CENTRAL PARK UMC is a long-standing entity in the City of Buffalo, in the beautiful Parkside/Central Park neighborhood, boasting a large, multi-space, multi-floor community center of many activities.
WEEKLY: SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 1030AM
WEEKLY: 10am: Central Park Bible Study
Please see Newsletter for all Central Park Events Sunday November 19, Celebration of Music Ministry w/reception following
Sunday December 2, 12:15pm Annual Church Conference
Rev. Carlos Rosa-Lageur will hold individual conferences as he begins his ministry as our District Superintendent.
Refugee Services & Shop
Claras Closet @ Central Park Complex is open to clients Monday and Thursday only, 930am-1pm
Receiving donations to our basement level - Monday through Thursday , 1030am-1pm.
ATTENTION: SPECIAL CLOSED WEEKS :: ATTENDING TO NO CLIENTS OR DONORS PLEASE: SEE DATES BELOW:
Serving Clients Mondays &
Thursdays 930am-1pm for no-cost shopping of
clothing & home goods. For Donors, open Monday
through Thursday only, 10- 1pm, please bring a
lifting helper for large loads. Always check this site
before you pack your vehicle, as we often have
closed days & weeks. Donation Hours & Days
Subject to change at any time. More so than
donated goods, we actually need YOU!
consider volunteering in this great program.
As Clara's Closet is growing, we
must take caution to balance our incoming
donations with our ability to process them. And you
may be the key to helping us serve even better. Can
you efficiently sort and hang usable clothes for our
shop clients? Over the last three years, under
manager Carol Williams, Clara's Closet has
developed its ability to serve in planning,
organization and retail aspects of the shop,
including building and training the Volunteer team.
However, the need for effective processing helpers
10-1, M-F is indeed great. Please consider joining us
one or more of those days. But arrangements must
be made prior with our staff.
How do you sign up to
volunteer? Please come to the COMPLEX during
open shop hours, Monday and Thursday ONLY
10am-1pm, to meet Carol for your first day. There is
some training in efficient processing as well as minor
customer service. On these particular days the shop
is also full of the people we serve, visiting for their
Donations of new and gently-used clothing & home
goods can be dropped off in our basement level
receiving center at our side entrance at Beard &
Wesley Aves, in the Parkside neigborhood,
MondayThursday 10am-1pm. These hours are
subject to change at any time so please check back
here or the Facebook Page for Updates and Closings.
PLEASE NOTE: Clara's Closet staff do not keep
regular daytime receiving hours. Because of this, we
ask that you bring a helper with you who can both
lift and manipulate stairs. Otherwise, please plan to
bring items only Mondays and Thursdays 11am1pm,
which fall during the regular "shop hours" and
a Clara's staff member may be able to assist. Be
forewarned, the shop and entrance may be
crowded with people, many who do not speak
english, including children and babies.
Central Park/Parkside Neighborhood
Between Hertel Avenue, Main Street and Jewett
Parkways lays the beautiful Parkside neighborhood.
Central Park Complex is a large, stone church
complex at the intersection of Wesley & Beard Ave.
Clara's Closet is on the Wesley Avenue side- at our
lobby entrance, double wooden doors, pictured
above. Hours and times subject to change.
Hours Subject to Change CENTRAL PARK COMPLEX
Please email additional inquiries and we'll deliver
your message to the Clara's Closet Staff. Please
email all inquiries:
and please do Donate
through Central Park United Methodist Church:
CLARA'S CLOSET CLOSED WEEKS
Sept.30th - Oct. 7th
Nov.4th - Nov.11th
December -3 weeks-
Dec.16th - Jan.6th
Central Park is a meeting place for many addiction & support groups, from NA to AA, to groups supporting family & friends affected by substance and domestic abuse. Learn more about the ever-growing list of groups which meet in our varied, comfortable meeting rooms, often enjoy coffee & special conferences, and even enjoy using the lawn & grounds in nicer weather.
To serve you best, please contact us via email to reserve your new groups room & time, or existing group's special event room request.
Note: Apart from Guided Recovery Prayer, Sunday Worship Service & Wednesday morning bible study, the groups listed below, which meet at Central Park UMC, are not affiliated with the greater United Methodist Church; its structuring & tenets.
THE CENTRAL PARK GROUP
MONDAY EVENINGS 5:45pm
The program of Alcoholics Anonymous is not an intellectual challenge, but a spiritual journey - and together we can grow into new habits.
A Service for Recovery
MONDAY EVENINGS 7:15pm
Led by Pastor Mary of Central Park Church, held in our beautiful Chapel; for those in recovery and friends & family seeking to support others, and for recovery & support, themselves...
MONDAY EVENINGS 8:05pm
AL-ANON is for family members & friends of alcoholics, who share their experience, strength and hope with each other. Al-Anon members are people, just like you, who are worried about someone with a drinking problem, or who have been affected.
