LIFE groups are gatherings of people who meet regularly to encourage and support one another in their spiritual journey. Life groups for sharing and learning are a place to do life together: living, learning, eating and playing together. We consider LIFE groups to be one of the most important ways to experience connection and community at Central. Through a LIFE group, you are able to learn the names behind the friendly faces you meet on Sunday and share in your spiritual journey with others – encouraging one another as you live, learn and grow together and with God. A LIFE group is made up of people from all backgrounds and upbringings – members, visitors and community friends are invited to come share and walk together in this wonderful journey. Some of the topics are:
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:
Wesley: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Thursdays from 6-7pm. Praise Ensemble meets on Thursdays from 7:30-8:30pm. Central Ringers meet on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15pm.
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