News and Updates

April 12, 2024

Seek Healing Listening Training at Haywood Street

Next Seek Healing Listening Training, April 19th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at Haywood Street

Please join us for day two of this Listening  Training that teaches participants a new way of relating with each other in a world where authentic relationships are scarce. This is open for all companions. Lunch will be provided.

Click here to sign up and learn more.

Downtown Welcome Table Support

We could use help at the Welcome Table on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to finish serving the meals and clean up!

If that's not the place for you, we have Greeter, Reservation Attendant, and Server spots available in Hayne's Hall.

Reach out to Laura B. for more information and to sign up.

Street Dog Coalition at ABCCM Main Campus on Sat., April 13th

Habitat for Humanity Work Day Thursday, April 18th

Join Pastor Seth next Thursday, April 18th, for the next Habitat for Humanity workday. The group will meet in the Haywood Street parking lot at 7:45 to carpool to the site together. Contact Pastor Seth for more information.

"Theirs is the Kingdom" Viewing at Stevens Lee Community Center, April 17th

We're excited that the film, which highlights the creation of the Haywood Street Fresco, will be seen at the Stephens-Lee Community Center. An image of Stephens-Lee High School appears in the Fresco, towering above the trees, honoring the school's legacy and contribution to Asheville.

Haywood Street Highlights

In a recent sermon, Pastor Seth paraphrased John 14: "Very truly, I tell you, your humanity is worthy enough for the Spirit to work through.”


There was a collective exhale from the congregation that day, releasing whatever insecurity or shame that had built up within each person. It was evident in the moment that each person needed to hear those words—to be told that the requirement to participate in Jesus’ ministry is not “to become a Messiah or God” but simply to be the flesh and blood human beings that we are.

On Wednesday, a group from MAHEC joined us at the Welcome Table. They served meals, cleaned the dining room, and filled in other roles as needed. Partnerships like these are how things get done, change happens, and relationships are formed. Thank you, all, for spending your time with us!

We have dedicated companions who commit every Wednesday to participate in the Downtown Welcome Table—making the meals, serving tables, and sitting at the table. Without their time, dedication, passion, and care, this ministry wouldn’t happen. We’re so grateful and humbled by their consistent presence.

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!


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

Thursday Card Making: Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Respite Kitchen to make cards for our friends in prison or the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read the weekly sermons on our website here.

~Preaching Schedule~

April 17th:

Pastor Brian

April 24th:

Pastor Jody

May 1st:

Guest Speaker Tim Underwood

May 8th:

Pastor Seth

Community Resources

Click below to see a list of places in the community to donate and find clothes, and when recovery meetings are held.

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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.


My New Place in the World

By Dottie G.

From eating around a table with strangers who may or may not interact with you or anyone else to worshipping with a congregation that agrees to every praise report or prayer request by shaking jars filled with dried beans, the Haywood Street Congregation is an experience too few have had the pleasure to experience. It’s called Holy Chaos and is an experience that fills me with joy, even as I have some anxious moments. It’s for the joy of the experience that I am taking some training that will make me a better leader of the about-to-be-launched Haywood Street Storytelling Circle. Finally, it’s because of the joy I have experienced in our story-writing group that stories have become so important to me.

Driving onto the church campus, especially on Wednesdays around noon, can be an unsettling experience for anyone who hasn’t been there. Milling around or sitting on every available space are a hundred and more men and women and dogs of every description, most disheveled from living on the streets or in encampments around the area. Many seem to know each other and speak to strangers only if spoken to. Some are obviously in their own world, whether from drugs or mental illness is anyone’s guess. Quite a few have all their worldly goods with them, in bags or on grocery store carts. Going inside the back door entrance you may find people asleep on the benches that line the walls or waiting in line for a shampoo and haircut, offered by area stylists free of charge. All are welcome.

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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.