Below you will find a variety of events, studies, trips and experiences that will help you in your spiritual growth and faith development. We encourage you to attend those that speak to you and even maybe one that doesn’t as you seek to be the disciple that God calls you to be. Currently all in-person events and meetings are cancelled but many are available online through ZOOM.
The church building may be closed as we practice social distancing BUT that doesn’t mean we need to separate ourselves from Bible Study. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will be offering on-line, interactive Bible study. Connect through the given links below and together we will continue to grow as a follower of Christ by studying the Scriptures! (should you have any trouble connecting, please call or text Pastor Fawn at 954-547-2593).
NEW! The Resurrected Jesus – Wednesdays, 1 pm, beginning April 15th https://us04web.zoom.us/j/404349530 We often consider the last words of Jesus as he hung on the cross, but what about the NEXT words of Jesus – the words of the RISEN Christ? Join us we study the appearances and events that shaped the lives of the disciples – and shape us today – as Easter people! For this study, you may wish to purchase (though not necessary) the book, The Resurrected Jesus by Kwasi Issa Kena.
Word and Wine – Mondays, 6:30 pm https://us04web.zoom.us/j/965512888 An in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark.
EXODUS – Tuesdays, 10 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/268403044?pwd=NUMvaXFtRFpsWGRqQ24rMnpSVHZ4UT09 Join us for an in-depth study of the book of Exodus.
Living the Questions – Sundays, 11:15 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/705594218 Christians NEED to question beliefs to develop a personal relationship with God. Come ask and listen for the answers God has waiting for you as we study Call to Covenant. Please email Pastor Fawn at [email protected] for a study guide.
Griefshare –Tuesdays, 6 pm https://us04web.zoom.us/j/242657899 If you, or a friend, are struggling with the death of a loved one, Griefshare is a wonderful place to discover hope and joy.
You have heard it said, Central UMC is a praying church!” You are invited to be a part of our prayer ministry by joining us for a virtual prayer service each Sunday evening at 7 pm on Zoom. All you need to do is go to this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/350107531, follow directions and make sure your video camera and microphone are on (if you have them). You can also join us by telephone. You can find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/feiWcFk9i . The Meeting ID is 350 107 531 in case you need it. This link and meeting number is good until May 31. So you can use the same information for logging in until that date.
Each Sunday in worship we share the importance of prayer at Central UMC. We make known prayer needs with our congregation and then spend time lifting concerns and joys. We encourage everyone to share circumstances and people in need of prayer. Your Prayer concerns and joys may be submitted to the office by phone, mail or through the Pray link at the top of this page. What a gift! But those prayers do not end on Sunday morning. A group of committed individuals pray over those needs every day throughout the week. If you would like to be a prayer partner, contact Pastor Fawn for more information.
The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. We have cancelled our meetings until after the need for social distancing is necessary and the restaurants are allowed to have inside dining.
Since we do not have the ability to gather on Sunday mornings you are encouraged to stay connected with your fellow Sunday School class participants. Here are a few suggestions:
Set up a virtual class on line. The staff is using ZOOM a lot for meetings and weekly Bible studies. It is easy to navigate and you only need a computer, electronic tablet or phone. You will be able to see and talk with each other. Go to www.zoom.com. FYI, the free edition of ZOOM is limiting meetings to 40 minutes.
Phones are not obsolete! Call each other and check in. It is good to hear each others’ voices.
And through it all – PRAY! Keep each other in your prayers. Prayer binds us together in ways we can never imagine.
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 — E2, Room 207 Join us as we study Soul Keeping reminding us that the soul is the MOST important part of our being and how living the “with God” life isn’t just a good idea–it’s the only way to find lasting peace and satisfaction. Most Participants are Age 40+.
GROWING CHRISTIANS — E2, Room 208 Following the lectionary schedule of Scriptures provides students deep conversation as together we experience who God is and who we are as disciples of Christ. Most Participants are Age 40+.
HOEY BIBLE CLASS — S2, South Side of Sanctuary Discover God’s mystery and wisdom as experienced through the creation stories found in Genesis. Most Participants are Age 70+.
SAINTS & SINNERS — E2, Room 203 Discover God’s mystery and wisdom as experienced through the creation stories found in Genesis. Most Participants are Age 60+.
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.
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.
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.
Open Table: A Shared Community Meal—every 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
Prayer Shaw Ministry
Prayer Team and Prayer Chains
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 7:00-8:15pm.
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