Supper Clubs

Have you heard about all the good times being had in the Supper Groups that were formed in the fall?   Don’t you wish you had signed up?!?  Well, now you can!  New groupings will be forming soon and you may sign up! These groups will consist of roughly 8 people in each group with singles encouraged to join.  The date, time, and format is up to each group (i.e. brunch, dine out, order in, everyone shares in meal, etc.)   The aim is to have even more love and fellowship in our wonderful congregation.  The groups will meet for approximately 4 months then everyone who wishes to continue will be switched around into new groupings. By the way this is an excellent way for newer members to get to know fellow congregants.  (All of those who are currently participating will be placed into new groups unless they notify the office or Brenda Whicker.)

Just call Gina in the church office or sign up at  You’ll be glad you did!  Deadline is January 31!


Safe Sanctuary Training

Tuesday, February 6th at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. Central UMC follows a Safe Sanctuary policy in order to make our church a safe place, protecting our children and other vulnerable persons from abuse, and giving volunteers the tools needed to carefully and graciously minister to our children.  Under our Safe Sanctuary guidelines it is required for ALL adults working with children and youth to take the training each year.  We understand this may seem a little repetitious and boring… so we promise to liven things up and have fun while together we grow in knowledge to better care for those God has placed in our care.  PLEASE MAKE THIS A PRIORITY and plan now to be at one of the training sessions on February 6th!


Connecting with God through Spiritual Disciplines

This 6 week class will work through spiritual disciplines that will develop spiritual growth, creating spiritual maturity. We’ll discover and practice different disciplines like meditation, Sabbath-keeping, fasting, Scripture reading, walking a labyrinth, and more. Take this time during Lent to develop a deeper relationship with God and become a stronger disciple as you connect with the Spirit of God within you. This class is offered 2 different times each week: Sundays, beginning February 18th, 5:30-7 pm and Tuesdays, beginning February 20th, 12:30-2 pm.


Bible Studies

To start the year off right, we are offering a Smorgasbord of Bible Studies! Below is a brief synopsis of the four studies that are available:

ADAM HAMILTON STUDY —Please note the new start date for this study. Beginning January 16th at 7 pm, Rev. Mark will start a 7 week study on “Making Sense of the Bible”. This study addresses the hot-button issues that plaque the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. If you would like to sign up, please call the office or go online at signify if you want us to order your book (for $12 each) or if you will be purchasing it yourself (they are available at Amazon and other online retailers). New deadline for registration is Thursday, Jan. 11.

FRUIT — Join us, Wednesday, January 17th, from 9:15-10am, as we look at the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Fruit is the evidence that a plant has been firmly rooted and nurtured, and spiritual fruit is produced when we’re rooted in God. We will offer new twists on these sometimes over-worn and misinterpreted concepts.  So drop off the kids at school, and join us in developing good, yummy and delightful FRUIT.

WORD AND WINE — This study meets on Mondays at Dragonfly Wine Market from 6:30-8 pm. Rev. Fawn Mikel will be leading us as we look at the Bible using J. Ellsworth Kalas’ creative way of exploring Scripture and Faith from alternative points of view. This will be an opportunity to draw in the unchurched and inquiring persons to consider Christian belief. So, invite your friends, neighbors and coworkers!

DISCIPLESHIP — Do you want to go deeper into the Scriptures? Rev. Fawn will be offering a more in-depth discipleship study this fall using Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold. This 24 week study is an opportunity for personal and community transformation as a disciple of Christ. We will have 2 of these classes on Thursdays. The morning class will meet at 9:00 am and the evening class will meet at 6:30 pm.



Sunday School

Held at 9:00am every Sunday

It is our belief that the Sunday School teaching program provides the glue that bonds our church family together. Spiritual enrichment and lasting friendships are benefits of the Sunday School program.

Adults have the opportunity to study and discuss the Old and New Testament as it applies to our daily lives. Dedicated teachers enlighten class members with their knowledge and abilities while encouraging growth through discussion and practice. We believe these classes strengthen our relationship with God, our marriages, our families, our friends and our community.

There is a place for you in Sunday School! You would be welcomed in any of these classes!

There are several classes to choose from, each with a different focus:

  • Cornerstone: young adults, single or married or college age students. The class deals with contemporary topics in a Biblical context as it relates to their lives.
  • Growing Christians: mostly young adults and married couples who are striving to grow in their Christian faith and service to the church. Teachers rotate, leading the class in discussion topics of interest to the class. This class sponsors frequent socials and Sunday fellowship dinners.
  • Saints and Sinners: singles and couples of all ages. Several teachers lead discussions centering around a variety of topics. Activities and projects include offering assistance to foster children at Christmas and occasional socials.
  • Hoey Bible class: any adult, male or female. The oldest Sunday School class at Central is steeped in local and church history due to the influence of two former governors. Several teachers offer weekly lessons with music and singing as an integral part.

Wesley Class: Mostly retired women and couples. The International Lesson Series is used in this class and is taught by rotating teachers. Regular fellowship events emphasize service to others through mission projects. Music and singing is an important part of each class. This class meets every Sunday at 11:00am.

Women’s Circles

There are three active circles at Central United Methodist Church. Each one functions under the United Methodist Women auspices and supports the UMW with a yearly pledge to the conference.

  • Lydia Circle meets at 1:15pm on the 2nd Monday of each month. The group supports the goals of the Methodist conference through World Bank offerings. Their meetings provide opportunities for fellowship and reviews of Christian books. Lydia Circle is the newest circle at Central consisting of members from the former Altar Guild.
  • WINGS meets 3rd Wednesdays at 10:00am in the church parlor. This circle has published a cookbook “Holy Chow” proceeds from which were used to fund many church projects. If you would like to have one of these cookbooks, they are still available in the office. These caring, generous women enjoy their service projects as well as many fellowship activities. Members offer care and support for each other.

Older Wiser Livelier Seniors (OWLS)

The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month in the fellowship hall where we enjoy delightful conversations, personal stories, entertainment and informational programs. On occasion, we also take trips to museums and theaters.

Walk To Emmaus

The “Walk to Emmaus”, a spiritual renewal program, is the Methodist adaptation of a movement started in Spain in 1949. The current program was developed by the Upper Room ministry of the UMC to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. Participants begin the program with a 72 hour pilgrimage weekend.

The program gets its name from the story in Luke 24: 13-35 where the risen Christ appears to two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.

Many members of Central have participated in the Walk weekend and are active in the program. Central is a member of Grace Emmaus Community which also includes many churches of several denominations in Cleveland County and the surrounding area.

Detailed information can be found at the following websites:

Newborn Visitor Committee

The purpose of the Newborn Visitor Committee is to make a visit in the home of babies born to church members. We present a small gift to the child on behalf of the church. In addition, we typically take a gift of food. We offer support to the family and let them know the church is thinking of them during this time.

Volunteer Opportunities

Hot Lunch Program—every Tuesday and Saturday in PAC
Bereavement Team Ministry—support grieving families with a meal
Congregational Care Ministry to Homebound Members—support shut-ins with companionship
Backpack Ministry to Shelby Public Schools
Hospice Support
Disaster Relief
Prayer Shaw Ministry
Prayer Team and Prayer Chains
Soup Group

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Music Programs

Central offers multiple music opportunities:  Chancel Choir, Praise Ensemble, and Central Ringers (Hand bell Choir).  Chancel Choir meets on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. Praise Ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30pm. Central Ringers meet on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30pm.

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