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!

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.)*

Are you interested in beginning or expanding a Creation Care Ministry at your church?

If so, then get ready for the Green Church Initiative that is coming in October!

Lay persons who are interested in learning more about how to start a Creation Care Ministry at their church, as well as those who want to receive more details about the Green Church Initiative, may register to attend one of the virtual training sessions offered by the Conference Creation Care Ministry Team on Thursday, October 21st, and Sunday, October 24th,  from 7:00-8:30pm.

To register, email [email protected] and provide the name and address of your church, as well as which session you prefer to attend. Spread the word! Bring your fellow creation caring friends! And let’s all participate in the renewal of God’s creation!




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 September, we are requesting individual macaroni and cheese cups - any brand is.  Thank you!




Open Table: A Shared Community Meal

OPEN TABLE continues to provide a hot meal every Saturday.  Beginning this Saturday we will be 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. If you have trouble with 81010, they try texting @otcumc to (850) 659-7231.




Volunteers Needed for Disaster Response Efforts in Western NC

In August, Tropical Storm Fred hit the Western NC mountain communities around the Cruso and Canton areas in Haywood County. This area received over 16 inches of rain within 24 hours that caused a devastating rock slide and mountain flooding, impacting over 800 homes. The Western NC Conference is now assisting with the long-term recovery phase.

Here is how you can help:


Volunteers with any level of construction experience, especially licensed electricians, are needed to help with Emergency Rapid Repair and make homes habitable for families to return home before winter. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the WNCC Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Ben Rogers at [email protected].


Support the disaster relief efforts in the Western NC Conference. If you prefer to give by check, you make your check payable to WNCC Treasurer, note Tropical Storm Fred in the memo line, and mail to:
Attn: Carol Bateman
Western North Carolina Conference
P.O. Box 2757
Huntersville, NC 28070-2757





Prescription/Over-the-Counter Bottles

Someone recently shared with me the need for prescription and over-the-counter medical containers in 3rd world countries. When medications are available, people are most often forced to loosely carry them. We can easily help meet the need! Bring your empty prescription, vitamin, over-the-counter medicine bottles to the church office or place them in the basket located outside the sanctuary in the hallway. Please remove any labels with your name.


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 Savanna ([email protected] ) 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.

New Bed Kits

CUMC youth spent time building kits that will be shared with children in our community who don’t have their own beds. They built about 25 kits and had the chance to pray a prayer of blessing over the families that will receive each box. What an awesome opportunity! Each bed kit comes with a copy of the bedtime prayer found below. Please keep these children and families in your prayers.

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]












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.

Pastor’s Discretionary

Through the generous gifts of our members, Pastor’s Discretionary Funds are made available to assist members and non-members in need in our community. Individuals are not assisted at this location, but through screenings of local agencies such as: United Way, Salvation Army, the Greater Cleveland Baptist Association, Inter- Faith Alliance, Abuse Prevention Center, DSS, and other trusted agencies. These agencies call us with referrals for individuals in need.

We have helped individuals with emergency assistance for medication, utilities and various other needs. We do not help with refundable deposits, bus tickets, motel stays, or short-term fixes that do not help individuals meet long term solutions. Our goal is to represent Christ in our community one individual at a time by being good stewards of these resources given to us to distribute.

Disaster Response

PRAYING – Pray for all who have experienced loss.  Pray for first responders as they enter difficult and painful situations.  And pray for volunteers as they bring hope to a community.

DONATING MONEY -- Please be careful in choosing to whom you donate.  We suggest you donate to 1) the Western North Carolina Conference UMC to support disaster response teams.  Make checks payable to WNCCUMC, PO Box 2757, Huntersville, NC 28070, for “Disaster Response”, or 2) United Methodist Committee on Relief.  Make checks payable Advance GCFA, PO Box 9068 GPO, New York, NY 10087-9068, for “Advance #901670”.

PARTICIPATING IN A MISSION TEAM to assist flooded and damaged areas.  It will take years to repair all of the damage Florence created.  Mission teams will travel to areas to provide help and hope to the community.

Handyman Ministry

The Handyman Ministry takes care of small jobs and home repairs for senior members of CUMC who may be unable to perform these jobs safely themselves. Church members furnish all necessary labor and share costs of materials if necessary. Jobs are matched to the volunteers’ skills. A member needing the repair calls the church office and the request is passed along to a team member.


kairosKairos is an interdenominational ministry designed to be conducted in state and federal correctional institutions. The program is presented in cooperation with the facility chaplain using teams of laity and clergy who are specially trained and certified as “citizen volunteers”. The program is set up for small groups who are encouraged to share, pray and give personal witness. This is a continuing ministry which meets weekly and establishes a strong Christian community within the prison setting. For more information, check out the official website at

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.

Soup Group

soup-group-photoSoup 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.

Serve at Church

There are many small ways to serve during the week.

Sundays:                                                                                                                                                                                              Be a Greeter                                                                                                                                                                                        Serve in the Nursery

Contact the office 704-487-6336

Support our Schools

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

Backpacks for 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]

Share God's Love with our Homebound

A great way to participate in the ministry of Central is to share your love and care with those who are unable to attend each week for various reasons. These individuals would love to hear from their church family: whether it be a phone call, card, or visit. Click here to email the church office and request the Homebound List.

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!

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.

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.

Walking in the steps of Jesus at Yo Quiero Ser Orphanage

Happy faces were found at Yo Quiero Ser Orphanage in Honduras when Steve Smith and Jay Wilson delivered the 46 pairs of shoes YOU donated.  Thank you to the UMYF for spearheading this campaign and to Steve and Jay for delivering them in person! Check out the write up in the January 25th Newsletter available here.