Our Children’s Ministry, “Spark”, stands for Spiritually Preparing Active and Righteous Kids.

The goal of SPARK is to nurture children and families so that they can have a deep connection with God and to spiritually prepare children through worship, learning, and service for a lifetime of serving God and neighbor. We teach children through creative hands-on activities about God and help them grow stronger in their faith.

Sunday Morning Spark:

We offer a nursery for children birth to 2 years old from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each Sunday. During this time the children sing, learn Bible stories, play and color. They are also taught a Bible verse.

Jr. Church ([10:30]-11:15 am)

After the children’s message, children ages 4 years old up to 1st grade leave the sanctuary to go upstairs in our education building for Jr. Church. This is a time to teach the stories and practices of our faith.

Spark Sunday School / Children’s Missions (9:15 am)

We offer a rotation style Sunday School where children are divided into age groups. Children Pre-k through 5th grade rotate between Cooking, Games, Art, and Music. Each session emphasizes a Biblical story and theme and engages the children in active learning through multiple sensory experiences. In addition, children ages 2nd to 5th grades learn ways to be in mission and service to our community and our world. The children also participate in mission projects such as collecting and packing canned goods for our Food for Friends program.

Family's of Grace United Methodist Church participate in an Advent Workshop on Sunday November 23, 2014 (photo by Dave Wilson, Artisan Image)

Family's of Grace United Methodist Church participate in an Advent Workshop on Sunday November 23, 2014 (photo by Dave Wilson, Artisan Image)


Welcome to youth ministry at Grace!

Our youth ministry, FUEL, stands for Faith Used in Everyday Life.

The goal of FUEL is to help youth form a meaningful relationship with God in a safe and nurturing environment. We want to provide a place where the youth feel accepted, loved, and nurtured. FUEL accepts youth just where they are!

FUEL offers many different ways for students to connect with God and each other during the year.

Each week on Sunday Nights we get together from 5:30pm – 7:00pm for worship, discussion, fun. and games and God’s presence with us. Each week we rotate our focus between worship, small groups, and games. Our awesome parents provide a meal from 5:30pm – 6:00pm before we break out into our focus groups for the night. Our small groups are Middle School girls, Middle School boys, High School girls, and High School boys. If you would like to sign up to host a meal for FUEL, click “here”.



Pit Stops
Meeting Times 9:15 am – 10:15 am

Join us Sunday mornings for Pit Stops! Middle School and High School separate into discussion groups where they can dig into God and deepen their faith.

Trips & Events
FUEL offers several opportunities for students to get out of the church building to experience God through retreats, conferences, and fellowship times throughout the year. We also have day trips to go bowling, jumping at Airbound! trampoline park, and a trip to Carowinds!


We believe that missions are a vital part of showing Christ’s love to the world. One of our former youth created Grace’s “Food 4 Friends” ministries that packs non perishable food items in lunch bags to be passed out in the community to those in need. We also participate in the various ministries offered by Grace.
Along with offering various missions projects throughout the year, we attend a couple of out of town missions trips during the summer. Our typical missions events may include:


Appalachia Service Project – This is a mission trip for High School students that emphasizes helping the impoverished people of the Appalachian Mountains. It is an awesome opportunity for youth to learn some construction work, but most importantly form a relationship with the family they are helping during their week in Appalachia. We will have more information on the summer of 2016 coming soon!


Middle School Missions Mania is a two day event held at Grace UMC in November. Our students spend a manic two days doing mission work locally in Greensboro. This may include playing bingo at a nursing home, cooking breakfast for the local homeless, and many other missions we can help out with locally! Our middle schoolers have a blast helping others and playing games together during free time!


Cross Missions Camp is a camp held at Myers Park Presbyterian church in Charlotte, NC. Cross is a mission trip we offer to High School and Middle School students that emphasizes relationship building missions with the local homeless population and less fortunate in Charlotte. It is an awesome opportunity for our youth to spread the love of Christ to those in need! Cross Missions 2016 will be July 31 – August 5th.

At Grace United Methodist Church, there are a variety of groups where you can explore the fundamental questions about life and faith, be challenged to grow deeper in your walk with God—all within a small community of people who are dealing with similar questions and challenges. Here are some of the Growth Group opportunities at Grace.


Sunday Morning Growth Groups

During the 10am hour on Sunday Morning, we have a handful of Growth Groups that meet on a regular basis, along with many short-term groups or studies. For a listing of our current short-term groups, check the email message or newsletter. Our regular groups are:

EXCHANGE | We meet in the Basement of the Education Building for discussion using various video studies. Primarily adults in their 30s and 40s. Contact John and Alexis Williams (

Other Growth Groups

The Grace Men’s Group meets Thursdays at 7am at the Harris Teeter in Friendly Center. We catch up with each other and usually have some discussion based upon a topic or book. For men of all ages. Contact the church office (

Short-term Bible and book studies throughout the year on Tuesday mornings. Open to women of all ages with free childcare provided. Contact Elizabeth Owens (

Bible study at Friends Home Guilford for senior adults occurs each Wednesday. Contact Pastor Drew ( for more information.

Contact James-Austin Porzenski at

We seek to glorify God by leading the body of Christ worship by being “lead worshipers,” not worship leaders.  Through singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, playing instruments, and visual arts, we seek to plant the word of God on the hearts and minds of those who enter our doors.  We invite you to join us in any area of our music ministry.

Chancel Choir and Agents of Grace

Our 10:16 a.m. service is led by James-Austin Porzenski, our organist, Faye Halvorsen, the Chancel Choir, and Agents of Grace. They lead us through a variety of traditional and contemporary worship music. The Chancel Choir rehearses each Wednesday evening at 6:30 pm in the choir room, and Agents of Grace practice every Wednesday at 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary. For more information, contact James-Austin Porzenski at


Contact Charlene Johnston at

Haiti Missions

Grace Church has partnered with Mission of Hope Haiti to establish an ongoing relationship with Haitians. We have been partnering with Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NC for this mission trip. Please contact Charlene Johnston at for more information.

Arise at Grace

Every Tuesday morning starting at 8am, we offer a breakfast of eggs, bacon, french toast, waffles, grits, fruit, donuts, coffee, and juice anyone who walks through our doors. On average we feed over 100 hungry friends. Our volunteers arrive between 6am and 9am to cook, serve, fellowship, and clean. You are welcome to join us at anytime! Please contact the church office at for more information.
Arise Photo Credit: Food is served during the Arise breakfast at Grace United Methodist Church, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. (JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ/News & Record)



Parking with a Purpose

Parking during baseball games support the following ministries:

Sunshine Fund at Grace Church, Arise at Grace, Peeler Backpack Program, Haiti Mission Team, Stop Hunger Now, Chrysalis UM Counseling Center, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Wesley-Luther College Ministry at UNCG, and Backpack Beginnings. During the baseball season, please volunteer to serve 1.5-2 hours of your time to collect money as people utilize our lot to park for baseball games. Please contact Charlene Johnston at for details.

Sunshine Fund

The Sunshine Fund began as an initiative by one of our Sunday School classes many years ago. This fund provides Christmas gifts and food for many families, and it supports various needs as approved throughout the year. Monetary donations are appreciated, and we need volunteers to shop, wrap, and deliver Christmas gifts. Please contact Charlene Johnston at for further information.

Rise Against Hunger

Stop Hunger Now gets food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable people, and works to end global hunger in our lifetime. Established in 1998, they have provided over 180 million meals in 65 countries. They are based in Raleigh, N.C., and operate throughout the U.S. and through affiliates in developing countries. Volunteers at Grace pack meals to be sent to those in need.