GREENSBORO — During the COVID-19 crisis, Greater Impact Church in Greensboro has kept the faith and remained positive during difficult times. This month marks the one-year anniversary of Greater Impact. The church currently offers three worship experiences all available online on Facebook and Youtube. In-person experiences are at 6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. Sundays. A drive-in outdoor service is available at 9 a.m. Sundays.

“For the most part, we have experienced positive community response and involvement, especially as we have focused our attention outwards to impact Caroline County and beyond with the love of Christ for eternal gain,” Pastor Doug Morley said. “Our outreach includes ministering to the teachers, staff and children at Greensboro Elementary School, volunteers serving at Aaron’s Place and Giving Grace Food Pantries in Goldsboro and Samaritan House in Denton, periodic ministries at Greensboro Heights and Maple Village in Greensboro, food distribution and blessing bags to local residents, and partnering with the Town of Greensboro in developing a sunshine team to provide services to needy residents.”

A year ago, Greensboro Wesleyan and Goldsboro Wesleyan merged as one to increase attendance and provide a broader worship experience.“Successfully bringing two congregations together and experiencing an increase in attendance is a significant accomplishment,” Morley said. “Coming together is a lot like blending two families into one. It takes time to adjust to each other’s way of doing things while, at the same time, learning new ways of doing life together. It also requires the willingness to navigate differences in personalities, opinions and leadership styles. This is still a work in progress, but we feel we have come a long way, especially in light of perhaps our greatest challenge of ministering amid a global pandemic.”

Back in January, church leaders spent an entire day making plans for the year but were derailed when COVID-19 stuck in March. Since then, the church has had to adjust to the times, but is doing so in good faith.“COVID-19 forced us to step up our online presence, encouraged us to look at different venues for worship like drive-in and outdoor under the big tent,” Morley said. “COVID-19 also taught us a valuable lesson about operating out of faith over fear and trusting God with the results. Through this crisis, we have seen God provide in miraculous ways and we believe that God does work out all things for our good and his glory.”

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