Holy Cross Orthodox Church - a group photo taken on Archbishop Alexander's visit
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Welcome to Holy Cross: The Orthodox Church serving the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point area of North Carolina with services entirely in English.

Our Church did not begin in the 20th Century, or the 19th, or even with Martin Luther in the 16th Century. Our Church began when Jesus Christ established it more than 2,000 years ago through His apostles, and promised that the gates of hell would never prevail against it.

In the East, where Christianity began, there was no Reformation, because there, Christianity hadn't gotten lost, and didn't need to be reformed. This Church came to be called Orthodox because it has held fast to what it was given, has remained true, Orthodox, since the beginning, 2,000 years ago.

Many Orthodox churches in America were established to serve the needs of an immigrant population, and to faithfully transmit and preserve the rich cultural heritage, traditions and language of a specific nation of origin. We at Holy Cross, however, are a diverse American community of ordinary people from many different ethnic and cultural groups, and our services are entirely in English.

We are a very warm and open community and we welcome all visitors.

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If You Are Already a Member

If you are already a member of Holy Cross, please see our Members' Home page, which is tailored for you.

Joy on Pascha

Prayer and Worship: Ancient, Timeless, Beautiful.

Procession on Palm Sunday

We believe that in this church, we stand in the very presence of God, and that we join the saints and heavenly hosts in joy and prayer and worship. Orthodox worship engages the whole person: the mind, the heart, the senses, the entire body as we stand, bow, and make the ancient Sign of the Cross as Christians did in Apostolic times.

Jesus and his Apostles prayed in many different ways, sometimes privately, sometimes together. Jesus prayed and taught in the Temple, his Father's house. The services of the Temple included formal liturgical services composed of prayers that all present heard together and prayed together. The Apostles and most of the very first Christians were Jews, and accustomed to praying in liturgical services in the Jewish Temple.

The Divine Services of the Orthodox Church developed over centuries as people of prayer, filled with the Holy Spirit, prayed and sang to God. The services in our church are entirely in English, so even if you are not familiar with this type of prayer and worship, you can hear and understand, and pray together with us, and with the saints and the angels:

They are prayers that poured out of the hearts of saintly men and women when, moved by the Holy Spirit, they expressed before God the desires of their heart. The spirit of prayer is contained in them; so, if you [pray] them as you should, you too will be filled with this spirit.

Kursk Root Icon and candles

Come, "Taste and See!"


Procession on Palm Sunday

Saturday Evening:

Great Vespers: 6:00 PM

Sunday Morning:

Hours: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

Following the Services:

Following the Divine Liturgy, we gather for a “coffee hour”. Please join us for reverent and joyful worship, and please stay after the services for refreshment and fellowship!

Detailed Schedule and Calendar


Our new temporary home

The property we were leasing in High Point was sold, but God has blessed us with a new space that is more spacious so we can have more people in church! We now are leasing the entire first floor of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, which is between Walkertown and Winston-Salem! It is an easy drive from Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem:

Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
4700 Old Walkertown Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105


Click here for more detailed Maps and Directions

Parish Children on Palm Sunday
Our Property in Kernersville

We Are Building a Church!

Father Christopher's Christmas Update on Our Building Project

Our Building Project

As the parish grew, the need for space became increasingly pressing. So we all voted unanimously to purchase land in Kernersville, in an excellent central Triad location. Through personal donations, fundraising efforts and assistance from the Diocese, we first purchased the land. We then mounted a successful Capital Campaign for the actual construction of our new church.

Father Christopher's colored version of an architectural rendering of our church.

We now have broken ground! Construction work has begun preparing the site for construction of our new temple!

  • For more details, see our Building Project page.
  • To contribute to the Building Fund, see our Giving page.

Our New Home will be Central in the Triad:


1320 Masten Dr
Kernersville, NC 27284

At the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters

Parish News

Holy Tuesday

We have photos from our celebration of Holy Pentecost!

