News and Updates

June 2, 2023

Church Work Day Tomorrow, June 3rd

Tomorrow is our campus work day at Haywood Street from 10 am to 3 pm. Volunteer opportunities include painting, gardening, deep cleaning, tidying up, and small carpentry projects. 

If you'd like to participate please contact Tiffany, our Community Engagement Coordinator at All are welcome! 

Have a Firearm to Donate?


“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will train for war no more. Everyone will sit under their own vine and fig tree. No one shall make them afraid.”


Haywood Street is proud to be in partnership with RAWtools, Inc. & to be a part of their Disarming Network!


This partnership allows us to safely disarm unwanted firearms and have them forged into tools that are then put to use in our community gardens.


To learn more, or if you are ready to have a firearm disabled and donated to Haywood Street, please contact April at

Companion Orientation on Monday, June 5th

Our next orientation for companions (volunteers) is on Monday. We'll meet in the sanctuary at 5:00 pm. Reach out to Companion Coordinator, Katlyn, at for any questions. We hope you can make it!

Wear Orange Campaign - THIS Sunday, June 4th

A community that gathers to honor victims and survivors of gun violence, the "Wear Orange" campaign invites the Asheville community to join them in wearing orange on Sunday, June 4th at the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, 133 Livingston St., Asheville.

The event will take place from 3:00-5:00 and will include Pastor Brian Combs as one of the speakers.

Lear more about the Wear Orange movement HERE.

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!
Sign Up

Haywood Street in Photos

Prince and Christina on Wednesday at the Welcome Table

A group that joined us at the Welcome Table.

Little Zada was back at Haywood Street on Wednesday with her Human, Diane. She enjoyed a bowl of cold milk after playing in the flower garden.

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:00 in Room 6. 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 Sermons

Read each week's sermon and previous sermons on the stories and 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.

Click Here

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

Housing Update

HSCD Community Update Letter

By Pastor Brian Combs

Dear Haywood Street Community and Beyond,  


Since our last update, much has changed. Nearly all for the better. Last summer, following the City Council’s unanimous vote to endorse our proposal, Haywood Street Community Development closed on the West End Clingman Avenue properties and readied to break ground. Then global supply chains kinked, lending for multifamily projects retracted, construction bids inflated, and a $10 million vision for deeply affordable housing escalated to $12.5 million and rising.  


With so many dramatic market swings, we literally went back to the drawing board. In the silence since our last communication, we’ve been hard at work on a redesign. Under contract on an adjacent upper lot, the development now spans three parcels. Instead of keeping the expensive concrete podium, we’ve switched to surface parking only. The top floor is gone, replaced by a far less imposing ¾ split architecture. From 46, our unit matrix is now at 41 apartments. With these amendments, we’ve reduced the vertical construction budget by over $1 million.   


Continue reading...

Facebook  Instagram  YouTube

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.