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Updates

Find regular updates as we temporarily move our services online and suspend all on-campus church activities at the link below. You can hear from Pastor Danny, join us in praying for our community, country, and world, and find additional information.

An Update from Shades

4:06 | A Call to Prayer

Join Us Online

For the next few weeks, we won't be meeting on-campus, and our gatherings are moving online. You can watch us by visiting shades.org/live or on YouTube Live or Facebook Live.

Join Us Online

Livestream How-To

Sermon Discussion Guide

Give

If you're a regular giver, please continue to be faithful with your generosity at Shades. Your financial support allows to continue critical ministries here in Birmingham, in North America, and around the world.

Give to Shades

Sunday, June 28, marks our return to in-person worship! The last three months have brought new ministry initiatives, deeper connection amongst our church family, and a closer look at how God works in the world and our lives. We're so excited to see you again, and we want you to be aware of the preparations we're taking to ensure a safe worship environment and a great worship experience. Head to the link below for details!

Learn More

  • Preschool Resources

    Let your kids see Topher and hear the Bible story for today. Click the links below to read the story as well as print off the activity page.

    + Read/Download Lesson

    + Print off Activity Page

    Helpful Tips

    Being at home with a different schedule can cause anxiety and fear. Here are good resources to help you combat those feelings.

    Click for Tips

    Activities

    We know keeping everyone entertained is a large job, so we're coming up with some fun activities for you. Take a look!

    Click for Activity Ideas

  • Children & Preteen Resources

    Each week we'll have worship bulletins you can print off for your child to use while you watch the livestream of the service. There are two different ones: younger (ages 3-6) and older (ages 7+).

    +Worship Bulletin: Ages 3 to 6

    +Worship Bulletin: Ages 7 and up

    Deuteronomy 6 Parenting

    The Bible teaches us as parents, to teach our kids about God as we sit at home, walk along the way, when we lie down and when we get up (Deuteronomy 6:7). The Bible is not silent when it comes to fear. Here are a few verses you and your children may want to memorize to help overcome fear and anxiety:

    + Psalm 103:2-4; Isaiah 41:10; Philippians 4:6

    Click for Additional Resources

  • Hand in Hand Resources

    We have a variety of resources for your child, student, or adult. You can find links to view and download our weekly lesson, in addition to additional resources to help you bring the truth of the Gospel into your circumstance.

    +Bible Story

    +Bible Story Worksheet

    +Coloring Sheet

    +Activity

    Video Resources

    Click the links below to download videos from our Hand in Hand leadership for this week.

    Verse of the Week

    Story of the Week

  • Middle School & High School Resources

    Take a look below for ways to stay connected and engaged as we navigate this unique time.

    Parent Resources

    We have new resources for parents as you disciple your students during these unique days. You can download or view the following resources to help navigate dealing with fear and things to help you connect with your teenager during quarantine.

    View Dealing With Fears

    View 10 Facts About Adolescence

    Sermon Discussion Guide

    We're encouraging our students to complete and process through the sermon discussion guide our church is providing to walk through after Danny's messages on Sunday!

    Download Sermon Discussion Guide

  • College Resources

    Throughout the summer, college students will have the opportunity to meet in community with other students in spite of being separated by COVID-19. To sign-up for one of these studies, click below! Once you sign up for a study, our college ministry staff will reach out to you with information on how to join our video chat platform at the time specified.

    Sign up for Bible Studies

    Prayer Requests

    Keep us updated on any prayer requests that you have, so we can stay connected and can continue going to the Lord on your behalf. If you have requests you would like to keep confidential, please make a note of that and we assure you, your request will be honored.

    Sign up for Prayer List

  • Adult Resources

    You can find leader and participant Sunday School resources below, password-free. We encourage you to download these resources and engage in our study of Romans before or following the conclusion of our livestreamed gatherings each weekend.

    Explore the Bible: Proverbs 8:6-11

    Leader Guide PDF

    Participant Study Guide

    Additional Resources

    HomePoint is a great resource for you, no matter the life stage you're in. Click the link below to look through our available pointers!

    HomePoint

    We also have a variety of Shades podcasts for download. From sermons to PowerLunch talks to a new one called "The Shades Podcast," we have a lot of ways for you to listen to us on the go!

    Shades Sermons

    The Shades Podcast

    RightNow Media is another wonderful resource for believers at any age, on any part of their walk with Jesus. We encourage you to browse our library. You can secure a login to RightNow by emailing Bradley Patton.

    RightNow Media

The Shades Podcast

This new resource profiles the ministers, members, and friends of Shades. Hosted by Jacob Simmons, you can listen to the stories from our church family. New episodes release every Tuesday and Thursday. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts! Click the links below to subscribe!

Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts

Live Sent

Tim Wheat heads up Missional Living at Shades, and he published a blog recently outlining some of the ways Shades is serving our community amidst the pandemic. You can download below a prayer sheet from our national and international mission partners. And our Member Involvement team has done a great job setting the table for us to continue serving our local partners. Click the Volunteer button below to check out some of the ways we're serving our city!

Read Blog

Pray for our Mission Partners

Volunteer

It's OK to Grieve

Our Minister to Adults & Families, Lisa Davis, published an insightful piece on grief over on our blog. Lisa's story has intersected with grief over the years, including her doctoral research. We're all grieving something in the midst of quarantine. Click below to read her post!

It's OK to Grieve

Stay Together

We want you to stay together as we navigate this season as a church family. Below you'll find ways we're encouraging you to still meet with one another and how you can follow Shades and all of our ministries across social media!

Meetings for Bible Studies, Classes, DGroups, Leadership Teams, & More

We're encouraging all groups, classes, teams, councils, and studies to find creative ways to meet during the coming days and weeks. Creating a Zoom account is a great resource for having virtual meetings. A leader from your group can schedule a meeting and invite members to join (up to 100 people). Members can join the meeting from their phone, desktop, or mobile/tablet device.

Here are some tips & instructions:

  • Click here and follow instructions to create a free account.
  • The owner of the meeting will schedule the meeting. Once scheduled, an invitation is generated. Copy the invite from the website, then paste it into an email to your group. Click here for training on scheduling a meeting.
  • This link allows you to join a meeting.
  • Time limit for meetings is 40 minutes. If you want to go longer, you'll need re-invite for a consecutive meeting.
  • Set up a test meeting with a few people before your scheduled group meeting time.
  • This option is open to any church group.

Follow Shades & its Ministries on Social Media

We're going to stay connected with you across social media as we remain together through technology. Below, you'll find a complete rundown of our social media accounts. Follow us, and be sure to follow your ministry area to stay connected!

Shades PreschoolShades Kids

Shades StudentsShades College

Shades WomenMen of Shades