Fishers participate in service projects in central Indiana

Volunteers package approximately 13,000 meals for kids.

New Hope Presbyterian Church hosted its first “Day of Caring”  Sept. 23.

According to congregation member Mark Thacker, approximately 400 people came and participated in the service event that took place all over central Indiana.

“Ultimately, it’s (the major goal) spreading God’s word would be first, but we’re doing that through community outreach,” Thacker said.

Volunteers helped paint at Fishers Elementary, constructed 13,000 food packages for “humanitarian food-aid organization” Kids Against Hunger, made Kairos placemats as outreach for prison ministry , volunteered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and spent time at Chaucie’s Place.

Projects took place in Anderson, Muncie, Carmel, Noblesville, Indianapolis, and of course, Fishers.

“It’s been great to be able to give back to the community,” Mary Baxter, a project team leader, said. “Instead of going to church, we’re out in the areas doing something for somebody else. It’s great.”

“The church isn’t this physical building, Thacker said, “but the church is wherever we go, so reaching out to the community and supporting those in need is very important”

According to the church’s Web site, the congregation is more than 650 members strong and has occupied their current building in Fishers since 1997.

New Hope Presbyterian Church is located at 12550 Brooks School Rd. For more information on the church, visit