How does Central UMC serve our neighbors, community and world? We are so glad you asked! Below you will see all the many things we are doing or have done to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the world. We invite you to join us! Local Missions at Central cover a wide range of community services. Support for Hospice and James Love Elementary and Shelby Middle Schools are on-going yearly church-wide projects. CUMC also provides facilities for Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. Our Open Table Community Meal program provides a hot lunch every Saturday. Habitat for Humanity and Inter-Faith Alliance Men’s Shelter are also served under local missions. Central holds four blood drives per year. Take a look and see where you might be interested in serving. More information is available by calling 704-487-6336 or emailing [email protected]

CUMC Youth travelled together to the Broad River Greenway where we lived out our calling to take care of creation. We picked up two big bags of trash off the trails! 

COVID-19 Policy

Based on the recommendation by the CDC, Governor Cooper, and the Bishop’s office, and recognizing the ongoing Coronavirus in our community, the use of masks inside the church building is optional.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19: You may return to church 10 days after onset of symptoms.

Backpack Ministry

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Backpack Ministry through your prayers and donations. This year we are supporting North Shelby and Shelby Middle Schools. We would like to request that you add a backpack item to your shopping list each month.  For June, we are requesting  Instant packets of Grits or Oatmeal-any brand is fine.  Thank you!



Goodnight Ministry

CUMC helps to fill one of the most basic needs for families in Cleveland County- a safe, clean place to sleep. We can always use help putting bed kits together… All are welcome! You can also serve by keeping these children and families in your prayers.

Bereavement Ministry

The Bereavement Ministry of CUMC is composed of seven teams of church women whose purpose is to help and support the bereaved family in the event of the death of one of our church members. These women provide both physical and spiritual nourishment and are available to assist the family in making careful decisions regarding meals and visitation.

Sharing a family meal can be very comforting during a time of grief and our bereavement teams will provide a meal for up to 25 people. The food will be brought to the home of a family member or friend either before or after the service. It will arrive warm and ready to be served and will also include plates, cups, beverages and utensils.

Or, instead of a meal, we offer a reception in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The reception may be held either before or after the funeral or memorial service and is an easy way for the bereaved to visit with their guests. We provide an array of finger foods and punch served in a setting of formal tables with the option of a separate table or two upon which to display memorabilia of loved ones.
Central United Methodist Church as well as the Bereavement Ministry welcome memorials as a way for friends and family members to remember their loved ones. These gifts are blessings for the church and may be designated to the ministry of your choice. In the event that you are undecided, the church office will be happy to guide you in selecting which ministry you wish to be the recipient of your memorials.

Foreign Missions

Individual members of Central respond annually to building requests in 14 countries. This work involves building churches or building onto church property. Some teams will also repair older or damaged churches. Our WNC conference is one of the most active conferences in the US which offers help to churches in Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and other countries. Trips usually last from 10 to 14 days. Skilled or semi-skilled members are led by a WNC conference team leader. The team members must raise their own money.

We also have Medical Teams formed by the conference who provide medical care to countries in need.

Community Outreach

Central UMC is also involved in and supportive of many different organizations within our community.  We encourage participation in any and every opportunity that fits your gifts, talents and interests. Click here for more information about Habitat, Hospice, Cleveland County Rescue Mission, the Red Cross, and our local schools.

Open Table: A Shared Community Meal

OPEN TABLE continues to provide a hot meal every Saturday.  We are sharing produce and meals in a “drive-thru” fashion outside.  Extra muscles, hands and hearts will be needed.  Everyone is welcome from children (with their parents) to youth to adults of all ages. Please arrive to help by 9:30 am.

You can volunteer to help by texting @otcumc to the number 81010. 

Open Table is in need of donations in order to meet the needs of our community. For the month of June they are asking for donations of Small bottled water (8-10 oz). You may bring your donations by the office Mon-Thurs 9-4 or Fri 9-1.

Praying Together

Central is a praying church. Prayer is a vital part of everything we do. Prayer requests are accepted during Sunday services and other times by contacting the church office or you may send a prayer request online by clicking here.

All prayer requests are kept confidential. No prayer requests are considered too small or too large. Our God is able!

Sharing God with our Youth and Children

**The greatest relationships are developed as we share God with each other.  We learn, grow, question, search and more as we open Bibles, ask questions, listen to others’ thoughts.  The best thing is we DON’T have to have all the answers!  Teachers, leaders and students simply growing together.  Would you like to be a part of helping children and youth develop faith and discover the joy of being a disciple of Jesus Christ?  Adult leaders are needed to assist with Sunday School.  Material and mentorship is provided.  Contact the office to serve in our children’s and youth Sunday School ministry.

**Every Sunday we have a variety of volunteer opportunities from providing breakfast or dinner to teaching Sunday School and helping during UMYF meetings.

Soup Group

Soup Group started in 2016 as a way to expand our ministry to members of Central UMC who are 65 years of age and older. Once or twice a month Soup Group meets in the church kitchen to cook soup and fellowship with each other. Soups are bagged, labeled and frozen for future use. Throughout the month members of Soup Group not only deliver frozen soups but visit with those who may be dealing with stressful situations and/or simply need to feel celebrated and appreciated. It’s a wonderful opportunity to expand our witness as we serve and fellowship with our seniors.


Support our Schools

Share God’s Love with a Student in our Area:

Backpacks for North Shelby and Shelby Middle School Students Volunteer opportunity:  Pack on Mondays, Wednesdays; deliver to the school on Fridays, order/pick up food. Time required: 30 minutes/week. Click HERE for more information.

Pray for one of Central’s Students: Another great way to participate in the ministry of Central is to partner with one of our many youth in Prayer and Encouragement.  We are looking to team up one student with one adult from our congregation to help build cross-generational relationships and to encourage a stronger investment in our church family for both the teen and the adult.  If you would be interested in participating in this, please email Savanna at [email protected]