At Haywood Street, the invitation to be a companion is a unique and transforming experience. In many ways it requires a new way of “seeing” those who gather here. The invitation begins and ends with the recognition of everyone being a child of God – each having gifts and each having needs. This is a not a ministry where “the haves” help “the have nots”. We are ministry that acknowledges each of us as privileged and each of us as being in need. While some come with hunger from the body others come with a hunger in their souls.
As we stumble to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, we find his life and his teachings call us to accompany one another. Most of Jesus’ ministry was gathering with folks at the table, sharing bread and story. Haywood Street strives to follow this model. You will find homeless folks preparing and serving the meal. You will discover folks in 3 piece suits and hospital scrubs coming only to eat. It turns the notion that the homeless are helpless and the housed are the saviors on its head. You’ll be invited to step out of your comfort zone. If you are accustomed to only serving others, you’ll be invited to be served. If your gifts have been overlooked or dismissed, you’ll be put to work. It’s a joyful and often chaotic ministry. One that requires openness, vulnerability, flexibility, and last but not least, a good ‘ole sense of humor. You’ll make new friends and experience a joy only authenticity can uncover.
Opportunities for Involvement - There are many ways to get involved at The Haywood Street Congregation! Click for a list and see how you would like to help and offer your gifts and talents.
Anyone is welcome to sign up. We have an online calendar or you can simply contact Rev. Shannon Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 828-231-4169. We do ask that you attend a companion orientation before signing up. Orientation takes place the first Tuesday of every month at 5 pm in Classroom 1 or the first Wednesday of every month at 9:15 am in Classroom 3. If you would like, you can go ahead and fill out a Companion Application and bring it when you come to orientation.
The first step is to come and join us on a Wed. and bring the best gift anyone has to offer: your presence.
Another great way to get involved is to join a Journey Group.
Email or call our Pastor, Shannon Spencer at email@example.com or 828-231-4169 for more information, to become a companion or to register for the orientation.
The Haywood Street Congregation
297 Haywood Street (corner of Haywood Street & Patton Ave. Downtown Asheville)
Asheville, NC 28801
Mailing Address: PO Box 2982
Asheville, NC 28802
Pastor Brian Combs
Pastor Shannon Spencer