"A Church Beyond Walls" is Groce UMC's unofficial motto. It refers to the work that church members carry into the community through a variety of ministries and programs that range from feeding the hungry in the community to providing shelter to the homeless, helping Veterans who sacrificed so much to teenage members going on missions to help the less fortunate.
At the church, members worship together, study the Bible, and enjoy fellowship during church socials, cookouts and other events. The church offers two Sunday services a week, with child care available for the very youngest members.
Groce UMC members see each other as one big family and we invite you to attend one of our services or events to experience the same positive atmosphere, fellowship and hope that church members enjoy. During his ministry, John Wesley, co-founder of Methodism, emphasized the Love and Mercy of God. This fundamental idea is woven throughout the fabric of Groce UMC.
The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.
These Social Principles are from the United Methodist Church, found online at www.umc.org.
History of Groce UMC
Groce UMC was organized in June 1953 under the leadership of Reverend T.A. Groce for whom the church is named. There were 99 full members and 6 preparatory members on the church Charter. The congregation held services at Haw Creek School until December 1954, when the first service was held in the fellowship hall of the new building. The congregation worshiped here until the sanctuary was completed in April 1956. In the spring of 1996, our facilities were significantly expanded with the completion of the Wesley Building. This facility houses a fellowship area, Asbury Hall, in addition to two classrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen and nursery/toddler rooms. Just recently, the church completed construction on two apartments for the homeless.