Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter


Find out what is going on at Second in the monthly newsletter available online or throughout the church building.

Messiah: Behind the Music
Wednesdays, November 6, 13, & 20

Messiah: Behind the Music

Wednesdays, Community Room, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

In preparation for the performance of Handel’s Messiah at the church on December 8, the Music & Fine Arts and Adult Education departments are co-sponsoring three classes led by Dr. Michelle Louer and Dr. John Franke including a unique, live-performance experience from members of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra that takes you behind and into the music.

November 6 – Messiah: Getting a handle on Handel  
Explore the inception and overview of Messiah, with emphasis on Part I, the “Christmas” section which illustrates Old Testament prophecy and the realization of God’s plan to redeem humankind by the coming of the Messiah.

November 13 – Messiah: Hallelujah, what’s it to ya?  
Part II recounts the Passion story, revealing the accomplishment of redemption by the sacrifice of Jesus that ends in a joyful Hallelujah.

November 20 – Messiah: A Not-So-Grave Matter 
Part III, the “Easter” portion, is an extended hymn of Thanksgiving for the final overthrow of death.


Theology on Tap
4th Tuesday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Theology on Tap

A Deeper Conversation About Faith, hosted by Young Adults

Theology on Tap is a monthly gathering of relaxed fellowship, reflections on profound theological topics, and relevant conversations regarding faith and the public sphere. Sponsored by Young Adults at Second, this event also provides incredible opportunities to connect with people from the church and the larger Indianapolis community. At each gathering, we provide the first beer pint if you choose to drink, non-alcoholic beverages, and various snacks/appetizers.

This Fall we are launching our “Diving Deeper” series. As the name suggests, we will be diving deeper into the themes and Biblical texts from the sermon series taking place at Second Presbyterian Church.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about this Fall series or Young Adults, please feel free to reach out to Kelley Jepsen or Jasiel Hernandez.

Bring a friend! We hope to see you there. 

Second Steps
Lunch and Class
Sunday, December 8, Noon

Second Steps

Lunch and Class


God takes the first step...the second step is yours!

If you have been searching for a way to deepen your involvement in the life of this congregation, find out about church membership, or simply want to learn more about Second, we invite you to our new Second Steps session on Sunday, December 8 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. Whether you are a long-time participant in our church life or a brand new visitor, you are welcome…Second Steps is for YOU!

Join Senior Pastor Chris Henry and other members of the pastoral staff as we explore the Christian faith, the purpose of the church, and the life of Second Presbyterian Church in this new chapter of ministry. We’ll begin with lunch (RSVP here) immediately after the 11 a.m. worship service. Childcare is available and all ages are welcome. At the end of the session, you will be invited to join Second…we love new members! That decision is completely up to you and your family.

If you are looking for a place to connect and belong, to grow in faith and wonder, to serve others, and to find a deeper meaning for your life, we believe you will find it here. Please join us to take the next steps in your journey at Second!

Register Now

Not available on December 8? Email Karen Reynard, and we'll be in touch.

For more information, call the church at (317) 253-6461 or speak with any of our pastors following worship. If you would like to attend the next class, please email Karen Reynard.

Ready to join Second? Please fill out this membership form.


Brunch at Meridian Hills
Sunday, December 8, 12:30 p.m.

Holiday Brunch

at Meridian Hills Country Club

DECEMBER 8, 12:30 PM
Kick off your holiday celebrations by joining the Sages at Meridian Hills for delicious food, fun, and fellowship! Please make reservations online, or at the front desk during the week, or in McFarland Hall during coffee hour on Sundays.

Deadline for reservation and non-refundable payment of $20.00 is December 2 at noon.


Christmas Eve Role Call
Register by November 20

Christmas Eve Role Call

Sign up for a role in the worship service.

Register Now

We are excited to begin preparations for this year’s 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Worship service. Our goal is to provide a meaningful worship experience for young children and their families through music, Scripture, and drama. Children will have the opportunity to participate in the service at various levels based on their interest, age and ability, and their family’s willingness to make a time commitment.

Those children who are interested in participating in presenting the service should closely examine the requirements for each role. Please take note of the dates and times required for attendance. It is important that all participants attend every rehearsal as indicated so that the service conveys the dignity and wonder befitting the occasion.


When you register for any role, you are agreeing to attend ALL of the following which apply. Please note all dates are Sundays:









Speaking Parts 


12:30 – 1:30 PM



ALL except Ushers


2:00 – 2:30 PM

Costuming Rooms (304, 305, 307, 309)


ALL except Ushers

Dress Rehearsal

2:30 – 4 PM



Ushers & Parents

Instruction & Practice

4 – 4:30 PM




Worship Service

3:30 – 5 PM

Assigned Rooms & Seating



Every effort will be made to cast children in their first choice part. Emails will be sent beginning November 27 confirming participation and roles. If you do not receive an email by December 2, please contact Ann VanMeter.

