By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor
JIGGER – Five years ago, a half-dozen people talked about disbanding Shady Grove Baptist Church.[img_assist|nid=7646|title=Shady Grove|desc=Twenty-five years after voting to do away with Vacation Bible School, and five years after talking about disbanding, Shady Grove Baptist Church is alive and growing. Today, at least 80 people each week gather for Sunday morning worship at the church where Kent Nugent is pastor. There’s a full band – fiddle, mandolin, drums, 12-string, rhythm and bass guitars – and the youth group has performed twice at the Youth Evangelism Conference as well as at Christ Christ in Brownsville, Tenn., and elsewhere.|link=none|align=right|width=640|height=404]
Located a rural quarter-mile from the end of a dead-end road, in a town too small to even have a gas station, there seemed little reason to continue for the church started in 1918 in a one-room schoolhouse.
Matter of fact, the church voted in the late 1980s to no longer have Vacation Bible School.