Upcoming Mission Opportunities
Local Missions



As part of the community of the new covenant with Jesus Christ, we reach out with Christian love and compassion to meet human needs locally, nationally and globally.


Guiding Principles:


1. Sharing our resources, we give priority to agencies, organizations and individuals that work to alleviate hunger, poor health, lack of shelter and poverty.

2. We are accountable for our decisions and funding, evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of the agencies, programs and projects we support.

3. We actively seek the time, treasure and talents of the congregation to meet our mission objectives and apply these resources to realize the greatest good.

4. We strive to communicate effectively with our congregation and the community to educate, gain support and increase participation in meeting human needs.

Congregations for Children


Congregations 4 Children (C4C) is transforming the lives of children and families impacted by poverty through collaboration with public schools.

C4C's Primary Focus Areas are:

  • Poverty Awareness/Advocacy
  • K-3 Literacy
  • Basic Needs
  • Family Engagement


Central United Methodist Church has been chosen to partner with Emma Elementary School in West Asheville. So watch for this newsletter each month for things you can do to help us with our four goals found above. We need all of you!

Congregations 4 Children are always in need of school supplies for children. If you are interested in making a school supply donation, please leave your donation in the School Supply box in the Fellowship Hall. The following school supplies are needed:

Tier 1 Supplies Most Needed:

  • Clorox/Lysol Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Facial Tissue
  • Gallon Plastic Bags (no sliders)
  • Quart Plastic Bags (no sliders)
  • Plastic Folders with brads and 2 pockets
  • Crayola Crayons 16 or 24
  • Baby Wipes
  • Backpacks (no wheels)
  • Composition books wide rules
  • Headphones for Kindergarteners
  • Notebook Dividers
  • Earbuds for iPads

Tier 2 School Supplies Needed:

  • Colored pencils/map pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Black/blue dry erase markers
  • Scissors
  • Bandaids

Please keep looking out for announcements for a list of warm winter clothes that are needed as the season arrives.


Helping hungry children in Asheville

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This summer Central members joined forty other area churches in the greater Asheville area in feeding children a nutritional lunch. In Buncombe County only 10% of children receiving free lunch during the school year receive the nourishment necessary for proper physical, cognitive, and social development during the summer months.


If interested in serving with Congregations 4 Children, please contact Maggie Charleton.

Haywood St. Congregation


In November 2006, Central United Methodist Church and Haywood Street United Methodist Church merged, creating two campuses under the name of Central United Methodist Church. CUMC made the commitment to maintain the historic Haywood Street Church building and use the Haywood Street Campus for mission-oriented activity.


In 2009, Rev. Brian Combs came to Asheville. Understanding his call to be in ministry with folks on the margins, Rev. Combs spent his first four months here in the soup line and under the bridge, staying overnight at the shelter, loitering downtown with an ear bent towards the cracks of poverty, always listening for the voice of Jesus among the disinherited. And what he heard was, “Offer me a congregation of absurd grace, a meal of scandalous abundance, a kingdom glance of heaven on earth.” 


And so began the Haywood Street Congregation. 


CUMC offered space for the new ministry on its Haywood Street Campus, and many CUMC members lent time and talent toward developing it.  Haywood Street Congregation was formally established as a UMC mission congregation in Spring 2010. CUMC continues to be its most significant ministry partner.


There are many opportunities for involvement at Haywood Street Congregation, with the church’s core programs:

  • Downtown Welcome Table
  • Haywood Street Respite
  • Haywood Outfitters Clothing Closet
  • Loaves and Fishes Bountiful Garden
  • Prayer Ministry
Worship with communion takes place in the sanctuary on the Haywood Street Campus each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:15 p.m – all are welcome!
For more information, visit or attend an orientation on the first Monday of any month at 5 p.m. We are located at 297 Haywood St. in downtown Asheville, on the corner of Patton Ave. and Haywood St. 
Lumberton Mission Trip
When Hurricane Matthew stormed through Eastern North Carolina on Saturday October 8, 2016, thousands of families were chased from their homes by flood waters. These families are still dealing with the aftermath of the storm and are working to rebuild their homes and community.
You can help! Central UMC is sending teams of volunteers to the area to help home owners repair their homes so they will be allowed to move back in. 
The deadline for commitment is 10 days before the work date. However, for planning purposes, it would be helpful if commitments were received earlier.
Register to serve on a team HERE.
Download orientation packet HERE.
For questions contact Dave Ballard at 645-9441 or