Click here for the February printable birthday calendar.


For an online instructional video for the Apps listed, click on the link below:

Central App

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:


    • In your App Store, search for ShelbyNext
    • Download and install the ShelbyNext Membership App
    • Open the ShelbyNext Membership App
    • In place of domain, insert cumcmdn
    • 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 you know your password, insert it here; otherwise, click forgot password
    • You will receive an email with a random password
    • Insert that password in the password field                                                                                                              (You will probably want to change that password to one you can remember)
    • 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)


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

    • In your App store, search for ShelbyNext
    • Download and install the ShelbyNext Giving App
    • Open the SheblyNext Giving App
    • In the Name field, leave it blank
    • In the Zip Code field, insert 39302
    • Click on Central United Methodist Church
    • Enter your email and password to sign in
    • You will need to establish an account the first time with your credit or debit card or bank account information.
    • 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.


    You may also want to download our Central Community App.  This App will give you more detailed information about life at Central. 

    To download the App, in your App Store, search for Central Community and install the App. 

    You may need to narrow the search further by adding either Methodist and/or Meridian.

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.


one Sunday a month

10:30 a.m. - Wesley Room

Upcoming Date:  TBA

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 is encouraged for new members


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.

weekly opportunities


8:00 a.m. - Sunday Breakfast


8:30 a.m. - Contemporary Worship (Fellowship Hall)


9:45 a.m. - Sunday School


9:45 a.m. - CONNECT Worship (Fellowship Hall)


10:55 a.m. - Traditional Worship (Sanctuary)






5:30 p.m. - Zone/Club 412/Youth Worship






10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga


1:00 p.m. - Prayer Shawl Ministry [During the school year]






6:00 a.m. - Ledbetter Bible Study


9:30 a.m. - Women’s Bible Study


6:30 p.m. - Praise Band Practice






6:30 a.m. - Pratt Bible Study


10:00 a.m. - Easy Chair Yoga


5:00 p.m. - Dinner


6:00 p.m. - The Connection/Programs for Children & Youth


7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal


[The choir meets at 7:00 p.m. when The Connection is scheduled; 

6:00 p.m. when The Connection is not scheduled.]






6:00 a.m. - Allred Bible Study


6:30 p.m. - CONNECT Band Practice






11:30 a.m. - Lunch Bunch






7:00 p.m. - Boy Scouts Meeting


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!


If you have any questions, please contact Central's Director of Children's Ministry, 

Sabrina Williams, at


During the 2019-20 school year, Central will once again sponsor students in the Backpack Buddies program by providing backpacks filled with nutritious, kid-friendly groceries for the weekend. If you would like to be a part of this on-going mission, a grocery list of suitable food/snack items can be found near the Backpack Buddies drop-off in The Crossing (located on the 2nd floor).  If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will gladly purchase the grocery items for you.  A container for donations will be near the drop-off.


Use your cooking skills to benefit members of CUMC through our NEW casserole ministry.  This is an ongoing ministry and an opportunity to share God’s love and comfort through food.  The donated food items will go to members who have had an illness, injury, death or birth in the family, or simply fallen on tough times.  

Submission Instructions: 

  • Casseroles should arrive already frozen in a DISPOSABLE container such as an aluminum pan, as these pans will not be returned.                                                                                          
  • Please prepare items that will freeze well.
  • Casseroles should be wrapped securely in aluminum foil before the top is secured in place.
  • Please make sure your items are clearly labeled.  
  • Labels for these items must include:                                                           1) Date prepared  2) Name of item  3) Cooking instructions
  • The drop-off freezer is in the kitchen directly across from the fellowship hall and is located directly behind the serving lines in the kitchen.  We will have an additional freezer located in the gym dedicated solely for the use of our casserole ministry.
  • Place the LABELED item in the freezer and ensure the freezer door is tightly shut.

We will have labels available for you located next to the freezer.  It is extremely important that all items placed in the freezer are labeled.

Multiple items are welcomed and strongly encouraged.  We would love for you to send as many items as possible.  


** You do not have to be a member of Central to submit items. **

Please contact Katie McDaniel at 601.214.4113 or if you need assistance.


The Sanctuary Adult Choir contributes to the 10:55 a.m. Sunday Traditional service in addition to special music during Holy Week and Christmas.  Extra rehearsals will be scheduled at later dates as we get closer to special events.  

Please check our church calendar regularly for all rehearsal dates.  If you are interested in joining the choir, please see or contact our Sanctuary Choir Director, Tim Wise, or any of our choir members.  New singers are always welcome!  

While previous singing experience is helpful, no audition is required to join. 



7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. [when Connection is scheduled]

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. [when Connection is not scheduled]

Choir Room [behind the Fellowship Hall]

Nursery provided as needed

[Contact Tim Wise for more information or if you need the nursery provided.]


*CUMC membership is not required to participate*

SAM - Ages 55+

SAM is a group of senior adults ages 55+ at Central UMC.  Our goal is to fellowship with our hearts focused on the Lord.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  You can stay connected to our Senior Adult Ministry by visiting our Facebook page at Central UMC’s SAM.  Choose Join Group and a request will be sent for you to become a member.  We have approximately 100 members to date!


LUNCH BUNCH - Meal Cost $5

No Reservations Required

Lunch Bunch is a group of senior adults who meet each Friday at 11:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted on the

church calendar. They meet in the Adult Activities Room on the 3rd floor for fellowship and a meal.  

On 5th Friday's, we will feature a special guest and program.  If you would like to volunteer to help decorate tables, please contact Tim Wise.


XYZ - Meal Cost $7 - September - May only

Reservations Required by the Monday before at noon

This group of senior adults meets the first Tuesday of each month.  Each XYZ event starts with an exciting program and then, we enjoy a delicious meal together.  You do not have to be a senior adult to attend.  Everyone is welcome! 

 If you wish to attend, please call the church office at 601-693-1521 to make reservations or email

Click here to learn even more about all of these activities and more!


In 2020, the senior adults will take monthly day trips to nearby  destinations for fellowship and/or activities.  We invite anyone who would love to join us!

When trips are scheduled, reservations should be made as soon as possible as slots fill up quickly!

Click here for more information!



There will be a Dinner Trip every 3rd Thursday of each month.

Click here for more info

Reservations should be made by the Wednesday before the date of the trip. 

For most of our trips, we will meet at the church in the 10th Street Parking Garage and leave as a group.



John Branning  769-218-7704

Bob Peden           601-938-7868

Matt Farmer      601-616-7543

Tim Wise             228-234-8946


February 23  John Branning