Metro Grant Opportunity, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Pantry, Children & Youth Resources and More!
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July 7, 2021




We are excited to announce our 2021 Church Collaboration Grant Cycle is OPEN! This year, Metro Ministries is focusing on the Indiana Conference and Bishop Trimble's Children Matter Most Initiative.

We invite all United Methodist Churches in the Central District to consider proposal submissions that demonstrate caring for children in meaningful and lasting ways. We are seeking proposals focused on children in or more of these areas:

  • Non-violence
  • Food insecurity
  • Education
  • Mental Health

Application submissions will be accepted now through August 8, 2021. Review all of the details of this grant opportunity on our website.

Churches are encouraged to collaborate on their proposals with other churches, schools, and/or organizations in their respective communities.

Reach out to Tina McAninch with any questions you have, at or (317)452-4786.

We can't wait to see the ways our churches demonstrate that Children Matter Most!

Spotlight on Bethel UMC's

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Pantry



Earlier this week, Sandy Frauhiger reached out to thank Metro and the anonymous Family Foundation for supporting Bethel UMC's Sweet Cheeks Diaper Pantry.

Last month volunteers of all ages gathered at the church and distributed diapers, wipes, baby supplies and food baskets to over 30 families. In addition, the pantry had a booth at Fay Bickard Glick Neighborhood Center's reopening on Juneteenth, where even more diapers were distributed.

The pantry team is grateful to be connecting with families in the community in this way, as well as to have children and youth excited to volunteer. Thank you Bethel UMC for serving families through your Sweet Cheeks Diaper Pantry and Food Pantry!

Resources for Teachers and Parents




A few weeks ago, I attended Indiana School Health Network's 2021 Virtual Conference. This 2-day free conference was packed with engaging presenters and valuable content geared towards teachers, administrators, physical and mental health care professionals, school social workers as well as parents and folks like me, always on the lookout for shareable resources. Several presentation slide decks have been added to Metro's Resources Hub, or you can access individually below

Since attending the conference, ISHN has opened up the website for anyone to view the the recorded presentations by going HERE and registering. There are many more resources than the few listed above, and upon registering, you can view them on-demand and/or download the PDF documents from the Resources tab on the website. Registration is required in order to view recordings or download files.

If you have time to check it out, I recommend viewing "Building Resilience, COVID Then and Now", an update from Dr. Kristina Box with Indiana Department of Health. Dr. Box presented updates on COVID-19 data as well as guidance for families and educators as back to school time approaches. Much of her time was spent answering questions, so I recommend watching the recording rather than just viewing the PDF document.


Serving in the Central District



The Central District needs clergy and laity to serve in many capacities. If you are feeling led to volunteer, please complete this short form to let the Central District team know.

Lay Servant Academy Training Opportunities



The Lay Servant Academy is offering the Basic Course, to be covered in two successive Sunday afternoons, July 11, 2021 2:30 - 4:30 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm AND July 18, 2021, at the same times. Rev. PT Wilson will be the instructor for the course. Click HERE for full details and to register.




Mission u 2021

There's Far More Here


Mission u begins this coming Saturday and continues each Saturday this month, on July 10, 17, 24 and 31, beginning at 10:00 am each day. This year United Methodist Women of Indiana will gather and examine anxiety, the culture of violence that impacts girls in public schools, and how we as God's people can deepen our moral witness and respond faithfully.

Download and print this brochure for details and registration information. The cost is $50. Children uner 18 can register for free and receive a Mission u Activity Kit.


Global Leadership Summit 2021

This year's two-day Global Leadership Summit has two United Methodist host sites in the Central district, Franklin Grace UMC and St. Luke's UMC. Check out the summit speakers and details HERE.

Join hundreds of thousands of curious, growth-minded, and change-driven people like you who want to understand more about leadership in today's world: learn more about the Global Leadership Summit, hosted by Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin on August 5 & 6, and begin to register. Whether you attend in-person at a station like Grace or online, you will experience two days of rich, high-impact, inspiring sessions from folks who will share their wisdom and practical perspective to support you in your leadership program. 

The summit is August 5 - 6, 2021. You can reserve either in-person or online at either Grace UMC or St. Luke's UMC.



Check out Metro's Resources Hub!
If you know of other resources we should share, please let us know by emailing Tina McAninch at


Community Compass

Community Compass is a tool created by Indy Hunger Network and has two key ways to connect individuals with food resources near them. The first is an app for smart phones that automically provides food resources based on where the individual is. The second is the ability to text for food resources if an individual does not have a smart phone. Check out details of Community Compass. This is a very valuable tool but does not currently include all food pantries beyond Marion County.

Listing of Central Indiana Food Pantries

We have updated the format of the food pantry list, making it easier to view when printed. You can download the updated listing HERE or from Metro's website's Resources Hub. Please let us know if you have food resources to add or update. We will make updates to this list on a quarterly basis.
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