Local Church News and Events

Christ UMC Fish Fry

Christ UMC (8540 US 31 S, Indianapolis, IN 46227) will be hosting their fish fry on September 22 and 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They will also be doing local delivery and have a drive-thru. The dine-in meal is $9.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under. Proceeds benefit Christ UMC Outreach. Call 317-882-1549 with more questions.

Camp Indicoso Hosts Retreat for Scouting as Ministry

Learn how to integrate Scouting units affiliated with your congregations into all aspects of your ministry September 22-24. Read more about the Retreat for Scouting as Ministry at Camp Indicoso.

Central District UMW Annual Meeting at Indianapolis St. Luke's UMC

Central District UMW Annual Meeting will be at St. Luke's Fellowship Hall on September 23. Contact Rae Wallis, Central District UMW President at 317-625-2523 or raewallis@comcast.net for more information.

Castleton UMC Sponsors Family Ministries Leaders' Lunch

Children’s & Family Leaders Lunch - Leaders in children’s or family ministry in our local churches are invited to meet for lunch and conversation about the joys and challenges of ministry. We meet once a month, in September we will meet Thursday, September 28th at 12:00pm at Another Broken Egg Cafe, 9435 N Meridian St, Indianapolis. Please email Katie Gilbert, katieg@castletonumc.org or AJ Mildenberg, amildenberg@carmelumc.org, so we know you’re coming.

Camp Indicoso Hosts Annual Middle School Fall Fest

On October 6-7 Camp Indicoso will be hosting its Annual Middle School Fall Fest. Read more information HERE

Movie Theater Church Hosts Joel Salatin at New Palestine H.S.

On Saturday, September 23, Joel Salatin, internationally-known farmer and creation care speaker, will speak at New Palestine High School on farming and creation care communities. He will also speak at MTC's 9/24 morning service. Read more HERE.

Laity Day with the Bishop at Indianapolis Christ UMC

Laity Day with the Bishop will be held at Indianapolis Christ UMC, 8540 US 31 S, Indianapolis, IN 46227 on Saturday, October 7. Laity Day with the Bishop is a day for all lay persons in the church to further develop their leadership, worship and grow in their faith, and connect to other laity from around Indiana. This year we will be focused on the theme "Together We Are More". Learn about the workshops offered and registration process HERE. The registration deadline is September 23

Amity UMC

Amity UMC will be hosting a grief seminar, "Surviving the Holidays" on October 21 at 9 a.m. Light breakfast and refreshments will be served. Cost is $5 and includes a related book. Contact the church at 317-894-3047 or office@amityumc.com for more information.

Christ UMC Holiday Craft Fair

Christ UMC (8540 US 31 S Indianapolis IN 46227) will be hosting their Holiday Craft Fair on October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Mission Guatemala Trip 2018. Call 317-882-1549 for more information. 

Asian Help Services Hosts Annual Asian Festival

Asian Help Services will host the Annual Asian Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 E. 29th Street, Indianapolis 46205.

The Asian Festival will feature traditional Asian music by Indiana University Musicians and a buffet lunch featuring Asian foods will be served. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Proceeds from the Asian Festival fund the numerous activities of Asian Help Services. The not-for-profit organization assists persons of Asian descent in central Indiana by providing a bridge between cultures. Counseling, job placement services, English as a second language instruction, translation services, and educational workshops are among the activities in which Asian Help Services engages.

For more information about this event, please contact Sungboon Baik, Executive Director or Joanne Solomon, Board of Director of Asian Help Services, at 317-924-4827 or 317-257-4737 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Conflict Transformation Skills Interdenominational Workshop

You are invited to attend the one-day workshop Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches on October 21, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. This workshop will focus on the Biblical basis for conflict transformation, styles of responding to conflict, communication skills necessary to resolve conflict peacefully, strategies to prevent destructive conflict in churches, and a model for working at congregational decision-making in a win-win manner. Group discounts are available until October 6, 2017. For more information, visit the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center website at https://www.lmpeacecenter.org/workshops/cts/.

Union Chapel UMC

Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, is providing monthly community meals.  The last Wednesday of each month there is a free meal in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30pm.  Union Chapel is located on the corner of 86th and Haverstick.  Anyone is welcome to join in the food and fellowship.

Miscellaneous Listings

Avon UMC Has Ark Available

Avon UMC has an ark for sale. It was originally purchase from the Christian Supply Store in Avon. They are asking $200 or best offer for it, and it will need to be picked up. If you are interested, contact the church at office@avonumc.com or 317-272-4068. View pictures HERE and HERE.

Cokesbury Curriculum Available

Cokesbury's Grow, Proclaim, Serve, Ages 7 and up for large/small group, years 2013-2015 are available if your church has interest. In addition Cokesbury's Grow, Proclaim, Serve, Ages 3-6 for large/small group, years 2013-2015, and Cokesbury's Deep Blue, Ages 7 and up, for large/small group years 2015-17 are available. Please contact Pastor Julie Macy at pastorjulie@bartlettchapel.com for more information. These kits/materials have been used for Children's church time, but could also be used for Sunday School or a weeknight program.

