Our Congregation

The Haywood Street Congregation is a casual, laid back church where All Are Welcome–and All means ALL.  It doesn’t matter where you come from, what color you are, what your sexual orientation is, whether you have a house or not or  whether you are rich or poor.  We eat together, work together and worship together.  We hope you will join us.   By the way, your 4 legged friends are welcome too!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:14-21

  • Man, you’re not like the other ministers I meet on the streets.  All they’re about is judgment.  But I don’t feel any of that from you.  And I really appreciate that. – Felon, Homeless
  • This is the highlight of my week.  Sharing lunch with folks from all walks of life that I would have never had the chance to meet.  Worshiping together, learning from one another, building relationships…it doesn’t get any better! — Local Business Woman
  • It’s not enough to just write a check for the homeless and assume the obligation has been met, Jesus calls us to do more. –Director of a Local Charity
  • Street folks have heard the fire and brimstone stuff.  We want another message. – Man who is Homeless
  • The faces of poverty are so surprising… mothers working graveyard, couch surfing high schoolers, master’s degree professionals, toddlers with diapers.  It’s not just burned out single men in Pritchard Park, and we need a response from the Church.  A response to all. – Buncombe Country School Official
  • The homeless go to church on Sunday for one thing.  And it ain’t worship.  We need a Spirit filled service that’s worth attending for more than just the meal afterwards.  –College Graduate, Homeless
  • I need a daily prayer time.  I need a Bible study.  I need regular worship.  And I need it today.  When are you going to start? – Survivor of Domestic Violence,  Homeless
  • When the shelters put out at 8 in the morning, we don’t have many options.  It’s either get kicked out of the library or arrested at Pritchard Park.  What the homeless need is a constructive way to spend their time during the day. – Beaucatcher Mountain Resident
  • The rich Christians I meet are only after one thing when they see me… earning their grace for the week.  I don’t want to be talked at but talked with.  I want to be seen as a person, not as a way to buy your salvation. – Business Owner Recently Homeless
  • The homeless in Asheville are the best fed and clothed in the United States.  More of the same is not what we need.  A church, a welcoming place to gather and worship and fellowship, is what we need. – Middle Aged Homeless Man

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