Opportunities to serve and be served are plentiful and flourishing at Roberts Park UMC. This page features details on what's going on around campus and how to get involved. Joining a small group is a great way to make connections with other people who share your interests and concerns. Whether organized as an ongoing group that meets regularly for a particular purpose or a limited-time educational seminar or study, all groups warmly welcome new attendees. Small group meetings may occur on weekdays, evenings and weekends depending on the scheduling preferences of those who attend. During the pandemic, most gatherings have been on Zoom, but many are now returning to in-person with proper protocols.

For our events calendar, click here!

Hook and Needle Club

Join us on the first and third Thursdays of each month for fun and fellowship as we knit and crochet hats and other items as service projects to meet various community needs. Experienced or beginning knitters and crocheters are invited. The group meets in Fellowship Hall from 1–3:30 p.m. Working at home is also an option, and project patterns  can be supplied upon request through the church office.

Hook & Needle supports mission projects that include World Vision Knit for Kids program, Roberts Park fundraising events and local needs. In 2016, for example, Hook & Needle created and donated fifty pairs of slippers for residents of the Lucille Raines Residence. In 2021, the Hook & Needle club collected, created, and donated over 100 baby blankets, hats, and scarves to the Wheeler Mission here in Indianapolis.

Book Club

The Roberts Park Book Club is a group of book lovers from the congregation and community that gathers once a month to share insights about popular literature. Recent selections have included A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. The conversations are always lively and enjoyable.

The book club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor adjoining Fellowship Hall. Join in the discussions on a regular or occasional basis! Find out the current book of the month in the weekly bulletin, by contacting the church's main office, or by checking the link out below. All are welcome.

22-23 Book Club Selections
Gray Fellowship

The Gray Fellowship was formed more than fifty years ago, as a group within the Methodist Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS.)  Mrs. Pauline Gray, a dedicated Christian woman in the Roberts Park WSCS, sponsored the original group, which came to be named for her.

The Gray Fellowship meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel parlor.  The Men’s Auxiliary, composed of spouses of Gray Fellowship members and other men from the congregation, gets together for their own meeting on the same night, often enjoying the fellowship of a meal together.

Members of the Gray Fellowship are very active in the life of Roberts Park church, giving the gifts of their time, talents, and treasure for various causes. In recent years, the Gray Fellowship has made contributions to many of the local mission efforts supported by the church, such as the Wheeler Mission, Fletcher Place Community Center, Lebanon Children’s Home, and Gleaner’s Food Bank. In addition, they have made contributions to the March of Dimes and the United Methodist Committee on Relief Outreach, Inc. (UMCOR.) Each Christmas they participate in the Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis’ Family Support Center program that provides gift cards for needy families to shop for the holidays.

Prayer Blanket Ministry

The Roberts Park United Methodist Church Prayer Blanket Ministry began in 2007.  This ministry is an activity of the Gray Fellowship, and provides a custom-made fleece blanket embroidered with the recipient’s name and an appropriate scripture verse.  Prayer blankets are given to celebrate marriages, anniversaries and births, as well as to send prayers for healing and strength to those experiencing illness or recovering from an accident or surgery.  The congregation consecrates each blanket during morning worship by laying their hands on the blanket and offering prayer.  Each Prayer Blanket is sure to warm the heart of the recipient as it brings a symbol of prayers for God’s will to manifest in the life of the recipient.

If you would like to sponsor a prayer blanket for a loved one or member of the congregation, please contact the church's main office.