For an online instructional video for the apps listed, click on the following link:  CentralApp

If you need additional help, you may also call the church office at 601-693-1521.


    To access the ShelbyNext Membership App, follow the instructions below:

    1. In your App store, search for ShelbyNext
    2. Download and install the ShelbyNext Membership App
    3. Open the ShelbyNext Membership App
    4. In place of domain, insert cumcmdn
    5. In the Name field, insert your name by entering it in this order: First.Last - notice there are no spaces, but a period, between the first and last name - if this does not work, then you may not have entered your name as we have it on file - generally, your first name is your Preferred Name in Shelby
    6. If you know your password, insert it here; otherwise, click on forgot password?
    7. You will receive an email with a random password
    8. Insert that password in the field - you will probably want to change that password to one you can remember

    To access the ShelbyNext Giving App, follow the instructions below:


        1. In your App store, search for ShelbyNext

        2. Download and install the ShelbyNext Giving App

        3. Open the ShelbyNext Giving App

        4. In the Name field, leave it blank

        5. In the Zip Code field, insert 39302

        6. Click on Central United Methodist Church

        7. Enter your email and password to sign in

        8. You will need to establish an account the first time with your credit or debit card or bank account               information

        9. You can then use the App to make donations to any of Central's funds; even using the Other field to           specify a fund that is not listed


    This App will give you more detailed information about life at Central.  To access the Central Community App, follow the instructions below:

    1. In your App store, search for Central Community
    2. Download and install the Central Community App - you may need to narrow the search further by adding either Methodist and/or Meridian
    3. You can then use the App to browse Central's website


If you would like to print a pdf version of The Central Call for December 2020, click here.

Click here to print a pdf version of the birthday calendar for the month of December.

Click here to print a pdf version of the birthday calendar for the January 2021!



    Reagan Barefield               Mary Jordan Clodfelter

    Gray Davis                       Madison Garrett

    Brooks Germany                Ryan McDaniel

    Henry Prewitt                  Sullivan Reed

    Ava Towner                      Layton Wedgworth

    Jackson Whitcomb             Hunter Williams

  • christmas eve services


    LIVE-STREAM TIMES:  12 PM | 2 PM | 4 PM | 6 PM

    Available on Facebook, our website, and Vimeo.

    Our regular Christmas Eve service will be live-stream only.



    A drive-in candlelight service will be held from the front steps of the sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.  We have received a parade permit to block off 23rd Avenue for this service.  Participants will remain in their automobiles, listen to the service through their radios, and will be able to worship as our staff leads us in a time of music, devotion, and candlelight. 

    Candles for all of these services can be picked up at the church office during regular business hours from now through December 24th.  We will have a special distribution on December 21st - 23rd from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for those who can not get by the church office during regular hours. 

    This will allow members to participate during the drive-in time or live-streaming at home.

    PLEASE KEEP THE CANDLES!  We do not want them back.

    Thank You


    December 25 | Christmas Day

    We will share again our special Christmas programs on our virtual platforms.

  • holiday meals

    Due to precautions concerning COVID-19, Central UMC is unable to host our annual meal on Christmas Day. However, we do still want to connect our families together; especially, those who have no place to go and no one with whom to spend the day.

    This year, we are connecting host families with those who need a place to go.  If you are a person who has no family to be with at Christmas, please contact Tim Wise at the church office so he can connect you with a host family!  

    If you are a family willing to host a few extra individuals in your home this year (between 1- 4 people), please contact Tim Wise at the church office at 601-693-1521 so he can add you to the host list.  Although this part of our ministry is typically geared toward senior adults, there is no limit on age.  

    If you need a family, we want you to be a part of ours!

  • Student Ministry | breakthru

    December 30 - January 2

    Due to COVID-19, the number of attendees for BreakThru has been decreased. Registration is now open to 7th—12th grade students. High school seniors have already been given priority registration. [Preference will be given to church members and active youth ministry participants.]

    You can still register via the QR code on the Student Ministry Facebook page.

  • church office schedule for the holidays

    The church office will close at noon on Christmas Eve.

    The church office will be closed December 25, December 28, and January 1, 2021.

  • 2020 contributions

    All contributions for 2020 must be postmarked by 12/31/2020 to be included in your 2020 tax deductible statement from Central.

  • happy new year

    January 1, 2021


    Wednesday, January 13, 2021


For more information and updates on children’s activities at Central, 

visit our Central UMC Children’s page on Facebook and send us a friend request. 


For additional information, contact Central's Children and Family Ministries Director, Sabrina Williams, at


At Central, we are all about living life connected and we want to connect with you.  Currently, there are three livestream services available each week!  If you are unable to come to in-person worship services, you can still join us via livestream by clicking on any of the following websites listed below.  Once there, please take a moment to check-in so we will know that you have joined us via livestream. 



If you wish to view your contributions at any time, you may do so by signing in under your personal profile using ShelbyNext. Your profile information {username; password} was sent to you previously. If you do not have this information, please contact the church office and someone will be glad to assist you. JUST A REMINDER - you will no longer receive your Statement of Giving each quarter. 

Due to COVID-19, this small group is not currently meeting.  However, if you are interested in learning more about Central or would like to join, please call the church office at 601-693-1521 or contact us here and one of our ministers will get back to you.



What's nextstep?

If you are interested in learning more about Central or have been attending and want to join our community, nextstep is for you. With nextstep, we have designed a brief small group experience to engage and connect you with our leaders and community. This is a time for you to ask questions and grow in your understanding of our history and structure. nextstep also provides you the opportunity to join with us in your faith journey by becoming a member of our community. We really do feel that life is better connected and think that nextstep is a great way for us to connect with one another. 



  • John Branning     769-218-7704
  • Bob Peden           601-938-7868
  • Matt Farmer        601-616-7543
  • Tim Wise              228-234-8946


December 27   Bob Peden

January 3         Tim Wise