Cross of Grace

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

Sunday Worship:
8:30 am & 10:45 am

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Prayer Walk @ Southeastway Park
Oct
16
11:30 AM11:30

Prayer Walk @ Southeastway Park

Join Pastor Aaron for a peaceful and prayerful walk through the woods. Enjoy the Fall colors, check in with God, and re-center your thoughts in the middle of the work week. This gathering will take place regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. Meet at the Activity Center parking lot (1st lot on your right upon entry).

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Oct
20
5:00 PM17:00

Faith in the Home

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to attend this informational meeting introducing a program designed to equip families to explore spiritual practices in everyday life. Children are welcome to come as well.

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Prayer Walk @ Southeastway Park
Oct
23
11:30 AM11:30

Prayer Walk @ Southeastway Park

Join Pastor Aaron for a peaceful and prayerful walk through the woods. Enjoy the Fall colors, check in with God, and re-center your thoughts in the middle of the work week. This gathering will take place regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. Meet at the Activity Center parking lot (1st lot on your right upon entry).

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Musicfest & Oktoberfest
Oct
27
5:00 PM17:00

Musicfest & Oktoberfest

In celebration of Reformation Sunday, Cross of Grace is hosting its annual Musicfest celebration at 5pm. Oktoberfest will follow at 6pm with great food from the Rathskeller, a bonfire, beer from Sun King and our homebrew group, as well as our annual "Hold 'Em For Haiti" euchre and poker card tournament. Tickets available for purchase by contacting the church office.

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Prayer Walk @ Southeastway Park
Oct
30
11:30 AM11:30

Prayer Walk @ Southeastway Park

Join Pastor Aaron for a peaceful and prayerful walk through the woods. Enjoy the Fall colors, check in with God, and re-center your thoughts in the middle of the work week. This gathering will take place regardless of the weather, so dress accordingly. Meet at the Activity Center parking lot (1st lot on your right upon entry).

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Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve Worship

Together we hear the story of Jesus' birth, contemplate what it means for our lives today, sing beloved Christmas songs, light candles, share communion, and experience the warmth of the community in which we have been brought together. The 5pm service is a great option for families with kiddos who will need to get to bed early (yeah, good luck with that!).

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Dec
24
7:30 PM19:30

Christmas Eve Worship

Together we hear the story of Jesus' birth, contemplate what it means for our lives today, sing beloved Christmas songs, light candles, share communion, and experience the warmth of the community in which we have been brought together. Come early to the 7:30pm service to experience special music.

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Dec
24
11:00 PM23:00

Christmas Eve Worship

Together we hear the story of Jesus' birth, contemplate what it means for our lives today, sing beloved Christmas songs, light candles, share communion, and experience the warmth of the community in which we have been brought together. The 11pm service is a bit more reflective and quiet than the earlier services.

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Central Indiana Spring Ring - A Handbell Festival in Memory of Mary Lynn Wolfe
Apr
4
9:00 AM09:00

Central Indiana Spring Ring - A Handbell Festival in Memory of Mary Lynn Wolfe

In April 2018 Mary Lynn Wolfe – a beloved member of our handbell choirs – lost her life as she was traveling to a handbell festival. On April 4, 2020, we will gather for a second annual handbell festival in her honor at the Zion Lutheran Church and School gymnasium, in New Palestine.

Information about the festival, including the schedule and repertoire, can be found here.

To participate, find and fill out the registration form here.

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Yoga Class
Oct
3
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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Painting Workshop with Kyle Ragsdale
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Painting Workshop with Kyle Ragsdale

Beloved Indianapolis artist Kyle Ragsdale is coming to Cross of Grace to lead a free painting workshop on September 15 at Noon. More than a how-to, Kyle will also guide participants to explore the spiritual connections of artistic expression.

This event is free and open to all ages (a 1:1 parent/guardian ratio is requested). No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. RSVPs are required. Click here to register.

