News and Events


While we can't gather together in the Centenary UMC Sanctuary on Sunday mornings, because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have created worship videos through our new YouTube channel. Click on this title "Fifth Sunday of Lent" to view Sunday's worship service anytime. Click here to see the two responsive readings for the service. It's best if you open the responsive reading document first, then click on "Fifth Sunday of Lent," so that it opens in another tab at the top of your browser.

Click on "Fourth Sunday of Lent" to watch last week's video. Here is a bulletin you may open to follow along: Click on Worship 3/22/20

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.

Lenten Bible Study

Our Lenten Bible Study this year is Adam Hamilton's The Walk. Anyone may join us! Kelley set up a Zoom account and will be holding Bible study at 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM on Tuesdays. Please contact her for details ( She will need your email address to send you an invitation to the Zoom "conference call." You may use your phone to talk with the group and they can hear you, or use your computer's microphone and video camera.

Tuesday, March 31, they will be on Lesson #4 - Giving. Please watch the Bible Study video ahead of next Tuesday by clicking on the blue box that says "Bible Study Videos Click Here," then scroll down to number 4 and click on the video.

How do we walk with Christ—daily follow him, grow in him, and faithfully serve him? In The Walk, Adam Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament. Deepen your walk with Christ as we explore the practices of worship, study, serving, giving, and bearing witness to our faith. 

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. When worship services resume at the church, we will let you know what chapter we are on. We are currently working on a way to stream Sunday's modified worship service to you.

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