Central United Methodist Knoxville, Tennessee
Central hosts the Great Smoky Mountain Emmaus Community for four walks (two for men and two for women) each year. The Great Smoky Mountain Chrysalis Community has holds two flights a year at Central. There are Chrysalis flights for youth (ages 15-18) and Journey flights for young adults (ages19-24). These 72-hour ecumenical retreats provide a time for spiritual growth for youth and adults and renewed commitment to Jesus. Visit their website for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women
who want to stop drinking. The original "twelve-step" program, AA
offers alcoholics a means to a satisfying life without alcohol. AA holds a
closed discussion meeting every weekday from 9 to 11am at Central,
usually on the ground floor. Our Group is a closed discussion meeting for alcoholics
and prospective AA members only. More information on AA is found at
their website Regional AA contacts
and meetings are listed on the East Tennessee Intergroup/Central Office
Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based organization
of recovering drug addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts,
regardless of the drug or drugs used. The Central Methodist NA group, Together We Can, meets
twice a week, on Sunday and Wednesday at 7pm. (usually on the ground
floor). The NA website provides more information
about the organization, while the Greater Smoky Mountain Area of NA website
contains information on regional
meetings and activities.
The Central United Methodist Church building is the location for the
graduation ceremonies of two General Educational Development (GED)
preparation programs. One program is sponsored by the Knoville-Knox
County Community Action Committee's Workforce Connections Program.
Classes meet in the R. T. Ross Learning Center. Another graduation
ceremony recognizes those who obtained a GED diploma from the Knox
County Schools Adult Basic Education Program, located at Historic
Knoxville High School. More information about these programs is
available on the Workforce Connections website
and the Adult Basic
Election Polling Site
Registered voters in the 11th Ward visit Central UMC each Election Day
to cast their votes. The poll is usually set up is the Good Fellowship
room on the ground floor. Voters can enter through the door to the
parking lot behind the church building. On some occasions, church
members have provided refreshments to poll workers, voters, and
restless children in tow. For information on voting, visit the
Election Commission's website.
Neighborhood Housing, Inc., a housing ministry of Knoxville Leadership
Foundation, builds affordable homes and repairs older homes in
Knoxville. The Operation Backyard program uses volunteers to provide
free home repairs for low-income residents. Operation Backyard Student
Service Camps provide an opportunity for local youth groups to stay at
an inner-city site while learning about themselves and the needs of
their community by performing home repairs. Operation Backyard
volunteers have lived at Central UMC during their visits, such as
college spring breaks. The church also houses the participants in the
week-long Student Service Camps. For more information, see the
Operation Backyard website.
Historic Fourth & Gill
Central UMC sits at the edge of Historic Fourth & Gill, a neighborhood that is composed of Victorian Queen Annes and Craftsman Bungalows built between 1880 and 1930. The church, a Gothic Revival structure built in 1927, complements the other structures in this National Historic District, much of which is covered by a. historic zoning overlay. The Fourth and Gill Historic Overlay District contains good examples of the American residential architecture from the 1880s to the 1940s. This neighborhood, once a thriving streetcar suburb, is undergoing restoration and regaining its former glory.
Central UMC has worked with the neighborhood on issues of mutual interest, including the opposition to the encroachment of the interstate and proposed construction of a county incinerator in the community. The church has hosted hosted neighborhood meetings to discuss zoning regulations, traffic calming, and the concerns of the homeless and marginalized in the neighborhood. Political debates among candidates, as well as monthly Fourth and Gill potlucks and socials are held at the church. Central has participated in the Historic Fourth & Gill Tour of Homes every year since it began in1990.
Contact Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization e-mail: email@example.com