Local Missions

Here at Central, we are involved in various ministry opportunities in our surrounding community. Scroll below to find out how God is active in our local community through the folks here at Central. If you would like to know more about these ministries you can contact the persons who are contact people for a specific ministry or visit the website that is linked for more information. Contact Rev. Kristina Crabtree  at 601-693-1521 Ext. 229 or kristina@cumcmdn.org

  • Central's Ramp Mission


    Central's Ramp Ministry provides accessibility to a person's lifestyle. Through building the frames, putting ramps together, and a great fellowship we get to witness God at work. Central has a ramp build every 3rd Saturday of each month. 


    If you would like to participate in any build, contact

    James Whitley

    For more information about this ministry district wide visit

    http://www.meridianumc.org/ramp.shtml


  • Meals on Wheels

    Central has been involved in Meals on Wheels since the very beginning. Numerous members of Central drive daily to deliver meals to those who most need meals. If you would like to participate in delivering meals, contact Lanelle Glover at 601-917-3981. For more information about this organization visit http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/


  • Fellowship of Christian ATHLETICS

    FCA is an organization, within the school systems, that challenges and encourages those Christian athletic coaches and student athletics to be bold in living a Christian life on the playing fields. All levels of athletics are uplifted in the schools today to make an impact for Jesus. If you want to know more about this organization in our area visit http://www.d5fca.org/


  • East Mississippi Boys and Girls Club

    The Meridian area Boys and Girls club works with young kids from disadvantage economic, social, and family circumstances. The Club activily seeks to enrinch the lives of boys and girls of all ages. In the East Mississippi Area we have three different locations: Northeast Elementary, Velma Young Center, and the West End Unit. For more information contact Jane Massey at 601-604-6472 or jkmassey@comcast.net. For more information about this organization visit http://eastmsbgc.org/

  • Hope Village

    Hope village for children seeks to provide a continual of specialized treatment programs, services, and facilities of superior quality to meet the individual needs of neglected and abused children and their families. For more information about this organization visit http://www.hopevillagems.org/ 

  • Love's Kitchen

    Love's Kitchen has no charge to those who enter the doors. No matter your circumstance you are welcomed! This organization serves hot meals twice a day Monday-Friday. If you are looking for ways to serve in this ministry contact Winky Glover at 601-483-1909 or winky.glover@gmail.com

  • Good News Prison Ministry

    The work of Good News prison ministry is to serve those who are incarcerated with a daily presence of a chaplain. God has done and is doing amazing work in the lives of these incarcerated inmates. For more information contact Dennis Marks at 601-485- 7708 or at Dennis.Marks@goodnewsjail.org. For more information visit http://www.goodnewsjail.org/

  • The free Clinic of Meridian

    The Free Clinic of Meridian provides the medical needs of uninsured adults while connecting them to the existing community. The Free Clinic is there to provide free care for these working adults who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare and cannot afford private insurance. For more information contact Cathy Williamson at (601) 692-5111 or

    lwmson@bellsouth.net or visit http://www.freeclinicofmeridian.com/

  • The Center for Pregnancy Choices

    The Center for Pregnancy Choices serves as an extension of the body of Christ by meeting the needs of individuals facing unplanned pregnancies to help them avoid the trauma of abortion. Our purpose is to empower individuals to choose life – life for the unborn, a life of purity and holiness, and eternal life by choosing to accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. All visits are Free, Personal, and Confidential. Contact: Beth Sharp at 601-482-1230 or visit http://www.cpcofmeridian.org/

  • Wesley House

    Wesley House helps underprivileged, neglected, and abused persons through Christian relief, educational opportunities, child abuse prevention, sexual assault crisis intervention, community welfare and social services, and helping people learn to help themselves. Wesley has a staff devoted to helping people to help themselves, offering hope for a brighter tomorrow, and the belief that it can happen. For more information visit contact Rev. Kristina Crabtree at 601-693-1521 or kristina@cumcmdn.org

  • United Way

    United Way works with volunteers and local non-profits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults, and seniors. Call United Way of East Mississippi or 2-1-1 for a list of volunteer opportunities in our community. For more information contact Thad Quarles at thad.quarles@unitedway.org or visit http://www.unitedforunitedway.org/ 

  • Habitat for Humanity International

    Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization. We are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Our ministry was founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a simple, decent place to live in dignity and safety. In 2014, Meridian HFH started a new program called A Brush With Kindness/Critical Repair. This program helps the elderly, disabled, and veterans with repairs and painting their homes. For more information contact David Hosch at (601) 483-5172 or hoschd@comcast.net

  • ASLANe’S  Homeless Mission

    ASLANe’S is a non-profit 501 (c) 3: Our mission is the social re-integration of dispossessed individuals through aggressive advocacy and social welfare work sharing the LOVE of Christ as we build relationships that will make real life changes.


