INDIANAPOLIS - More than 3,000 United Methodists from across Indiana will converge on Indianapolis Thursday through Saturday, May 29-31, to strategize on being an outwardly focused church. The 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session of The United Methodist Church will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The session is the representative body of 1,120 congregations in Indiana.
To show its outward focus, the United Methodists will hold a public Georgia Street outreach and worship event called “God of the City,” during Friday lunch hour, May 30, on Georgia Street just east of Capitol Avenue. Beginning at 11 a.m., live music featuring Amy Cox will kick-off the three-hour witness. Music also will be provided by AIR 1 and K LOVE radio. The event will include face painting, balloons and other children’s activities. The musical group Sixteen Cities will lead worship at 12:30 p.m. Georgia Street also will be lined with a dozen food trucks offering a variety of lunch menus.
Another outwardly focused event will include a food packing party with Kid’s Against Hunger ministry and more than 250 volunteers. That event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Indiana Convention Center. Half the meals will go to food pantries in Indiana - Kokomo Rescue Mission in Kokomo, First UMC Food Pantry in South Bend, Harrison County Community Services in Corydon, and Fletcher Place Community Center and Vida Nueva United Methodist Ministry, both in Indianapolis. The other half will go to Mission Guatemala.
Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will be featured speaker at a Saturday morning ecumenical prayer breakfast.
United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer of the West Ohio Area based in Worthington, Ohio, will preach during opening worship at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 29. This will be a service of “Confession, Repentance and Renewal.”