102nd Homecoming this Sunday, October 6
This Sunday Union Grove Baptist Church will celebrate our one hundred-two years of ministry with former minister, Rev. Neal Eller as guest speaker at the 11:00 service. Following the service everyone will want to join us in The Arbor as we enjoy fellowship and wonderful food provided from well-filled baskets. We look forward to seeing visitors, former members, and current members, friends and families for the service, lunch, and fellowship.
The church was established by eight charter members under the leadership of William Edgar West, and met under a “brush arbor” until 1912. At this time, a frame building was constructed, a constitution was adopted, and the church joined the Pilot Mountain Association. In 1928, the first Woman’s Missionary Society was organized with 14 members. Expansion of the original building with a wing for Sunday School was added in 1943. In 1950 the first parsonage and a new sanctuary were built. Continued building efforts included a second parsonage and expansion of the church building. In 1957, a mission was built in Oak Ridge, now Central Baptist Church, and in 1977, a Spanish mission ministry was established, now Iglesia Bautista Hispana Church. Construction was completed in 2011 of a new fellowship building called “The Arbor” which gets its name from the original meeting place.
Our church history includes 9 full time pastors. Membership has varied in a changing environment and we are now a small, but active congregation. There is a very active Women’s Missionary Union, which includes a Bible Study Group, a Prayer Group, a Career Group and a Baptist Young Women Group. For our young people we have Children in Action and a Mission Friends Group. Our community volunteer efforts include Crisis Control, Food Bank of North Carolina, Hawley House, Nextstep Ministries, Forsyth Prison Ministry, Forsyth and Guilford Meals on Wheels, Shepherds Center, Ronald McDonald House, Samaritans Purse of Boone, Triad Ladder of Hope, Baptist Children’s Home of Thomasville, Good Samaritan Pantry of Stokesdale, Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Samaritan Soup of Winston-Salem, Urban Ministries of Greensboro, other local ministries as needs arise.