News and Updates

July 5, 2024

Collecting Art Supplies

Haywood Street is thrilled to share that we're preparing to begin an art ministry that will allow space for folks to rest and create.

As we continue to plan out this new ministry, we're beginning the process of collecting art supplies. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Tiffany.

Habitat for Humanity Workday, Thursday, July 18th

The next Habitat for Humanity work day is Thursday, July 18th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:50 and carpool to the work site together.


If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Seth.

Public Health Mobile Team

Wednesday, July 17

The Buncombe County Mobile Team will be at HSC on Wednesday, 7/17/24, with their new Mobile Unit/RV!

In addition to their regular services (vaccines, rapid HIV + Hep C testing, resources), they will now offer more STI testing (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis) and more privacy (and A/C!). 

Here's a summary of the current services:

  • Immunizations (Tetanus/Tdap, COVID, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Mpox, Shingles)
  • All of our vaccines are free and available for people with or without insurance.
  • The only exception is the shingles vaccine (Shingrix), which is only for ages 50+ and requires insurance coverage (which we can look up). Those without insurance can submit an application to cover the cost (we can help with this). 
  • Rapid Testing (results in ~20 minutes) for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Syphilis
  • Harm Reduction education and supplies (Narcan)
  • Community Resources and handouts (condoms, wipes, lists of local healthcare providers, etc.)
  • STI Screening (Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis)

Mark Your Calendars for the August 29th Companion Celebration!

Join us on Thursday, August 29th at 5:30 pm

for a time of fellowship, food, and celebration for all companions!

More details and information to come, so mark your calendars!

Haywood Street Highlights

Those who have frequented the sanctuary lately will notice changes in the altar area. You may remember the old pew stationed in front of the Fresco. It originated in an Atlanta church in the 1800s and withstood many moves, rehabs, and changes during its tenure. 

It recently collapsed and needed yet another repurposing. Our good friend and very talented woodworker, Ken Johnson, and his wife and partner Karen have given it new life as a prayer kneeling bench, which will now be restated back in front of the Fresco.

Thank you to everyone who showed up for meal prep, outdoor setup, dining, and cleaning for Wednesday’s lunch! What a special time we had gathering together outside for a 4th of July cookout.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers: 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot, weather permitting. Walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood, cleaning up along the way.

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 p.m. in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.

Wednesday Downtown Welcome Table: Join us for lunch between 10:00-1:00 or help with kitchen and dining room clean-up from 1:00-3:00. Sign up here!


Housing Huddle: Join Director of Housing Laurie in the Sanctuary, from 10 to 11 to learn more about Haywood Street's housing project.

Wednesday Worship: 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Thursday Card Making:

10:00 am in the Respite Kitchen with Brother John.

Weekly Sermons

Read the weekly sermons on our website here.

~Preaching Schedule~

July 10th:

Pastoral Intern Khloe

July 17th:

Pastor Jody (Baptismal Service)

July 24th:

Pastor Brian

July 31st:

Guest Speaker, Madelyn Sibley

Fresco Viewing Hours:

Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 2 pm (with the exception of during our worship service, which is 12:30 pm every Wednesday).

Contact April if you would like to make an appointment to see the Fresco outside of those hours.


A Moment of Gratefulness

by Lead Storyteller Melanee R. 


The closed-door barely muffled the noisiness of a typical mid-morning Wednesday. I sat in a tight circle with a group of companions in the community room as Kristin offered the blunt reality of her take on the complexities of ministry at Haywood Street. Sparing the listening group any sugar coatings or fuzzy promises, she offered wisdom that can only be gained through the lived experience of one who has been denied the privilege of such comfort more than once.


“It’s impossible to plan for things that can happen here,” Kristin said plainly. “We have friends living in trauma who are lost in psychosis or who might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. People will show up however they are, and all we need to do is be with them and move toward them.”


As the group was closing, Hank, Kristin’s friend and fellow companion, commented on his impact by her statement. Offering his thanks for her openness and reminders, he added, “I think this is one of the big reasons I was drawn to Haywood Street in the first place. Things that are awkward or that are considered failures or imperfections in the world are viewed as sacred here.”


I watched the nods of affirmation and heard the sighs of relief in response to Hank’s awareness. Thinking of my imperfections, failures, and awkwardness, I, too, let out a sigh of relief or, more accurately, of gratefulness.


There’s no greater comfort than knowing and experiencing unconditional acceptance and belonging. We all show up with flaws, imperfections, and things that might be hard to love. But I thank God for the Kristins and the Hanks of the world, for the ones who remind us that we are loved and accepted despite it all.

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A witness to include the most excluded, Haywood Street not only welcomes every child of God–especially sisters and brothers of every mental illness and physical disability, addiction and diagnosis, living condition and employment status, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, color, and creed–but we celebrate your presence, certain that the kingdom of God is coming closer because you are here.