We're an active community where love is a verb.
Explore numerous opportunities to get involved in our Meeting.
Music is an important part of our community. Our choir sings most Sundays (with rehearsals occurring during the 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. hour on Sunday) and welcomes anyone to join them that is interested in singing. The choir and others present a Christmas Vespers program each year that is inspiring and Spirit led. We have an active handbell choir that performs periodically throughout the year. Our members/ attenders have many talents and share them with us through song, instrument and drama. During the summer months, folks are encouraged to sign up to share their talents during Meeting for Worship.
The Praying Friends group is a vital part of pastoral care at First Friends. When you have a spiritual need or prayer request for yourself, your family, or others, please call 317-255-2485 or click the link above to be added to the list to share with our prayer partners. All prayer requests are kept confidential. You can be sure your need will be lifted faithfully and forcefully by the many members of this dedicated group! Praying Friends meets the last Sunday of each month (after Meeting for Worship for a simple meal and prayer together and if requested, gatherings for healing prayer.
Circle of Care
The goal of the Circle of Care Ministry at First Friends is to provide practical, social, spiritual, and emotional support, and, as needed, advocacy and referral, to Friends and family members in response to caring and sensitive assessment at times of acute or chronic illness, disability, end-of-life preparation, and death. If you have a need please contact the office, our pastor or request assistance through a confidential note to be placed in a container in the front vestibule. The circle of care network has many individuals willing to offer a variety of support.
Volunteers will be able to deliver ready-made meals to individuals and families going through a loss or other life challenge. Please contact the office or the pastor if you have a need for this ministry.
Volunteers will stay connected to our Friends that are not able to attend Meeting for Worship. Please contact the office or the pastor if you would like to be included in this ministry.
Oak Leaf: Women's Meeting for reading
Discussions on books are held in the Parlor each month at 7pm on the dates listed. All women are welcome to join.
The 2018 book list is as follows:
January 30 ~ Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
February 27 ~ The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
March 27 ~ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
April 24 ~ A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
May 29 ~ Truevine by Beth Macy
June 26 ~ In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
July 31 ~ Testimony by Scott Turow
August 28 ~ American Heart by Laura Moriarty
September 25 ~ Sourdough by Robin Sloan
October 30 ~ The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams
November 27 ~ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
December 27 ~ American Fire by Monica Hesse
Meridian St. Pre-School Co-op
Beginning fall 2013, the Meridian St. Pre-School Co-op has been utilizing the education wing of our Meeting Monday through Friday. It is a joy to open our doors to the community in providing a home for this group of over 40 families that bring their children 2-5 years old into our classrooms.
Weddings at First Friends
Have your wedding at First Friends! We're happy to provide a special location for your important day. Please refer to our Wedding Brochure for more information!
We are also active gardeners! We keep a community garden where different members, attenders and people of the community are welcome to maintain a plot. Also many thanks to Nancy S, who has gathered information on how to garden specifically in Marion County, Indiana. All are welcome to download the guide here.
Our Meeting built a meditational woods on the grassy lot to the east of the meeting house and recently received a donation of a beautiful peace pole. The site reflects the Quaker emphasis on solitude and silence in experiencing the presence of God.
“Be still and know that I am God.” –Psalm 46:10
The purpose of the project was to create:
A place where people can separate themselves from the distractions of daily life.
A place where silence is encouraged and self reflection is supported.
A living sanctuary to meet, worship and commune with the Creator in an outdoor setting.
A place where children and adults feel welcomed.
A place where all can develop a love of nature.
An expression of stewardship for the land.
Please feel free to gather in the woods for mediation.
Unprogrammed worship will occur in the woods during the summer months from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.