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.

Easter Sunday Schedule

Sunday, April 20

7:00 am Sunrise Service at Crestview Cemetery

NO Sunday School

10:30 am Worship Service — please bring a fresh, cut flower for the Flowering of the Cross.

Maundy Thursday/Tenebrae Service to feature live drama

As we prepare for Easter, don’t miss the service that truly sets the stage for celebrating Christ’s resurrection. This year, Kingswood will present a dramatic enactment of the 12 disciples sharing their experiences and emotions as they watched Jesus face betrayal, imprisonment and crucifixion.  The service will be Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 pm.

Yard Sale

April 5, 7:00 am until noon.  Now’s the time to begin gathering items to donate, or reserve your won table for $25.

Kingswood Older Adults Take to the SKY

We’re off to a great start! After two kickoff meetings, we have an outstanding list of places we want to go, things we want to see, and ways we want to help each other and Kingswood as a whole. We have a fun name that describes our energetic group and absolutely doesn’t have the word “older” in it. The name we picked: Kingswood SKY, which stands for Kingswood Seniors Keeping Young.

Lots of things are already happening, and more on the horizon!  We have a group that meets in the Fellowship Hall each Friday at 10:00 am to play cards (for details, call Ann Marshall at 923-8615). If anyone wants to join them for cards or bring a favorite board game, that’s great.

We also have a group who will dig in along with Jerry Holcomb to unearth the things that actually do belong in the church library and move everything else out of that room.  (Short-term project.)

Another group will work with Madeline to rearrange the kitchen to make room for the recently acquired rolling shelves and other items. (Also a short-term project.)

We are forming a singing group to visit nursing homes (carrying a tune is not a requirement!). A kazoo band is shaping up to accompany them.

Several local trips and day trips are being finalized; watch for details.


We are preparing a bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall for SKY news and community programs of interest.

Our April meeting will be Tuesday, April 15 in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00.  We’ll prepare Easter baskets for our shut-ins and finalize plans for upcoming trips. Then we’ll head out for lunch at Phoenix and a visit to shut-ins.

Easter Eggs Needed

Congregation members, please bring candy-filled plastic eggs for our children’s

Easter event on Saturday, April 19, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  There is a collection station in the narthex.  Thank you!

Needed: Additional sound system operators for weekday events

We are so fortunate to have Scott Northrup operating our sanctuary sound system and slides on Sunday mornings throughout the year. A number of additional volunteers have been trained as Scott’s backups. However, we are very much in need of individuals who can be called on when there is a funeral or other special situation during a weekday. If you are willing to be part of that on-call team, please notify Pastor Sid.

Christian Education Task Force Update

The Christian Education Task Force, which was recently approved by the Church Council to investigate the hiring of a Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth for Kingswood, held its first meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

Donna Cooke, Congregational Revitalization Director, Yadkin Valley District, met with us. Members were able to ask Donna questions concerning responsibilities, salaries, etc. of CE directors throughout the district. They were given job descriptions from other churches to review.

Additional meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 25 and Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm in the church parlor. Members of the Task Force are Rev. Sid Lanier, Trudy Cox, Jo Hunter, Mark Moorefield, Mark and Missy Moore, Eric Couch, Susan Denny, Allison Cardwell, Elaine Pegram, Carolyn Cooke, Ray Tomlinson and LuAnn Winfrey.

Exam time is around the corner . . let’s write and encourage our college students!

Please keep our college kids in your prayers as they are finishing up this semester. This means lots of papers, tests, exams, and labs for most of our students. An encouraging note would be appreciated during this time.  The college kids’ addresses are available in the Narthex.  Also, the connections we make as adults are what keep those kids in church during these years. Please reach out and make a connection!

Note from Miss Lisa:  All College Kids, plan to meet at the cross after church on Easter Sunday for a picture.  We will use this picture for our communication board at church.  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Do you have a child graduating this year? Are you about to graduate? If so, PLEASE contact Lisa Williamson right away with your information; she is planning our Graduate Recognition Sunday and we don’t want to leave anyone out.  Thanks!

Kingswood Preschool enhancing curriculum, adopting new logo

The Preschool Committee and the Preschool staff are working together on some very exciting endeavors. With the help of Miss Jo and her talented son, John, we are developing a logo for Kingswood Preschool to convey our mission of being a preschool that nurtures hearts for God and minds for learning.  We are examining new curriculum options to help us align our curriculum with the new Core Curriculum and “Read to Achieve”  being used in our elementary schools. We are getting a new sign to aid in advertising our preschool, and we plan to have a booth at the Rural Hall 40th Anniversary Celebration at Covington Park on May 31 to spread the news throughout the community of all that we are doing. Look for updates in the next few months about these exciting times.

Preschool Committee members are Mandy Butler, Sally Carpenter, Carolyn Cooke, Tommy Griggs, Rev. Sid Lanier, Mark Moorefield, Faye Ray, Davis Thompson, Robin Walker and LuAnn Winfrey.

Interested in learning to line dance?

We have an opportunity to offer line dancing lessons at Kingswood if there is sufficient interest. These will be open to all ages, men and women.  We are looking at one-hour sessions on Thursday evenings at 7:00. Sessions could be weekly, monthly or in between, depending on interest. Instructors will be unpaid volunteers from the recently formed Kingswood Not For Prime Time Non-Liturgical Dancers. Cost will be $2 per session, with the money going to the church. Interested?  Call Barbara Grubbs at 969-4219 or Madeline Griggs at 969-5338.