TUESDAY EVENINGS 6:00pm
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem; recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Most meetings last from 1 to 1 ½ hours. When you arrive at your first meeting you can expect to see recovering addicts welcoming each other and socializing.
LBTQ Members & Friends AA/NA
TUESDAY EVENINGS at 630pm
Women's-Only LBTQ+Friends Support Group for AA & NA-based meetings for recovery, staying sober, supporting self & others, while living life to the fullest in alternative lifestyles.
THURSDAY EVENINGS 6:30pm
The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's addiction. As a 12-Step program, they offer help by sharing experience, strength, and hope. No situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.
SATURDAY MORNING 11:00am
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem; recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Meetings use a variety of formats such as Participation, Speaker, Topic Discussion, Book Study, New Comer, Question and Answer, etc.
SATURDAY EVENINGS 6:00pm
Leaders may ask if there are new or out-of-town visitors, to welcome guests and newcomers. Someone will speak for a few minutes and then participants share perhaps limited comments, speaking on addiction and alchohol issues.
Central Park WORSHIP SERVICE
1030am SUNDAY MORNINGS
A traditional, musical worship service, with Pastor Mary A. Kelly, choir, organist, friendship and refreshments. See newsletter for more about Central Park United Methodist Church and congregation.
Central Park Bible Study
1015am WEDNESDAY MORNINGS
with Pastor Mary A. Kelly, choir, organist, friendship and refreshments. See newsletter for more about Central Park United Methodist Church and congregation.
Central Park Weddings: soaring stone arches & endless stained glass. Central Park Complex can help you produce an amazing event - but our true goal is to help in building strong marriage bonds. Wedding Ceremony, Marriage Consultation and planning meetings take place with Pastor Mary A. Kelly.
Please Note: The church is not available for weddings in which Pastor Mary is not the officiant.
Christian marriage is a sacred covenant reflecting Christ’s covenant with the church. It is expressed in a life-long relationship of love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared faithfulness between a man and a woman. Marriage is firmly rooted in the sacrament of baptism. In baptism, persons are given a new identity and are called to a special way of life. The unity between husband & wife and the steadfast promises they make to each other, represented in their wedding service, point to the unity and covenant love between Christ and the church. Church buildings do not create strong marriages. What is essential is that you desire and intend to live together in a way that embodies the way of life Christ invites us to live.
Pastor Mary A. Kelly will design with you your customized service. She is the only officiant conducting weddings at Central Park. If you have another person, ordained or not, who you’d like to speak as well, that speech would have to be coordinated with Pastor Mary. Christian marriage is not a private or family event; it is a public act of worship, and its elements reflect that under-standing.
The service of Christian marriage is essentially a service of worship similar in its intent to any regular service on Sunday morning. Everything about it is designed to witness that this is a Christian marriage. Both the words and the actions of the service consistently reflect the belief that the man and woman are equal partners in the marriage and that they are entering into the marriage of their own volition. Those who attend the marriage are understood to be an actively supportive congregation rather than passive witnesses.
The church is not available for weddings in which Pastor Mary is not the officiant.
The Great Hall
Great Hall reception space: alcohol free, perfect for afternoon luncheon following a 2pm service. Featuring stage, steps, curtains, and white tulle draping from the crossbeams. Also available: the adjacent Annex space, for further seating or buffet/gift area. Heating fees to be discussed. We have beautiful church grounds, a gorgeous main façade & tower and are next to a small park, as well as Delaware Park, for photography. If desired, after your event, adults can meet to celebrate in the evening at a high-end cocktail lounge.
Great Hall: $1,000 room rental ($600 in-package) Due to our busy schedule for a variety of meetings & groups, load-in or setup to the Great Hall is not permitted before 1pm, the day of your event, with 10pm load-out. Only if a couple purchases a CPW FULL PACKAGE, may they access the complex for set-up, while having wedding rehearsal at 5pm the Friday prior to a Saturday wedding & reception.
ATTENTION: Great Hall occupancy max: 230 persons, may feel extra cramped at that capacity when filled with tables, etc. Your party may have to rent additional tables, chairs, etc. If you choose to have your own team set-up and take down your event, this must be discussed further. Our Spacious Kitchen can be used for prep and plating only, not heating or cooking meat. Recycling and garbage must be kept separate, with all beverage and can containers emptied, all food & drink items taken with you.
NOTES & CPW FULL PACKAGE
Rehearsal: Although not always necessary- but very helpful, is usually scheduled for the evening prior to the marriage and is best done when all of the wedding party can be present.
Marriage License: You must bring the marriage license to the rehearsal or deliver it to the pastor prior to the day of your wedding. Nothing can proceed without the license! After it is signed by witnesses to the wedding, the pastor will complete the license and return it to the office from which you obtained it.
