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Since 1996, the Urban Ministry Center has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to open their facilities to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program offers a unique way for people of faith to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night, and to foster a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of the issue. Located in the Fellowship Hall.
“Acts of service are inseparable from acts of worship.”
One of the first things someone might notice about being part of First UMC is that we strive to practice our faith, not merely consume it. We love worship together and have some neat programs, but we rely on the participation of our congregation to lead our ministries. Sometimes that means our ministries aren’t ready-made, but instead offers an opportunity for anyone to take the lead in a ministry or to create a new one. Being Uptown means that some ministries might be gritty and rough around the edges, but we’ve found that ministry Uptown requires us to keep it real and to keep adapting to the changing needs of our community.
At First UMC Charlotte, we strive to be transformed by serving God in the way of Jesus. If you want your faith to be active and also want to put your faith to work, if you want to participate in ministry and not just talk about it, then First UMC is a great place to worship God by practicing faith.