Where are we located?
Grace Church is located at 360 Hopkins Road in Kernersville, NC.
Grace Church is located at 360 Hopkins Road in Kernersville, NC.
Grace hopes that you are warmly greeted and welcomed. If there is anything that can be done to be better at that, please let us know.
GPC's Summer Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 8-11 from 6:15-5:45pm....
Grace Presbyterian Church longs to make the amazing grace of the good news of the gospel known. As we look at the brokenness around us, in our relationships, work, world, and even our own hearts, we oftentimes are left asking, Who will make this right…who can make me right? The good news is that though we are unable to fix, mend, and heal, God is both able and willing. GPC is not a place of people who have it together, but rather a place of those who are seeking God’s amazing grace.
Wherever you find yourself in this journey, we will walk with you as God transforms us together and magnifies his grace in and through us.
Pastor Randy Edwards
1 John 4:16 tells us, “God is love.” A part of what this means is that at the heart of all things is love. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit relate in love, and the Bible is the story of how God invites us into that love. This is good news.
GPC’s summer vacation Bible school is scheduled for July 8 – 11, 2019 from 6:15 to 7:45pm at Grace Kernersville. This summer’s theme, Twice Loved, is drawn from Matthew 6:19-21 which reads,
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
VBS activities are offered for 2 year olds through 5th grade. The program will run from 6:15 – 7:45 pm. An optional dinner will be served from 5:45 – 6:05pm. You may register below. Please call Lori at the church office if you have questions.
Today Christians around the world celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation in which the church remembers the moment in Luke 1:26-38 when Gabriel appears to Mary and announces that she is chosen to bear and deliver the Christ child, Jesus.
The Feast of the Annunciation is also nine months before Christmas — a connection lost on most, and is itself the reason December 25 was selected by the church and not an attempt to commandeer Sol Invictus or any other solstice celebration. Read more on how Christmas came to be December 25 from the Biblical Archeology Review.
The painting of the Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner is a favorite depiction. It is a striking portrayal. A young woman in her bed chamber interrupted in the midst of her prayers it seems. A banner hangs for privacy, yet its striking red and horizontal line coupled with the vertical angel and Mary’s own verticality draw a connection to a cross. The blue robe to the left is the traditional color in which Mary is depicted and which she has yet to take up. Mary Elizabeth Podles has a helpful article in Touchstone Magazine. but I think it is behind a paywall. The model for the painting was a Swedish-American opera singer named Jessie Olsson whom Tanner married a year later.
Two years ago, GPC worship leader, Michael Kuehn, wrote a song about the moment as a part of greater project called, Where Are You.
March 25 also marks another anniversary though fantastical and literary. For the Lord of the Rings crowd, this day marks the day when the Great Ring was destroyed in the fires of Mt Doom and Sauron was defeated.
Beginning today, Ash Wednesday, GPC will be installing its Lenten art exhibit, Ashes to Eternity. The artwork on display is a collection of pyrography by Asher McClain, poetry by Pastor Randall Edwards, and abstract weavings by Jennifer Edwards. Each week and each Sunday and special day from Lent to Easter, additional pieces will be installed in order to visually mark our progress into the celebration of the resurrection. The themes which the artists have focused on are: ash, baptism, wilderness, temptation, pilgrimage, palm, love, rent, and resurrection.
If you would like to view or download the exhibit’s brochure which includes pictures of the artwork, poems, and descriptions, you may do so HERE.
During the Lenten season, Pastor Edwards will be leading two discussion groups of C.S. Lewis’ book The Silver Chair from the Chronicles of Narnia.
The first group will meet weekly on Tuesdays from Noon to 1pm at the Paddison Memorial Library beginning March 5. Bring a sack lunch if you like. We will be meeting in one of the conference rooms.
The second group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm beginning March 6 at the home of Pastor Edwards. Please RSVP to Pastor Edwards to let him know you are coming.
For our first meeting we will be discussing the first two chapters. Hope to see see you there!
Grace Presbyterian and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Site: Grace Presbyterian
Address: 360 Hopkins Road, Kernersville, NC, 27284
Room Name: Fellowship Hall
Date: Sat Feb 23, 2019
Time: 9:00: AM – 1:30: PM
Coordinator Name: Millicent Lambert
Coordinator Phone Number:
Click here to make an appointment
On Saturday, February 23rd please consider coming out to support the Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive. For questions please contact Brea McClain. You may schedule an appointment online or call Brea Directly or our Red Cross Rep, Millie at 336-447-8925. Every unit collected goes to a patient in need. We hope to see you there.
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
GPC’s Annual Missions Weekend is scheduled for February 8-10.
This year GPC is focusing on missions in our community and region.
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
Friday evening from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
We will have 3 missionaries with us who are serving in various “Korners” of the community and world.
Scott and Ruth Hill who are ministering and church planting in Cherokee, NC with Mission to the World
Melanie Stone who is working with Mission to North America
and another serving in a sensitive region.
We will “travel” to each “korner” of the church to hear about their ministry while enjoying food provided by our small groups. The evening will conclude with a dessert and concert by GPC’s own Michael Kuehn.
Saturday, The Missions Committee is currently making plans for ways in which may minister to our neighbors who are just around the “Korner”. More details coming soon on how you can be involved.
Sunday Brunch 9:00 AM in the fellowship hall with guest speaker Lisa May who is a school counselor at Kernersville Elementary. Lisa is on the board of the Salvation Army’s Kernersville Corps and is involved in many ministry opportunities in our community.
