Piedmont churches offer Election Day communion and prayer

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It has been said that if you want to avoid heated debates, stay away from two topics – religion and politics.

But this Election Day, a local church is putting both topics on the table in hopes to bring unity during a time when the country seems so divided.

“Elections have caused so much division, strife, hostility, discord and what’s the opposite of that? Well the opposite of that is communion,” said Rev. Drew McIntyre, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church.

At noon Tuesday, people can come to the church to participate in Election Day Communion.

After that, the chapel will remain open until the polls close for anyone who wants to take a break from the division.

“Even if they’re not Christians, they’re not religious, they just want a place to pray and a place that’s kind of a refuge from all this stuff, they’re more than welcome here,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre says that during a time when he has seen friends and family stop speaking to each other, he wants people to remember who they are and what’s important.

“No matter who you vote for, as Christians we really believe that the most important person is Jesus no matter who’s in the oval office,” he said.

Grace United Methodist Church is located at 438 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro.

Centenary United Methodist Church at 2300 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro is also offering communion at noon on Election Day.

The sanctuary will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people who want to stop in.