Our Chancel Choir leads leads us with traditional hymns at the 11:00 worship service.
We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Christ. We strive to recognize and nurture the Christ in ourselves and each person we encounter along the way. Our church is a thriving community of believers, and lovers of the Word of God. Love's Grove has a long tradition of outreach and service to its members and the community. We would love for you to join us for a worship service to experience for yourself the fellowship of Christ. Click the YouTube link to view a sermon online.
In 1860, worship at Love's Grove consisted of a brush arbor (reconstructed yearly) with backless benches, a floor of straw or shavings, and lit pine knots for night-time illumination. These were the days of Big Meetings (revivals), with traveling preachers and families arriving by wagon bringing their own cows for milk and pigs to eat the scraps. For his forceful sermons, a traveling minister might receive as much as $ .25 per day plus board and lodging for himself and his horse.
In 1867 the first log church was built, a single room heated with a wood heater. Sunday school included three classes huddled in their own areas of the space.
To allow room for a cemetery, a white-framed church building was constructed in 1884-1885. This building was again heated with wood, and as the windows had no screens, much fanning was necessary in the summer weather for cooling and keeping the bugs away.
In 1929 the first brick building was constructed, and in 1947 fundraising began to construct the present educational building, which was built in 1961 and included the church's first indoor restrooms.
By 1978, the church had continued to grow and a new sanctuary was completed. A new wing was added to the back of the church in 1990 to allow for more Sunday school classes.
As the needs of the church family and community grew, a new multi-purpose space was planned for the end of the church behind the cemetery. In 2008 this large project was completed, and in 2020 the loan was paid off, leaving Love's Grove debt-free.
Opportunities abound at Love's Grove for fellowship with the church family. Sunday school is offered for all ages, with classes for Preschool/Kindergarteners, Young Disciples (1st - 5th grades), Middle School, High School, and three adult options: Young at Heart, Good News and Golden Rule classes.
In addition, adult Bible studies are offered, and Middle School and High School Youth meet weekly as well as participating in a summer missions camp and outings for service and fun. Our active Seniors group members enjoy monthly covered dish luncheons on-site, and biweekly restaurant outings.
Ladies are invited to check out the activities of the special activities and Bible studies with the Sisters in Christ Fellowship, and the Brotherhood men's group meets for breakfast and serves the local community with needed projects.
Children's Ministries include Vacation Bible School, fall trunk-a-treat and Easter egg hunt, as well as semi-monthly meetings and outings of the SonShine Group.
Group activities for all ages include outings such as baseball games and camping weekends.
We believe that music leads our worship, uplifts our souls, and brings us closer to God. Our early worship service on Sunday mornings is led by our Praise Band, while the late service features a traditional chancel choir experience. Many of our younger members bless us periodically with their musical gifts, and special services are enjoyed throughout the seasons.
All are invited to a special Community Thanksgiving service at Salem Methodist Church on Sunday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. Salem is located at 20987 NC-73, Albemarle. Several local Global Methodist Churches will be gathering for a special message from our Rev. Jim White, followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the food pantry of Stanly Community Christian Ministries.