Employment Opportunities

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St. Vincent Hospice Chaplain Needed

St. Vincent Hospice has an immediate opportunity for a PRN Chaplain. We're seeking experienced candidates with a minimum of 1 year Hospice experience or related experience, Master's Degree, CPE / Clinical Pastoral Education experience. 

This position ministers to all patients, families and staff, regardless of their personal faith tradition, by providing appropriate spiritual services, i.e., listening, pastoral counseling, ethical consultation and prayer. The chaplain participates in educational programs and acts as a resource for physicians, staff, volunteers and the larger faith community. The Chaplain participates in organizational committees related to the Chaplains area of AHAH. Through personal presence, pastoral ministry and in-service education, the chaplain helps to promote and maintain a Christian atmosphere of quality patient-centered care.

Travel around the Indianapolis area is required, we also have a 10 bed inpatient unit on Payne Road that will be part of the ministry area.

Provide effective spiritual care as part of an interdisciplinary team that contributes to the well-being of staff, patients/clients, and their families. 
Document a spiritual assessment, intervention and plan of care. 
Provide leadership and education that shapes and supports the culture of spirituality, mission and values of Ministry Home Care. 
Advocate for patients and families within their organization. 
Create and facilitate rituals for individuals/groups and organizational needs. 
Participate in general, patient caregiver and physician orientation. 
Collaborate with area clergy to honor the requests of patients and families. 

Master's Degree in theological, ministerial or related field from an accredited college or university. A minimum of two units of Clinical Pastoral Education is required.

Endorsement by Professional Chaplain Organization and/or Denominational Representative.

Current Indiana driver's license, use of a car and proof of auto insurance.

One (1) to three (3) years of chaplaincy or related experience.

If interested or if you have any questions, please call Rev. Mark Powell at 317.518.0166.

Castleton UMC

Student Ministries Director
Large suburban mainline Church (Castleton UMC)  seeks full –time director of Student Ministries.  
Necessary skills include: a vital walk with Christ; willingness to care and teach youth and their families; desire to show youth what it means to live dailywith Christ, and a willingness to fully participate in a vital staff team.
Excellent Compensation.  Three years’ experience preferred. Send resumes to myrad@castletonumc.org.

Gateway Community Church

Gateway Community Church is looking for a part-time Director of Connections to provide leadership, training, and direction focused on creating deeper connections for individuals and families. Read here for the full description.

North United Methodist Church

North United Methodist Church is looking for a Part-Time Minister of Visitation and a Part-Time Building Manager. Please click on the links to read the full descriptions. 

New Palestine UMC

New Palestine UMC is looking to hire a full-time Administrative Assistant/Office Manager. Responsibilities include facility and calendar management, all marketing and PR, heavy use of internet and emailing systems, staff support, management of volunteers and membership, bulletin and newsletter creation using Microsoft Publisher and Word, reports, invoicing, ordering supplies, collecting mail, plus using a multi-line phone system. Please email resume to mweslernpumc@comcast.net. This position would be Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Indianapolis Wesley UMC

Wesley UM Church, located at 3425 W 30th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222, is looking for an experienced, caring and compassionate childcare worker to serve as our Childcare Coordinator for toddlers and children under 5 years old (NO infants) during worship on Sunday mornings between 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Some children are learning English as their second language and the number of children in attendance range between 8 to 18. The number of children vary from Sunday to Sunday. The ideal candidate will use Christian resources and age-appropriate learning activities. The job responsibilities include scheduling volunteers as required by the two-person rule of the safe-sanctuary guidelines; maintaining sign-in records and children profiles. Submission to a background check is required.

Please send resume to office@wesleyumcindy.org

Wesley United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana is also  looking for a Music Director/Pianist to lead and accompany the congregation in Worship. The ideal applicant has a passion for worship and plays the piano/keyboard/organ; has experience in building and leading spirit filled vocal groups; and, has a wide palette for diverse music genres. The ability to read music is must. Read the full description HERE

Interested applicants are asked to send resumes to office@wesleyumcindy.org; Attn: Pastor

Mt Auburn UMC

The Director of Worship Technologies prepares and implements all audio and visual components for Sunday morning services and all other church events. This preparation and implementation helps create an inviting worship experience which allows others to share in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Terms of Employment: The Director of Worship Technologies is a part-time staff position. Reports to: Operations Manager Supervises: Volunteers who serve with the audio/visual ministry in worship and children’s worship

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Model agape love.

2. Design and implement a plan and recruit a team to provide audio-visual for worship services and other gatherings.

3. Oversee the setup of the audio-visual equipment for worship services on Sunday and oversee the tear-down of the audio-visual equipment after Sunday worship services.

