Blog

Welcome to Grace Presbyterian Church!

2012RandyEdwardsED2Grace 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

Jail Break!

Grace’s summer Vacation Bible School is breaking out in July and this year’s theme is, Jail Break!

Join in July 15-17 for a family oriented weekend where we will learn more about the good news that sets us free. Activities will be Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday evening. Grace’s Sunday morning children’s ministry will focus on the theme as well.

You may register and rsvp for the weekend and meals via Planning Center HERE.

Volunteers are also needed. You may sign up to volunteer HERE.

Summer Potlucks in the Pavilion

Sunday, June 12 is Trinity Sunday, and we also are continuing this year’s Potluck in the Pavilion from 6:00-7:30pm. This Sunday sandwiches and chips will be provided. Come enjoy a meal, the outside, and one another’s company. Bring a dessert if you like, or bring two! :-) Hope to see you there!

“Goodbye to the Mortgage, Jim!”

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 1st at 6:00pm. We are planning a BBQ celebration picnic to give thanks to God for His abundant provision and to ‘say goodbye to the mortgage!’

Please RSVP in Church Center. Grace will be providing the sides, but if you are able to help provide a pork shoulder (Boston Butt) or two and/or rubs and sauces, please sign up for those as well. 

You may RSVP HERE.

Holy Week at Grace Kernersville

Holy Week begins Sunday, April 10. Here is what is going on at Grace Kernersville.

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 over the years, it has grown increasingly difficult to capture all that Easter means during a single 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, the silence of Saturday, 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?

  • Holy (Maundy) Thursday (7 pm on April 14)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. Unlike previous years, we will not celebrate the Lord’s Supper, but we will wait until Easter Morning to receive the sacrament. The service concludes with recalling the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.
  • Kernersville Cross Walk. The 31st Good Friday Crosswalk will take place on April 15. Walkers gather in the Food Lion parking lot at 617 N. Main St. at 11:30am and depart at 12:00pm on a silent walk to Mt. Gur Cemetery. This event is sponsored by the Kernersville Christian Minister’s Fellowship
  • Good Friday or Tenebrae (7 pm on April 15). Tenebrae is Latin for “shadows.”  During the Good Friday service we will remember Jesus’ last words, his crucifixion, and death.
  • Resurrection (Easter) Sunday at the Picnic Shelter (10:30am on April 17)Resurrection Sunday celebrates the truth that the tomb was empty because the Lord Jesus had conquered sin and 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. There will be a children’s Easter Egg Hunt following the worship service on Sunday.

Crisis in Ukraine

Grace Kernersville is working with our denomination’s Mission to the World to support and pray for those who are ministering to and suffering on account of the Russian invasion of their country.

You may learn more about what MTW is doing via the link HERE. You may also see their most recent prayer update HERE.

Joel McClain Blood Drive

The Joel McClain Memorial Blood Drive will be held, Saturday, February 26 from 9:00am to 1:30pm in the church fellowship hall. You may schedule your appointment HERE. Search with keyword: gracepres. Donors are needed. There is a countrywide blood donation crisis.

Congregation Update

If you didn’t get to attend the congregation update, you may view the slideshow via the player below.

You may also view the congegational meeting as it was recorded on Zoom via the player below.

Pass the Piece

Pastor Randy and Jennifer Edwards will host an online artist reception for Dawn Waters Baker and their collaboration in this year’s Rabbit Room, Pass the Piece collaborative project.

Pass the Piece is a way in which artists collaborate on works. An artist creates a piece of work and sends it to a randomly selected collaborator which then adds to, responds to, or brings to completion the piece they received. Think of it as a Secret Santa for artists. At any rate, we know you’ll love seeing Dawn’s artwork, hearing her take on how art and faith come together, and learn how she and Pastor Randy ended up making what they made.

The reception will be held live on the church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Feel free to watch live or later.

Dawn’s painting, “Living in the Land of Uz” together with Pastor Randy’s responses will be on display in the church foyer through November.

You may view the video of the artwork and listen to Pastor Randy read the poems which were a response to the art below.