We exist to be the Body of Christ in the world.
To reach all through hospitality, engage all in ministries, and enable all to grow spiritually.
Around 1855, a one-room farmhouse, located across the street from the present church, established the location of Pleasant Grove. A second building was built in 1903 and underwent two additions before our current sanctuary was built in 1968 followed by the Fellowship Hall and Education Building in 1990. The Hyder House, across the street from the church, was bought and renovated in 2009 and is used for meetings and Sunday school. Our most recent update has added a Welcome Center that connects our Sanctuary and Education buildings. Our church property also includes two cemeteries. The first is an unmarked slave cemetery, and the second dates back to the mid-1800s.
FROM THE PASTOR
In the middle of the 19th century a group of folks began to meet together for church in a small community west of Raleigh. They called it Pleasant Grove. They met to worship, to study, and to share their lives. Most of their names are lost to us, but their spirit lives on in this place.
The faces of those you see throughout this web site have taken up the tradition to make Pleasant Grove a place where God’s grace continues to pour forth into the world.
We worship together. We study together. We share our lives with one another, and we invite you to come and join us. We will meet you wherever you are in your spiritual journey.
The United Methodist Church recognizes as its founder, John Wesley. John and Charles Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living and putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
ALL ARE WELCOME
At PGUMC we strive to be the body of Christ who welcomes all. Following Jesus’ example, we celebrate the sacred worth and dignity of all persons. If you are just wondering about God and want to learn more you are welcome here. If you have been a believer your whole life, you are welcome here. If you have questions, you are welcome here.
Whatever your race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or relationship status, physical or mental ability, economic circumstance, political persuasion, faith background, age, history, or station in life, you are welcome here. If you haven’t fit in anywhere else, you are welcome here.
We invite you to bring your gifts, your pain, your doubt, and your hope, as together we learn, live, and tell the story of God’s Grace.