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EDUCATION

Education provides a solid foundation and a pathway to success. The Children's Circle Preschool at Second is a safe learning environment for our little ones with a proven curriculum grounded in faith and play, allowing children to gain confidence and basic skills to prepare them for elementary school.

We work with our mission partners to support education initiatives in Washington Township, in central Indiana, and in East Africa. If you would like to learn more about how to become involved in our education service opportunities, please contact Rev. David Berry.

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    Preschool

    Welcome to Children's Circle Preschool, a place of discovery...

    Children's Circle Preschool has been serving the community since 1967, offering a nurturing, Christian setting where children can develop the skills and confidence necessary to live in today's world. Our experienced staff guides children toward discovery of who they are and what they can do.

    We recognize that children are learning all the time. Each age group has an age appropriate, play-based curriculum that allows for growth and mastery of new skills. Christian traditions and Bible stories are an important part of our curriculum. Our spacious rooms are well stocked, and our staff creates fun and meaningful learning experiences every day.

    CCP follows a traditional school calendar with classes available from late August through May. We have a two-week Christmas Break, a one-week Spring Break, and are closed for national holidays. All classees meet from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. We offer a summer school program for currently enrolled students only. Tuition is based on the number of days a class is scheduled to meet. (Mondays and Fridays have more holidays, so families enrolled in those classes pay a little less.) More detailed tuition and fee information is available upon request.

    CCP is a welcoming community, where families can connect and grow. Friendships are made here, and our goal is to create positive first school experiences for all our families.

    Contact:
    Cara Paul
    Director
    (317) 252-5517
    cpaul@secondchurch.org

    Office hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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    School Support
    Washington Township

    As in years past, our mission work supporting local Washington Township students goes on! Working with other congregations, our Deacons continue this tradition and provided much needed supplies for middle school students this fall. 

    Your financial support is also appreciated. You can make a donation online. Any donation amount makes a difference!


    Would you like to do more? Adopt a classroom!
    A new way to support our partners at Greenbriar Elementary (our Northside mission partner in Washington Township) is to fund all needed supplies for an entire classroom, for the whole school year. Prayerfully consider teaming up with friends, neighbors, or your small group to donate $1,000 (select "Adopt a Classroom" from the drop down menu) to fully equip a classroom of students this school year. 

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    Northside Mission Ministry
    Sign up to help at the food pantry

    Northside Food Pantry is open to Washington Township residents on the following days:

    • Tuesdays, 12:30-3 p.m.
    • Wednesdays, 4-6:30 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon

    Please note: Northside Food Pantry is closed December 18, December 25, and January 1. On December 15 and December 22, we will have extended hours from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.

    Beginning November 30, 2021, we are open for inside shopping. Clients receive a number in the the order they arrive, and five clients at a time will be invited to shop in the pantry. Masks are required to visit or work at the food pantry.

    Northside Ministry cares for the poor and those experiencing hardship in Washington Township by building relationships to develop food security, to work toward economic stability, and to participate fully in the life of the community.

    Check out this profile of Northside Mission Ministries in Responsive Congregations, a publication of the Project on Religion and Urban Culture 2.0, a joint initiative of the Polis Center and IU School of Liberal Arts. You'll see how the Holy Spirit has moved within our congregation to shape this vital ministry "To create transformational change in the place that Second Church has called home for nearly two centuries, among people who—members or not—belong to its community."

    Northside Food Pantry

    Located on the northeast corner of the church, the food pantry is a tangible witness to our church in action. 

    If you are able to help at the pantry, please sign up online. We are limited to 12 volunteers per shift, so we are managing our volunteers closely with SignUpGenius. In addition to food pantry hours, volunteers are needed to unload deliveries and stock shelves.

    Northside Food Pantry sources most of its food through Gleaners. If you would like to help keep the pantry shelves stocked, you can donate online and select "Northside Food Pantry" in the drop-down menu.

    For more information or to volunteer, contact Lisa Enright.

