Welcome to Kingswood!
If you are seeking a place to worship … experience God’s love … be surrounded by a supportive congregation … grow in faith … and use your talents in outreach to others … we encourage you to visit us at Kingswood United Methodist Church.
We’re located in Rural Hall, N.C., just north of Winston-Salem. Our contemporary architecture and spacious front lawn make us easy to spot us at 6840 University Parkway North.
We are a mid-size church with about 450 members, some of whom are long-time residents of Rural Hall, but many others who have joined us after moving to this area from other communities or states.
Our congregation includes those who have grown up as United Methodists, others who have come to accept Jesus as adults, and those who have transferred their membership from other denominations.
You'll find us a friendly congregation that welcomes visitors and encourages active involvement.
Worship services are at 11:00 on Sunday; Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45.
Whether you prefer “church clothes” or come casual, you will feel at home with our friendly congregation. We hope to see you soon!
For additional information, call the church office at 969-5437.
It is Advent and Christmas season, and it has come so fast this year. We sing our favorite carols, we light our homes and trees. We attend parties and functions to celebrate the season. We decide what we are going to eat on Christmas Day. Where will we be?
The Church will be decorated for the season. This year we are going to decorate the church with a Chrismon tree and a Poinsettia tree. We are going to have a children’s Christmas Play and the Christmas Cantata. Also on the 24th, Christmas Eve, we will hold a Candlelight Service and Holy Communion.
Take time this year to remember what we are to celebrate, God coming to earth in the form of Jesus Christ, to save us (Emmanuel). We celebrate the birth of our Savior. “For unto you is born in the City of David…” If something is going to be born, we must get ready; we must prepare. That is what the season of Advent is all about. We take time to get ready.
As you get ready, let us remember this season is so busy; we need to take time to be with God. God came to be with us, let us take time to be with Him. Take time and read the Christmas stories from the Bible. A special time for our family was when we gathered around the Christmas tree and one of the family members would read the Christmas story. You can actually do this twice because the stories are in Matthew and Luke. Take time to be with God.
You can attend the special services during the season. The Hanging of the Greens, the children’s Christmas Play, the Choir Cantata, the Candlelight Service and Holy Communion. You can take time to be with God.
Prepare your hearts and minds to receive the gift of Christmas. Birth takes a while. Babies do not just come quickly, sometimes it takes hours. If God is going to birth something new in us, we need to be ready. As you decorate your home, count your many blessings for this past year.
Ask God to birth in your heart and life feelings of joy! Ask God to come into your life where you most need Him. This I know: He will come, He will come! That is the promise God made to us. Merry Christmas!
Join us Thursday, December 5, at 6:30 pm for a new Kingswood tradition where we come together as a congregation with friends and neighbors to give thanks for our many blessings and look forward to the deeper meaning of Christmas. Ham and turkey are provided; just bring a side dish or dessert.
We are blessed to live in a community that closes its main street and comes together to celebrate this special time of year with a parade. Watch for Kingswood children and congregation members among the Scouts, ball teams and other organizations that will participate in the parade. And give a special shout out to the Kingswood float as our children and adults represent our church in a fun and beautiful way!
The date is Sunday, December 8. The parade begins at 2:30, and you are welcome/encouraged to stay after church to help decorate the float and hop aboard!
The children of Kingswood have been working for weeks to prepare to give our congregation a special gift on Sunday, December 15, at 6 pm. Don’t miss this touching “broadcast” that takes us from the United States to live reporters from three other nations, hearing briefly how they celebrate Christmas in ways that are different from ours yet very similar in their focus on the birth of our Lord Jesus. Familiar carols are included with a lively beat that will have you tapping your foot under the pew. Let’s all support these beautiful young people that mean so much to Kingswood! See you there!
Due to inclement weather last Sunday the Children’s Program has been rescheduled to this Sunday at 6 pm!
The choir will perform “The Mystery & The Majesty” by Joseph Martin on Sunday, December 15 at the 11 am Worship Service, accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. The composer describes the cantata this way:
“We gather once again to celebrate the ‘beautiful impossible’ of the incarnation. We lift our carols and light the candles of our faith in obedience to the hope that lives within us all. We assemble to decorate our sacred spaces with the music of faith and once again, with the angels, we proclaim the birth of Jesus.
“As we worship together, may the chapels of our hearts overflow with the Mystery & the Majesty of Christmas.”
If you have ever attended the Christmas Eve service at Kingswood you know how special it is . . . the warm glow of luminaries lighting the sidewalk . . . the strong sense of God’s presence as we sit quietly with family and with our church family pondering the Chrismon Tree and the cross, singing familiar carols, listening to the so-familiar yet so-welcome story of Christ’s coming, sharing communion . . . contemplating what we will do with His gift of love . . . leaving by candlelight . . . pausing for hugs and handshakes as we wish each other Merry Christmas. We hope you will join us Tuesday, December 24 at 5:00 pm for this special occasion.
In a nod to Christmas past when children and adults were given treats of nuts, fruit and chocolate, Kingswood continues this tradition. Treat bags will be given out the morning of December 22. The bags will be assembled December 20 at 4:00 pm. If you can help assemble the bags contact LuAnn Winfrey at 924-5606.
This is our opportunity to brighten Christmas for five of our Mineral Springs families. Ornaments on the tree represent gifts requested by the children. Please wrap the gifts and attach the gift tag so we can distribute the them to the right child. Some ornaments have dollar amounts, these will be used to buy food for the families. Place the checks, along with the ornament, in the collection plate or bring to the church office.
Our contractor for the recent facility enhancements, Brad Mosley of Brad Mosley Construction in Mount Airy, donated his labor and all of the supplies for the new Cross and Flame on the south side of our church building. We very much appreciate this beautiful new feature, the symbol of the United Methodist Church.
Along with seven other United Methodist Churches in our area, Kingswood will help provide food-filled backpacks for students at Rural Hall Elementary School who have been identified by the school as high-risk for not having enough to eat at home during the weekend. Our month for filling backpacks each week will be January; we are also assisting in the purchase of food and backpacks. Please pray for this important program and be ready to volunteer as needed.