment has been installed in the sanctuary to enhance worship and allow for live streaming and recording of worship as we move towards a transition back to indoor worship! If you are interested in being a part of the A/V team to help with live streaming and in worship presentation, email Frank.
Miss the update on the A/V Project along with the latest on construction? Click HERE to view

Care Packages for All God's Children Camp

Shady Grove will support All God's Children's Camp (camp for children with incarcerated parent). Although camp is canceled this summer, VAUMC is ministering with camp families by sending resources and care packages. Donations of the following items: jump ropes, hand size nerf balls, sidewalk chalk, crayons, kids activity or coloring books, individual nut/chocolate-free snacks, or $25 grocery gift cards may be dropped off Saturday May 8 from 9:00 am - 12:00 noon in front of the fellowship hall or at worship on Sunday May 9.

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.

Upper Room Devotional

Printed copies of The Upper Room devotional for the months of May/June are available at the church office. If you would like one, please email Dana Kelley. Normal print is $1.00 and large print is $2.00.
Children's Ministry - Infants-5th Grade
Questions? EMAIL Kate

Children's Sunday School
Connect on Zoom

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 Cokesbury's Celebrate Wonder curriculum     JOIN

Children's Sunday School
In Person Outdoor
Sundays, 9:30-10:15 am

JUMP! Jesus Understands My Prayers is an outdoor Sunday Worship opportunity for first through fifth graders to meet for Bible story, prayer, and praise time on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 before the Outdoor/Drive in Worship service. Kids may bring Bible and chair or towel. Participants will need to wear masks at all times, practice safe distancing, and have completed required health form. Online Sunday School will continue.

Vacation Bible School
June 21-25

Discovery on Adventure Island invites children (ages 3 through rising 6th grade) to arise and shine the light of God's love. Participants can choose between an online VBS experience or an in person VBS experience June 21 - 25. Both experiences include Bible stories, music, discovery time, crafts, games, tee shirt, and silly skits. In order to follow covid safety guidelines, numbers are limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Camp Pray and Play
June 7-11(Ages 2-6)
July 12-16(Ages 3-rising 1st grade)
August 9-13(Ages 3-rising 1st grade)

Camp Pray and Play is offering three summer camps for ages two through rising first grade. Each fun themed camp (Polar Bear camp kit, Zoo Choo Choo, and Our Earth) presents the opportunity for children to experience God's love through Bible stories, music, games, crafts, silly skits, and more. Please see FLYER for additional details. Email KATE for more information.
REGISTER for Polar Bear Camp Kit(June 7-11)
REGISTER for Zoo Choo Choo(July12-16)
REGISTER for Our Earth(August 9-13)
Youth Ministry - Grades 6-12
Questions? EMAIL Frank

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.

Youth Confirmation
Updated Dates May 16 - June 13

The pandemic had originally put many ministries on hold over a year ago, but we are excited to let you know that we will be restarting confirmation in person! Those that had begun confirmation in 2020 or youth that are currently in the 7th grade and above may register. Please note that times are tentative and to be confirmed soon. Classes begin on May 16, and will conclude on "Confirmation Weekend" with a service project on Saturday, June 12 and Confirmation Sunday at worship on June 13. The May 30 date will be a movie that can be watched on your own time since that is Memorial Day weekend. Anticipated class time is 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, but may be adjusted as the worship times as we transition to indoor worship along with summer outdoor worship are being finalized. Youth may bring their lunches to eat during class. In addition, we are planning a fun event and learning experience in July and August as a follow-up opportunity.
Adult Ministry
Questions? EMAIL Beanie

The Book of Acts
Thursdays, January 21-May 27, 7:00-8:00 pm

Join this in-depth study of the Book of Acts, examining each of the 28 chapters, taught by seminary trained Kerry Alberti. Examine the story of the early church, its leaders, controversies, and theology. What can we the church of 2021 learn from this fast growing early church? Enjoy clips from the Visual Bible, actors depicting the story as quoted directly from the NIV.
Register on Realm     Join via ZOOM

Let’s Ride!
May 16, 2:00 pm

Meet at Kindred Spirit Brewing parking lot in the West Creek corporate complex. On weekends there is very little traffic on West Creek Parkway (other than fellow bikers!). We will do one loop up and back on West Creek, which totals 6 miles. We'll enjoy a beverage and fellowship at outdoor picnic tables. The 6 mile ride takes about 1/2 hour. Contact John Lancaster for questions.     Register on Realm

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.

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 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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