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 email@example.com.
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.
We are pleased that you are considering Good Shepherd as the site for your wedding. We at Good Shepherd will do all within our power to make sure that if you select our church, it will be a very special day.
Our philosophy concerning hosting a wedding at our church is that we will work with you to design your special day within a Christian context. We will suggest a wedding service while giving you the freedom to change, delete, add to, or even propose an alternate service. We will allow you to select the music you wish to use at your service with the final approval of the music director or the pastor. I t is our policy to host only one wedding per weekend, with very few exceptions, which gives you the freedom to set the time for the rehearsal, when to arrive at the church to dress, when to take pictures and to set the time for your wedding that best fits into your schedule.
Good Shepherd is conveniently located just 1.3 miles from the intersection of I-465 and Southeastern Ave or I-74, Exit 49. From exit 49 head west on Southeastern Ave to the first stop light, which is Arlington Ave. Turn right, north, on Arlington past Raymond and the church will be on your right. We are therefore easily accessible to your out-of-town guests, as well as making it easy to get to a reception site from our church.
Our sanctuary has a large center aisle, which is 80 feet from the chancel area to the back. The sanctuary will seat approximately 300 people. The church also offers a cry room at the back of the sanctuary for guests with infants. There are dressing rooms located in the church for the wedding parties’ convenience. The church is fully air conditioned and heated to make sure that the building is comfortable for your special day.
Good Shepherd’s facilities are available to members, constituent members, and those seeking to establish a relation It is not the policy of our church to conduct services for couples who are attending or belong to another church in the area. Our facilities are also not available to be rented for someone other than the minister of our church to conduct the service. Other ministers are invited to take part in the wedding service, at the discretion of the Good Shepherd pastor, but the pastor of our church is in charge of any and all services conducted in our building.
A wedding is not officially booked on our church calendar until both you and your fiancée have met with the pastor and have filled out the necessary paperwork. We encourage you to book your wedding as early as possible, as it is not uncommon for us to book weddings up to a year in advance. Most weddings are held on Saturday’s. We encourage you not to book weddings to start later than 6:30 p.m., but exceptions can be made. With weddings being scheduled up to a year in advance, the pastor of Good Shepherd cannot always guarantee that he/she will be available to conduct your wedding. If you book a wedding at Good Shepherd and the pastor is unable to officiate at your service, Good Shepherd will be responsible to find a qualified pastor to officiate at your service and will make arrangements for you to meet with that person in advance of your service.
Upon request, the church will provide you with the name and phone number of our church organist/ pianist. You will then be expected to contact the organist/pianist with the specific details of your service. If our organist/pianist is unavailable to play for your wedding, you will be free to bring in your own organist/pianist to play for your service. If you would like to use some other instruments, such as a harp, brass instruments, string instruments or any others, you may do so only with the prior approval of the pastor. You are also invited to bring in a soloist, but this should be approved by our church organist/pianist if you expect him to accompany the soloist or the pastor if they are providing their own accompaniment. We also offer the use of a CD player or a cassette player for accompaniment at an additional fee, as we will have to have someone in charge of the sound equipment for your wedding.
There are two rules that are strictly enforced at all activities held on our church property. First, there is no smoking allowed on church property, either inside or outside of the church. Secondly, no alcoholic beverages are permitted on church property. (The only exception is the possibility of having champagne in the vehicle in which you will use to leave the church.) We also ask that you and your guests will respect our sanctuary by not bringing food or drinks into the sanctuary or by allowing children to run freely throughout our building. You are responsible for the conduct of your guests. Any guest breaking the church’ s rules or acting in a disorderly manner may be asked to leave the church. The pastor reserves the right to refuse to conduct the service until that person has left our church grounds. The use of cell phones in the sanctuary either during the rehearsal or the wedding is prohibited.
Good Shepherd is not responsible for any articles that may be left at our church, whether before the rehearsal, between the rehearsal and the wedding, or after the service. We are not responsible for any items that might be stolen either from our building or from the parked cars while on our property. We request that you and your guests do not leave cars parked on the church grounds overnight. We also encourage you not to leave anything of value in the dressing room during the wedding, as unfortunately the dressing rooms are an easy target during the service.
A valid marriage license issued to you by the state of I ndiana must be presented to the pastor in order for him/her to conduct a wedding service. Both the official copy and the duplicate copy of the license should be brought to the rehearsal. The two of you will fill out your individual sections of the license and leave the licenses with the pastor who will be responsible to fill out the rest of the information and to have the licenses ready to sign after the service. Please do not sign the license before the wedding service.
Wedding pictures, both still and video, are allowed to be taken during the service. A photographer is free to use the sanctuary for pictures for as long as he/she desires up to ½ hour before the time of the service. An additional room can be made available to the photographer upon request. In order to maintain the sanctity of the wedding service, we encourage that the guests refrain from taking any flash pictures during the service. The photographer may take flash pictures of the wedding party as they enter the sanctuary and one last picture when everyone is in place at the front of the church. The photographer is to take all pictures during the service from the back of the sanctuary without flash. The photographer may resume taking flash pictures during the recessional. If you want someone to videotape the service, this person should contact the pastor who will suggest different locations from which he/she might video the service. The one taking the video must remain stationary throughout the entire service.
All fees must be paid no later than the night of the wedding rehearsal. A $100 damage deposit for non- members is required. This deposit is fully refundable following the service, if there has been no damage caused to the church and there is no excessive clean up required. The deposit will also be forfeited, if there are signs that the rules on smoking and/or drinking have been violated.
The rehearsal for a wedding is normally held the night before the actual service. Please allow time for members of the wedding party who will be involved in the rehearsal to get off work, go home and change clothes and to arrive at the church before the rehearsal is to begin. From the time the rehearsal begins, it will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to conduct the rehearsal. Everyone involved in the wedding party: the wedding couple, groomsmen, attendants, ushers, parents, grandparents, soloists, readers and all musicians should attend the rehearsal.
Special care must be taken while decorating to make sure that no damage is done to the church facilities. Flowers, ribbons and other decorations may not be affixed with thumbtacks, tape, putty or by any other means which might mar the finish of the church furnishings. (These items may be attached by the use of rubber bands or twist ties.) No extra candles other than those provided by the church can be used without the pastor’ s permission. Any additional candles must be dripless candles and must have a plastic sheet under the candleholder. The only time that an aisle runner is required is when real flower pedals are dropped on the aisle carpet. I f a unity candle is desired, you are responsible to provide the unity candle as well as the two tapers used to light the unity candle. Good Shepherd will provide a kneeling bench upon request at no charge.
Though we appreciate the invitation, it is not necessary to invite the pastor or the church organist/pianist to your rehearsal dinner and/or reception.
We hope this information is helpful to you in your decision on selecting a church to host your wedding. If you have any further questions or if you would like to book a date for your wedding, please contact us.
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.