Click here to explore Kyle's work

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Youth Group Fall Kick-Off
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Youth Group Fall Kick-Off

7th - 12th graders will gather at Mt. Comfort UMC, in McCordsville, for some food, fun and games as we begin another year of youth activities. RSVP with Pastor Mark if you plan to attend and/or if you or a parent can help drive. (We’ll leave from the parking lot by 5:45 p.m.)

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Ministry Fair
Aug
25
9:30 AM09:30

Ministry Fair

After each worship service come explore all the ways you can be involved in various ministries at Cross of Grace. Representatives from each ministry will set up displays and be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You can learn more about music groups, Bible studies, fellowship opportunities, youth and family opportunities, and more! Snacks and refreshments are provided.

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Ministry Fair
Aug
18
9:30 AM09:30

Ministry Fair

After each worship service come explore all the ways you can be involved in various ministries at Cross of Grace. Representatives from each ministry will set up displays and be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You can learn more about music groups, Bible studies, fellowship opportunities, youth and family opportunities, and more! Snacks and refreshments are provided.

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Blessing of the Backpacks
Jul
28
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. We will offer a prayer and blessing for all who are beginning the new school year.

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Felting Arts w. Gary Schmitt
Jul
13
2:00 PM14:00

Felting Arts w. Gary Schmitt

As part of Cross of Grace’s “Creative Arts & Worship” Summer Series, Indianapolis artist Gary Schmitt will be leading a workshop on felting arts (i.e., wool sculptures) at Cross of Grace in which participants will create a dove out of wool. Saturday, July 13 at 10am or 2pm (choose one). Each workshop is limited to 10 participants. The workshop is free for participants.

This event is free and open to all ages (a 1:1 parent/guardian ratio is requested). No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. RSVPs are required.

RSVP for the 2pm workshop through this link

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Felting Arts w. Gary Schmitt
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Felting Arts w. Gary Schmitt

As part of Cross of Grace’s “Creative Arts & Worship” Summer Series, Indianapolis artist Gary Schmitt will be leading a workshop on felting arts (i.e., wool sculptures) at Cross of Grace in which participants will create a dove out of wool. Saturday, July 13 at 10am or 2pm (choose one). Each workshop is limited to 10 participants. The workshop is free for participants.

This event is free and open to all ages (a 1:1 parent/guardian ratio is requested). No experience is necessary. All materials will be provided. RSVPs are required.

RSVP for the 10am workshop through this link

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Jun
24
to Jun 28

Summer Day Camp

Cross of Grace's "Camp at Church" experience is back for its 3rd year! 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 June 24–28 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.

Registration costs $50 for one child or $75 for two or more children in the same family.

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Vacation Bible School
Jun
17
to Jun 20

Vacation Bible School

Celebrate God’s creation this summer with Cross of Grace’s “ReNew” Vacation Bible School experience. ReNew is a 4-day VBS that empowers kids in grades PreK-Grade 5 to grow in faith, have fun, and change the world. Each day, kids will explore Jesus’ Parable of the Sower with three age-appropriate activities that help kids learn how to care for God’s creation.

Our annual VBS experience is offered in the evenings, with a meal at 5 p.m. and programming from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Online registration will be available soon.

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May
31
to Jun 2

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly

The 2018 Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly is May 31-June 2 at the Purdue Memorial Union at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. 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. along with the pastors.

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Experimental Worship Gathering w/ Aaron Niequist
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Experimental Worship Gathering w/ Aaron Niequist

Renowned worship leader, musician, and author Aaron Niequist is coming to Central Indiana to lead an "experimental worship gathering" designed to connect worship with spiritual practices. This free event is open to the public and is ideal for congregational leaders, pastors, church-goers, and particularly anyone who has been hurt by the church and struggles with reconciling faith and church. Click here to learn more and to register.

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May
12
9:30 AM09:30

Q&A Forum

In advance of Cross of Grace’s Annual Congregational Meeting scheduled for May 19, there will be two Q&A forums (9:45am on May 5 and May 12) to learn about the 2019-2020 spending plan, review the Council slate of candidates, learn more about what the Vibrant Faith Team has been learning, as well as to review other important information. Plan to participate.

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