Age Group Role Type
ages 4 & 5 Sheep (12) nonspeaking
ages 5 to grade 3 Angel (12) nonspeaking
ages 5 to grade 3 Shepherd (12) nonspeaking
grades 4 & 5 Lead Shepherd nonspeaking, leader
grades 4 & 5 Lead Angel (2) speaking (memorized lines)
grades 4 & 5 Reader (4) speaking (short reading)
grades 4 & 5 Gabriel speaking (memorized lines)
grades 4 & 5 Prophet speaking (memorized lines)
grades 4 & 5 Innkeeper speaking (memorized lines)
grades 4 & 5 Mary speaking (memorized lines)
grades 4 & 5 Joseph speaking (memorized lines)
grades 1 to 5 Usher w/parent (12) set-up / clean-up


Parents, please see how you can help.

Parent roles 

  • Costume manager (8) 2 per group, Dec. 22 & 24
  • Usher (12) with child, Dec. 22 & 24
  • Assist during rehearsals, Dec. 15, 22
  • Assist on Christmas Eve before the service


InSpiring Speaker Luncheon
Thursday, December 12, 2019

InSpiring Speaker Luncheon
with Cheryl Wyatt

McFarland Hall

"Making Spirits Bright"

Cheryl Wyatt is an 11-year veteran of the United States Air Force Band, in which she was enlisted as a lead vocalist. Her multi-octave range and natural gifting towards many different styles including jazz, country, soul, rock and gospel give her a wide range of styles. You will love her energy, humor, and passion for music, and will probably hear many of your favorite singers tucked inside her voice!

Reservations are $15 and are available three weeks prior to each event.

Childcare reservations can be made at at least two weeks prior to the event.

Questions? Please call the church office at (317) 253-6461. 

Fall Yoga Classes
Thursdays, September 5 to December 19, 2019

Fall Yoga Classes

Thursdays 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. OR Mondays 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

$10 per class

Attend every class or just a few. Call 317-252-5518 to register and pay. 
Childcare is available (email to reserve a spot).

Yoga is a mind-body practice using breath control, simple meditation, and movement to promote health and relaxation. Classes led by Kathleen Aker, who is certified through Peace Through Yoga and enjoys teaching Slow Flow Yoga (for everyone) classes.

Co-hosted by CenterPoint Counseling and Presbyterian Women.

Breakfast Gathering
Third Saturday Each Month, 8 a.m.


Breakfast Gathering of Men@Second


Revival is a unique monthly breakfast gathering for all Men at Second to grow our relationships and hear how God has been at work in the lives of those men next to us in the pew.

Come be revived!

Docent Art Tour
First Sunday of month, 12:10 p.m.

Docent Art Tour

Docent Art Tours are held on the first Sunday of the month immediately following the 11 a.m. service. Topics change each month.


Throughout the history of all religions, art has served the same purposes. Whatever the religion, whatever the artistic medium, no matter how skilled the artist, religious art serves to praise God, inspire the faithful, instruct the masses, warn the errant, soothe the suffering, comfort the fearful, focus the wayward, or increase devotion. Can you see how the art found in Second Presbyterian provides those gifts? Would you like to understand more about how those intents are achieved through the medium of visual arts?

A new program has been designed to share and explore the various art pieces found in Second Presbyterian Church. Congregational docents will guide small groups to share and explore the art you see around you. Brief tours, appropriate for all ages, will be offered after the 11 a.m. service on the first Sunday morning of each month or as scheduled programs for church groups. These short discussions are designed to explore specific mediums and religious perspectives. Tour topics will include the stained glass in the sanctuary and the chapel, statuary, textiles, portraits, religious symbolism, paintings, architecture, carvings, and contemporary art.

What questions do you have about the art we see throughout the building? Where are the rose windows? What is significant about Tiffany glass? What is the meaning of the banners hanging in the sanctuary? Where are Meghan’s etched panels? Where are the two statues of Jesus? What themes are illustrated in the stained glass windows on the side aisles of the sanctuary? What do the carvings in the top of the arches in the sanctuary mean? Who are the people in the oil portraits lining the halls of the church? What art is found elsewhere in the building? Who creates the artwork we see in McFarland Hall? Could my artwork be displayed in Second Church?

Join us the first Sunday of each month. We’ll meet in front of the chapel at 12:10 and spend 15 to 20 minutes learning more about what inspires, warns, teaches, soothes, comforts, focuses, and occupies us through the use of paint, glass, fabric, limestone, marble, wood, and plastic. As you would expect from Second, where excellence is always the intent, the art in our worship spaces and halls is wonderful! 

Youth Fellowship Event
Sunday, December 15, 6-8 p.m.

Youth Fellowship Event

at Dave & Buster's


Register Online Soon!

All youth, grades 6-12, are welcome to join for fun, food, and games at Dave and Buster's! The cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. This gets you $20 in ticketed game play, unlimited non-ticketed games, and LOTS of food!

Bring a friend, and come have a great time!