Community Outreach

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

-Dr. Seuss

Shady Grove believes that having been filled with God’s abundant grace, we are energized and commissioned to serve God in mission and community outreach. Building relationships with God’s people who are marginalized, we share our faith and grow in justice, peace, compassion, and grace.

Our outreach efforts include bringing hope and relieving suffering through compassionate service, advocating for justice and peace, and sharing God’s unconditional love for all people. As we give we also receive and are blessed by neighbors in our city and around the world.

Food Pantry

Shady Grove Presbyterian helps support the University Cluster Food Pantry located at St. Luke’s Methodist Church 480 S. Highland 38111. The Pantry is open two weeks every month. On Tuesdays we stock shelves, and on Thursdays we distribute food to individuals and families who face food insecurity.

Kick It 5K

The Kick It 5K is an annual fundraiser for the Kosten Foundation to support pancreatic cancer research. Shady Grove Presbyterian members began participating in 2020 after the passing of Shady Grove’s beloved Tom Walsh due to pancreatic cancer.

Masjid As-Salam on Stratford and Beulah Baptist on Douglas

Shady Grove Presbyterian hosts Thanksgiving dinner with Beulah Baptist Church and Masjid As-Salam in a heartwarming meal shared with friends of diverse faiths.

Memphis Pride Fest

Each year in June Shady Grove joins in Memphis Pride Fest, and a group of Shady Grovers participate in the parade from Robert Church Park down Beale Street. We proudly support the LGBTQ community in Memphis!

Mustard Seed Store

The Mustard Seed is our on-site, fair trade store that sells products from international and local artisans. Vendors include SERRV and Ten Thousand Villages, Thistle & Bee, and many others.

Our Own Voice

Created in 1991, the Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe is a creative arts organization providing empowering experiences for people marginalized by mental illness and striving to engage our community in an ongoing dialogue about mental health.

Prayer Shawls

The knitting group at Shady Grove creates prayer shawls to give to Shady Grove members and to donate to the Church Health Center; we also make baby caps to donate to Regional One Health labor & delivery ward.

Prizm Ensemble

Prizm Ensemble, a non-profit organization born at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, builds diverse community through chamber music education, youth development, and performance. Prizm brings classical music training to underserved students in the Memphis and Shelby County Schools. Summer and winter music camps with performances are held at Shady Grove, and Prizm musicians perform monthly during worship.

Refugees with World Relief

Shady Grove Presbyterian has formed a Good Neighbor Team with World Relief, the refugee resettlement agency in Memphis. This team welcomes a refugee family with love and friendship over the course of their first 6 months in Memphis.

Saturday Supper

One Saturday each month Shady Grove Presbyterian prepares and serves a meal, either in person or to-go, for those in need. We serve between 30-60 people at St Luke’s United Methodist Church, 480 S Highland 38111.

Sister Supply

Sister Supply, a non-profit begun at Shady Grove Presbyterian, supplies menstrual products to those in need, destigmatizes menstruation, and educates about reusable products.

Team Read

Shady Grove Presbyterian partners with the Memphis Shelby County Schools Team Read program that pairs volunteers with students who are reading below grade level to provide weekly mentorship. Each volunteer meets with the same 2 students each week for 30 minutes to work on reading skills.