Central UMC is absolutely committed to serving members of our congregation, citizens in our community, and members of the body of Christ around the world. We invite all our members to serve our local, regional, and global community through our financial support, gifts of talents, and time.
Central has a community garden at Ella C. Lomax Incubator Farm. The food we grow is donated to local food banks. In the last year alone Central donated over 3,000 pounds of food. This year our garden is completely organic. Our work nights are Sundays and Thursdays around 6:00 pm. Please bring your own hoes, water, sun hats, and mud boots when necessary. Any questions, please call the church office.
Learn more in this Faith Journey video.
Each August comes the ringing of school bells, and thousands of area children will begin the new year. The cost of school supplies has soared and incomes of many homes has not kept up. Please consider donating to Central's School Supply Fund! (It is more helpful if you contribute money instead of items, as schools are very specific about the types of supplies children need, and we can buy the required materials and package them into individual packets.)
Help a child this summer by sponsoring one of our "stars"! The Koinonia Sunday School Class is bringing smiles to 42 children in Cabarrus County this July. It is simple - all information is provided to you. See one of the members of the class after worship to choose your child or give a monetary donation specified to "Joy in July" and we will do the shopping. Each child will receive two summer outfits, pajamas, a bathing suit, beach towel and various outside toys.
There is no place in Cabarrus County where the homeless can get a free lunch on Sunday. When a Disciple Bible Study group learned this, it
created quite a stir. This group at Central decided that no one should go hungry on the Sabbath, and Fueling Friendships was formed. 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' – Matthew 25:40
Learn more from our Mission Moment video.
Each week Central shops, packs and hands out lunches. Groups rotate the duties. Each Sunday morning many, 'thank you's' and 'God bless you's' are exchanged with this group. Since 2008 Central has provided a need to our neighbors. For more information contact Pastor Carol.
The Bread Basket at First Missionary Baptist Church is in need of canned meat, canned fruit, and sugar. Other times specific things are requested from us, like peanut butter and soup. If you would like to donate these items to this ministry, please place these items in the shopping cart outside of Pastor Andy’s office. Thank you for your support!
Photo credit Erin Kidd of the Independent Tribune.
The Healing Shawl Ministry began at Central nine years ago. In the intervening years we have distributed approximately 300 shawls to church and community members. Shawls are given for illness, trauma, bereavement, or, on occasion, just to show someone that they are lifted up! About four years ago, this ministry expanded to include baby blankets to be presented at the altar of our sanctuary when a baby is baptised.
The Samaritan House Night Shelter (located just a few blocks from the church) provides a place for the homeless to sleep and get breakfast and dinner. Volunteers provide the meals and Central helps out several times a year. If you would like to help, sign-up sheets for the various tasks are posted outside to Pastor Carol’s office. This is a chance to do direct service to the neediest members of our community. If you have any questions about this mission, please contact Mitchell Hagler.
For years we have had a relationship with the Spring of Life UMC in Costa Rica. This ministry feeds between 80 and 100 kids a hot meal six days a week. In the summer 2018 Central sent 18 Youth and Adults to LaCarpio, Costa Rica to help this church put on their VBS. The group also assisted in three service projects. Everyone involved has had their lives changed. Click here for a video. If you would be interested in a trip like this, contact one of our pastors.
Every year we collect shoeboxes in November to send to our friends in La Carpio. Contact Pastor Carol for more information on this mission and how you can help.
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal.
Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County, a non-profit Christian housing ministry, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014. Over those 25 years, Habitat Cabarrus has now built 140 new houses, completed rehab work, home repairs or weatherization work on over 100 houses and has served 12 families in transitional housing. Nearly 800 people, including more than 400 children have benefitted from Habitat Cabarrus’ work in our community. The Habitat for Humanity affiliate was founded in Cabarrus County in 1989. In 1990 they completed their first build. In 2005 the ReStore opened in Kannapolis with a great deal of help from Central member, Dana Richardson. In 2014 Habitat Cabarrus served 45 families. They have gone beyond building homes. They are revitalizing communities in Cabarrus County.
Central partners with First Presbyterian Church and the Coltrane Webb Elementary School to provide weekend meals for children and their families in need. As we provide these meals for 13 families there is a continual need for various food staples. Recently Coltrane Webb has begun to collect toiletries for a Hygene Closet. Those full size items are also welcome!