Winter Warmth Coat Drive
Drop off coats through October 22
So many factors influence our health and wellbeing on a daily basis. We support and encourage each other as we seek to extend the love of Christ into our community and beyond. If you would like to learn more about how to become involved in our service opportunities, please contact Rev. David Berry.
Winter Warmth Coat Drive
We are collecting coats to share with our neighbors in need. Please drop off new and gently used coats in the red bins inside the atrium through Friday, October 22. Larger sizes are especially appreciated!
Our Deacons will sort the coats and offer them to Washington Township families later in October.
Thank you for sharing some warmth with our neighbors this winter!
Second partners with
Versiti Blood Centers
Upcoming Blood Drives at Second:
- August 8
- November 7
Ministering to our community includes providing the resources needed during a time of crisis for hope and healing. Donating blood is a powerful way to show compassion and contribute to the well-being of patients in our city. Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is experiencing a critical need for blood donors. All donors are required to register and wear personal masks or face coverings.
We partner with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to supply much-needed blood to area hospitals. If you are unable to come to Second on August 8, you can visit a local blood center at your convenience.
Emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits
From May 16 to 29, our church parking lot is a collection site for area churches and families to drop off emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits. Church World Service distributes these much-needed supplies to those affected by wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters in the U.S. and around the world.
The Church World Service website has details about the emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits, including printable shopping lists and videos showing how to pack the kits.
For five years, our church has been a collection depot for Church World Service, facilitating the gathering and storage of emergency cleanup buckets and hygiene kits. We are united in our mission to serve those in most need.
IU Health Congregational Care Network
This program connects people in our community who have been discharged recently from the hospital with a trained “connector” from our congregation who will speak with their neighbor by phone once a week for six weeks to provide support and connect the neighbor to assistance they might need. Second Presbyterian and St. Luke’s Methodist recently joined the growing group of congregations in Indianapolis participating in this program.
If you would like to learn more or volunteer, please contact Shadreck Kamwendo. There is training from IUH for everyone who participates in this program.
Christmas with our Northside Neighbors
Continuing our annual Christmas tradition!
Traditionally known as Christmas Benevolence, this ministry has been a vital mission of our church for decades and continues to focus on extending kindness to members of our local community -- reflective of the Matthew 25 initiative.
Second's outreach this year will serve to foster deeper engagement with our neighbors who visit the Northside Food Pantry. We will focus on pantry clients this Christmas and continue to serve between 130 and 150 families in the area.
Some cherished traditions, such as opportunities for members to purchase new clothing or gifts for children, will continue. Gift and clothing "tags" have been offered online, so that families can shop at their convenience, then deliver the gifts to the church.
This year we invited our recipient families to come to Second to pick up their items on December 19, instead of having Second members deliver them.
Rather than working toward a single "Delivery Day," Deacons are working closely with Northside Mission Ministries to support our local families throughout the year. For example, the Winter Warmth coat drive this fall brings warm outerwear to children and adults as the weather begins to cool.
The Creation Care Ministry Team endeavors to encourage, equip, and sustain individuals and groups within the congregation, who feel called to utilize their own unique talents, skillsets, and interests to experience the benefits of creation care for our health and for the wellbeing of all of God’s creation.