At Carmel UMC strive to be the hands and feet of Christ through outreach in the world around us. We have three areas of focus: Food Insecurity, Children, and Housing.

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Upcoming Events:

December 1 - December 24Food Pantry REVERSE ADVENT Calendar

The Food Pantry is sponsoring a special food collection drive during the month of December. This is a REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR LIST of food items. Each day in December, you will collect a different food item and add it to your bag. Then, you will bring all of the collected items to church with you on Christmas Eve. This is a perfect way for families, Sunday School classes or grow groups to celebrate the Advent season. The list is available here (CLICK HERE) for you to print at home, or you can pick up one at the Welcome Desk.


December 17: Salvation Army Angel Tree Gift Giveaway

We will distribute gifts to 350 children this year. Adopt an angel by purchasing gifts for them, help organize in the weeks leading up to the give away, set-up on December 16th, or help distribute on December 17th. Sign-up HERE.


December 17: Meijer Double Match Day!

For every $10 Simply Give card purchased on these dates, Meijer will provide an additional contribution of $20, bringing the total to $30 for a single customer purchase.


Food Pantry & Garden

The CUMC Food Pantry serves about 300 families each month. We partner with local churches, school organizations and members of the community to serve healthy food to HAMILTON COUNTY RESIDENTS. Please bring proof of residence, such as a driver's license and/or utility bill with you when you visit the food pantry.


In 2022, St Christopher's Episcopal Church, Carmel Christian Church, Cornerstone Lutheran, and Pilgrim Lutheran, donated bounty from their own gardens to the CUMC Food Pantry. Orchard Park Presbyterian Church donates all of the eggs given to guests of the pantry. 


If you are interested in volunteering in the Food Pantry, please email cumcpantryscheduling@yahoo.com.



The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that helps supplement food for anyone in need of support. It operates between the hours of 1pm and 3pm on the third Friday of each month from the Carmel UMC parking lot. To learn more click here.

2022 DATES

JAN 21


FEB 18


MAR 18


APR 15

MAY 20


JUN 17


JUL 15


AUG 19

SEP 16


OCT 21


NOV 18


DEC 16


Each household may visit the food pantry once every month, and the Gleaners Mobile Food Pantry day. 

Food Pantry Garden

In 2020 our church decided to get outside and start planting healthy, organic produce to be distributed by our Food Pantry to Hamilton County Residents. In 2021 the garden won the 1st Annual Anatoth Award from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church for being a community-minded garden. Our hope is to continue growing healthy nutritious foods for our community. 

Soup's On joins Roberts Park UMC in downtown Indianapolis to serve meals to the hungry and homeless of downtown Indy on Sundays each week. Meals are provided from 12-1pm. Personal hygiene items are also available. CUMC serves 5 times per year. Contact Jim Bach at SaborOfBorg@gmail.com about volunteering to serve.

2022 Dates | Jan 30, Mar 27, Jun 12, Sep 25, Nov 20

Missions Serving Children


Most children in foster care enter with nothing of their own. Bags of Hope provides foster children with their own mongrammed duffle bag filled with books, blankets, toys and a few item that will hopefully bring them joy.

More Info HERE.



Kids Coats was started by three women from Carmel UMC and has grown from a church  ministry to its own nonprofit that serves thousands of people in Hamilton County each year. Kids Coats keeps the residents of Hamilton County warm in the cooler/cold months with lightweight jackets, scarves, gloves, boots, and winter coats. Volunteer opportunities are year round!

More Info HERE.




The United Methodist Churches across Indiana partner with United Methodist Churches in Sierra Leone & Liberia to ensure children have access to education. Carmel UMC partners specifically with the schools in Sierra Leone, including the Taiama Enterprise Academy, to provide school supplies, scholarships and room & board to students. 

Pastor Daisy Gbloh is from Sierra Leone. She is serving as part of the CUMC staff for 18 months while she studies at United Theological Seminary. 

 Gift Distribution

Saturday, Dec 17, 2022


Volunteers sign-up HERE!


This year we are collecting Christmas gifts for 350 Hamilton County children. Each year Angel Tree provides thousands of children with something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. 


Carmel UMC will partner with  Salvation Army Angel Tree to distrbute gifts on December 17, 2022. Contact Jessica Stevens, jstevens@carmelumc.org if you are interested in helping!


Angels will be available closer to the Holiday season. Look for the Christmas Tree in the Gathering Space!


Family Promise is the nation's leading organization working to prevent and end family homelessness. Carmel UMC was one of the founding partner churches to get this non-profit started in the Indianapolis area. What began as churches providing food and shelter in the winter months has turned into furnishing apartments to help provide stability for homeless families and most especially their children.

Look for sign-ups throughout the year to donate household items to furnish an apartment for a local family.  

Each year Carmel UMC sends a team to Frakes Kentucky to help families with home improvement projects.

In June 2022, our team built a new deck for a family and saw first-hand how improving a home can boost pride in home ownership and hope in many other facets of life. 

For more information about Henderson Settlement click HERE.