News and Updates

November 24, 2023

Thanksgiving Feast

Thanks to our dedicated kitchen crew and our talented chef, Jinnia, we had a delicious Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday! Thank you to everyone who came out to eat with us and help us prepare and clean up!

Applications for Associate Banquet Steward Position Due Today!

Haywood Street is hiring an Associate Banquet Steward with culinary training who will support the Banquet Steward in managing the day-to-day operations of the Downtown Welcome Table (DWT). A key focus of the role is helping to maintain a clean and well-organized kitchen, dish room, dining room, and storage areas. 

Applications are due by 5:00 pm today.

Learn more and apply here.

A Poem Written to the Church

From our friend, Calvin "Gas" Bailey:

"Greeting Church! Sending you guys another poem. I love you guys and am so thankful that is using me. Thank you guys for all that you do for me and everybody else. I pray for you guys daily.

One Love, God's love, No Other

Calvin Bailey"


Every day I feel God's grace and

it takes me to that special place.

I cant wait until l can see his face!

Until then I am on Haywood!

Maybe Hillcrest, chilling in the hood!

I might be in the Towers!

Testifying with the Holy Spirit's powers!

Slaying the demons that cower!

Greeting angels with a spiritual shower!

Never thought I would be used.

My whole life I been abused.

Now I am royalty!

Never ever changed up!

God is my father and he made sure his baby boy came up!

I ain't worried about what's ahead!

Focused on God and my recovery instead.

Enjoying every sun that rises

I know he will find us,

We got this, we can do it.

Thankful God has put me through it!

Christmas Decorating on November 30th

Join Pastor Jody on Thursday, November 30th to help decorate the tree and the sanctuary! We'll meet in the sanctuary at 10:30 to get started. For any questions, reach out to Pastor Jody.

Companion Orientation December 4th

The next Companion Orientation is at 5:00 on Monday, December 4th. Please invite any friends, family members, or colleagues that you think would be interested in getting involved at Haywood Street.

For any questions, contact Companion Coordinator Katlyn.

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

We had a great time participating in the Asheville Holiday Parade last Saturday!

Taking a break during meal clean up to catch up with friends.

Although you'd think Daniel and Luann had been friends for years, the two met for the first time on Wednesday at the Welcome Table during clean-up, and they hit it off immediately. This is what Haywood Street is about--making connections and building relationships!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Haywood Street Holy Ground Keepers:

8:30 a.m. in the parking lot. 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 Art Ministry: 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Join us for a time of fellowship, prayer, and art-making.

Thursday Card Making: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Gather together to make cards for our community and friends in prison or in the hospital. 

Weekly Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the sermons page of the website.

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


Finding Gratitude and Grace

by Will Busch

Though my memories of Haywood Street are filled with countless memories and individuals, there are 4 individuals who, in particular, shaped me as a human in ways I cannot describe. Those 4 individuals are Kristy and Jay, Kenneth, and Derek. Kristy and Jay were the first table I ever had the pleasure of waiting on, and their nonstop orders came with a sense of jokes and laughter shared for time to come. I knew every time I laid eyes upon them, there was going to be a finger on my chest asking, "What's that?" followed by a bop on the nose after inevitably looking down and laughter to ensue.

Derek and Will

I will never forget the first time I met Kenneth and he so graciously let me sit with him and talk about life as he was enjoying his biscuits and gravy. During this time, he gave me the nickname "coach" (due to me having majored in Sport Management and my continual work with youth). When my time as a companion came to an end, it was filled with a warm embrace, a tearful goodbye, and I left knowing my life was better for knowing Kenneth.

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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.