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New Senior Pastor Named

The Rev. Dr. Charles "Chuck" Starks is projected to be the new senior pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church beginning in June.

Chuck Starks currently serves as the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Morristown, TN. We look forward to welcoming Chuck, his wife Angela and daughter Olivia to Church Street. His first Sunday will be June 25.

Chuck recently offered a video greeting to Church Street. Watch Chuck's greeting now

Posted: May 03, 2017 02:58 PM
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Vacation Bible School
Passport to Peru: Discovering God's Good Gifts  [More]

Join us for Vacation Bible School June 19-22 for "Passport to Peru: Discovering God's Good Gifts."

Each day begins with a free dinner from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. VBS begins at 5:45 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m.

Be a part of this exciting free children's ministry event! Registration is now open. Register online here.

For questions or to volunteer, contact Katryn McKinney, Children's Director, at

Posted: April 24, 2017 09:59 AM
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Day of Blessings
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On Saturday, April 22 join us for a Day of Blessings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will serve at Beacon of Hope located at Vestal United Methodist Church (115 Ogle Avenue). The Day of Blessings is sponsored by the Missions Committee.

We will gather for light breakfast and prayer then get to serving! There will be opportunities for all ages and abilities: cleaning, organizing items for the Sharing Shop, construction, making "Blessing Bags", yard work, and more. (If you are unable to physically serve that day you can sign up to be part of a prayer team.) And you have the option to purchase a Church Street t-shirt for the day too.

Register for Day of Blessings here

For more information contact Barbara Clark at

Posted: March 26, 2017 07:54 AM
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Holy Week at Church Street

Experience Holy Week at Church Street United Methodist Church.

Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday

Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Children are invited to participate in the palm processional. Meet in the Narthex at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.

April 9-13
Stations of the Cross

Visit the Stations of the Cross in the Chapel
Sunday: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 13
Maundy Thursday

Worship at 7:15 p.m. in the Nave

Friday, April 14
Good Friday

(Church office is closed)
Downtown Cooperative Worship Service
5:00 p.m. at Market Square

Saturday, April 15
Easter Egg Hunt

Whitow Park in Sequoyah Hills
10:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 16
Easter Sunday

Sunrise Service
7:00 a.m. in the Courtyard
Breakfast will follow in Parish Hall. (Donations welcome.)

Easter Worship
8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
The Easter prelude will begin at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. with the Tennessee Brass Quintet. They will be part of both services.

Church Street's tradition of the flower cross will continue on Easter Sunday. Everyone is invited to bring flowers to add to the wooden cross in the Nave.

Posted: March 22, 2017 01:06 PM
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Bishop Lecture Series

Join us March 26-28 for the Bishop Lecture Series featuring Bishop Kenneth Carter. Dr. Carter is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Bishop Carter will preach during both worship services on March 26 and will offer addresses on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings in the Nave. Make plans to hear this popular and dynamic church leader.

Posted: March 09, 2017 12:53 PM
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Conversations on Race

You are invited to join us for the next Conversations on Race as we continue the important work of building authentic relationships across racial lines. Our next discussion will be held next Sunday, March 12, from 3-5 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. This session will be held at Vestal United Methodist Church located at 115 Ogle Avenue. All are welcome!

Posted: March 06, 2017 02:11 PM
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Community Lenten Service

Each Wednesday during Lent, the Downtown Cooperative Ministry hosts a mid-week service. Church Street will host the first one on Wednesday, March 8. Each service begins at noon and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Lunch follows the service and donations are appreciated. The schedule for the services is listed below. We hope you will join us for these special services throughout the season of Lent.
Wednesday, March 8 - Church Street
Wednesday, March 15 - Immaculate Conception
Wednesday, March 22 - First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, March 29 - St. John's Episcopal
Wednesday, April 5 - First Baptist Church

Posted: March 05, 2017 10:21 AM
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Ash Wednesday

The Chapel will be open on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. All are welcome to enter the silence, to light a candle, to kneel at the altar, or to sit in the stillness. The Labyrinth Path of Prayer, a simple metaphor for life's journey, will be available for meditative walks.

Members of the clergy will be present throughout the day to offer the blessing of hands - a symbol that one is either opening the palms for service, or releasing a habit or unhealthy practice. God will lead you to your own decisions and will also be pleased that you have set aside time for contemplation of his will. In addition, there will be two Ash Wednesday services in the Nave: noon and 6 p.m.

Posted: February 27, 2017 09:46 AM
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Chili Cook-off

Make plans to join us tomorrow, February 26, from 4-6:30 p.m. for a Chili Cook-off hosted by Children?s Council. The event is free and will be held in Parish Hall. All donations from the event will benefit the 3rd Grade Bible Fund.

Posted: February 25, 2017 07:06 PM
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Call to Prayer Service

The United Methodist Women invite you to the Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Service. It will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. The national UMW office encourages a focus on maternal and child issues during this year's observance. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Rebecca Fetzer, Minister of Discipleship from Cokesbury Church. Rev. Fetzer is also the executive director of Susannah?s House, a faith-based facility with programs to provide ongoing treatment and support to moms in recovery and their children.

After the service, we will gather in Parish Hall for lunch. The meal is $10 per person and payment is required in advance. Please send your check (made out to Church Street UMC) to the church office no later than Thursday, March 2. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: February 22, 2017 10:22 AM
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