Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC)

The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) is an organization that offers specialized services to individuals experiencing homelessness and those within our community who are in crisis. Central prepares and serves lunch once a month at the VMC.

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Food Pantry

Central has a well-stocked emergency food pantry opened to community Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Groceries are provided based on the size of the family and particular need. Our food pantry serves on average 50 families per month.

Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC)

The Volunteer Ministry Center (VMC) is an organization that offers specialized services to individuals experiencing homelessness and those within our community who are in crisis. Central prepares and serves lunch once a month at the VMC.

Learn More

Food Pantry

Central has a well-stocked emergency food pantry opened to community Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Groceries are provided based on the size of the family and particular need. Our food pantry serves on average 50 families per month.

Election Day

Another way we extended hospitality is by our Election Day Café. Central UMC is the voting location for Voting Precinct 11, which encompasses the 4th and Gill neighborhood. Central provides an Election Day Café throughout election days. We offer snacks, cookies, and drinks for all of those who come to vote at the church.

4th and Gill

Central is located in heart of the 4th & Gill neighborhood and we strive to be an integral part of the neighborhood as we extend hospitality. We host neighborhood community gatherings, monthly meetings, holiday parties, and community forums. We are also part of the annual 4th & Gill Home Tour. We strive to be a place of hope in the neighborhood.

Election Day

Another way we extended hospitality is by our Election Day Café. Central UMC is the voting location for Voting Precinct 11, which encompasses the 4th and Gill neighborhood. Central provides an Election Day Café throughout election days. We offer snacks, cookies, and drinks for all of those who come to vote at the church.

4th and Gill

Central is located in heart of the 4th & Gill neighborhood and we strive to be an integral part of the neighborhood as we extend hospitality. We host neighborhood community gatherings, monthly meetings, holiday parties, and community forums. We are also part of the annual 4th & Gill Home Tour. We strive to be a place of hope in the neighborhood.

Recovery Support Groups

Central is a host for recovery group meetings (AA, NA, SAA, and DBSA). AA meets Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. NA meets every Sunday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. SAA meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. DBSA meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information about these support groups visit their websites:

Family Promise

Family Promise is an organization designed to keep families together during their homelessness. The families stay at a church overnight, and move from church to church on a weekly rotation for about 90 days. During the day, the families go to a “Day Center” where they get help finding affordable housing, counseling, lunch, and more. Central is involved by being a support church to Fountain City UMC, where the families are housed for a week. Central provides dinner and overnight hosts one night of the week.

Recovery Support Groups

Central is a host for recovery group meetings (AA, NA, SAA, and DBSA). AA meets Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. NA meets every Sunday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. SAA meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. DBSA meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information about these support groups visit their websites:

Family Promise

Family Promise is an organization designed to keep families together during their homelessness. The families stay at a church overnight, and move from church to church on a weekly rotation for about 90 days. During the day, the families go to a “Day Center” where they get help finding affordable housing, counseling, lunch, and more. Central is involved by being a support church to Fountain City UMC, where the families are housed for a week. Central provides dinner and overnight hosts one night of the week.

Winter Market

Central hosts the Nourish Knoxville’s Winter Farmer’s Market. The Winter Farmer’s Market hosts farm & food vendors selling pasture-raised meats, eggs, winter produce, honey, baked goods, artisan foods, and more. Outside, food trucks will be serving up lunch from locally sourced ingredients. The Winter Market takes place every other Saturday January-April.

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Emmaus/Chrysalis

Central is the host church for the Smokey Mountain Emmaus and Chrysalis community. Emmaus and Chrysalis is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. These weekend retreats take place six times a year.

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Winter Market

Central hosts the Nourish Knoxville’s Winter Farmer’s Market. The Winter Farmer’s Market hosts farm & food vendors selling pasture-raised meats, eggs, winter produce, honey, baked goods, artisan foods, and more. Outside, food trucks will be serving up lunch from locally sourced ingredients. The Winter Market takes place every other Saturday January-April.

Learn More

Emmaus/Chrysalis

Central is the host church for the Smokey Mountain Emmaus and Chrysalis community. Emmaus and Chrysalis is a three-day spiritual renewal retreat that provides participants an opportunity to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and a chance to make new commitments in their faith journey. These weekend retreats take place six times a year.

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Writer’s Guild

The Knoxville Writer’s Guild is a non-profit organization that facilitates an inclusive, supportive community of people interested in writing. The writer’s guild provides a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, helps writers improve and market their writing skills through education and participation in Guild writing groups, competitions and publications, and works with other cultural and civic organizations to support literary arts in the area. Central hosts the Writer’s Guild meetings and events.

Writer’s Guild

The Knoxville Writer’s Guild is a non-profit organization that facilitates an inclusive, supportive community of people interested in writing. The writer’s guild provides a forum for information, support and sharing among writers, helps writers improve and market their writing skills through education and participation in Guild writing groups, competitions and publications, and works with other cultural and civic organizations to support literary arts in the area. Central hosts the Writer’s Guild meetings and events.