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Thomas Stubbs: One more step toward ordained ministry

A called charge conference was held on Sunday, July 29, at which time the recommendation from the Staff-Parish Relations Committee of Thomas Stubbs for candidacy for ordained ministry was unanimously affirmed.

Congratulations Thomas! We are so proud of you and look forward to the day we will hear God's message proclaimed by you in the pulpit.

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Posted: July 29, 2018 08:18 PM
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Easter at Church Street

Experience Easter at Church Street with three worship opportunities on April 1!

Sunrise service
7:00 a.m.
Courtyard (in case of rain the service will be in the Nave)
Breakfast will follow in the gym (donations accepted)

Easter Worship
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.*
*8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Prelude by the Tennessee Brass begins

All are welcome!

Posted: March 29, 2018 09:18 AM
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Christmas Eve at Church Street

Experience Christmas Eve at Church Street!

11 a.m. Fourth Sunday in Advent worship
(No 8:30 a.m. worship or Sunday school)

Afternoon and evening Christmas services all include candlelight and Holy Communion open to all.

3 p.m. Family Service: Children are invited to help place the Nativity scene and sit on the steps to hear the Christmas story.

5 and 10:30 p.m. Traditional Service: The Adult Parish Choir will lead us in songs as we celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional worship service, the Rev. Chuck Starks will share a message of Christmas hope. (Childcare is available at the 5 p.m. service only for infants through Kindergarten.)

Christmas Eve Parking
For our afternoon and evening worships services we will have additional golf cart drivers available to pick up attendees in the Church Street parking lots and bring them to the church. If you are able, please park in the lower Hill Street (golf cart transportation from that lot is available).

Additional parking: Today only you may also park in the Convention Center Popular Street lot or at the ?Staff 7? University of Tennessee parking lot located at the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 11th Street
(across from the engineering building). The lots are a short walk to the church.

Posted: December 18, 2017 02:01 PM
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Packing Thanksgiving Baskets

Church Street packed 100 Thanksgiving baskets to provide Thanksgiving dinner for families in our community in need. All ages worked together to pack the baskets. Watch how we packed 100 baskets in less than 60 seconds

Posted: November 20, 2017 08:53 AM
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Job Opening: Custodian

Church Street United Methodist Church, located in downtown Knoxville, has an immediate opening for a full-time custodian. Church Street UMC is a thriving and active congregation seeking a custodian to support the ministries and missions of the church. The position requires weekend work (including Sunday's). Position includes paid vacation and sick time, retirement and benefits. Please apply in person at 900 Henley Street Knoxville, TN. No phone calls please.

Posted: September 20, 2017 03:44 PM
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Church Street Responds to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to Houston and other areas in Texas. We want to respond as people of faith. Here are three ways you can respond in action to Hurricane Harvey:

1. Pray: lift up those who are impacted and those who are helping.

2. Donate: 100% of your gifts to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) go directly to relief efforts. UMCOR is already on the ground in Texas making a difference. Click here to donate and choose the UMCOR-TX option for your gifts. (Or mark UMCOR in the memo line of your check given to the church.)

3. Church Street is collecting UMCOR hygiene kits to be used by those impacted. Complete a hygiene kit and return it to the church office by Sunday, September 17. Read full kit instructions here.

Posted: August 30, 2017 11:55 AM
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Welcome Community School of the Arts

Church Street is opening its doors to become the new home of the Community School of the Arts! Community School of the Arts (CSA) is a non-profit after-school program that provides tuition-free arts and music education for low income and at-risk students. CSA is celebrating its 25th anniversary serving students from nearly every school in Knox County.

CSA has been named ?one of the top 50 arts and humanities based youth programs in the country? by the President?s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts for the past four years. CSA provides free private lessons in music performance and group classes in percussion and visual arts. All CSA instructors are professional artists or musicians who choose to share their gifts by teaching under-served students in addition to their professional careers.

Longtime Church Street member Jennifer Willard has served for 25 years as the executive director of CSA. ?As a member, and someone whose parents have played a role in the life of the church, to me this feels like coming home. [Jennifer?s parents are Lilly Willard and the late Bill Willard.] We are thrilled to begin a new chapter in our history in a place as wonderful as Church Street. We are so grateful to Church Street for such a warm welcome,? Jennifer said.

After school classes for CSA?s 100 students will begin on September 18. Church Street will open the CLC Monday through Friday during the school year to welcome students, teachers and their families. (Regular Church Street programming will not be disrupted as we open our doors to CSA.) Learn more about CSA in the upcoming edition of The Mountain, at or like them on Facebook.

Posted: August 16, 2017 01:12 PM
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Camp Hogwarts

Join us August 1-2 as kids with a love of the books, movies, or the world of Harry Potter are invited to attend Camp Hogwarts. The camp is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and includes assembly in the Great Hall, Hogwarts-inspired classes, a magical lunch, and afternoon activities of crafts. The camp is for children who are rising first graders- rising sixth graders who are Harry Potter fans and will be $40.

Registration is now open! Register and pay online.

Posted: July 05, 2017 01:47 PM
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Chuck Starks' First Message

Church Street officially welcomed the Rev. Dr. Chuck Starks as senior pastor on Sunday, June 25. Listen to pastor Chuck's first Church Street message," Please, Give Me Your Hand."

Posted: June 26, 2017 11:20 AM
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The Strange Joy of Planning One's Funeral
Bishop Looney shares a memorable message  [More]

Why should we talk about death? What does Bishop Looney want for his own funeral one day? He shared "The Strange Joy of Planning One's Funeral" during worship on May 21.

Listen to his memorable message now.

Posted: May 23, 2017 10:40 AM
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