We cannot fully know why a Methodist church has existed in this place since 1796, but we do know that Methodism, as laid out by John Wesley, flourished under the direction of class leaders, persons of spiritual strength and insight. Just as the church originally began on the day of Pentecost and was perpetuated by the disciples and other Christians who carried the message into other parts of the known world, so the early disciples at Center practiced their Christian beliefs in an enduring fashion from 1796 to the present.
Words from—Helen Sheek Wishon (1996)
Center UMC continues a tradition of strong inter-generational worship, caring for the people of the community in which we live, and seeking to reflect the light of Jesus in our daily living.
Center United Methodist Church, established in 1796, is located in rural Yadkin County about five miles west of Yadkinville. For many years, it was the largest church in Yadkin County. Center Church continues to be a vital part of the community and is recognized for its ministry and missions.
“Jesus at the Center” is the mission/vision of Center UMC. We center in Christ by practicing the Means of Grace –reflecting and experiencing God’s grace that calls all to discipleship. These means of grace include Bible study, both corporate and private, prayer, good works, Holy Communion, and following the model Jesus set before us.
Center Church has a strong missional presence in the community, being active in community projects, leading programs that benefit the people of the community, and providing non-church activities that draw a wide range people to introduce our community of faith.
We provide BackPack meals to children at Yadkin Elementary School; we support Yadkin Christian Ministries with funding, donations and volunteers; host a community potato garden; participate bi-annually with Impact: Yadkin with funding and volunteers; host a charity golf tournament each year to help fund various charities and missions; host a bi-yearly Children’s Consignment Sale that benefits the community and gives vouchers to each foster child in the county; we host free concerts in the county park.
We are joined with six local United Methodist Churches to form the UMC Yadkin Missional Network. As a network of churches we strive to nurture spiritual growth while reaching out and connecting with the broader community. Our pastor, Rev. Bill Foust is the current (2017-2018) Missional Network leader. The missional network provides a safe and beneficial summer program for children at risk of hunger; we gather annually for a choir hymn sing.
At Center Church we involve a broad spectrum of people in worship and in the life of the church. Even our younger children participate in worship, ministry and mission.
Center Church believes in the spiritual gifts and supports those called to lead others in the faith. We organize these leaders with emphasis on mission and ministry in the areas of Nurture, Outreach and Witness.
We are thankful for the many ways that God has blessed this church with ample and abundant resources for mission and ministry. The building and grounds includes a beautiful traditional Methodist sanctuary complete with modern technology for meaningful worship and a grand balcony. Thanks to the grace of God, Center Church faithfully realized a major building project in the first decade of the twenty-first century. This new addition includes a modern fellowship hall, kitchen, bathrooms, elevator, nursery and classrooms – almost doubling the size of the church facility (currently debt free).