2015 Annual Conference Mission Giving BRING IT HOME: GIVE (at least) TEN AND DO TEN (2015 Holston Conference Mission Emphasis). This summer’s Annual Conference offering will go to existing and emerging programs for our children and youth in poverty...right here in Holston Conference. Bishop Dindy Taylor challenges each person in worship to give at least $10 and spend ten hours of time in service to children in poverty. We will receive the Holston Mission offering in early June so that we can take it to Annual Conference. You can also give by donating at any time. Ten dollars is just a starting point to help children and youth in our communities. We have all been challenged to stretch ourselves (as we already do so generously) and give sacrificially. The Knoxville District has set a goal of $100,000, and
I hope Central is able to be a part of this worthy endeavor. Watch the video below as Bishop Dindy Taylor shares about this year’s offering.
Special Needs We welcome children and adults who have developmental disabilities.
This has been an intentional ministry for us the last three decades. We have one-on-one “buddies” for children who have certain challenges so they can be a part of Sunday School and Worship with the rest of the children. Central has a special relationship with Sunshine Industries (employment) and Beta Homes (residences) many of Knoxville’s intellectual and developmental challenged adults. A Sunday School class is provided for these adults and many of them serve in worship as greeters, ushers, and providing special music. We have an annual picnic for at the Beta group home and have developed a nature trail for their enjoyment and host an annual Easter egg hunt.
Local Missions Food Pantry
We provide a well stocked emergency food pantry opened to the community opened to community Thursday mornings from 10:00 am–12: 00 pm. Groceries are provided based on the size of the family and particular need. Our food pantry serves on average 50 families per month.
Homeless Meal We prepare and serve lunch once a month at the Volunteer Ministry Center for the homeless of Knoxville.
Youth Mission Trip Our youth go on a week-long mission trip during the summer to do home repairs and improvements in poverty stricken areas throughout the region.
4th & Gill Neighborhood We host our historic neighborhood community gatherings, monthly meetings, holiday parties, and community forums. We are a part of the Dogwood Arts 4th & Gill Home Tour.
Recovery Support Groups Daily and weekly we host recovery group meetings (AA, NA, SAA).
Holston Home for Children We are a big supporter of Holston Home for Children in Greenville, Tn. Over the years,
Central has been one of the top ten financial supporters on an annual basis.
Emmaus/Chrysalis We are the host church for the Smokey Mountain Emmaus and Chrysalis community. Their spiritually uplifting week-end events are held here six times a year.
Global Missions Food Buckets for Africa
We annually assemble food buckets for Zimbabwe in conjunction with other area United Methodist churches of the Holston Conference.
Imagine No Malaria We have joined the cause to eradicate malaria in the world through the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Special offerings are received to purchase nets, medicines, provide education, and other preventative measures.
Covenant with a Missionary Through the United Methodist Church, missionaries throughout the world are supported through regular giving to the general church. However, Central has gone the second mile in adopting a missionary where additional financial support is given.