Worship at Central UMC is a traditional style with a desire to touch and change human hearts. Some persons dress casually for worship, while others wear their Sunday best. You will find at all our services a diverse congregation reflecting a wide range of social, economic, political, and religious perspectives. We are diverse yet unified in our worship of our one God. You will experience warm and gracious hospitality from everyone.
**Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Central is following the direction of our Bishop. As the state of North Carolina has moved into Phase 3, we are holding worship inside our building. Simultaneoulsy we are transmitting that same service into our parking lot. Drive in style allows you to stay in your car and listen. Inside the building we recommend registering to speed up your check in process. Masks are required and your temperature will be taken. If it is over 100 we will ask that you not enter the building. Our service starts at 10:15am and the doors open at 9:45am. Our fellowship hall (Coltrane Memorial Room is set up for families. There are no paper bulletins. If you would like to recieve an electronic bulletin please let us send us an email. Register here.
Early Service: 8:45 am
A congregation of about 100 persons gathers to worship in a setting more quiet and meditative. Special music is offered. We sing hymns or quiet songs from many traditions. After a time with children, our pastor preaches. Each week, we also celebrate Holy Communion at which all persons are invited to the Lord’s Table.
Late Service: 11:00 am
A congregation of 250 to 300 people gather with energy and excitement. We are led by our exceptional adult chancel choir. We enthusiastically sing hymns and contemporary songs appropriate to the day. Each week our pastor preaches. We celebrate Holy Communion about once a month, depending on the season of the Christian Year.
Each service includes thoughtful and engaging sermons by one of our pastors or other staff member.
Our adult chancel choir, is among the finest in the greater Charlotte area. They sing a wide range of choral music from classic to very contemporary.
In addition, we celebrate major holy days of the Christian Year including Christmas Eve (4:30pm for children and 7:00pm traditional,) all which include candle lighting and Holy Communion), Ash Wednesday, and Easter Sunrise (7:00am).
Each fall, the Houston Preaching Mission welcomes one of the great preachers of the Christian world to share with us three worship services. We also have guest preachers throughout the year from around the nation.
A nursery for younger children is provided at all worship services.