"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, AND in all Judea AND Samaria, AND to the ends of the earth.” The Power of the AND -- Acts 1:8 (NIV)

More than 2,000 years ago, in some of the last-recorded words of our Lord Jesus Christ before He ascended to heaven, He called His church to receive the power of the Holy Spirit in order to be witnesses in Jerusalem, all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Central UMC has entered into a partnership with TMS Global to become a missional church!

This partnership came as a result of the ACTIVATE training. Central recognizes the value of engaging in global outreach. Not only will we witness in our immediate unique surrounding community, but we will broaden our reach into the world around us.


Min. Julie Gordon, Team Lead
Pamela Carn, Therese Cotton, Aurelius Freeman, Rev. Frederick Gray, Kimberly Oliver, Rev. Brian Tillman, Advisor

Opportunities to ENGAGE


YEP Back to School 2024 reduced

Defending God’s Creation in Honor of Earth Day 2024

Central UMC’s Green Team kicked off the celebration of Earth Day with a Green Team Workshop on April 21, 2024.  The workshop was facilitated by Marqus Cole J.D., Organizing Director for Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL).  It was a joy to have Marqus worship with us before the Upper Room-themed workshop. He prophetically engaged the Central family participants in as we feasted on a meal and dialogue. Marqus Cole will serve as Central’s Green Team coach for 12 months. All members are encouraged to join the green team as we move forward in making a difference by embracing our community and defending our climate.

To learn more, please email Carol Tucker-Burden at ctuckerburden@gmail.com.

city of refuge 5k run

Embrace the Community More in 2024!

Thank you for your continued support for transforming the lives of those in our surrounding communities!  Team Central UMC ATL Raised $630!  And you can still make a donation.

Thank You Participants!
Heather Brightharp
Fern Scott
Tavis Tinsley
Rae Jordan
Therese Cotton
Carol Tucker-Burden
Julie Gordon
Carolyn West
Rossheda McLarin
Juanalynne Varner-Webb

central @ ga poor people's campaign march

The Georgia Poor People's Campaign is an outreach partner of Central United Methodist Church.  Members of Central's Mission and Outreach Mobilization Team (MOMT) participated in the March 2nd march and rally at the Georgia State Capitol to advocate for economic justice and equity for the poor and low wage workers.

Central on Purpose GPPC March 2 Rally rev


Humanity in Action, led by Associate Pastor Angela Johnson, rolled out a successful back to school fun day at the @Promise Center on Metropolitan Parkway for youth in the community.  Partners included the Atlanta Police Department, Fearless Dialogues, Central United Methodist Church and the @Promise Centers.

Check out the photos for all the fun!

A group of people standing around in chairs.
A woman standing in front of tables with boxes.
A table with many toys on it
A group of people standing around boxes in a warehouse.
A warehouse filled with boxes of food and people.
A group of people standing around boxes in a warehouse.

Central's Youth ministry provides toys for tots

Remember the days of your childhood and that special feeling when you opened the box of a brand new toy? Your heart beat faster and louder. Your breath caught in your throat. Then, a shriek of excitement and pure joy escaped from deep within.

Central's Youth Ministry sponsored its annual Toys for Tots drive and collected and delivered boxes of toys to the Toys for Tots warehouse. Donations from Central members and others will be distributed to children in need all across our city—children whose hearts will be made a little lighter and smiles a little brighter for having received a brand new toy at Christmas.

A little background on Toys for Tots...

Toys for Tots began in 1947 as the brain child of Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks. Actually it was his wife, Diane, who was the real inspiration. She had a few handcrafted dolls and asked Bill to deliver them to an agency that supports children in need.(toysfortots.org)

Our youth have continued this tradition at Central each year during the Christmas season.

Central is taking every opportunity to be a missional church. According to leaders at UM Global Ministries, "Conversations about COVID-19 vaccines are opportunities for mission ... adding that United Methodists can love their neighbors by participating in the discussions." Not only has Central hosted discussions, but on June 21, Central will be a vaccination site.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to the public in the Ministry Center at Central United Methodist Church, 501 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30314.

DATE: Monday, June 21, 2021

TIME: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Masks are required.

WHAT TO DO: Call the Fulton County Board of Health before June 21 at (404) 613-8150, (404) 612-6428 or (404) 612-6333 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to schedule your appointment.

UMC Ministries Pledge to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2050
"Within our distinct areas of ministry and throughout our global connection, we are embarking on a new course of action to match the urgency of this moment. We will work both to reduce the principal cause of climate disruption—greenhouse gas emissions—and to support a just and equitable transition that dismantles structural barriers to racial and gender equity and builds resilient, flourishing communities." [Learn more]

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snack bags and shoeboxes

Youth Snack Bag and Shoebox Brigade

Join the Youth in preparing 100 snack bags for our unhoused neighbors in our community. Also, you can help prepare shoe boxes for the United Way Shoebox Project. Each box will contain toiletries for the women's shelter.

Donations of travel sized toiletries would be greatly appreciated.

Both events will take place Sunday, April 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Early Learning Center. For additional information, contact the Youth Ministry advisors; Janice Gumbs, Regina Brown, Margo Browning, or Alexis Kellam at cumcyouthministry18@gmail.com.

Mission on monday mornings

Monday Morning Ministry

The men involved in the Monday Morning Ministry are on fire! Central provides Chick-fil-A meals, water and also distributes supplies for personal hygiene. When I look upon the homeless, I see human beings. I see faces of God that connect with me in that I could easily be in their place. It is a divine reality check that were it not for the grace of God, there go I. It is rewarding to see the church reach out to the people in need rather than simply wait for the people to come to the church. I feel honored to join the Central men for the Monday Morning Ministry to feed the homeless. I am honored to share the reflections of Bro. Aurelius Freeman, Bro. Christopher Beal and Bro. James Gordon. Read more

Youth Ministry storytellers

Youth Ministry Reading Project

In observance of March being National Reading Month, our Youth Ministry's mission project was to record videos of themselves reading stories for preschoolers and elementary age children.

These wonderful videos are available to view. Just click on the name and share these stories read by our youth.

Youth ministry in service

Youth Ministry Outreach Project

Central's Youth Ministry met Saturday, January 30, 2021, to compile 100 kits of hats, socks, gloves and masks for our unhoused neighbors. Thank you to our youth leaders and their adult advisors for this blessed example of Matthew 25:36-40.

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Contact CUMC volunteer Therese Cotton ctherese831@yahoo.com.