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.
It has been over a year since our halls were filled with everyone going to Sunday School on Sunday mornings…. We are glad to be back!!! There will be a few changes, but we hope you will return to studying the Bible with others. If you are looking for a class, Pastor Fawn will be available to direct you to a group. Classes will meet in the following areas:
Growing Christians – 1E, Porter Activity Center (PAC)
Hoey Bible Class – 2S, Parlor
Saints and Sinners – 203E
We are excited to regroup – with social distancing and masks of course!
The September/October editions are available outside of the office and sanctuary. Feel free to stop by Mon-Thurs 9-4 or Fri 9-1.
WORD AND WINE – Mondays, 6:30 pm. We are taking July and August off but will see you again in September!
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.
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 6:30-7:45pm.
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