Our Mission is connect all people to God and one another through ministries that invite, transform, and serve with the love of Jesus Christ.
639 S. Green Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
At Green Street, we believe all people are on a journey and that we are all people in process. In order to grow into the people we were created to be, we must recognize our call to journey in three dimensions: the Journey Together (community), the Journey Inward (prayer and study) and the Journey Outward (compassion and justice). We invite you to join us on the journey and take the next step in becoming the person God called you to be.
Green Street Church is a multicultural United Methodist Congregation who practices compassion and seeks justice. We are located on the corner of West and Green Streets in the West Salem neighborhood in Winston-Salem.
At Green Street, people from all walks of life find a haven for restoration and place themselves in the pathway of the Spirit, to deepen the faith journey through disciplined study and artistic expression, to build authentic relationships with people across lines of difference, to meet immediate needs through acts of compassion, to face institutional challenges through acts of justice, and actively seek new ways of being followers of Jesus…
A walk through the Green Street Church
…a place where the Kingdom of God is breaking through…Walking up the steps a corporate executive officer is taking off his designer jacket while inviting the homeless man on the steps to come inside; a group of youth plant flowers in the newly weeded bed.
Upstairs, in one room children quietly listen to music while painting, drawing and reading—finding their natural way to relate to God; in another room, older children dig through the pages of Scripture to learn the stories of Jesus. In the next, middle schoolers run circles around their chairs calling out each other’s names in laughter and the senior high students hold Bibles open on their laps pondering the parables of Jesus and connecting them to life. In the adult classrooms, circles of chairs are filled with people telling their faith stories of recovery, wrestling with questions of faith, encountering new truth in the Scripture, and practicing the spiritual disciplines of journaling and centering attention in prayerful meditation.
On the first floor, a room of white people wrap up a session on their internalized racism and join their people of color counterparts in the adjacent room, together shaping new identities in the struggle against institutional racism; people are packing communion kits for weekly visits to the nursing home and homebound; a team of activists pause to pray while researching the present state of health care for the poor and education for children, planning action in the public arena; artists work on an exhibit that reflects the beauty and tragedy of the human spirit; a room of people in recovery circle up at the end of a meeting to pray for the addicts still on the street.
In the basement, a group of volunteers fold clothes and fill grocery bags to prepare for those coming in need; a couple of people re-caulk windows to seal the building and conserve energy; children rush past the Safe Place sign, through the door, pull out their homework for the day, anxious to show college student tutors their report cards announcing their name on the school honor roll; a classroom of English/Spanish speakers pair up in laughter as they attempt new words of each other’s language; a group of women huddle to encourage one another to free themselves from abusive relationships; in the computer lab a young child pauses to hear a story of growing up on a farm from an elderly woman who is learning to use email.
In the Sanctuary, a moment of silence to center the worshippers gives way to a drum beat and guitar, trumpeting into “This Little Light of Mine” as the acolyte walks down the center aisle with a flame to light the candles; a call and response peppers the liturgy: “God is good!” “All the Time!” “Dios es Bueno!” “Siempre!”; during a time of sharing community joys and concerns, we hear celebrations of a year of sobriety, grief over brokenness in a family, thanksgiving for a new job, concern for upcoming decisions of our government leaders, good grades on a report card, and anxious pleas for support during a time of illness; a bluesy spiritual echoes the spirit of an emancipated slave and bridges into a swinging rendition of “God Never Failed Me yet,” as drumsticks rattle the radiator; spirited preaching calls for personal discipline,a prophetic call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and challenge powers and principalities. The door opens as the music soars over the shoulders of people, filled with spirit and light head out to look for a new place to serve…. And the kingdom of God breaks through...
Green Street Mission Statement
Our Mission is to connect all people to God and one another through ministries that nvite, transform, and serve with the love of Jesus Christ.
Values of Green Street Church
Christ Centered: Green Street Church (GSC) centers all that it does in the love, grace and forgiveness found in Christ. As disciples, our call is to follow Jesus and introduce Jesus to the world by practicing love and forg
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