Welcome to Hinshaw United Methodist Church
Hinshaw is a member of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and was founded in 1915. We invite you to join us on Sunday Mornings at 11:00 for our blended worship service. We are located at 4501 West Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407. While your GPS may show the location as High Point Rd. in Greensboro, the church is still in the exact location it has been for 100 years. The City of Greensboro recently renamed High Point Rd. to Gate City Blvd. so rest assured you are still heading to the same location. For driving directions please consult the links on this page.
We look forward to worshiping with you.
Here I am once again sitting at the creative center of my universe – my desk. It is at this desk that I write sermons and prayers, concoct stories and quite frankly where I am most closely connected to the One who beckons me to the task of sharing the story of the first Christmas gift. The view from this seat is quite different in December than any other time of year, physically and spiritually. The trees are naked, the beauty of their long, lithe bodies on display for all to see. What in spring and summer, clothed in leaves and blooms, seems so uniform, in December’s light is revealed the perfectly chaotic tangling of limbs that support the lush-ness of new life. The stark reality of their naked beauty returns this wondering child of God back to the manger and the frail, swaddled naked-ness of God’s love for humanity.
As the Christmas season comes to an end, ending as it does on the 12th day of Christmas, the 6th day of January, the Epiphany, I find myself wondering once again about the absence of the story of Jesus’ life from birth until his twelfth year. I’ve always thought it odd that the infant and toddling years of Jesus’ life were not important to the story of his life as God incarnate and our stories of faith. Perhaps it is because the authors of the Gospels are men or the value of a child socially was marginal, that the early years of a child’s life lack importance in the grander scheme of things. Perhaps they regarded those years as unimportant to imparting the story of God’s saving grace embodied in that infant/toddler/young child. (I told you I’m a wonderer…) Whatever their reason I think it important for us to use our spiritual imaginations to wonder about and wander around in the years leading up to Jesus’ first public appearance in the Temple in Jerusalem at age 12.
Schedule for Lent 2016
|Ash Wednesday, February 10, 7PM||
Joint worship service with/at St. Johns
|Lenten Worship Series, 12 noon||
worship with brief meditation and Holy
|Dates and place:||
Wednesday 17 @ Hinshaw
|Holy Week Services, March 21 – 25, 7PM||
Joint worship with St. Johns UMC to be