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.
Ladies, have you ever dreamed of being swept away by a knight in shining armor? Served by those at your beck and call? Cherished by those around you for just being you? Then, come and receive your crown on Wednesday, July 10th, 11am-1 pm in the Fellowship Hall. There will be Lunch, Games, and a short Bible Study. Please register by Monday, July 9th, by calling Central UMC at 704-487-6336, emailing [email protected] or stopping by the church office. $5 Donation is appreciated. And be sure and Invite the Queens in your life to join you!
Come learn to follow Christ with us this Spring:
Early Church Sundays, 9 am in the Conference Room
Ray Van Der Laan will use video to take us to sites of the first Christian churches and challenge us to BE the church Jesus envisioned.
Word and Wine Mondays, 6:30 pm at Dragonfly on the Square
Is taking the summer off but will resume meeting in September.
MAKING SENSE OF THE BIBLE Will take a break for the rest of the summer and resume in September.
In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, Is the Bible ever wrong?
The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. We are taking the summer off but will resume in September with an exciting calendar of events! See you then!
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.
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:
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 7:15-8:30pm.
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