This week in Worship we celebrated Ash Wednesday, welcoming the first day of Lent and embracing the coming weeks of introspection.

A big shout out to our friends at 67 Biltmore who always bring the whole family, an abundant spread, and so much joy to the Downtown Welcome Table.

New!! Beginning Saturday, March 7 — a time to rest and reflect, to step away from the business of life. An invitation to all, whether you’ve visited the fresco before or not.

Opening Event for Front Burner and Christopher Holt — celebrate the sketches and cartoons of the Haywood Street Fresco at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Tickets available via ncartmuseum.org.


1. The blue clothing collection bin at Biltmore UMC has moved! It is now located at Sardis UMC, 897 Brevard Rd., Asheville 28806. 

2. May 2020 offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a weekend of fantastic music, from bluegrass to broadway, in support of Haywood Street! Friday, May 8th, the Steep Canyon Rangers hometown show @ Salvage Station benefits the Downtown Welcome Table; Saturday, May 9th, Imagine….Reprise! supports Fresco programming. Tickets for both events are going fast, so get yours today!

3. Monday, March 2 — Haywood Street Information Session @ 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. Learn about our mission, ministries, and opportunities for involvement. 



My name is April, to prevent confusion with April who does the fresco Wayne named me April 2.0. I am a social work intern this spring for the Respite program, mainly over the weekends. I was recommended Respite for my internship purely by chance. As soon as I met the staff and learned about Haywood Street Congregation I knew it would be a great experience! I am about 6 weeks in and I have been blessed to hear so many stories from friends about their stories and journey to Haywood Street. There are so many different ways society tries to put people in categories and label who is good and who is bad. I love how those walls come down at Haywood Street, and everyone is accepted for who they are. Everyone from friends to companions to staff have been so welcoming and willing to teach. Ali and all the wonderful Respite staff have helped me understand the challenges our friends face and the resources available. Dewey has taught me gardening tricks and a lot about natural medicine. Laura and Michael are great mentors and continue to teach me so much. And a special shout out to all of the four legged staff/friends, who add a little extra joy to every day.

I chose the social work field because of my own experience with trauma and mental health challenges. I am a huge dog lover and crafter, and spend most of my days working with teenagers. My favorite hobby is probably sleeping, and my favorite color is anything sparkly. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Haywood Street community. Thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me so far, and I look forward to learning much more from all of the friends here at Haywood Street.

More ‘Faces & Stories’ available here.