News and Updates

October 6, 2023

Companion Gathering, October 12th

The Companion Gathering and Training is this Thursday, October 12th, at 1:00 p.m., in the dining room. Lunch will be provided.

Contact Katlyn for more information. We hope to see you there!

Thank you, Mark!

Sending a special shout out to one of our talented companions, Mark Windham, for the time and effort he put into creating a new Downtown Welcome Table video!

Check out Mark's video below!

Learn More about the Story Circle

We are still making plans to start the Story Circle back up. Find more information and ways to support the start-up of this ministry on the website!

Mobile Clinic will be back on October 18th


The Public Health Mobile Team will be back at Haywood Street on Wednesday, October 18th, from 10 am-to 2 pm.


The vaccines included will be COVID, Flu, MPOX, Hep A & B, Tetanus, and Shingles. The team will also work with folks to connect them to other county resources and clinical services. 

Street Dog is Back on October 22nd

Street Dog Coalition will be back on campus Sunday, October 22nd, from 9-12, providing free veterinary care for pets of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.


Services Offered:

Physical exams


parasite control

pet supplies

and more...


Precautions: Dogs should be on leashes, and cats in carriers.

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

Roy was feeling pretty good this week. He was thrilled to let us know that, after almost 30 years of being unhoused, he has moved into his OWN permanent apartment!

Our friends at Nuthatch Garden Services joined us last Wednesday, giving their entire day to work in the garden! They were able to clean up the grapevine by the new patio, making it look even better!

It's bittersweet when the day comes for Respite friends who've become family to say goodbye. Wednesday's goodbye to Norma, though, was particularly sweet as we were able to send her off to her new home! Norma's transformation during her Respite stay has been unbelievable. We're so proud of her and excited for this life-changing opportunity! We love you, Norma.

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 Card Making: 8:30 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 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.

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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

Letter from Pastor Brian

Dear Haywood Street Congregation and beyond, 

Nearly dead from the overdose, splayed out face down between the stalls, her body surrendering to the toxicity, a beloved congregant lay lifeless on the tile. Seconds later, a passerby entered the women’s bathroom and screamed for help. Staff rushed to the scene, dialed 911, and administered Narcan on their knees. Then chest compressions and a silent prayer as the shrieking sirens raced down Patton Avenue.   


Fentanyl, a synthetic drug one hundred times stronger than morphine, killed 109,680 Americans last year alone (1). Of the twenty cities in the United States with the highest opioid misuse per capita, two of the top five, Wilmington and Hickory, are in North Carolina (2). At best, congregants who use report, “I become a Zombie, unrecognizable even to myself. My soul temporarily vacates.” At worst, “I roll up my sleeve, not knowing if it will be the last time.”

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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.