Central United Methodist

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828-648-7270

cantoncentralumc@gmail.com

34 Church Street
Canton, North Carolina 28716

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Homelessness

With hundreds of homeless children and families in Haywood County, we are committed to sharing Christ's love and breaking cycles of poverty for some of our most vulnerable neighbors. In 2017, Central purchased the Haven House, a duplex in Canton that is available to homeless families. Families are referred by other community agencies and are partnered with a case manager. While living in the Haven House, families set goals to work toward self-sustainability and permanent housing.

Hunger

Jesus said, "I was hungry and you gave me food to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me a drink" (Matthew 25:35). Every month, teams from Central take turns cooking and serving a free meal for the community at Canton's Community Kitchen. We also house a food pantry and participate in the Backpacks of Love, an ecumenical ministry by the Canton churches that provides backpacks of nutritious food for 100 children in four schools every week.

Education

Education is the most important tool in fighting generational poverty and empowering each child to reach their God given potential. In addition to our own daycare and preschool, Central has a longstanding partnership with Canton Middle School. We donate school supplies, clean up school grounds, volunteer as proctors, and drop off backpacks for hungry students. With other Canton churches, we also serve as reading buddies at local elementary schools, helping children increase their reading level and achieve their goals.

Community

One Sunday morning a year, our entire congregation worships outside the walls of the sanctuary as part of our "Operation Down the Hill" – washing windows and cleaning flower beds downtown, sorting food at the Community Kitchen, completing projects at local schools and parks, passing out free rolls of quarters at laundromats and car washes, visiting and doing yard work for shut ins, singing and visiting at nursing homes, delivering goodies to fire, police, and mill workers, and writing cards for sick members and friends. We also host an annual Trunk or Treat and an Easter EGGstravaganza for hundreds of children and families in our community.

Partners in Ministry

Love Others

Leave equipped to go back “down the hill” and meet the hunger of our neighbors for Christ’s love – in our town, our region, and around the world!