Holy Tuesday

Our yard sale was a great success, thanks to hard-working volunteers!

Holy Tuesday

We have many photographs from our celebration of Pascha!

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We have a photograph of the children with palm branches on Palm Sunday!

Holy Tuesday

We celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with a procession with icons!

Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Theophany, and the Great Blessing of the Waters, and then on the Sunday after Theophany, the Outdoor Blessing of the Waters!

Holy Tuesday

On the Sunday before Theophany, Michael, Sheila, and Jenelle were received and blessed as Catechumens!

Holy Tuesday

On Sunday after Holy Nativity, there was a Typika service with communion.

Holy Tuesday

St. Nicholas visited Holy Cross! And we celebrated those who were most recently baptized and chrismated, and catechumens and inquirers.

Holy Tuesday

Jaxon was baptized!

Holy Tuesday

We have aerial video of curbs and gutters being poured on our building site!

Holy Tuesday

We have some video clips of ongoing construction work on our building site!

Holy Tuesday

More Progress on our Building Site!

Holy Tuesday

Progress Continues on our Building Site!

Holy Tuesday

We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church from the front!

Holy Tuesday

We have a new colored architectural elevation of our new church!

Holy Tuesday

We have photos from Week 3 of the work preparing the ground for building our new church!

Holy Tuesday

We have some video of the construction work preparing the ground for building our new church!

Holy Tuesday

Construction continues on our Kernersville property. We have a few new photos!

Holy Tuesday

On the feast of Saint Innocent of Alaska, Father Christopher was elevated to the rank of Archpriest for his faithful years of service.

Holy Tuesday

A few weeks after our Groundbreaking Service, the work on the site of our new church in Kernersville began, preparing the site for construction!

We have broken ground for our construction!

Holy Tuesday

Archbishop Alexander presided over our Groundbreaking Service celebrating the beginning of the construction process for our new church!

Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of the baptisms and chrismations on the Feast of the Dormition!

Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost!

Holy Tuesday

We have photographs of the Easter Egg Hunt held after the Paschal Agape Vespers!

Holy Tuesday

We celebrated Holy Pascha in our new home!

Holy Tuesday

Palm Sunday was a glorious celebration!

Holy Tuesday

We had our first Divine Liturgy in our new parish home!

Holy Tuesday

We had our first divine service in our new parish home!

Holy Tuesday

We have some photos from the our last Divine Liturgy at High Point!

Holy Tuesday

We have some photos from the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross!

Holy Tuesday

Prayers at the Property have continued throughout the pandemic. Sergey took photographs on a lovely Spring day!

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For more photos, videos and parish news, please see our Parish News, Photos and Videos page.

At the Service of the 12 Passion Gospel readings

Recent Sermons and Articles

Building our Own House Churches: On the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple St. Luke (Voyno-Yasenetsky) Of Simferopol

Before all other deeds, remember about this great deed: that your children, innocent and pure children, take into their pure hearts the Law of God, the commandments of Christ, at least from the small amount of instruction that they can receive from you.

You have not yet forgotten the Law of God, so teach, teach your children, and then your family will become your house church. And the light of Christ from this house church will spread invisibly for you beyond the boundaries of your family.

The Light of Christ, His Divine Truth, will invisibly flow into the hearts and minds of all those who have dealings with you. It could be that the influence of your house church will go beyond its boundaries.

Then the eternal blessing of our Lord and God Jesus Christ, His Beginningless Father, and the All-Holy Spirit will be upon you. Article

Forgiveness Requires Courage: Fr. Alexis Trader.

The more we forgive, the more courage we gather within our heart which in turn makes it easier to forgive the next time, and the time after that, and seventy-times seven that follow. When we begin living according to a life in Christ, our world changes, we perceive those around us differently. We begin to see them as Christ sees them. Most importantly, we recognize the grace of Christ operative in our lives. We can then echo the words of Saint Paul, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Phillippians 4:13) and that includes forgiving everyone, even those who have wronged us greviously. Article

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