Cross of Grace

A community of grace sharing God's love with no strings attached.

Sunday Worship:
8:30am & 10:00am

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

ELCA Youth Gathering
Jun
27
to Jul 1

ELCA Youth Gathering

What is the Youth Gathering?
– Every three years Lutheran youth from around the world gather in one city for worship, learning, entertainment, fellowship, and community engagement. It is a uniquely powerful experience for High School-age youth and will impact their lives in a positive way.

When is the Youth Gathering?
– Official dates are June 27 through July 1 (transportation will affect these dates by one or two days on either end)

Where is the Youth Gathering?
– Houston, Texas...yes, Texas in the middle of summer!

Who can attend? 
– Any student enrolled in 8th through 12th grade in the Fall of 2017. A couple adult leaders will also be selected to attend.

How much does this cost?
– We don't know the official total until we receive our hotel assignment and figure out how we are getting to Houston. We will host a number of fundraising initiatives in order to lower the total cost per participant. A non-refundable $150 deposit is required to register. Individual financial aid packages are available as needed.

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Jul
9
to Jul 13

Summer Day Camp

Kids entering grades 1–6 are invited to register for a week of Christian Summer Camp right here in New Palestine!

During the week of July 9-13 four college-age counselors will come to Cross of Grace and lead daily programming from 9am until 4pm Monday through Thursday (Friday's programming ends at noon). Kids will be treated to the basics of a typical camp experience combined with the comforts of home. There will be a Sunday evening kick-off event as well as a closing program for kids and parents at pickup time on Thursday.

Registration costs $50 for one child or $75 for two or more children in the same family. Click here to go to the registration page.

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SonRise VBS
Jul
16
5:30 PM17:30

SonRise VBS

Again this year, Cross of Grace is hosting a Vacation Bible School experience for our SonRise friends – local adults with unique emotional, physical, and cognitive needs. We anticipate a joyful experience full of singing, worship, learning Bible stories, and making new friends. Many volunteers will be needed to make this event a success, so please contact the church office to indicate your willingness to help.

The program will be held Monday, July 16, Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19. All are welcome to participate in the program's closing worship service on Thursday at 7:30pm

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SonRise VBS
Jul
18
to Jul 19

SonRise VBS

Again this year, Cross of Grace is hosting a Vacation Bible School experience for our SonRise friends – local adults with unique emotional, physical, and cognitive needs. We anticipate a joyful experience full of singing, worship, learning Bible stories, and making new friends. Many volunteers will be needed to make this event a success, so please contact the church office to indicate your willingness to help.

The program will be held Monday, July 16, Wednesday, July 18 and Thursday, July 19. All are welcome to participate in the program's closing worship service on Thursday at 7:30pm

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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Kid's Yoga

Certified Yoga Instructor Lindsey Stamper is teaching a kid’s yoga class for youth ages 6 and older at Cross of Grace over the summer from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8 and Friday, July 20. This will be an excellent introduction of the practice of yoga and will feature fun themes. Recommended ages: Cost is $10 per family per class. Please let Lindsey know if your child plans to participate by emailing her (lindsey_stamper@hotmail.com) or telling her in person.

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Blessing of the Backpacks
Aug
5
8:30 AM08:30

Blessing of the Backpacks

Attention all students, teachers, school administrators and other school employees!

Bring your backpacks or school bags to either of the morning worship services (8:30am or 10:00am) for our annual “Blessing of the Backpacks” liturgy. Pastor Aaron will offer a prayer and blessing for all who are beginning the new school year.

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Yoga Class
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Yoga Class

Certified Yoga Instructor Lindsey Stamper offers weekly yoga classes at Cross of Grace on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Classes are $10, or you can purchase an 8-class pass for $70. No advance registration is required.

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Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

VBS Closing Worship

Youth and parents and invited to participate in a worship service to wrap up Cross of Grace's 2018 vacation Bible school program. A spaghetti dinner will precede the worship, beginning at 5pm. Worship will last from 6pm until 6:30pm. Please bring donations to contribute to world hunger relief ministries.

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Vacation Bible School
Jun
4
to Jun 7

Vacation Bible School

Cross of Grace's evening VBS program will be all about peacemaking. Children entering PreK (ages 4-5) through Grade 5 are eligible to participate. Parents of youth age 5 and under and asked to participate along with their child. As always, we offer VBS to our church and wider community completely free of charge. 

