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 month of December.



    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

  • 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!

  • remembrance service


    As a tribute to our beloved saints who have joined the church triumphant, a Christmas Tree of Remembrance will be displayed in The Crossing area of the 2nd floor of the church.  Customized ornaments in memory of a loved one will be displayed on the Tree of Remembrance.

    A leaflet will be available next to the tree with a list of the names honoring their memory.  A brief service remembering those memorialized will be held in The Crossing later in the Advent season.

  • central TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS worship special


    December 13

    8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

    Central UMC Sanctuary

    featuring:  Members of the Sanctuary Choir | Hand Bell Choir | Christmas Orchestra

    This program will will be livestreamed on Facebook and our website at both scheduled times.

    Please join us online if you cannot attend in person or do not feel safe!

  • Central's children's Center

    Christmas  gathering

    December 18

    9:00 AM | Reservations only

    1 & 2 year old classes

    Central UMC Sanctuary - enter the Sanctuary from the 23rd Avenue entrance

    11:00 AM | Reservations only

    3 & 4 year old classes

    Central UMC Sanctuary - enter the Sanctuary from the 23rd Avenue entrance

    Both programs will be by reservations only so chairs can be set up to practice social distancing.  A reservation will be sent home to parents.  Church members who would like to attend are certainly welcome.  Call the school office at 601-693-0830 to make reservations.  Masks must be worn.

    CCC will be closed for the Christmas holidays from December 19 - January 5.  Students will return to school on January 6, 2021.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at The Children's Center!!!

  • central contemporary christmas worship special

    light of the world

    December 20

    8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

    Central UMC Fellowship Hall

    featuring:  The Praise Band | CONNECT Band | Holiday String Quintet

    This program will will be livestreamed on Facebook and our website at both scheduled times.  

    Please join us online if you cannot attend in person or do not feel safe!

  • christmas eve services

    December 24


    Service times are 12:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM, & 6:00PM

    Join us in the sanctuary Christmas Eve for a time of carols, communion and candlelight.  

    In order for us to maintain social distancing, tickets will need to be obtained in advance to attend each service.  All tickets are first come, first serve.  There will be 225 tickets per service available to pick up at the church office by Sunday, December 20.

  • 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.

    Cost is $100 and is due by November 30.

  • 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


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 6     Tim Wise

December 13   John Branning

December 20   Matt Farmer

December 27   Bob Peden

January 3         Tim Wise