4. Works with the worship planning team and prepares projection slides for Sunday services.

The Director of Contemporary Worship will be the “producer” of contemporary worship service and special programs. Although the senior pastor is the “director” in terms of setting the theme and overall direction, the Director of Worship will oversee and coordinate all the details that a service encompasses. The Director of Worship must be a visionary who is creative in leading people to God. The Director of Worship is a leader who can communicate a direction in a way that inspires those around him/her to join in the pursuit of that vision. This position is a pastoral one that therefore requires the individual to serve not solely as a musical or performing arts director but also as a shepherd to the people who serve in this ministry.

Terms of Employment: The Director of Worship is a full-time salaried position. Click HERE for the full position description and qualifications needed. 

Old Bethel UMC

Preschool Director/Lead Teacher

Old Bethel Preschool and Daycare was established in 1968 and has provided a Christ-centered, quality, affordable, and accessible early childhood education on the east side of Indianapolis.  We are seeking a Preschool and Daycare Director who has a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and is passionate and excited about early childhood education. Old Bethel Preschool and Daycare is a ministry of Old Bethel United Methodist Church where our vision is to offer hope to every hunger in every heart.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Pastor Suzanne, Pastor of Family Ministries at sjuncker@oldbethel.org by July 10th. For more information check out our job listing on our website: www.oldbethel.org/jobs

Old Bethel Preschool & Daycare is a ministry of Old Bethel United Methodist Church and is registered with the State of Indiana. Our goal is to provide a quality preschool and childcare program in a nurturing Christian environment that provides for the growth and development of each individual child. We are committed to offering an early childhood program that builds a sound foundation for a love for learning in all children. Each day we challenge our children to think, imagine, play, question, investigate and explore their world.

The Director at Old Bethel Preschool & Daycare will oversee the day to day operations of the preschool and daycare in order to fill its philosophy and mission. In addition to this the Director will teach some classes as the lead teacher and will be responsible for carrying out curriculum.


-21 years of age or older

-Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with a kindergarten endorsement OR

-Bachelor’s degree with 15 credit hours in Early Childhood Education OR

-Bachelor’s degree with a CDA OR

-Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and 3 years of experience in an early childhood program

-Must have previous management experience and at least 1 year of experience working in a licensed childcare facility.

-Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

-Bilingual, preferable

-Ability to communicate and work with people from a variety of socio-economical, racial, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds, beliefs, and practices.

-Willingness to attend staff meetings, board meetings, and Administrative Council meetings        

-Must pass a criminal history check, drug test, and have a valid Indiana Driver’s License.

-Understands the importance of the preschool and the local church partnering together in ministry

-Understanding of and observance of State Board of Health rules and those of the Family and Social Services Administration

-Be a team player who establishes positive, respectful and professional relationships with children, parents, colleagues, church members, church staff, and the childcare community

-Communicates in a clear, friendly, professional, proactive, and Christian manner

-Able to guide/drive change

-Core understanding of the Christian faith and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and list of references by May 8th to Pastor Suzanne Juncker at sjuncker@oldbethel.org or by mail to:

Old Bethel UMC
c/o Pastor Suzanne Juncker
7995 E 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Indianapolis Christ UMC

Preschool Teacher and Teacher’s Aide Positions: Indianapolis Christ United Methodist Church is seeking to hire Preschool Teachers and Preschool Teacher’s Aides for the 2017-2018 school year.

Applications can be found at the church website: www.cumc-indy.net/employment

Franciscan Health Mooresville

Franciscan Health Mooresville is seeking "on call" chaplains for weeknights and weekends. If you are interested in filling one of these positions and have one or more units of CPE, please call Fr Michael Burns at 317-528-2163.

University Heights UMC

Facilities Assistant Position: The Staff Parish Committee at University Heights UMC is looking for a person to fulfill the Facilities Assistant position. The hours for this position are 7:30 am to 12:30 pm on Sundays. Any person interested in the position or knowing of some person who may be interested should inform the church office at (317) 787-5347.

Roberts Park

Full Time  & Part Time Daycare Teachers and Assistant Teachers. To work under the supervision of the daycare director with the children of the daycare. A C.D.A. in Early Learning would be desirable for teachers but is not essential for classroom assistants.

Bethel UMC Early Childhood Academy

Job Opportunity NW Indianapolis! BECA (Bethel Early Childhood Academy at Bethel UMC, 5252 West 52nd Street) currently has openings for full time teachers! CDA certification (Child Development Associate), a bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience working with children preferred. Teachers plan and implement Creative Curriculum. Apply via our Director and learn more at www.bethelumc.info/beca.html

Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL)

Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light (H-IPL) is searching for their next Executive Director. They seek a director who will lead H-IPL as they continue to lead Indiana faith communities in responding to the global climate crisis and to expand their role in advocacy and as climate leaders in the state. The search committee is open to candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds, including faith backgrounds and job experience. While H-IPL is a statewide organization, the Executive Director must be able to spend significant time in Indianapolis. This is a half-time, salaried position. If you are interested you may review a full ED job profile on their website at hoosieripl.org. To apply, please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of references and send to hiplsearch@gmail.com.