Our Story

Aldersgate is a multigenerational, multicultural, multilingual congregation. We come from many different walks of life with a wide variety of educational backgrounds.  Many of us live on the near-eastside, although our congregation extends to Greenfield, New Palestine, Greenwood, Beech Grove, Brownsburg, and Fishers. We gather together because we love God and believe Bible study and fellowship are a necessary part of growing in our faith. We are outward focused in our concern for our neighbors, community, nation, and world. 

We got our start about 60 years ago when the Indianapolis eastside was still cornfields and before I-70 was built. As the city expanded, so did our desire to meet the needs of the growing eastside community and desire to grow closer to the heart of God.

Although our footprint is large, we are right-sized to utilize the strengths and talents of everyone desiring to engage in ministry. We believe that we are at our best when everyone is working together as the body of Christ actively serving others. We have dedicated and thoughtful volunteers committed to serving with cheerfulness and passion.
 

What happens when we meet

Our services typically begin with worship through music and end with preaching. Because of COVID-19, we chose to close our facility and offer online services. We provide indoor worship but it’s a “new normal” experience, requiring preregistration, wearing a mask and sitting socially distanced. Because of COVID-19, we’re striving to have everyone in and out in about an hour and have temporarily suspended congregational singing.
 

What you can expect

The atmosphere of Aldersgate is casual and comfortable and that’s reflected in how people dress too. Because of COVID-19, when you enter expect to see a greeter who will ask if you preregistered and if you didn’t, the greeter will assist you in completing a short questionnaire. The questionnaire helps ensure we have enough seating to accommodate social distancing and provides contact information should we need to communicate with you later.

 

Disposable masks are available on entry if you forget yours, but our greeters will not be confrontational. A variety of hand sanitizing supplies is also available for your use as desired. Our facility has two sanctuaries. We’re using our smaller (upper) sanctuary for the time being as it has chairs that can easily be cleaned and sanitized between services. We have a ramp for anyone desiring to avoid stairs. Our greeters will be pleased to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re one to get thirsty, be aware that our drinking fountain is temporarily out of commission because of COVID-19. Feel free to bring your own water or coffee if desired. 

We offer Sunday School for all ages, and we have an active youth program, but for the time being, we’ve suspended the Sunday morning children and youth programs. They will resume at a later time in keeping with our plan for congregational health and safety as a result of COVID-19.