    What do we do? We plug holes that are left by other agencies, in the lives of those living in disparity.  For more information contact Christie Rainer at crain42@aol.com or visit http://www.aslanesmission.com/

  • Feed by Faith

    Feed by Faith serves hot, nutritional meals to homeless, low income, and no income families. This encompasses Lauderdale County and Meridian, Mississippi. Last year, we served over 20,300 meals. In 2012, the figures increased to more than 175 to 200 meals per day. The 2006-2010 statistics for Lauderdale County show 31.1% of our community is living below poverty level. There are roughly 1,300 homeless people in our community. The Meal Program is attracting a large number of this population. This also includes the unemployed citizens. Our meal program will be reaching many of these individuals and providing them with a meal they would not have had otherwise.  For more information contact: Peggy Coleman at (601) 483-8999

    or feedbyfaith@comcast.net or visit http://feedbyfaith.org/

  • The Hilltop Trustee Ministry

    The Hilltop Trustee Ministry is a group of men ministering to others who have been incarcerated at the Lauderdale County Penal Facility at Hilltop. Volunteers have bible study at the facility, provide transportation for Hilltop’s Trustees to attend Sunday Worship Service at Central, and offer a Sunday School Class for them. For more information contact: Craig Hitt at (601) 486-3433 or craig.hitt@gmail.com

Educational Ministries

Here at Central we value the need of education! We know that through one-on-one interaction, a child in need of educational help can not only receive higher educational learning but learns that people to do care about their well being. It is with that care mentality that we take high value in all the educational assistance opportunities.

  • Central Tutoring

    Did you know that Central offers tutoring for anyone who needs help with academic assignments? We have several volunteers willing to help students prepare for the GED test, 3rd Grade Reading test, and various school subjects. This mission opportunity is opened to any child in and outside our church! What a blessing it is to be apart of child education and life. 


    If you or your child is in need of tutoring, please contact Sandy Johnson through email at johnson5198@bellsouth.net

  • The First Tee Program

    The First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf; and it’s making a difference. In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, our character education and life skills programs help kids and teens prepare for success at school, at home, and in their community. For more information visit http://www.thefirstteemeridian.org/club/scripts/public/public.asp


    Contact:

    Sandy Johnson                                        Dave Labutka

    (601) 479-2037                                     (601) 917-1968

    johnson5198@bellsouth.net                 mssportsman@yahoo.com    

  • The Freedom Project

    The Freedom Project is a year-round after school program for middle school and high school students enrolled in Meridian Public Schools. The Freedom Project provides academic support, arts enrichment, health and fitness training, character development, and educational travel opportunities. Freedom Project programming takes place year-round after school, on Saturdays, and during the summer. At our sister site in Sunflower, 100% of the students that have completed the Freedom Fellowship have enrolled in a college or university. For more information visit http://themeridianfreedomproject.org/


    Contact:

    Becky Glover

    (601) 207-2209

    bglover@parents4publicschools.org

  • Parents for Public Schools

    Parents for Public Schools® accomplishes our mission through strategies and programs that: 


    Educate Parents by helping them learn to cut through the intimidating jargon that often keeps them from becoming involved in their child’s education. Parents learn to understand the data published regarding their children’s schools and gain the confidence to challenge a school administration that may be failing or attend a school board meeting. In short, PPS provides parents – often voiceless – with the tools and confidence they need to ensure that the local schools are excellent.

    Engage Parents by reminding them of the research that makes clear the correlation of parent participation and student achievement. 

    Mobilize Parents by organizing them and their supporters to work for equitable distribution of resources to support public education and access to opportunities for all students.


    Contact: 

    Becky Glover

    (601) 207-2209

    bglover@parents4publicschools.org  


  • STUDY BUDDY-Caver Middle School

    The Study Buddy/Mentoring Program at Carver Middle School is an excellent opportunity to: Be a Mentor, Provide a Listening Ear, Be a Positive Role Model, But Most Importantly..... Share the Love of Christ, and Be a Prayer Partner. 


    The time commitment is one hour/week and can be flexible according to work schedules


    Contact: 

    Julia Green  

    (601) 527-1160

    jrgjbg@bellsouth.net