Welcome to Central UMC


“Joyfully embracing the diverse community where God has placed us,

to become the ONE community God wants us to be. . .”

Welcome to Central United Methodist Church in the heart of East Charlotte.  Browse our pages and see for yourself that ALL people are welcomed and served here.  We strive to embody the words of Galatians 3:28 “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”  Our congregation reflects the diverse community of which we are proud to be a part, with folks from all continents of the world.  Be our guest here, on Sunday mornings and all through the week.  You ARE welcomed here.                                            . . . . . Pastor Michelle Chappell

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Last week at Central was the Second Sunday of Advent

The candle of peace was lighted on Central’s second Sunday of Advent, and lessons about a European Christmas were given as the congregation continues observing customs of Christmas around the world.  “Breath of Heaven,” a cantata directed by Javier Perez and accompanied by pianist DeAnn Cynamon, was presented by the Chancel Choir.  Next week’s theme:  Africa.  






First Week of Advent

Central’s first week of Advent started with the Young Adult Class erecting the set for the Live Nativity Scene Dec. 15 and 16, included cookie baking, caroling, Men’s Breakfast, Women’s Holiday Banquet and decoration of the sanctuary and Chrismon tree.  Sunday’s worship had an Asian flavor when Pastor Santosh Niroula described Christmas customs in Nepal, and the Szymborski family lighted the candle of Hope in the Advent wreath, adding a prayer in Hindi, the language of India.

See more photos here

Full Advent Calendar here;         Calendario en Espanol 

The Chrismon Tree was decorated by the congregation and lighted by Dot and Lewis Hinson.

Curious about the Christian symbols on the tree topped by the crown for Jesus?  You can find the names and meaning here.