News and Updates

August 18, 2023

Building Closed this Monday, August 21st

Haywood Street will be closed on Monday for a staff training retreat. We'll reopen on Tuesday morning at 7:00 am.

Open Position for Recovery Peer

Haywood Street Respite is looking to fill the position of Recovery Peer. The Recovery Peer is someone who has successfully managed their own recovery from substance use/mental health challenges and homelessness. The Recovery Peer is tasked to empower and support Friends on their recovery journey.

For more information, go to our employment page HERE.

Thank you, Virtuous!

We were grateful for the time we had with local artist, Virtuous, during our Wednesday worship service. Her gift of lyric and song is incredible!

Thank you for spending time with us, Virtuous!

Habitat for Humanity Workday Thursday

The Habitat for Humanity workday is this Thursday, August 24th. We'll meet in the Haywood Street parking lot around 7:30 and carpool to the work site together.


If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Seth at

Story Circle Beginning Soon

Haywood Street is convinced that one of the things lacking in our society is the opportunity for connection with others. Knowing that transparency, proximity, and vulnerability is necessary for relationships to grow, Haywood Street has decided to partner with the local non-profit, SeekHealing, as we start up our Story Circle once more.

Having a complimentary mission to Haywood Street, SeekHealing is a grassroots “social health” project to facilitate experiences of meaningful human connection between neighbors." In this aspect, they will provide training opportunities for folks who are interested in facilitating the Story Circle at Haywood Street.

The next in-person training opportunity will be September 9-10 at SeekHealing's Asheville location. Sign up HERE, or reach out to Lead Storyteller, Melanee, at

Furthermore, if you'd like to support the start-up of this ministry in other ways, please contact our Director of Development, Lorili, at

Companion Training and Gathering

On Thursday, August 31 at 1:00, join us for a companion luncheon & training in the main dining room. 

This training will focus on the new Patio being incorporated into the DWT, our theology, and more! All companions are encouraged to join!

Haywood Holy Ground Keepers

In humble awareness of the nuances of poverty, substance use, mental illness, and of the inaccessibility of waste disposal for many, all are invited to participate in a weekly community cleanup as we seek to care for our campus and neighborhood with compassion and dignity.

We meet in the Haywood Street parking lot on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 am. From there, together will walk the grounds of the church campus and our local neighborhood — respectfully disposing of items that are no longer in use along the way and returning to campus by 10 am.

Supplies will be provided (e.g. bags, gloves, sharps containers, waste pickers), and, if possible, you are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes.

For more information, feel free to contact Pastor Seth at

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

The first day for the Holy Ground Keepers was Tuesday. We had some friends and staff who cleaned around our campus and neighborhood.

Wednesday service with Virtuous!

Some of our meal prep companions in their element! We're so grateful for these folks and the time they spend with us.

Monday afternoon meeting with some of the most thoughtful and passionate people out there!

Weekly Ministry Opportunities:


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

Tuesday Prayer Group: 12:30 in Room 6. Gather for a time of communal prayer.


Wednesday Card Making: 8:30 am in the Sanctuary. 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.

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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


The Curious Christ

By Pastor Seth

His degrees hang framed on the wall behind him, his desk stacked with parchment. A trail of letters follows his name, and the people follow his guidance — for he is bound to know the answer from all his years of study with head buried in bounded pages accruing responses to posed questions. But on this day, the man with all the answers poses a question himself: what must I do to inherit eternal life? Not a small ask, this expert of the law seeks the counsel (or perhaps the humiliation) of a lowly vagabond rumored to know a thing or two. He asks his question, expecting to be told what to do, but instead of receiving an instructional guide, the teacher responds with his own inquiry — posing not just one question but two: “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” The lawyer answers the question, Jesus confirms his response, the man asks another question, and Jesus responds with a story and yet another question.

In the Gospel accounts Jesus asks far more questions than he answers — literally. If you list all the questions Jesus asks in one column and all the answers he provides in another, you’ll run out of answers before you run out of questions.

In light of this phenomenon and in response to this scripture, I invite us to consider: why does Jesus ask so many questions?

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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.