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. We also help to support the Holiday Store each year. It helps to enable those those without Christmas shopping money to “earn” gifts for their loved ones by using their time and muscle to complete community service work, which pays in points that are redeemable at the Holiday Store.

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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. We also help to support the Holiday Store each year. It helps to enable those those without Christmas shopping money to “earn” gifts for their loved ones by using their time and muscle to complete community service work, which pays in points that are redeemable at the Holiday Store.

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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.

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:

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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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:

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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Threads on Third

Coming in First Quarter 2020! Stay tuned!

Threads on Third is a unique women’s clothing ministry at Central UMC supporting financially challenged women in life transitions. “Threads on Third” takes its name from its location on the third floor of Central UMC. Threads on Third partners by invitation with select women-focused non-profit organizations, agencies, and ministries. Its clientele are women engaged with select non-profit organizations who serve adult women in various life situations, such as those housed temporarily in domestic abuse shelters, those returning to the community from residential addiction recovery programs or incarceration, those in financial distress from divorce, job loss, fires, or other emergency circumstances, special needs adults in training for employment needing work clothing, etc. They will be referred to Threads on Third through the agency with whom they are connected, make an email appointment, and possibly be accompanied by an agency employee or volunteer when the boutique is open Thursdays 10am-12pm. Please contact threads@knoxcentralumc.org for more details.

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Laundry Love

Operated by Neighboring Knoxville, Laundry Love is a monthly ministry designed to ease the burden of laundry care for struggling families. Central participates at least twice a year at a local laundromat.  During this free laundry even, we help to providing food, fun activities for the children, and friendly conversation while the laundry tumbles. While many of us take laundry for granted, clean clothes can make a world of difference for adults seeking employment and kids attending school. We generally help in spring and fall. When Jesus washed the disciples feet, he taught us to serve others. (John 13:1-17) Join us in this opportunity to provide our neighbors with a boost of confidence that clean clothing can deliver! We will meet here at the church at 5:15 to carpool to Bluewater Laundry at 3712 N. Broadway. Please see the Sign Up Central Board outside of the sanctuary to volunteer your time or financial support with this ministry.

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Threads on Third

Coming in First Quarter 2020! Stay tuned!

Threads on Third is a unique women’s clothing ministry at Central UMC supporting financially challenged women in life transitions. “Threads on Third” takes its name from its location on the third floor of Central UMC. Threads on Third partners by invitation with select women-focused non-profit organizations, agencies, and ministries. Its clientele are women engaged with select non-profit organizations who serve adult women in various life situations, such as those housed temporarily in domestic abuse shelters, those returning to the community from residential addiction recovery programs or incarceration, those in financial distress from divorce, job loss, fires, or other emergency circumstances, special needs adults in training for employment needing work clothing, etc. They will be referred to Threads on Third through the agency with whom they are connected, make an email appointment, and possibly be accompanied by an agency employee or volunteer when the boutique is open Thursdays 10am-12pm. Please contact threads@knoxcentralumc.org for more details.

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Laundry Love

Operated by Neighboring Knoxville, Laundry Love is a monthly ministry designed to ease the burden of laundry care for struggling families. Central participates at least twice a year at a local laundromat.  During this free laundry even, we help to providing food, fun activities for the children, and friendly conversation while the laundry tumbles. While many of us take laundry for granted, clean clothes can make a world of difference for adults seeking employment and kids attending school. We generally help in spring and fall. When Jesus washed the disciples feet, he taught us to serve others. (John 13:1-17) Join us in this opportunity to provide our neighbors with a boost of confidence that clean clothing can deliver! We will meet here at the church at 5:15 to carpool to Bluewater Laundry at 3712 N. Broadway. Please see the Sign Up Central Board outside of the sanctuary to volunteer your time or financial support with this ministry.

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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.