     


    Pantry Volunteer Opportunities

    We encourage you to consider all volunteer opportunities described below and then sign up online.

    Client Intake - You will work outside, giving clients their number in line and intake sheet for when they come inside. This position requires some training.

    Client Liaison - This job involves assisting clients during their shopping experience inside. Plan to be on your feet 3-4 hours. You will receive on the job training during your first shift.

    Data Entry - This job requires special training and is a sit-down job. It involves the use of a computer and the ability to multi-task. If you are interested in this position, please reach out to Lisa Enright to set up training.

    Car Loader - You will be working outside helping clients load their vehicles. You may also help with traffic control. 

    Food Delivery Processing - This job involves unpacking, sorting and storing food from our various vendors. Food delivery takes place when the pantry is closed to the public. This is a behind-the-scenes job with no food pantry client interaction. You will receive on-the-job training.

    Nora Off Loading - This sign up entails helping process our Nora donations. You will weigh, sort, and put away donations. You will receive on the job training.

    Contact:
    Lisa Enright
    LEnright@SecondChurch.org


    Community Garden

    The three-quarter acre plot south of the church provides fresh vegetables to the Northside Food Pantry. Dedicated volunteers tend the garden, which is not only productive, but also beautiful, featuring flower beds, a seating area, and a prayer garden.

    Contact:
    Jeff Reese
    Garden Manager
    reesejs19@gmail.com


    Greenbriar Elementary School

    Northside works collaboratively with Women@Second and other friends of Greenbriar to provide volunteer support for classrooms and school events, snacks for after-school tutoring, teacher appreciation events, and the donation of school supplies and other specially requested items.

    Greenbriar students need school supplies throughout the year. Download the supply list and bring donations to Second in a bag marked “Greenbriar.”

    Contact:
    Jan Millholland
    jmillholland@indy.rr.com


    Utility and Rent Assistance

    The Utility and Rent Assistance Program (URAP) partners with the Fay Bicard Glick Community Center and the Washington Township Trustee Office to offer emergency financial intervention. In these “gap” situations, a little assistance goes a long way, often preventing a family from losing their housing or having their power shut off. Our partners provide vital case management with URAP families to ensure long term stability.

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    Northside Mission Ministry
    New Pantries Opening at Local Schools

    We are celebrating an expansion of Northside Food Pantry services. As part of our deepening relationship with Washington Township schools, we are excited to announce the opening of small, satellite food pantries at Greenbriar Elementary School and Willow Lake Elementary School. We have been working closely with the social workers at these schools, and they identified this need for non-perishable food to be available onsite for students and their families. These pantries will be stocked by Northside Food Pantry volunteers, and school staff will oversee the day-to-day distribution of food and basic supplies. If you are interested in helping with these school locations, please contact Lisa Enright.

    Northside Food Pantry sources most of its food through Gleaners. If you would like to help keep the pantry shelves stocked, you can donate online and select "Northside Food Pantry" in the drop-down menu.

     

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    ProAct
    Innovative youth service-learning programs

    ProAct has worked for a decade “to stand in the gap for vulnerable populations while empowering youth to actively transform their communities”. The organization envisions a proactive community with well-informed, well-intentioned, empathetic, and confident youth who are equipped with 21st- Century skills to adapt and improve upon the modern work environment.

    ProAct’s innovative youth service-learning programs work with schools to connect your to a network of corporate mentors and local nonprofits. Second volunteers act as mentors for local students in Washington Township schools.
     

     

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    Umoja Partnership
    Join us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in western Kenya.

    For more than ten years, members of Second have joined with other faith groups in Indianapolis to support the work of the Umoja Partnership in western Kenya. The Kenyan staff provides food, shelter, empowerment programs, and education fees for orphaned and vulnerable children.

    Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. Umoja means “unity” in Kiswahili. Learn more about Umoja Partnership.

    Currently, Umoja Partnership provides a nutritious meal to more than 4,000 children each school day. This food is often the only meal of the day for many children.

