Ash Wednesday service at Grace United Methodist Church and baptism of Hank Norman on Sunday February 22, 2015. (photo by Artisan Image)

welcome

Are you looking for a place where you’ll feel loved, encouraged, and challenged?  Then Grace Methodist Church may be the right place for you! Here, you will find friends for a lifetime.

A new church, especially a large one, can be intimidating for a first-time visitor. We want to make things easy for you! Please feel free to contact us or visit our Church.

The Grace United Methodist Youth lead the worship service on Sunday March 1, 2015. (photo by Artisan Image)

aboutus

The Grace family is a vibrant and growing congregation, and we invite you to become a part of this exciting and dynamic church as we seek to serve as the Body of Christ in our world. We offer a variety of worship styles and ministry opportunities. We would love to have you join us for worship, ministry, and service. As the church, we are a family. Come be a part of our family!

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Grace Church – Past, Present and Future

 

Grace Church – United Methodist was founded in 1891 as Grace Methodist Protestant Church on Lee Street in downtown Greensboro. In 1908 Grace relocated to the corner of Greene and Washington Streets, where it remained until 1924. On May 15, 1922, a lot was purchased at 438 W. Gaston Street (now called Friendly Avenue) for the location of the current Grace Church sanctuary.

Hobart Upjohn, of New York, one of America’s most distinguished church architects, was commissioned to draw plans for the new Grace Church. Ground was broken in May 1925, and the cornerstone was laid on July 31, 1925. Construction, which was headed by Greensboro’s J.L. Crouse Construction Company, was completed in early 1926, and the first worship in the new building was on May 2, 1926. From that time forward, Grace has been considered one of America’s most beautiful church buildings.

 

Because of its traditional clean lines, countless couples have exchanged wedding vows there, including the famous actor Charlton Heston who married his fiancée Lydia at Grace on May 17, 1944 while he was stationed in Greensboro during WWII. Until his death in 2007, Heston and his wife often visited Grace which he referred to as “an important place in my life”.

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In addition, to being a beautiful place for weddings, Grace has always opened its doors to a wide variety of community ministries. In the late 1960’s Grace Church became a founding church for Greensboro Urban Ministries, which today has grown into a large ecumenical effort to assist a wide range of folks in need. From 1987-2005 Grace housed the Greensboro Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. In 2005, with the construction of a new downtown baseball park for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, Grace began a ministry called “Parking with a Purpose”. Each baseball season Grace Church members collect proceeds from parking cars and 100% of this money goes to support local ministries.

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Rev. Drew McIntyre

Pastor

Drew was raised in Winston-Salem, NC, the son of Don and Lynne McIntyre. He attended High Point University and Duke Divinity School, and was ordained an Elder in Full Connection in 2013. He comes to Grace after serving for seven years as the Pastor of West Bend UMC in Asheboro, UMC. While in Asheboro, Drew was involved in both the wider church and the community. He served on the District Mission Society and the District Committee on Ministry in the Uwharrie District of the UMC, and on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Randolph County and Randolph County Senior Adults Association, in which he is completing a term as President. Drew is married to Brittany McIntyre, a family physician. They are excited to be in Greensboro, along with Jolene, their rescue boxer, and Sammy, a tabby cat. Drew enjoys reading (especially nerdy theological works), writing, movies, craft beer, and is a fan of Duke basketball and MMA.

Contact Drew — dmcintyre@wnccumc.net

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Stephan M. Reavis

Office Administrator, Director of Finance and Communications

Stephan joined the staff on September 8, 2014. He holds degrees in Psychology, Art, and Education. Stephan has served in the Cancer Patient Support Program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an intern. In addition, he is a licensed educator in the State of North Carolina who taught in elementary, middle, and high schools for 8 years. During that time he also served as an administrator. In addition, he is the former treasurer and chair of finance in a parish of the Episcopal Church. While serving in the Methodist Church, Stephan became a Stephen Minister. In his spare time, he enjoys building pipe organs, mentoring children in literacy, and beekeeping.

