Cross of Grace

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

Summer Sunday Worship:
8:30 am & 10 am
(Begins Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yoga Class
May
16
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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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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May
5
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 (9:30am 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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Apr
13
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 13, 2019, we will gather for a handbell festival in her honor at the Zion Lutheran Church and School gymnasium.

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

To participate, click here for the registration form.

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First Communion Instruction
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

First Communion Instruction

First Communion Instruction will be held on Sunday, March 31, from noon until 2pm. This is a fun, meaningful way for those in grades 2–4 to learn about the sacrament and to prepare to celebrate communion during worship on Maundy Thursday, April 18 (7:00 p.m.). Sign up by contacting Pastor Aaron: pastoraaron@crossofgrace.org.

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Mar
12
9:00 AM09:00

Book Study w/ First Trinity Lutheran

Cross of Grace is partnering with First Trinity Lutheran in Indianapolis for a 4-week study on the book Lutheran Trump Cards by Dave Daubert. The conversation will center around core Lutheran principles, conviction and doctrine. The study will be held at First Trinity from 9:30am until 11am. We will carpool from Cross of Grace at 9am, or you can meet us at First Trinity (5321 E 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46226).

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday Worship

The season of Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. At our Ash Wednesday worship we offer the sign of ashes as a reminder of our human mortality and frailty. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come.

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Mardi Gras Party
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Mardi Gras Party

Cross of Grace’s annual Mardi Gras party will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, beginning with appetizers at 5pm and dinner at 6:30pm. The event is BYOB; the Cross of Grace Homebrew Club will provide samples of their latest creations. Tickets for adults are $12 each (no ticket needed if under age 21).

Complimentary childcare will be provided during the event until 8pm.

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