FIRST CONGREGATIONAL

UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST
INDIANAPOLIS

MINISTRIES  OF OUR CHURCH

WORSHIP

People participate in worship by being there, designing and implementing the worship space, leading worship, singing in choir and ringing bells, designing the New Creation worship services and otherwise assisting in preparing and implementing the worship experience for others.  Contact the minister for information on how to participate.

ENVIRONMENT

Our ‘Green Team’ participated in the public campaign to shut down the coal fired electrical generator in Indianapolis, educates the congregation on how to live green and is leading the way to transition First Congregational’s adoption of solar energy.  We have an annual ‘Environmental Sabbath’ after Easter to learn about God’s call to us for the care of God’s creation.

HOMELESSNESS

We partner with several Indianapolis organizations that work to support education, employment, and housing opportunities for our city's homeless and refugees. These include Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Horizon House, and Exodus International.

GLOBAL ISSUES

Poverty is not simply a local issue. We work to address the deep global needs of the world through a combination of funding and personal involvement.

POVERTY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

We provide direct assistance to people who are suffering from poverty by donating food to Northside food Pantry and Gleaners Foodbank, serving as tutors and volunteers at Indianapolis School 42, supporting the Peace Learning Center, writing letters for the Bread for the World campaign, and supporting UCC's Neighbors in Need offering.

GLBT CONCERNS

We have been fully accepting of people who were gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender since 1994.  Our church regularly performs weddings for people who are gay or lesbian. Many of our church leaders are lesbian or gay.  We witness to the love of God for all people. 

SENIOR MINISTRIES

Along side the traditional pastoral calling of our minister are two special ministries.  Our Care Team provides additional visits and care to people who are shut in.  Our Services Team provides special support (meals, rides to medical appointments, etc.) to those who need them.  Sermons are available in printed form to those who wish them, and are available online in audio form here.

PRAYER TEAM

Our prayer team remembers people in need of prayer during the course of the week.