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Vacation Bible School 2021

This year’s Vacation Bible School is titled, Just Desserts.

Do we merely get from God our “just desserts” or may we receive the mercy and kindness of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ? Join us Monday through Thursday as we learn about the sweetness of the gospel of grace.

When? August 2-5 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm

To register your child, sign up HERE.
To volunteer, sign up HERE.

Note: No meal will be served. Please eat before you come.
We will have a small snack.

Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:39

Moving Indoors on June 6

Grace Kernersville will be resuming worship indoors on June 6. The service time will return to 10:30am and masking will be optional. You may read the Session’s letter to the congregation via the link below. More details will be coming.

If you have any questions, please speak with an Elder.

Sundays at the Shelter

Sunday morning worship continues each week at the picnic shelter from 11am to Noon. We will continue this through the Spring and reevaluate at the end of May whether we are able to move inside or will move the service earlier in the morning to avoid the hotter part of the day. The 11am service will continue to be live streamed from the Shelter on our YouTube channel.

We have over two acres surrounding the picnic shelter so masks are optional when you’ve arrived at your place for the service. We do ask that you wear a mask when traveling from and to your car or interacting with others if you are unable to maintain a social distance. Though we will have chairs, we encourage you to bring your own folding chair as you’ll likely be more comfortable.

Please feel free to spread out. As mentioned above, there is plenty of space. Bring a blanket to sit in the grass or a canopy/umbrella to shield you from the sun. We are reserving the front of the shelter (closest to the worship team) for those who prefer to mask and need the shade.

Sunday, April 11, we will conclude our series in James as we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. If there is any change to the morning’s service because of weather, we will notify you through social media, email, and our website, and Church Center. Have a great weekend!

Sundays in the Shelter

Beginning Easter Sunday and continuing through the Spring, Grace Kernersville will gather for worship outside at the picnic shelter at 11am. Please read this letter as to how we plan on gathering for the Easter Service and how we will continue during this pandemic.

You may RSVP to each Sunday’s service on Church Center HERE. In addition, the morning worship service will be live-streamed each week. Beginning April 11, the service will only be live-streamed to our YouTube Channel HERE.

It’s Saturday, but Sunday’s coming!

Holy Week at Grace Kernersville

Holy Week begins Sunday, March 28. 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 1)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 30th Good Friday Crosswalk will take place on April 2. Walkers gather in the Food Lion parking lot at 617 N. Main St. at 9:00am and depart at 9:30am 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 2). 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 (11 am on April 4)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.

30th Kernersville Community Cross Walk

What a year it has been for all of us. Of the many things that I have missed over the past year, one significant event was the annual Kernersville Good Friday Cross Walk. Since its beginning, Bunker Hill United Methodist Church served as the Cross Walk’s sponsor. This year sponsorship has been handed over to the Kernersville Christian Ministers Fellowship (KCMF).

This year’s walk is significant. Firstly, after such a year, to gather and process in honor and remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice will be especially meaningful. Secondly, it will be the thirtieth Cross Walk — that is a milestone. The Kernersville Cross Walk will be on Friday, April 2. As in past years, we will begin gathering in the Food Lion parking lot, at 617 North Main Street, at 9:00 a.m. By 9:30 a.m. we will have issued instructions, shared scripture, joined in prayer and started the walk escorted by our local police. 

Because of the pandemic, we will not be carrying the large cross as we have in past years. KCMF will have a limited supply of smaller, handheld wood crosses for participants to carry. These are limited to the first 100 or so. As we process, we will walk in silence through the downtown area and finish at Mt. Gur Cemetery with a few minutes of reflection. Sedge Garden UMC’s church bus will follow the procession for those who are unable to walk or who are unable to complete the route. The walk usually takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and is 1.7 miles in length. The walk will occur rain or shine, so dress for the weather. 

To avoid liability issues, please refrain from bringing your animals to the walk. Pets in a large crowd create potential problems. Also, be aware that weapons are not permissible at the walk as pertaining to Chapter 12-22 (c) of the town’s parade ordinance. Lastly, keeping in mind that we are still facing issues surrounding the COVID pandemic, we will be social distancing. However, because we will be outside and processing silently, masks will not be required.

Secondly, the Kernersville Christian Ministers Fellowship will be resuming our monthly prayer gathering, Praying 4 Our Community, at 9:00am on Saturday, April 3rd at the Main St UMC Garden. We hope you can join us for this special morning of prayer. 

Grace Gallery Events

Join us on Facebook Live at 4pm on Sunday, February 7th as Pastor Randy talks with his wife, Jennifer Edwards, about her abstract weaving exhibit, “Woven Together,” and how the congregation of Grace Kernersville came together to help this project along. Also with us will be musician and former Grace worship leader, Michael Kuehn, who will be sharing with us a project he is working on called the Almond Tree Artist Collective.

Late last summer, Grace hosted an EP release party for Michael and newest release, Good and Glory. You may watch the EP release concert below.

If you were unable to attend, you may view this past Sunday’s virtual artist reception for Grace Gallery’s most recent Advent exhibit on the Great O Antiphons, “O Come, O Come…”.

Here’s the video of Michael Kuehn’s EP Release, Good and Glory.