The Fold Coffee House is a monthly ministry sponsored by Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and hosted by His Design Southern Gospel Quartet. This event is scheduled for the third Friday night of every month (except December).
His Design Quartet sings every month. Additionally, a guest group from somewhere around the U.S. comes in to share their ministry.
We serve supper featuring pizza and other foods, as well as snacks, desserts, and drinks for a nominal fee. We work very hard to prepare quality food for your enjoyment. Food service beings at 6:15 p.m. and the music begins at 7:00 p.m. It's always wise to get there early to get a good seat, as we usually have a full house. And while we don’t charge for entry, we do ask for a free will offering as you enter the building.
Come and join us for the fun. Everyone has a great time in Christian fellowship. It's a casual atmosphere, so if you can't stay for the entire evening, feel free to come and go as necessary.
We will look forward to you joining us at The Fold.
Your child will grow in our Christian atmosphere, learn basic fundaments, have fun making crafts and develop social skills, while playing with friends.
At Little Lambs our program meets a variety of health and safety standards that help ensure your child will be safe. We believe that each child is a gift from God.
OUR MISSION: It is our goal to provide a safe environment with a blend of academic, social and physical activities that will help your child grow to their fullest potential.
Little Lambs is a State Registered Ministry. All employees are First aide, Universal Precautions and CPR certified. Employees are also drug tested and have a criminal history background check with the Indiana State Police Department when hired.
If you would like more information or a personal tour, please call 356-3211, Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our senior citizens often say “We’re not old – we’re just recycled teenagers!” This group meets on the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at Good Shepherd. They have numerous activities throughout the year. The only downfall is in joining this fun-loving bunch - you must be 55 or older!
The Golden Shepherds’ Gadget Band is a group of senior citizens who grabbed anything handy to form this band. They have washtubs, scrub boards, spoons and many other unique instruments. This band meets most Monday’s at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at Good Shepherd and they perform most anywhere they are invited.
This ministry is keeping in touch with people who cannot always leave the house. Their goal is to touch lives with friendship and fellowship. If you would like to join this group or know someone who would like a visit, please call the church office at 356-3787.
In gleaning information from various sources to write an account of the history of Good
Shepherd United Methodist Church, some facts seem to recur. From the early 1900’s there has been a succession of people in the area of Lowell School at 2150 Hunter Road and the church at
2015 South Arlington Avenue who were dedicated to establishing and maintaining a place of worship and Christian education for those who lived nearby.
In a history written by Mrs. Epha M. Johnson, she states that when she began her employment at Lowell School as both teacher and principal, she found “sixty children in the building, about nine-tenths of them without any church privileges or even the benefit of a Sunday School.” Mrs. Johnson, along with Lowell students, decided for their morning exercises to learn some sacred songs. They also committed to memory scriptures – Psalms 1, 19, 23, 24 and 100.
Mrs. Johnson relates, “As I went to and from home to school the words, ‘The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few’ rang in my ears.” “In the early 1900’s if you lived in the Lowell School district and wanted to go to church, you had to hitch up the old gray mare and go to Beech Grove, Irvington or St. John’s Lutheran Church.” This was William Sewell’s memory of life long ago. On January 17, 1915 seventy-one people met at Lowell School. This started the effort that would emerge as Good Shepherd United Methodist Church.
On September 12, 1915 the cornerstone was laid and a white frame building was erected at 2015 S. Arlington Ave. on ground donated by Thomas Wonnell. That cornerstone, which is intact, reads “Geo. S. Henniger M. E. Church, A. D. 1915.” On July 16, 1916 this edifice was completed.
Reverend George S. Henniger, pastor of Edwin Ray Methodist Church, was a driving force as the new church began. Rev. Henniger was Epha Johnson’s pastor. The congregation saw fit to name the church, Henniger Church. Older Good Shepherd members still refer to the “old Henniger Church.”
For some years the Conference provided the Henniger Church with student ministers. Their salary varied according to the contents of the offering plate.
The increase of industry and railroads helped the growth of Henniger Church.
Contained in any history of Henniger Church is high praise for the diligent efforts of its women. They worked tirelessly to raise money to finance church projects. Their reputation for preparing good chili and spaghetti suppers and turkey dinners is still spoken of with fondness. Everyone agrees that without the ladies’ dedication progress would have been slow.
The men’s Crusaders class, with only a few original members, was tenacious in their determination to build a strong group. They met regularly to “dream dreams”. At one time they had an attendance contest – winners dined on steak and losers ate beans! As a result of their increased attendance a larger area was needed for their meeting place.
Set backs occurred along the way. A fire in the Henniger building left much damage. Just as it was repaired, the furnace malfunctioned and caused an explosion.
Soon the men decided that more land was needed for church expansion. Additional land adjoining the lot where Henniger Church was built was purchased from the Thomas Wonnell family.
To meet the need for the pastor’s housing, a parsonage was built in 1950. Financing was again helped by spaghetti suppers and fish fries.
Probably no decision concerning the church’s growth went forward without opposition but, in general, people “dreamed dreams” and those dreams came to fruition.
Reading different accounts of Henniger/Good Shepherd history sounds as though many good-hearted Christians were willing to work very hard to advance Christ’s Church.
On March 26, 1961 ground was broken for the present building. In 1962 that building was dedicated. It consisted of the sanctuary, offices, narthex, and some classrooms. In 1979 an educational wing was added to complete the present facility.
The old Henniger church building sold for $325.00 – the cost of liability insurance. A Fortville gentleman tore it down and re-used the lumber to build four houses.
Church groups were very innovative about raising money – purchasing Christmas trees, cutting them down, and then selling them. Church dinners also continued. People of faith stepped forward to make personal commitments, inspiring others to do the same.
In 1961 the congregation voted to change the name from Henniger Church to Good Shepherd Church. Upon the merger of the United Brethern Church and the Methodist Church in 1968, the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church came into being.
During Jack Haskins ministry, Good Shepherd membership reached 585 and worship service attendance peaked at 313.
Over the years capital improvements included paving the parking lot, landscaping, air conditioning, carpeting, handicap ramps, new roof, elevator, updating the parsonage, installing a handicapped-accessible restroom and remodeling the chancel area and narthex. A shelter was built in back of the church.
Times and formats of worship services have changed over the years. Presently Good Shepherd has a traditional worship service at 8:30 am, Sunday School at 9:45 am, a Celebration worship service at 10:30 am, and a Bible study on Wednesday at 7:00 pm as well as other Bible study groups. The youth group meets on Sunday and is involved in Christian education and service projects.
Relatively recent history includes many outreach ministries. While Glen Beck was pastor, the Faith Promise, second mile giving, became a vital part of Good Shepherd’s Mission program. For many years a group affectionately known as “the quilting ladies” has met regularly, creating much-sought-after quilts of the finest quality.
Little Lambs Day Care fills childcare needs for employed parents. A group of caring women, the Sparklers visit shut-ins regularly.
The Golden Shepherds, a social/service group for “over 55 citizens” was established in 1989. This organization performs countless unpublicized services. However, they are widely known for their Gadget Band and simply having much fun and fellowship.
Good Shepherd has a long-standing relationship with the Scouting program. The Church has also sponsored Little League athletic teams.
Other activities include Vacation Bible School and the Mac Stevens annual fish fry.
All in all Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is made up of Christians seeking to discover and do God’s will.