Loaves & Fishes
Loaves & Fishes is a long-standing community ministry at Centenary that provides financial assistance and a food pantry to our neighbors in need. It is open each Tuesday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Haven at 633 W. 4 1/2 St. Volunteers are needed to interview clients, assist with the food pantry, and help with the overall operation of this outreach. To learn more, contact Marianne Bach. To learn how to apply for assistance, click on Loaves & Fishes Procedures below.
Samaritan Ministries is one of our local homeless shelters and was founded in part by Centenary members. In addition to its men’s shelter, Samaritan offers a soup kitchen and special programs for recovering substance abusers and the mentally ill. Centenary members support Samaritan in many ways, but as a church, we are committed to sending 6 overnight volunteers to staff the shelter and extend hospitality to its residents on the 2nd Friday of each month. To learn more, contact
From December 1 through March 31, Centenary partners with churches and organizations across Winston-Salem to provide safe, warm, and hospitable places for the homeless to stay when our shelters fill up in the cold months. Centenary houses nightly check-in for the various shelter sites in The Haven at 633 W. 4th St. The overflow shelter creates space for building relationships that lead to long-term uplift for many of our guests, and the relationships formed by guests and volunteers alike are transformative. Volunteers are needed to assist with check-in, stay overnight, help with transportation, and more. To learn more, visit www.citywithdwellings.org or contact 336.724.6311.
Ongoing Local Missions
Centenary has many other ongoing local missions projects that it supports or encourages members to connect with by volunteering. The H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) food truck was born out of Centenary and provides meals to over 1,000 children each Sunday afternoon. We support the Winston-Salem Street School, a downtown school for children for whom mainstream education is no longer an option. Our youth provide hospitality to our downtown neighbors on a monthly basis through Love Thy Neighbor. The medical clinic of The Shalom Project, the non-profit birthed from Green Street UMC, operates in The Haven at 633 W. 4th St. And our Backpack Program serves elementary, middle, and high school students in our community.
Seasonal Local Missions
Centenary participates in a variety of other missions opportunities at certain times in the year. Each spring, Centenary members lead worship at the downtown jail through Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries. In the spring, we encourage members to join in the Hammerbird 5K for Habitat for Humanity. Each fall, we host a Stop Hunger Now meal-packing event where we package 20,000 meals to be sent to the hungry around the world. And throughout the growing season from March to October, volunteers assist with the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden at Crossnore School and Children's Home (formerly The Children’s Home). All produce goes to Second Harvest Food Bank.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about this ministry please contact 336.724.6311.