Jonah Hooper, will be preaching during the worship service on Matthew 8:23-34. Jonah is ministry candidate and licentiate with Piedmont Triad Presbytery. He and his family serve and worship at Salem Presbyterian, and Jonah is pursuing his Masters of Divinity with RTS Global in pursuit of a pastoral call in the P.C.A.
I will give them one heart and one way,
that they may fear me forever,
for their own good
and the good of their children after them.
Through the season of Advent, GPC artists, Asher McClain and Adah Freeman, will be installing an art exhibit to help GPC walk through the season together as we continue in the book of Jeremiah.
Focusing on the hopeful passages within the heart of the book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 30-33), the artists will be pointing us to the promises found therein as well as pointing us to the One in whom the promises are fulfilled.
On December 6, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm, Grace Presbyterian is hosting, Kerwin Baptist, Fountain of Life Lutheran, and friends of Cash Elementary who are all gathering in support of Carryout for Cougars, Cash Elementary’s weekend, backpack feeding program. Over 60 children participate in Carryout for Cougars, and it costs $200 per year to feed one child. We have a great need and a great opportunity.
We will be celebrating with music, games, and refreshments. Join with Grace, Kerwin, and Fountain of Life as we enjoy the partnership of giving and sharing in response to the greatest gift given for us, Jesus Christ.
This week GPC is beginning a new series on Psalm 119 for Ordinary Time titled, The Disciple’s Alphabet. The title draws from the fact that Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem. That is, the psalm is written in twenty-two, eight verse sections in which each section’s lines begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet Beginning with aleph the psalm continues in sequence to the alphabet’s end, tav.
I thought it wouldn’t be a bad endeavor to acquaint ourselves with the Hebrew alphabet, and so we will be working to learn it. As we all know the English alphabet by the song we first learned, Michael Kuehn has recorded the Hebrew alphabet as I learned it in Dr. Pratt’s Introduction to Hebrew class at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. You may listen to song via the player below and download the lead sheet below. Enjoy!
You may download a copy of the song’s lead sheet music HERE
What is Holy Week?
Holy Week refers to the week which begins with Palm Sunday and concludes on Easter Sunday during which the church remembers the events and words spoken by Jesus twenty centuries ago.
Why participate in Holy Week services?
As I’ve celebrated Easter lately, it has grown increasingly difficult to capture all that Easter means during an hour and a half worship service on Easter Sunday. Emotionally, it feels like too much to take in: the anticipation at the meal on Thursday evening, the shock of the betrayal, denial, and abandonment, the devastation on Golgotha, the finality at the tomb on Friday, and the thunderstruck hope and joy on Sunday. This year we will remember the events of Holy Week by celebrating Palm (or Passion) Sunday, Holy (or Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday (Tenebrae), and Resurrection (or Easter) Sunday. Both Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday will be celebrated during our regular worship times. In addition, we will hold special services on Thursday and Friday evening from 7-8pm.
What are the services?
Palm Sunday (10:30 am on March 25). Found in Matthew 21, Palm Sunday remembers Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem upon a donkey colt which in effect identified him as the promised Son of David. Recognizing this, some in the crowd spread palm branches in Jesus’ path while others laid their cloaks on road and the crowd ran ahead of Jesus shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Holy (Maundy) Thursday (7 pm on March 29). Sundown on Holy Thursday begins the Triduum (tree do ‘em) or “three days.” Holy Thursday is oftentimes referred to as Maundy which is taken from the Latin “mandatum” or “commandment.” After washing his disciples’ feet and instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus told his disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34).” On Holy Thursday, we will gather and recount Jesus’ last words to his disciples and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Holy Thursday concludes with recalling the betrayal of Judas Iscariot.
Good Friday or Tenebrae (7 pm on March 30). Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows.” During the Good Friday service we will remember Jesus’ last words, his crucifixion, and death.
Resurrection (Easter) Sunday (10:30 am on April 1). Resurrection Sunday remembers the truth that the tomb was empty because the Lord Jesus had conquered death by rising from dead. Jesus’ resurrection confirms for us that he is the Son of God, that he accomplished the work of saving his own, and that we too share in the hope of the resurrection and the promise of new life by our faith in him.
Childcare, as usual, is provided during our Sunday worship services. However, childcare is not provided for Holy Thursday or Good Friday service. Both Thursday’s and Friday’s services are quiet and more somber in their mood. Because of this somber mood, it may feel like too much of a challenge for parents to monitor young children. I want to encourage you to try it out. It has been my experience, that children pick up on the unfamiliar feel of the service and respond surprisingly well. How will they learn unless given opportunity? Not only is this a worship experience, but it is a teaching opportunity.
As you prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, you may want to reflect on the following passages and hymns:
Read John 12-21. These chapters recount the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry.
Read through the following hymn lyrics. Teach the tunes to your children. “All Glory, Laud, and Honor,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “What Wondrous Love is This,” “Morning Sun,” “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” “Christ the Lord is Risen Today,” or “Up from the Grave He Arose.”
On Palm Sunday: Read: Psalm 24, Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 11, and John 12.
On Holy Thursday: Read: Jeremiah 31:31f, Matthew 26, Mark14, Luke 22, John 13-17.
On Good Friday: Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18-19.
On Resurrection Sunday: Matthew 27-28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, 1 Corinthians 15.