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.

October 11, 2020 - This week, Pastor Kelley Groce brings us the message "The Little Sparrow that Could." Click here to download the worship bulletin, which contains lyrics to hymns, responsive readings, prayer concerns of the congregation, and announcements. Then click on this YouTube link to watch our service of worship. (You may have to drag the red line back to the beginning of the video. We had issues with sharing the link from the beginning.)

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 next Bible Study will be Sermon on the Mount by Amy Jill Levine

Dates: November 2-Dececember 7 (6 weeks)
When: Monday Mornings @ 11:00 AM and Monday Evenings @ 6:30 PM
Where: TBD - either in person or via zoom, or both, depending upon how things are at that date.
The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, contains some of Jesus’ most profound and most memorable teachings. What might these teachings have meant to his disciples, and to the others who first heard them? How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today? How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live?
In Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine introduces the major topics in the Sermon on the Mount, explains historical and theological contexts, and shows how the words of Jesus echo his Jewish tradition and speak forward to reach hearts and minds today.

You may order Sermon on the Mount from Amazon, Cokesbury, or We will discuss the first lesson on the first gathering, November 2. Have your book and Bible. Let Rev. Kelley Groce know if you would like to participate. Call the church office 336-299-9643 or email

Book Club

The Centenary UMC Starlight Book Club will meet on October 15 at 7:00 PM, possibly in the Fellowship Hall with facemasks on and social distanced. Our book discussion for October will be The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré. Contact Rev. Kelley Groce if you are interested in participating.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Centenary UMC has cancelled 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, are 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.

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