News and Updates

April 14, 2023

Fresco Speaker Series, Part 3

The next Fresco Speaker Series will be Tuesday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We'll be joined by Wayne Blackwell, Haywood St.'s Community Care Minister, and Nicole Brown, Director of Haywood Street Respite.

The conversation will focus on Respite, how it is depicted in the Fresco, and how Haywood Street's mission of "Relationship above all else," informs not only Respite's past but its future. 

Street Dog Coalition on Sunday, April 23rd

Street Dog Coalition will be on campus Sunday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m., providing free veterinary care for pets of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Services Offered:

Physical exams


parasite control

pet supplies

and more...

Garden Open Workdays

The Community Garden workdays

are being held each Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.

If you would like to come at a different time, reach out to Katlyn at to schedule a visit.

Habitat for Humanity Work Day this Thursday

The next Habitat for Humanity work is this Thursday, April 20th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:30 and carpool to the work site together.

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

Thank you, Guest Preacher, Rev. John Edgar!

On Wednesday, Haywood Street hosted Rev. John Edgar from United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio. We had the opportunity to share the worship service with him as he preached. Thank you for visiting us, Rev. John!

Downtown Welcome Table

On-going opportunities to participate at the Welcome Table:

  • Have a meal! - Join us on Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a meal with our community!

  • Dining Room Clean Up - As always, clean up is one of the places that we need companion support. We promise to make it fun! On Sundays, we need companions from 10:00-12:00, and on Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00

  • Kitchen Clean-Up - On Sundays from 10:00-12:00 and Wednesdays from 12:00-2:00, we would love for a couple of companions to help us clean up the kitchen and help serve the folks who come in during that time for a meal. You can sign up for this role on the sign-up sheet below!
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Haywood Street in Photos

Easter Sunday--flowers were placed on the cross to symbolize where we have seen signs of resurrection. Praise God for showing us glimpses of hope.

Easter Sunday choir--Let the little children come!

Eric, the Blueridge Boy, brought more smiles, laughs, and joy to Haywood Street on Easter Sunday!

These three ladies are endless sources of joy. If you haven't met Trish, Kylie, and Wendy, then you'll want to give yourself a gift and make your way to respite!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays at 12:30 in the sanctuary

Tuesday Prayer Group:12:00 in the sanctuary. Gather for a time of communal prayer 


Thursday Card Making:10:00 am in the dining room. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Grief Support Group: Tuesdays from 11 am-12 pm in the community room. We’ll strive towards healing together through relationship with each other.

Weekly Sermon

You can read each week's sermon and previous sermons by visiting our website's Stories & Sermons page.

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:

Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

By appointment, contact April at


The Fresco and Respite:

A Reflection on Wayne Blackwell

written by April Nance

When Wayne Blackwell was first approached about being a model for the Fresco he was reluctant. The cost of the project along with the thought that the community might be objectified caused him concern. After he got to know Christopher and the other artists on the team, he changed his mind. Through relationship, he learned their intentions and hearts were in the right place. He also learned that they understood the struggles of friends more than he realized. Wayne now sees the Fresco as an important ministry. When guests come to see the artwork, the stories he shares about Respite and the Mercy League make their visit much more impactful.

In the Fresco, Wayne is pictured in a vulnerable position needing help. The irony is that more often than not, Wayne is the one providing a helping hand to our friends on campus. As head of the Mercy League, he is actively building relationships, responding not only to needs but also listening to stories and learning about joys and struggles. He teaches us that when friendships are nurtured during the good times, it is easier to move toward people during traumatic times. It is easier to have challenging conversations that ultimately lead to stronger bonds. Wayne leads with empathy. His life experiences give him greater understanding. 

One of those life experiences is his time receiving care at Respite after suffering from a broken leg. His time at Respite over nine years ago was transformational and led him to his calling to care for others. In his Mercy League role, in addition to being visible and engaged throughout the campus, he works closely with Respite staff. Join us on Tuesday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a conversation between Wayne and Nicole Brown, Director of Respite. They will talk about how it is through relationships that Respite continues to respond to the changing needs of the community.

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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.