    Second is a founding member of Umoja Partnership, an interfaith organization dedicated to transforming communities one child at a time. Formerly known as Global Interfaith Partnership, Umoja is a partnership of many faiths, from different cultures, on two continents, united in service to change lives by keeping children in school. You can learn more at UmojaPartnership.org

     

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    Uganda

    Building Tomorrow

    Building Tomorrow improves access to child-friendly, community-supported schools via two main initiatives: Primary School Construction and Thriving Schools Program. The organization’s focus is to ensure their impact outlives the programs by engaging local communities and building capacity to provide an inclusive, transformative education for their children. All programs currently benefit underserved areas of Uganda.

    Learn more at BuildingTomorrow.org

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    New Local Partnerships
    in Washington Township

    The Task Force on Local Partnership Ministries was established to consider new opportunities for mission work in our local community, Washington Township, and to consider ways to adapt existing mission projects so that they focus more directly on our local community. In his Eight Strategies for Church Growth, Rev. Chris Henry encourages us to, “Develop relational ministries that nurture broad connection and deep community.” More specifically, the goals for the church for 2019-20 include the following:

    Second Presbyterian Church will take meaningful steps to form, nurture, deepen, and expand partnerships in the city of Indianapolis that offer hope and concrete support to those in deepest need. Embracing the call of Matthew 25:31-46, we will put faith into action on behalf of the “least of these who are members of (Christ’s) family.” We will review our own practices and processes; evaluate the sustainability and impact of partnerships in an effort to be faithful stewards of resources offered to us; and explore new opportunities to be in relationship with the diverse community in which God has placed us.

    The Task Force identified opportunities for Second to establish or deepen our involvement with four local organizations (listed below). As we live into the promise of these new partnerships, you will be hearing more about these organizations and how you can engage with their work in our community.

    1. ProAct. This organization has worked for a decade “to stand in the gap for vulnerable populations while empowering youth to actively transform their communities”. ProAct envisions a proactive community with well-informed, well-intentioned, empathetic, and confident youth who are equipped with 21st- Century skills to adapt and improve upon the modern work environment. Second has supported them in the past and provided a $15,000 grant about two years ago that was delayed due to internal restructuring. The project was set to begin last year but was delayed due to the pandemic. ProAct wants to expand mentoring to Greenbriar and Willow Lake elementary schools and establish a mobile food pantry that can distribute food in Washington Township once or twice a month, when safe to do so in person. Volunteer engagement in this program would require a long-term time commitment to provide continuity for the students.
       
    2. Nora Ambassadors. Established a year ago, this program brings together congregations in our community to support our neighbors physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. A current focus is the shocking disrepair of low-income apartments at Lakeside Pointe at Nora. This large apartment complex houses a number of patrons of Second’s food pantry. Lisa Enright is already connected with Nora Ambassadors, but would like a volunteer to serve as another point of contact for Second and to attend meetings of the group.
       
    3. 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. St. Luke’s Methodist recently joined the growing group of congregations in Indianapolis participating in this program. IU Health asks that Second have a point of contact for IUH and the volunteers to coordinate support for the neighbors. There is training from IUH for everyone who participates in this program, and no costs for Second to establish this volunteer opportunity.
       
       
    4. NeighborLink Indianapolis is a nonprofit serving Marion County providing free home repairs and services to neighbors who are low-income homeowners-seniors or disabled- living at or below 150% of the federal poverty line. Its mission is to help our most vulnerable citizens age in place safely and with dignity. Since it began in late 2013, NeighborLink has provided more than 2,000 home repairs. Volunteer opportunities are flexible, great for groups, generally in three-hour segments and do not require any skill--just a heart to serve. Minimum volunteer age is 12 years old (with adult supervision). NeighborLink has a collaborative relationship with SAWs as NeighborLink does not build ramps. Second could enable volunteers from the congregation to participate in projects as needed, with identification of projects and 3 registration provided by NeighborLink. One of the advantages of this program is the opportunity for families with children 12 or older to participate together. We would not expect that staff time or financial resources would be required to support this program.