We hope you consider the CPW FULL PACKAGE, combining sanctuary ceremony with Pastor Mary A. Kelly & Great Hall reception, benefitting from a $400 discount in hall rental fee. 20 Round Tables seating max 8 each = 160 Guest settings 20 round tablecloths (may be discussed) 5 Rectangular tables of various size (medium & extra large) 5+ rectangular tablecloths 160 Metal Folding Chairs 40 Chairs MUST REMAIN on the first floor in the Dayer Room on Saturdays at all times to accommodate meetings. This may vary within a CPW FULL PACKAGE; possibly 200 chairs.
*8 additional rectangular tables, seating 8 each(64 guests), may be used from the first floor Dayer Room, but cannot be set-up/used prior to 1pm Saturday by your Party, and must be returned set-up to floor one. Please note that your event chair needs beyond 160(or 200) count will have to be rented from an outside vendor, and managed by the vendor or your set-up party.
You may want to plan renting large fans for a May-Sept event. Possible Additional Banquet Fees: Heating fee: $200 (Sept-April) Set-up fee: $200 (may be discussed) Great Hall Cleaning fee: $100 (mandatory, check to Donald Plummer) $30-50 linen cleaning bill, post-event.
HONORARIA & FEES
All honoraria and fees are expected to be delivered to the pastor at least one week prior to the wedding. In situations of special need, some or all of these honoraria and fees may be waived after consultation with the pastor.
Pastor/ Wedding & Marriage Consultations /Direction: For active members of the congregation, no honorarium is required for the pastor; all others are expected to provide an honorarium of $400. If you pay by check, make your check payable to: Mary A. Kelly.
Sanctuary Ceremony Rental: Members of the congregation are encouraged to make a donation to cover the cost of using the church building. All other persons are expected to cover the cost of using the church building through a donation of $500. If you pay by check, make your check payable to: Central Park United Methodist Church.
Sanctuary Ceremony Custodial fee of $75 will be charged. Please make your check payable to Donald Plummer.
Organist: Congregational members & public are expected to provide an honorarium for the organist in the amount of $150 ($200 if special additional music is to be included in the service). If you pay by check, make your check payable to: Paul Homer.
Here at Central Park United Methodist Church, we believe Christian Education can touch the lives of everyone in the congregation - from young to old. Throughout the year we have book study & lecture series for A.C.E. (Adult Christian Education,) held by our in-house education staff, as well as visiting teachers from within the fold. And our Youth & Children programs are flourishing. Learn more below:
Central Park UMC
Learning & Growing, Together.
Here at Central Park United Methodist Church, we
believe Christian Education can touch the lives of
everyone in the congregation - from young to old. Throughout the year we have book study
& lecture series for A.C.E. (Adult Christian Education,) held by our in-house education staff, as
well as visiting teachers from within the fold. And our Youth & Children programs are flourishing.
Learn more in our CE Newsletter, events lists and below.
CENTRAL PARK UMC is a long-standing entity in the City of Buffalo, in the beautiful
Parkside/Central Park neighborhood, boasting a large, multi-space, multi-floor community
center of many activities. The architecture is striking and immense, as are the hearts among
the teaching & childcare team members.
Adult Christian Education
During the year we offer a variety of Adult Christian Education opportunities that we invite you
to participate in, from book studies of popular Christian writers such as Adam Hamilton, to
special Lenten group study events, to weekly Bible Study. The focus for faith-building Adult
Christian Education is Biblical knowledge & understanding; scripture study & application to
daily life. We discuss ethical issues we face in our lives: illness, death, cultural pressures, and we
promote multi-cultural awareness. For information on current classes and events, please visit
see the Christian ED Newsletter and visit CentralParkComplex.com
A.C.E. at Central Park includes fellowship of informal discussions with topics relevant to today,
building relationships that are valued. For the traditionalists we have structured classes, with
faith & life application; and we also have eye-opening series where you can see your teacher
as co-learner. Most importantly, we promote social action: although your faith is private; you
should view church as a launching place for both outreach & personal transformation.
Central Park Youth Christian ED
is multi-faceted and we've celebrated great successes in each
age group & grade. Our Confirmation Class has surprised us with excellent projects & gifts,
we've expanded children’s studies & special events, including crafts & costume, and we saw
many baptisms this year and are happy to offer nursery services as well. Details below.
Children are featured in 1030am Central Park Sunday worship services during the Children's
Message, on-stage, directed by a loving staff member, then are released from service to their
respective learning rooms, adjacent to main sanctuary.
Parents, please take a moment to download, print & fill out registration/permission forms for
your child/children who will be participating in youth groups & Sunday school. Please turn in
forms to your child's teacher or Judy Toone.
