Union Grove was formed in 1911 by eight charter members who founded the church on basic principles of Missionary Baptist heritage. We continue to function under the principles of the priesthood of the believer (every member has direct access to God), church autonomy, separation of church and state, and democratic, congregational government.
Union Grove observes the ordinances of Baptism and The Lord’s Supper (communion). Our history includes starting a mission in Oak Ridge (now Central Baptist Church), starting a Hispanic mission (now Iglesia Buatista Hispana Union Cross), and being involved in the beginning of Crisis Control Ministries of Kernersville. Both women and men have been ordained as deacons in the church for many years and continue to serve in leadership roles as God leads them. We are currently affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, The Women’s Missionary Union (WMU) and the Pilot Mountain Baptist Association.
Our Core Beliefs
We believe in the following:
God was in the beginning and created the universe, and all that is in it. His being consists of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
He revealed Himself to man and culminated that revelation in Jesus Christ, His Son. That revelation is recorded in the Holy Scriptures by God-inspired men for the purpose of bringing mankind into a saving relationship with Himself and providing divine truth for instruction.
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He walked on this earth as a man teaching, healing, and performing miracles. He died on the cross and was raised from death after three days. After his resurrection, he met with his followers before ascending to heaven to be with the Father.
The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross provides an unearned way for man to be in a forgiven relationship with God. Those who accept and believe this gift and strive to follow Jesus have the assurance and hope of eternal life with the Father. To those believers, God sent the Holy Spirit as a comforter and a guiding presence.
Man’s purpose is to become more like Christ in fulfilling His teachings, worshiping the Father, and extending the Father’s love to all mankind
As followers, we have a mandate to spread this message locally and throughout the world.
What You’ll Find Today
UGBC is a congregation that is undergoing change. We have always been a people who have sought to identify and use our gifts. We believe strongly in the teachings of Jesus, who called children unto him and recognized the gifts of both men and women. When you visit us, you will be welcomed warmly by both men and women greeters. If you visit our Sunday school classes, you will find men and women teaching. If you desire a “couples” class, or a class of men or women, both are available for adults of all ages. Our Deacon team is made up of men and women whose focus is services through a gift-based ministry. Our Women’s Missionary Union support is very strong, with an intense focus on missions throughout the world.
One of our key strengths is that of our music programs here at UGBC. We have tremendous musical talent in our congregation, as you will find when you visit us. You will surely hear the Chancel Choir, but you may also hear “The Followers” (a group of men and women who sing contemporary and gospel songs, solos, or duets). We are also blessed with a hand bell choir. We have a great pianist and organist and on many occasions, add guitars and other instruments depending on the music selections and message for the day.
We are striving to improve our facilities, and have completed the first phase of our playground upgrade project. Our growing building fund will soon allow us to make improvements to the church building facilities. We have also just completed our new Arbor building that is welcomed as a great edition to our building space.
We traditionally have been a church that supports missions with great gusto. We are branching out in our approach to be more missional, and have several church wide community projects that you will read about on this website. While there are more people with needs than we can ever help. You will always find us in the community, helping in any way that we can.
We are not large in numbers right now, but we are large in heart and encourage you to worship and serve with us.