Beyond the Walls to Serve with Neighbors
Epworth has a lot of opportunities for you to serve beyond the walls of our church thanks to community partnerships and dedicated lay leaders. Learn more about how you can put beliefs into action through Epworth.
Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors
We recognize there is no easy solution to eliminate hunger in the world or in our city, but we know none of us can do it alone and we can work together to make sure everyone has enough.
- 3rd Sunday of Each Month | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | Contact Ken Adkins
Each month Epworth serves dinner for over one hundred homeless and low-income adults, children, and families at East 10th Street United Methodist Church.
- 4th Saturday of Each Month | 10:45 am – 2:00 pm | Contact Susan Smallwood
Dayspring Center is a shelter for homeless families in Indianapolis. Once a month, volunteers from Epworth prepare and serve a meal and fellowship with this community.
Providing Basic Needs for Our Neighbors
We partner with several local food pantries to help provide basic needs to our neighbors. 100% of the food distributed through these food pantries comes from donations, including Epworth’s ongoing collection of nonperishable food. At Christmas, we also collect baby diapers and wipes as well as adult hygiene items.
Ongoing | Collection Area: Coat Room | Contact Pat Engel
Green Team: Caring for God's Creation
We believe the earth belongs to God and that caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a Christian. The resources of the earth — from the soil to grow our vegetables, to the minerals we mine for our electronics, to the power it takes to charge our phones — are created by God and given to us to use with care. That’s why we encourage our members to make small changes — buying less stuff, choosing reusable bags and containers, and reducing power use. We are also involved in eco-advocacy to educate and activate neighbors to creation care.
UMCOR: Responding to Needs Around the World
Epworth has a deep desire to help all who are in need. When we cannot physically help, we support the work of The United Methodist Committee on Relief or UMCOR. The goal of UMCOR is to assist the most vulnerable persons affected by crisis or chronic need without regard to their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation because all people have God-given worth and dignity.
Epworth supports UMCOR through monetary giving, with an assurance that 100% of the funds goes directly to those in need. UMCOR is able to ensure this because its administrative costs and staff are funded by The United Methodist Church through the General Board of Global Ministries.
At different times, UMCOR calls on local churches to send relief supplies. Epworth is quick to jump on the need, sending a variety of kits designated by UMCOR to reach people in need. Many of these projects include children and offer an opportunity to help everyone prayerfully serve in relieving the suffering and needs of others.
Ongoing | Contact Pat Engel
Hearts & Paws
The mission of Hearts & Paws is to form a fellowship of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike. Some of these special animals have been trained and certified to provide canine-assisted emotional support when partnering with mental health, emergency response agencies, and counselors that provide emotional rescue, recovery and on-going support to individuals who have been affected by crisis.
Ongoing | Contact Gayle Sprinkle
Crisis in Syria: Creating an International Community of Care
Epworth is responding to the crisis in Syria through close partnership with the Syrian American Medical Society and Karam Foundation. A leader in advocacy for refugees, Epworth hosted an interfaith vigil to support Syrian refugees living in Indiana and encourage our state to continue its hospitality to all in need. Epworth has also established an interfaith team to meet the needs of refugees and build more welcoming communities by facilitating partnerships between newcomers and local United Methodist congregations.
Ongoing | Contact Pat Engel
Putting talent to work for God, these groups invite everyone who loves needlework to join together for fellowship, project work, and to create handmade items to help others.
- Layette Kits: Handmade swaddling clothes and basic supplies; kits are given to families displaced by war or disaster as well as a number of other settings to help support mothers who lack the supplies they need for a new baby
- Prayer Shawls: Knitted or crocheted shawls to symbolize the love and embrace of God; shawls are prayed over and given to those who need an extra measure of comfort during stressful times, like the death of a loved one or hospitalization
- Winter Wear: Provide local children with hats, gloves, and scarves; provide winter gear and blankets for homeless neighbors
- Chemo Blankets: Like our prayer shawls, chemo blankets symbolize God’s embrace and comforting love and are made specifically to provide comfort while receiving treatments; recipients include church members and neighbors
- Weeknight Stitchers
Mondays, 7:00 pm | Gathering Area | Contact Cathy Alley
Church members, friends and anyone in the community who loves to crochet, knit, or any kind of needle work will be at home in this weekly meeting.
- Brown Bag Hobby & Craft Group
First Tuesday of the Month | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Room 202 | Contact Sydney Anderson
A fellowship of crafters, knitters, sewers, and crocheters who enjoy coming together each month to work on projects, share a meal, and spend time in friendship. Each participant brings his/her own materials and project as well as a sack lunch. Coffee and cookies are always provided.
Caring for the Community Within and Beyond
The ministry of caring for others is shared by everyone in the congregation to insure “no one walks alone” as life changes, challenges arise, and need occurs.
- Stephen Ministry
First and Fourth Thursday| 4:00-5:30 pm | Conference Room | Contact Pat Engel
Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who offer one-to-one care to persons working through a tough time such as unemployment, empty-nest, relocating, grief, etc. Training for new Stephen Ministers is provided on an as needed basis and continuing education is provided monthly for all Stephen Ministers.
- Homebound Visitation
Varies | Contact Pat Engel
Help the pastoral staff care for the needs of our congregation and community through visiting, by phone and in person, those of our church family who are homebound, in a care facility or in local hospitals.