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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.
**Weather Related Information**
Please note that drive-in worship is scheduled rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, we will do our best to notify you in advance if worship is canceled.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

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

Commitment 2021

This season of giving thanks is here! It's a joyous time and a season of invitation. God is always inviting us to serve the Short Pump community and beyond through God's ministry here at Shady Grove United Methodist Church. Commitment information was mailed on November 9th, if you did not receive, you may request a packet by emailing Frank or you may make your commitment online through Realm, CLICK HERE for more information. Returning your commitment card helps us finalize our budget for the 2021 year. We want to be good stewards of all that God provides for the General Operating Fund, which covers the day to day expenses for all the ministries of our church, and for the Caring for Our House Fund, which covers our monthly mortgage payments as well as large capital expenditures to care for and maintain our buildings and property.
Christmas Worship and Missions

The Light of the World: A Drive Through Christmas Experience

Mark your calendars... and get ready to start your engines! We're partnering with Christ Church Episcopal to present "The Light of the World: A Drive Through Christmas Experience" on Sunday, December 20 and Thursday, December 24 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm on the campus of Short Pump Middle School.

Want to be part of the story. If you and your family would like to help in this worshipful presentation in any of the following areas: greeter, traffic, pantomime, sound, set up and take down,  please contact Beanie or Kate

Christmas Eve Worship

2020 has been a year to adapt and change most everything we do in our daily lives and worship has been no exception. Details are still being finalized, but in addition to "The Light of the World: A Drive Through Christmas Experience" we will have two other opportunities to worship on Christmas Eve.
  • Lessons and Carols will be our online worship posted on Christmas Eve to our website, YouTube, and Facebook.
  • Candlelight Communion Worship will be in the evening with drive-in and outdoor seating weather permitting. Due to limited capacity registration will help us to plan appropriately. Watch for more information and registration coming soon!

S.T.E.P Christmas Opportunities

There are two Christmas opportunities this year as we partner again with Strategies To Elevate People.
  • Giving - Shady Grove is collecting gifts for the Strategies To Elevate People (STEP) Christmas Store this year. We are seeking donations of new, unwrapped children’s gifts with the original purchase price intact. These donations are then "marked down" and made available to the parents of children living in Gilpin Court. The Christmas store offers parents the dignity of making a sacrifice for their children at an affordable price. Please drop off at worship this Sunday, November 29th as gifts will be delivered on Monday to the STEP Store.
  • Serving - You may also volunteer at the STEP Christmas Store on Saturday December 5th. The types of jobs and times to volunteer can be found by clicking HERE

YoungLives Christmas Giving Opportunity
Sunday, December 5th and 13th

We will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food to support YoungLives which supports teen moms through mentorship, community, and a life with Christ. You may drop off your donations at worship on Sunday, December 5 and December 13.

Real Discipleship Survey

Where you are is the best place to be! It's the place from which you can take the next step, and the next.
Phil Maynard has generously shared a tool with us to get the conversation started and to open opportunities for us each to take the next step. Check out the updated WEBPAGE with Beanie's intro video, streamlined directions, and a link to view the daily testimonies.

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.
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

Baby Shower for Jesus and Drive-in Movie
Saturday, December 12, 6:00 pm

Join your Shady Grove friends in our own parking lot to watch a favorite green friend who learns that Christmas is a bit more than just packages and bows in Whoville. Please bring diapers, wipes, and canned food donation to help YoungLives. Please register just one person per car on Realm since capacity is limited based on the number of cars. Email Kate for more information.
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

Light of the World
Three Opportunities, Sundays & Mondays at 7:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am

Looking for an Advent study to prepare your heart? Join in, using Amy-Jill Levine’s book called Light of the World. We will explore the scriptures surrounding Jesus’ birth, with attention to connections between the New and Old Testaments. Please order your own book for the study. We have three different virtual opportunities: Sundays at 7:00 pm beginning 11/29 (women's group); Mondays at 7:00 beginning November 30th; Fridays at 10:00 am beginning 11/27 (women's group).

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.

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.

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!

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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