INDIANAPOLIS – More than 150 Hoosier United Methodist volunteers from across Indiana converged on Indianapolis June 6, the day before the Indiana Annual Conference session, to get their hands dirty and make room for others in a mission outreach called Community Connection. The event was coordinated by United Methodist Ministries of Central Indiana with Lisa Morris, executive director of Metro Ministries.

Here is a summary of how the volunteers reached out:

  • At the United Methodist-related Brightwood Community Center on the eastside of Indianapolis, volunteers demolished the old playground and hosted a colorful, neighborhood family night complete with clowns, puppets and games to celebrate the life of the late Rev. Debra J. Grady, former executive director of BCC. Some of the volunteers returned to the community center after the conference to install the new playground equipment after all of the parts arrived.
  • Following this year’s theme, volunteers also made room for the Roberts Park UMC area homeless community in downtown Indianapolis by bagging 250 sack lunches, serving 45 meals, painting 18 mosaic tiles and writing letters of encouragement for ministry volunteers and staff.
  • In the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, another group of volunteers celebrated the 100th anniversary of The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis’ building blitz by working on two Habitat for Humanity homes and dedicating one the next morning. The second Habitat house was the project of 17 Central Indiana United Methodist churches. Its dedication will be Aug. 4.
  • Volunteers also made a difference in the community by repairing the homes of the elderly to benefit the residents and revitalize the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.
  • Metro Ministries also led in the knitting of 200 baby caps for the infants at the Cheer Guild of Riley Hospital in downtown Indianapolis.

Volunteers work in mission together to pack 250 sack lunches for the homeless as part of Roberts Park UMC’s feeding ministry.

Volunteers of all ages finish a Habitat for Humanity home in the Martidale-Brightwood Community with their handy work and hearts for mission.

Volunteers playfully work on the Brightwood Community Center playground as they remove old equipment and install a new source of hope and excitement for the community.