 

Contact Stephan at office@grace-methodist.com

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Joanna Capps

Youth Director and

Music for Children and Youth

Joanna is originally from Kinston, NC. She graduated from Campbell University in 2009 with a major in Theatre, Drama and Christian Ministries. Shortly after graduating from Campbell, Joanna and her husband James moved to North Yorkshire, England for a three year tour with the United States Air Force. They are both so glad to be back in North Carolina with their dog Moses.

Joanna strives to nurture youth on their spiritual journey and help them find their place in God’s story. In addition, she is excited to begin working with our children and starting the children’s music program! Joanna stated, “Teaching children to worship with music has been a passion of mine for a long time, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share God’s love through music! Children’s music helps kids to grow in their faith by reaffirming what they have learned in Sunday school and worship. I will teach our children how to sing and read music, and they will become a part of our congregational worship. It is such a blessing for all of us to hear the sound of children’s voices singing God’s praises. I look forward to this dynamic process as we add this program to our children’s ministry.”

Joanna loves ribs and chocolate—although not necessarily together.

 

Contact Joanna – youth@grace-methodist.com

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Faye Halvorsen

Faye is a retired music educator who served 32 years in Guilford County. During that time, she served her last 20 years as Choral Director at Southwest High School. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC Greensboro in music education and is a National Board Certified Teacher –Vocal Music-Young adolescents-Young Adults. In addition, she has served as a church musician in Greensboro since 1986.
Faye spends most of her free time playing tennis. She has three daughters, two son-in –laws and one grandchild. Her youngest daughter will attend UNC in the fall.
Faye is the organist/pianist at the 11:00 am worship service.

 

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Jacob Talley

Co-Director of Music (Chancel Choir/11 am Worship)

Jacob Talley, a High Point native, graduated from High Point University with a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. At HPU, he was a member of the Chamber Singers, Chapel Choir, and University Singers while holding the position of Music Director for the all male A capella group, The Toccatatones. Throughout Jacob’s undergraduate career, he was the Assistant Director at Christ United Methodist Church as well as a choir scholar at Memorial United Methodist Church of Thomasville.  In his spare time, Jacob enjoys playing golf and being on the water at the lake. Jacob is very excited to be serving with the GUMC family and spreading the word through music.

 

Contact Jacob – music@grace-methodist.com

 

 

The Grace United Methodist Youth lead the worship service on Sunday March 1, 2015. (photo by Artisan Image)

beliefs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God’s grace and by exemplifying Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God’s reign and realm in the world.  The fulfillment of God’s reign and realm in the world is the vision Scripture holds before us.  The United Methodist Church affirms that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the Lord of all.

Jesus’ words in Matthew provide the Church with our mission:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (28:19-20), and “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…And you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (22:37, 39).

(From Paragraph 121.  The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church – 2008.  Copyright 2008 by the United Methodist Publishing House.)

Statement of Faith

With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This confession embraces the biblical witness to God’s activity in creation, encompasses God’s gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God’s reign.

The created order is designed for the well-being of all creatures and as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God.  As sinful creatures, however, we have broken that covenant, become estranged from God, wounded ourselves and one another, and wreaked havoc throughout the natural order.  We stand in need of redemption.

Some basic Christian affirmations include:

  • We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
  • We share the Christian belief that God’s redemptive love is realized in human life by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in personal experience and in the community of believers.
  • We understand ourselves to be part of Christ’s universal church, when by adoration, proclamation, and service, we become conformed to Christ.
  • With other Christians, we recognize that the reign of God is both a present and future reality.
  • We share with many Christian communions a recognition of the authority of Scripture in matters of faith, the confession that our justification as sinners is by grace through faith, and the sober realization that the church is in need of continual reformation and renewal.

(Details may be found in “Doctrinal Standards and our Theological Task” in Paragraphs 101-104.  The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008.  Copyright 2008 by the United Methodist Publishing House.)