Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
Friday, October 22, 2021
growing together
Shady Grove UMC Women's Retreat
Dates:  March 6-8, 2020 (Friday evening through Sunday morning)
Location:  Blessings Lodge (Keezletown, VA) at Overlook Retreat Center, located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Massanutten Mountains.
Cost:  $100 per person -- Includes two nights lodging, and all meals (Saturday Breakfast through Sunday Breakfast)
Registration Information:
Register Here!  Complete the online registration form. Then drop off a check in the amount of $100 to the church office.  Please make checks payable to: “Shady Grove UMC” (make sure you indicate “Women’s Retreat” on the check in the note/memo space). Please Register early so you won’t miss out (the facility has a maximum capacity that we have to honor)!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  February 23, 2020
Lodging and Logistical Info:  Everyone will have their own bed with 4 single beds to a room and a shared bathroom for each room. Linens and towels are provided. You will receive additional information (like what to bring, and information on other retreat goers for carpooling) in follow-up communication after you register.
Retreat Theme:  Pushing Pause to begin to “Live Sabbathly”
We will focus on being attentive to God’s presence in the midst of our ordinary routines of flurried activity. 
Come join us as we seek to follow Jesus’ example, pushing pause to connect with God through sabbath rest, worship, music, laughter, fellowship, learning, and prayer, all amidst the beauty of God’s creation. There will be free time for recreational activities like hiking, reading a book, connecting with friends old and new, or sipping tea on the expansive deck while basking in the amazing beauty of creation. We will conclude with worship and Holy Communion on Sunday morning. This weekend away will most certainly be a refreshing next best step in your own journey with Jesus.
Our retreat leaders will be our Associate Pastor, Rev. Sandra Bottoms, and singer-songwriter-worship leader, Amy Cox.
Meet our retreat leaders...
Sandra Bottoms
Rev. Sandra Bottoms is a United Methodist ordained elder in the Virginia Conference. She has served under appointment by five Bishops (Pennel, Kammerer, Cho, Weaver and Lewis), and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Shady Grove UMC on the Richmond District. Sandra was born and raised in Henrico County, but loves Hanover for many reasons, especially the tomatoes! She is “Mom” to her golden retriever, Amazing Grace (“Gracie”)…and, as a dog person, is still baffled by how she also ended up with cats (Dazzle and Lacey). Her most beloved title is “Auntie” to her nephew Jonathan! When she gets the chance, Sandra likes to escape with friends to the Outer Banks or Smith Mountain Lake, and she considers the Urbanna Oyster Festival to be a National Holiday. 
Amy Cox
Amy is a singer-songwriter and worship leader from Virginia. She describes herself as a modern-day vagabond, playing intimate house concerts in living rooms across the country. Amy’s music is written from her own faith journey, interweaving scripture with simple, beautiful melodies. Her full-length album “Coming Home to You” (released May 2014) is a collection of original songs that speak to the beauty of life and the faithfulness of God. Written from her time spent in the wild west of Colorado to the flat lands of the Midwest, Amy’s songs challenge the heart and soothe the soul.