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.

Please make plans to come out and join in on the fun, and bring a friend too! Drop by and walk through anytime between 3:30-5 PM.

We need trunks!

If you would like to participate in Trunk-or-Treat by decorating your car trunk and handing out individually wrapped candy, please sign up here Trunk-or-Treat Volunteer Form or contact Savanna directly. Dressing up is encouraged… Let’s make this fun for our CUMC and Shelby community kids! We will have prizes for the best trunks.


Return Policy for COVID diagnosis/exposure

Under the advisement of United Methodist Church guidelines, local health care leaders, and the CUMC COVID-19 Task Force, we are implementing the following plan for re-entry back into church life after having COVID-19 or being exposed to COVID-19 within a family household.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19: Before participating in any activities at Central UMC, you must quarantine for 10 days beginning the first day you had symptoms and/or a positive COVID test.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 within your family household or high risk exposure outside of household: You must quarantine until the last person in your household that tested positive for COVID has completed their 10 day quarantine (beginning the first day they had symptoms and/or a positive COVID test). Following that 10 day quarantine period, wait an additional 5 days or test negative for COVID-19.

*This standard will be the same for both vaccinated and non-vaccinated church members and will apply to all church activities- worship attendance, music rehearsals, Sunday School, Open Table, Children’s Ministry gatherings, Youth Ministry gatherings, etc.)*

Adult Sunday School Classes Returns

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!


Upper Room Devotion

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.

Bible Studies: 

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.


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. We have cancelled our meetings until after the need for social distancing is necessary and the restaurants are allowed to have inside dining.





Sunday School

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+.



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

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
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 6:30-7:45pm.

Click here for more information.