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The Conference Board of Laity, in partnership with the Cabinet, is encouraging local churches to engage in Mission Indiana 2015: Share Your Story as missional experience to impact communities across the Hoosier state. Churches are asked to plan local mission activities during the week leading up to AC2015, Saturday May 23 through Saturday, May 30. To share the mission opportunities, churches are asked to provide information to district lay leaders and assistants for others to participate. A special showing of the statewide movement will be planned during the conference. More information will be available on the conference website soon.

Central District Summer’s Garden in Ministry of Southport UMC

Near the time of the Annual Conference Session, each District is encouraging everyone to participate in a local mission project.  One opportunity to serve within the Central District is through Sumner's Garden.

Sumner's Garden is a ministry of Southport United Methodist Church that shares God's love by providing fresh produce to those in need.  The garden is located at 649 Holly Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46221 (~1.5 miles from the Indiana Convention Center). The majority of the garden's produce is given to local food pantries including the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and Hunger, Inc.  Last year, the garden donated nearly 1,400 pounds of produce.  Please visit Sumner's Garden on Facebook to find out more.

On May 28th and 29th, we will be planting, weeding, and preparing the garden for this season.  On May 30th, we will be building a Harvest Table for the garden, so the neighborhood can have produce without disturbing the plants.  We will also be putting up a fence and laying mulch paths between the beds.

If you are interested in serving as part of Sumner's Garden or have questions about the project, please write to If you are coordinating a local mission project near the time of the Annual Conference Session, please let us know by contacting Lisa Morris, 317-452-4786. We will post your project.

Central District Community Outreach opportunities are available. Watch for more sites as they are made available.

  • NeighborLink Indianapolis – 317-286-2740 – Dave Withey –
  • Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity – Needs are always changing – 317-921-2121 – Ted Mosey –
  • Brightwood Community Center – Izera McAfee-Day – 317-546-8200 –
  • Old Bethel UMC, 317-359-9651 or email - Urban Garden Project - see related article below.


Sharing the Story - North UMC, Indianapolis

North picBread & Bowl is a soup kitchen that feeds 100 to 300 individuals each week.  Visitors may receive a hot meal in addition to taking home bags that include soup, salad, bread, and dessert. This ministry is supported in part through a partnership with Second Helpings, Inc., which provides hot meals and a culinary school for people living at or below the poverty line.

North United Methodist Church will continue it's weekly meal ministry through Bread and Bowl. Opportunities will be available Saturday, May 23rd, Tuesday, May 26th, Thursday, May 28th, and Saturday, May 30th from 8:30-12:30PM to help prepare and serve a hot meal and take-out soup. This ministry provides members of the surrounding community with the promise of hot meal regardless of circumstances. To volunteer or to find out how you can help, contact Eric Steele, Minister of Mission and Outreach, 317-924-2612.


Sharing the Story - Old Bethel UMC

Tyler Gough, who runs the Indy Urban Acres, funded by the Indianapolis Parks Department is leading a garden project.  His mission is food security and he runs an 8 acre organic farm just off 21st and Franklin.  The majority of the produce goes to food pantries, including the Old Bethel food pantry, but they also serve an elementary school.  Much education takes place as school groups are invited for field trips and he also runs a summer internship for high school students.  

Old Bethel UMC's plan is to recruit teams from the church on Saturday, May 23rd and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (May 26-28) for each day. The work most likely will be harvesting all types of berries and lettuce and any other hand cultivation that may be needed.  Anyone is invited to join us and we will make a deliberate effort to invite food pantry shoppers to join in the effort.  Tools are provided and workers can be quickly trained on their task. Tyler promises that workers from the pantry will be allowed to take a small portion of the harvest home for their families.  

To get connected call 317-359-9651 or email

Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the website info, Connect and Volunteer today

Brightwood Community Center is looking for a Midwest Distribution pick up driver, tutor volunteers after school and persons to paint a wall.  Contact Izera McAfee-Day at 317-546-8200 or

Fletcher Place Community Center's "how you can help" list.

Vida Nueva Ministries 

Roberts Park Soups On - Wish List

East Tenth Children & Youth Fundraising Events includes going out to eat and at the same time raising funds for this ministry.

Complete list of Central District Advance Specials


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Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of 

Greater Indianapolis

East Tenth Dinner 2014

East Tenth UM Children & Youth Fundraiser Metro Ministries Table