Young People of Faith
(7th - 12th grade) :: This contemporary program is based on Biblical study and living. Each
Sunday, teachers will be leading them on a variety of topics using various approaches &
curriculum. They'll address not only issues going on in their immediate surroundings (school,
home, community) but broader issues as well.
Concepts include: "How do we take our faith and apply it to everyday life?" and "How do we
protect ourselves while still being compassionate?"
Join them for some straight talk, & never-boring guidance on personal faith issues. If you need
further clarification of the program for young men & women, please contact Joe Steinmetz or
Children of Faith
(K - 6th grade) :: Each Sunday the class of Kindergarten - 6th graders heads to their faith
formation group, right after the Children's Message during the 1030am Central Park UMC
worship service. We incorporate a variety of learning methods to engage children in Bible
stories, characters and main themes. We employ musical activities, crafts, videos, and games
as part of our curriculum. Snacks included.
This colorful program is engaging and theologically grounded, giving them the tools to explore
the Bible in fun & age-appropriate ways. For further questions please contact Dona Bronkie,
Marilyn Standard or Judy Toone.
Infants & Toddlers
(Birth - Kindergarten) :: Loving, consistent child care is available for infants & toddlers in the
Central Park UMC nursery on floor one of the complex, near the main sanctuary, from 10:15 -
12:30 each Sunday. This allows adults not only relaxed time in worship service, but to enjoy
fellowship and coffee following service.
Parents or guardians can drop off their children before the service and pick them up at the
conclusion of the service. If you need directions, an usher will be happy to help you. Please
print & fill out the Youth Permission form for all young people.
CONTACT Judy Toone,
Director of Christian Education
EMAIL JUDY :: Jatoone3@gmail.com
Central Park United Methodist Church
216 Beard Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14214
Office 716 833-3193
ADULT CHRISTIAN ED.
Adult Christian Education
During the year we offer a variety of Adult Christian Education opportunities with a focus on Biblical knowledge & understanding; including scripture study & application to daily life.
Central Park Youth Christian ED is multi-faceted and we've celebrated great successes and expansion in each age group & grade, from teen groups, to school-aged to pre-school & Nursery Care.
Parents, please take a moment to download, print & fill out registration/permission forms for your child/children who will be participating in youth groups & Sunday school. Please turn in forms to your child's teacher or Judy Toone.
Did you know you don't need your checkbook to give to Central Park & its ministries- but can make an online donation whenever the spirit moves you? This is a great option for enhanced stewardship, memorial gifts, special program needs and fundraiser/purchase payments. Please add 3% PayPal banking fee.
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ENDOWMENT & GIFT
Endowments & Memorial Gifts
Please do remember CENTRAL PARK United Methodist Church in your will, as endowments or legacy/memorial gifts. Central Park United Methodist Church fills a vital role for many people, both within the church and within the community. Legacy and Endowment planning is an excellent choice to see your contribution help to grow this church and its reach. We seek to partner with you and your family for the lasting legacy of Central Park UMC's ongoing influence. Learn more here...
Endowments & Memorial Gifts
Please remember CENTRAL PARK United Methodist Church in your will, as endowments or legacy gifts:
Central Park United Methodist Church fills a vital, important part of all of our lives and fills an important role in the lives of so many in Buffalo and beyond. You have all been generous in your contributions to Central Park. Aside from pledges to the church on an ongoing basis, many of you will find gifts in the form of bequests attractive.
If you wish to support the church and its missions, consider including a provision in your will similar to this: I leave to Central Park United Methodist Church, Buffalo, NY the sum of $ ____ ( or a portion of a residuary estate, or a description of stock or property to be given) to be used for the support of the church and its ongoing missions.
Please consider remembering the church in your will or list the church as a beneficiary for insurance proceeds. Also, Congress has made permanent a policy allowing eligible individuals to make donations during their lifetimes from an IRA, IRS 401(k) or 403(b) and similar tax deferred plans. If you can do this, please consult your plan administrator or financial advisor to obtain the appropriate forms and ascertain eligibility. As always, we thank you for your generosity that will enable Central Park to continue the ministries of the church.
The Perfect Gift
Honorary & Memorial Gifts
What to give the person who has everything and/or wants nothing? How about a donation in his /her / their honor to one of the Central Park UMC special funds? You may request specific allocation of the donation: Clara's Closet, Youth Programs, Special Events, Music Department, the Good Samaritan Fund, to Vacation Bible School or even worship flowers.
If you are making the donation as a gift, please tell Pastor Mary or Beth Buckley (Chair, Finance) and provide an address. If you wish, the donation will be listed in the Bulletin in honor of your recipient. In addition, a letter will be sent to the honoree by Pastor Mary informing him or her of the gift, and explaining how the gift will benefit the people of God whom we’ve been called to serve.
Central Park Staff
Pastor Mary A. Kelly
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