INDIANAPOLIS – Georgia Street had a United Methodist fair Friday, May 30. As part of being the Outwardly Focused Church, the Indiana Conference hosted Community Day on Georgia Street for the city of Indianapolis.

Amy Cox kicked off the event, sharing her music with the lunch-time crowd. Besides having the opportunity to worship, attendees had their choice of lunch from a multitude of food trucks. Volunteers of the Indiana Conference greeted and welcomed guests by offering prayer, free balloons and water bottles, activities for the kids, and plenty of smiles.

Sixteen Cities, Gospel musical group, concluded the event with worship.

Helene Foust developed the idea of worshipping in the streets of Indianapolis when she interacted with a homeless man at last year’s annual conference. He approached her excited that “the Methodists were in town.” He was looking for a worship experience.

When Foust invited him to the Convention Center for the evening worship, he declined the invitation because he didn’t want to intrude on our time together.

Foust realized a prime opportunity was missed to bring the Good News to our community. Thus, Community Day was developed in order to worship with our brothers and sisters in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Conference welcomed a multitude of guests. Even curious individuals at surrounding businesses and apartments opened up their windows to see what was happening in the streets. Foust is satisfied with the reception of the event. – Jennifer Meadows
 


“The dream for this event started last year with a conversation with a homeless man seeking a place to experience God’s power. Today, I am thanking God that the homeless were invited and welcomed, the hungry were fed, prayers were lifted up and we sang to our Amazing God in the middle of the day, in the middle of the city! As I looked around as we sang ‘God of this City,’ I couldn’t stop thanking God for bringing us together to be an outwardly-focused church. There were people in the office buildings looking out. People on the ninth floor of the PanAm building tweeted the band. There was a bicyclist that passed then came back, dropped his bike and started singing with his hands up.”

– Helene Foust


The Gospel music group Sixteen Cities filled downtown streets with Gospel rock during Community Day, Friday afternoon on Georgia Street.


 

“The dream for this event started last year with a conversation with a homeless man seeking a place to experience God’s power. Today, I am thanking God that the homeless were invited and welcomed, the hungry were fed, prayers were lifted up and we sang to our Amazing God in the middle of the day, in the middle of the city! As I looked around as we sang ‘God of this City,’ I couldn’t stop thanking God for bringing us together to be an outwardly-focused church. There were people in the office buildings looking out. People on the ninth floor of the PanAm building tweeted the band. There was a bicyclist that passed then came back, dropped his bike and started singing with his hands up.”

– Helene Foust


Hundreds lined up to purchase lunch from a dozen food trucks parked on Georgia Street for Community Day, Friday afternoon, May 30.