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.

Experiencing God through Spiritual Art

Every Sunday from February 3-April 7, 3-5 pm

“I can’t imagine spiritual growth without art!” This is just one response from last fall’s class, Experiencing God through Visual Art. The experience was so meaningful and helpful, participants requested that it continue. So, in a modified format that does not require weekly participation, you are invited to join the spiritual journey using the arts.

Led by Pastor Mark, the gathering will take place each Sunday 3-5 pm in Room S309 (off the youth lounge area on the third floor of the Sanctuary building). You are invited to any or all the sessions, each one a self-contained module.  Every meeting will open with a meditation and topical discussion followed by a creating experience. The remainder of the class will be for participants to work on a continuing project if they like or just “play and experiment” with various art mediums.

The schedule from now until Easter is:

March 17 – The Arts as Spiritual Practice: Visio Divina

24 – Pulling It Together Using A Collage

31 – Clay Meditation for Discernment: Find It In the Clay

April 7 – Where is the Beauty in the Unbeautiful?


Often we have individuals in our congregations and communities who have family members that live with mental health concerns or substance abuse. How many sit in our congregations or community and silently suffer alone? How can we assist them and our neighbors? Mental Health First Aid is excellent training. We need a minimum of 15 in the class for Atrium to provide the training.

All courses run 8 am – 5 pm.  Lunch is provided. We are offering 3 opportunities to participate in the training:

  • April 6, Cleveland County Health Center, 200 South Post Road, Shelby NC 28150
  • May 4, First UMC, 807 South Point Road, Belmont NC 28012

For more information or to register for these classes, visit


Bible Studies

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

WORD AND WINE — Mondays at Dragonfly Wine Market 6:30-8 pm

Rev. Fawn Mikel will be leading. How may we use our faith to help us deal with today’s issues? Diverse cultures, immigration, workplace environments, aging population — the issues of our world affect each of us.  Join us as we discuss our own views and how God’s word helps us live in the world and still keep the faith.

Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study — Tuesdays at 6:30 pm in Conference Room 

Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study – using Scripture as its foundation participants will discover the principles of following Christ.  This is a great opportunity to read the Bible, discovering who God is and who we are created to be as Christian.  Rob Laney will be teaching this class on Tuesday Evenings.

The Gospel of JohnWednesdays 9:30-10:30 am in the Conference Room

will provide inspiration and deeper understanding as we look at discipleship through a disciple.  Together we will study the Scriptures, finding our own calling to follow Christ



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. Upcoming events include:

Lunch at Ruby Tuesday on Monday, March 18th at 11:30 am. Meet us at 2003 East Dixon, Shelby.





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.  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.  Another small group meets on Monday mornings at 11 am to pray together.  If you would like to be a prayer partner or join us on Monday mornings, contact Pastor Fawn for more information.


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.


Women’s Circle

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.


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

Click here for more information.

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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