Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
Thursday, August 16, 2018
growing together

Youth Events

6th Grade Welcome
On August 29, new 6th graders are invited to meet at AMF Hanover Lanes (7317 Bell Creek Rd, Mechanicsville) at 1 p.m. for their first official youth event of the year! Please let Dwayne know you’re coming by August 26 to lock in your space. There is no charge for 6th graders—this is Shady Grove’s gift to you to welcome you to youth ministry!

Youth Group Kick-off 
Sunday, September 16
5:00-7:00 p.m. 
“A Journey Through the Bible”
Come on a scavenger hunt to learn more about your relationship with Christ, each other, and our youth group’s plans for the year! This year’s kickoff will start with a fried chicken dinner, and will continue with music, games, fellowship activities, reflections, and small groups, all built around characters and stories from the Bible. Youth group is a place to learn how your life intersects with God’s message in the Bible.

Fall Middle School Retreat 
November 9-11, 2018
Cost: $75.00
Location: Camp Eagle Eyrie (Lynchburg, VA)
Deadline to register: October 14

Fall High School Retreat 
November 30-December 2, 2018
Cost: $75.00
Location: Camp Eagle Eyrie (Lynchburg, VA)
Deadline to register: November 4

Middle School Summer Mission Trip 2019
Deadline to register: September 30, 2018
Deposit: $50
In summer 2019, middle school youth are invited to spend a week with the Jeremiah Project (, in service and mission in either Romney, WV or Winchester, VA. JP is a home repair ministry that balances service with worship, devotions, and fellowship in a way designed specifically for middle school youth (grades 6-8). The total cost of the week for families is $200.00 payable by March 1, with a $50.00 deposit due by September 30 (fully refundable until Feb. 1, 2019). Youth should sign up for the weeks that work best with their anticipated schedule next summer. Youth who are “on the fence” should register now, to secure a spot, and if youth find they cannot go, they can withdraw with a full refund until February 1. The form to select your preferred weeks is available here.

High School Summer Mission Trip 2019
Deadline to express interest: September 30, 2018
Next summer, the high school youth have the opportunity to participate in the first year of high school ministry with the Jeremiah Project ( in Jonesville, VA. This experience is being developed specifically for high school youth, and includes hands-on service projects, usually including significant construction, along with quality worship and programming and opportunities to connect with youth from other churches. The dates for the high school week are June 30-July 6. Because this date overlaps with the 4th of July holiday, we need to gauge interest. If enough youth are available and interested, the total cost for the week for families will be $200.00 payable by March 1. A refundable (until Feb. 1, 2019) $50.00 deposit will be due by October 26 once we have confirmed that there is interest. To express interest in the trip, please e-mail Dwayne Stinson.

For more information about our youth ministries, please contact Dwayne Stinson, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries