News and Events


While we can't gather together in the Centenary UMC Sanctuary, because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have created worship videos through our new YouTube channel. If you have a smart TV, you can go directly to to watch our worship videos. You will have better control of the volume through your TV and the YouTube volume control. Go to and search for Centenary UMC - Greensboro. Centenary created videos of worship, instead of live streaming, so that anyone can watch a service anytime.

May 31, 2020 - Pentecost Sunday is the "birthday" of the church! The worship service is now available on our YouTube channel. Just click on the underlined Pentecost Sunday link to view. If you would like to follow along with the service and have the lyrics to the songs, click on worship bulletin to download and print. The bulletin also has the list of prayer concerns and announcements for the coming week.


May 24, 2020 - Memorial Day and Ascension Day worship service. Download and print our worship bulletin, which contains lyrics to hymns and affirmations, as well as announcements and prayer concerns of the congregation. Andra Day "Rise Up" video, as mentioned in today's sermon.


May 17, 2020 - Sixth Sunday of Easter. Download and print our worship bulletin, which contains lyrics to hymns and affirmations, as well as announcements and prayer concerns of the congregation. Click on the link to watch this week's worship service.


May 10, 2020 - Happy Mother's Day! Please join us for worship by downloading or printing the worship bulletin, which includes the lyrics to hymns and affirmations. Click on the link to watch this week's worship service.


May 3, 2020 - The Fourth Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday and we offer communion to all. Before you watch the video, we encourage you to have a little glass of juice and a piece of bread or a cracker near you so that you may participate in communion. Here is a copy of the worship bulletin and the link to the Good Shepherd Sunday video.


April 26, 2020 - The Third Sunday of Easter/Native American Ministries Sunday is actually two videos (Part 1 and Part 2), because of technical issues. We apologize for the inconvenience. You may also download the worship bulletin.


April 19, 2020 - The Second Sunday of Easter worship service is now available! Click on the title link to take you to YouTube. You can also download the worship bulletin.


He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Centenary UMC wishes you and yours a blessed Easter Sunday. To watch our Easter worship service, please click here, You may follow along and participate by using the Easter Bulletin.

You may also enjoy watching the Western North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church Virtual Easter Service. You may also download their worship bulletin.


Click on the underlined title, Good Friday to view the Tenebrae Service. Here is the bulletin for the worship service - click here.

Click on this title to view our Maundy Thursday worship service. You can also follow along with the worship bulletin. We encourage you to have a piece of bread or cracker, and a glass of juice available to share communion with us.

Tithes & Offerings

During this time, it is important to remain faithful to the church by continuing your pledges, tithes, and offerings. Click Here for more information on ways to give to Centenary UMC.

Bible Study

Our Bible study meets at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Tuesdays until the end of June using Zoom to meet together virtually, until such time that we may meet together at the church. Send an email to to receive an email invitation to Zoom. If you would like to participate by phone, please call the parsonage by 8:00 PM on Monday evening, and Kelley will give you the phone number and code to call on Tuesday. You may purchase the book Interpretation Bible Studies: Psalms through or follow along in your Bible. We hope that many of you will join us to gain courage, strength, and inspiration from the Psalms.

Book Club

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 PM the Centenary Starlight Book Club will meet via Zoom to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. All are invited to attend the discussion. Send an email to to receive a Zoom invitation, or call her at the parsonage for a phone number and code to join.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Centenary UMC has canceled all Bible Studies, worship services, choir and handbell practices at the church building until further notice. This also includes the cancellations of all outside groups, such as: AA, Al-Anon, DA, Shattered to Wholeness Ministries, Half-Pint Harmonies, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts meetings and classes. The church office will also be closed during this time. Pastor Kelley Groce and Business Manager/Administrative Assistant, Lisa Bunch, will be working from home. We have the capability to check the general voicemail box daily. Centenary members, if you have an emergency and need to reach Pastor Kelley Groce, please call the parsonage or email Kelley at

WORSHIP SERVICES will not be held at the church during this pandemic, but we have created a Centenary UMC - Greensboro YouTube channel and we will be posting weekly worship videos.

We encourage everyone to follow these guidelines to stay healthy:
• If you don’t feel well, stay home. Call your doctor if you develop a cough or fever.
• Cough or sneeze into tissues or your inner elbow. 
• Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Be sure to wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, use the bathroom, or handle food. 
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• Do not shake hands – a “wave” minimizes contact and yet still conveys the peace of Christ.

What to Do if You Get Sick

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.

  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.

  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.

  • Know when to get emergency help

  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

    • New confusion or inability to arouse

    • Bluish lips or face

    • *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Remain in Prayer

Lord, it is our deepest desire that our community and our world be healed from this pandemic, known as the coronavirus or COVID-19. Be with all of us as we take steps to remain healthy. Be with those whose bodies are susceptible to catching viruses such as the flu and coronavirus. Watch over our medical caregivers in hospitals, doctor's offices, and nursing homes. Watch over our first responders - police, fire, and EMS, in the days and weeks to come. Protect them as they work.

In the name of Christ, we pray.


Church Members

Please be reminded, even though we cannot be together as a faith community, through our presence together, may we continue through the priority of prayer, and by our weekly tithes and offerings. You may mail your offering to the church. Centenary UMC, 2300 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403. Click Here for more giving options.

Greensboro Urban Ministry has remained open and are serving the homeless and low-income neighbors of Guilford County, while maintaining strict protocols to protect guests, volunteers, and staff from COVID-19 and other illnesses. They continue to provide overnight shelter, meals, groceries, and a variety of emergency services for families. GUM has experienced a sharp increase in demand for their services, and they anticipate that the need will only grow in the coming weeks. 

You can make a secure online gift today on their website Greensboro Urban Ministry They are grateful for any support you can give at this time.

Centenary UMC received a letter from Marilyn Garner, President and CEO of UMAR regarding COVID-19 and the financial hit their organization is taking at this time. Please click here to read the letter. Any donation you can make to UMAR at this time would be greatly appreciated.

2019-2020 Sermon Series

On September 8, 2019 we started the sermon series The Story. This 32 week series takes us through the Bible from Beginning to End, focusing on the story of God throughout the Scriptures. God’s story is our story. We must gather with others to understand God’s story and to learn how we make His story our own story of faith. Each Centenary family or individual has been gifted a copy of The Story to read along in the sermon series, but it's easy to follow along each week with Pastor Groce's sermons, even if you don't have a copy of the book.

Come, Follow Jesus,

Grow in Grace, Change the World

2300 West Friendly Ave.

Greensboro, NC 27403

Church Phone (336)299-9643

Fax (336)299-0171