Monday through Thursday we will host a meal for participating families beginning at 5 p.m. The VBS program will start at 6 p.m. and conclude at 8 p.m. The program will conclude on Thursday with a family worship service between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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May
31
to Jun 2

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly

The 2018 Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly is May 31-June 2 in Fort Wayne, IN. The Synod Assembly includes inspiring worship, fellowship dinners, breakout sessions and workshops on various topics, elections for synod officers, budget approval, and other business meetings. At least two congregational representatives are invited to participate in the event. 

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Breakfast Club Book Discussion
May
23
9:30 AM09:30

Breakfast Club Book Discussion

Join us Wednesday mornings throughout May to explore the rich and provocative book, The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs by Joel Salatin – a self-described “Radical, lunatic, Libertarian, Christian family farmer” and world-renowned authority on sustainable farming and ecology. This book explores the intersection of theology and creation care, which will help frame some of Cross of Grace's ministries including our new garden. Books are provided for free. The gatherings are B.Y.O.Breakfast.

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Faith Formation Lock-In

6th, 7th, and 8th graders are encouraged to participate in an overnight "lock-in" retreat on Saturday, May 5th at church. This event will be a fun, meaningful way to wrap up our year of Faith Formation together, as well as a way to prepare our 8th graders for their last steps toward Confirmation Sunday. We will play games, watch movies, do some Bible study and have discussion around the themes we've been studying and learning about over the course of the last three years.

We will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5th and wrap up when worship begins on Sunday morning, May 6th. Each child may bring ONE friend if they are so inclined. Please RSVP to Pastor Mark (pastormark@crossofgrace.org) so we can plan accordingly.

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Apr
29
4:15 PM16:15

Youth Gathering Pre-Event

Participants in this summer's ELCA Youth Gathering will be meeting other Indy-area participants for our second Pre-Gathering Event Sunday, April 29. At 4:15pm that Sunday we will leave the church parking lot and head to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Indianapolis. We'll have fun with other youth who will participate in the Youth Gathering. Dinner will be provided. We should return to CoG around 7:45pm.

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Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Nathan's Playroom Sale

Cross of Grace is hosting another sale of assorted new items including kid's clothes, shoes, Halloween costumes, strollers, and more. All the profits support Nathan's Playroom – an organization that provides toys for the siblings of sick children who receive Make-A-Wish gifts and grants. Only cash is accepted at this sale. 

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Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Youth Farm Fieldtrip

Middle School and High School youth are invited to join us for a trip to Teter Farm in Noblesville. This farm is operated as a ministry of Noblesville United Methodist Church. We will learn about their mission and get out hands dirty helping out in the greenhouse. The experience will help us think about our new community garden initiative at Cross of Grace.

We leave after 2nd service (approx. noon) and stop for lunch. We will return by 4:30pm. There is no additional SNL youth event later that evening.

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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Passion Play Presentation

Did you know that there is a world-renowned Passion Play that takes place in Germany once each decade? Pastor Dave Schreiber will present information about the history of the Oberammergau Passion of the Christ on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00pm at Fireside Brewhouse in Greenwood, IN. There will also be a presentation about the opportunity to travel to Germany in 2020 to witness the Oberammergau production. If you would like more information about the trip, go to this link: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/851688 

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Mar
24
9:00 AM09:00

March for Our Lives Prayer Service

A prayer service will be held at 9am at Christ Church Cathedral as a prelude to the "March for Our Lives" event on March 24th. Bishops Bill Gafkjen (ELCA) and Douglas Sparks (the Episcopal bishop of Northern Indiana) will lead this brief service of prayer, a scripture reading and a couple of hymns, in order to gather and center those who are participating in the March. The idea is that this service, lasting no more than about 20 minutes will also allow our folks to meet up in a central spot in order to make their way to the State House, located just a couple of blocks away.

Bishop Gafkjen plans to participate in the March as an expression of the statement of support adopted by the ELCA Conference of Bishops. Click here to read the statement.

Christ Church Cathedral is located at 125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis.  
Parking is available both on the street and at Express Park garage at 20 N. Pennsylvania Street (Southwest corner of Pennsylvania and Market). A few handicapped accessible parking spaces are located near the church doors on Monument Circle.

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