Ronald McDonald House August 2017


This month we will be doing Fried Chicken. Please remember that food must either be cooked at Ronald McDonald House, or be made in a professional kitchen (i.e. Restaurant or Grocery Store).

We will be collecting money to help cover the cost of the fried chicken (asking for $10 dollar donations). And will be cooking the sides at the RMH (corn on the cob, green beans, salad).




Join us this Friday, June 16th at 7:00 pm, to celebrate the day in which slavery was finally over in the United States.

Music, dance, and special guests including Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Christian Theological Seminary Dean Dr. Leah Gunning Francis!

For more information check out Juneteenth Facebook Page!

Downey’s Visioning Process

A Vision for Downey’s Future

At the most recent congregational meeting our moderator, Carole Commons, announced that we would be building on the momentum from the “Be Thou Our Vision” campaign to establish a formal visioning process for Downey Avenue Christian Church.  The growing energy and momentum at Downey presents us with the opportunity to reflect on what God is calling us to do and what our community needs us to become in the coming years.  By taking the time to reflect on a cohesive vision for our future, we can strategically align our ministries and work together to become the best church we can be, for as the scripture says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

Over the last several months, members of the Administrative Board, Leadership Council, and Staff have been working together to lay the groundwork for this important visioning process.  Our goal is to dedicate 2017 as a year to discern the mission of our congregation, develop a vision to guide Downey’s growth in the coming years, and propose any necessary changes to our current leadership structure and by-laws to help guide us towards that vision.  By going through this important process, the mission and vision that emerges from the congregation will help guide any decisions, ministries, and programs as we move forward together.

We would like the visioning process to be as open and transparent as possible, with as much input and feedback as possible from the congregation along the way.  The Steering Committee for the visioning process will be formally charged by the Administrative Board to oversee several sub-groups:

¨ One to identify a mission statement, visioning documents, and core values

¨ One to reflect on models for the structure of our Administrative Board, Leadership Council, and Trustees

¨ One to review the by-laws and policies necessary to help us implement the vision

¨ One to discern the structure and role of our deacons and elders

Each member of the congregation is encouraged to serve on or provide input to at least one of these sub-groups so that the final vision is one that has the strength of our whole community behind it.  If you would like to serve on a sub-group, please contact the church office or send an email to

The Steering Committee will provide reports and updates to the congregation through the newsletter and other avenues with the proposed timeline:

May 1 – formally commence the Visioning Process by introducing it to the congregation

May 14 – determine sub-group members from those who have volunteered

Week of June 4 – sub-groups meet to brainstorm ideas for their area

July 9 – sub-groups present findings and proposals to the Steering Committee

July 16 – Steering Committee compiles draft and distributes to sub-groups / congregation for feedback

August 3 – sub-groups present updated proposals to the Steering Committee for review and edits

October 5 – Steering Committee submits cohesive proposal to Administrative Board for approval

November 5 – Administrative Board presents Visioning Document Proposal to the congregation

December 3 – Congregational Meeting to approve A Vision for Downey’s Future

Please continue to hold Downey Avenue Christian Church in prayer during this exciting time as we celebrate our strong history by building a bridge to the future!



Ronald McDonald House April 5, 2017

We will be serving a LOW COUNTRY BOIL!

NOTE! We will be cooking this at the Ronald McDonald House! Please have your ingredients at church by 4:00 on the 5th or at the Ronald McDonald House by 5:00 (This takes about 45 minutes to cook)

Don’t know what it is? Watch this video:

Date: 04/05/2017 (Wed.)

Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm EDT

Location: Ronald McDonald House (Limestone)


Downey 101


If you are new to Downey Avenue, interested in joining, or just want to learn more about the church, we invite you to attend one of our occasional “Downey 101” Luncheons.  You’ll have a chance to meet our pastors and ask any questions that you might have about what it means to be a part of Downey.  Please contact one of our pastors or the church office to find out when the next Downey 101 Luncheon will be.

Ronald McDonald House Feb 1

February 1st will be our first meal served at the Ronald McDonald House on Limestone, across from Riley Hospital. Please bring your food to the house by 5:15, or if you can’t stay and serve, bring it to church by 4:00, and it will be delivered! We are typically done by 7:30! This is such a wonderful opportunity to serve our neighbors who are in pain, and make sure that they are fed a wonderful home cooked meal!


Please sign up by clicking on this link:

Downey Avenue to Premiere New Play!

Downey Avenue Christian Church is honored to perform the premiere production of “Four Spirits (The Play).”


A Premiere Production of
Four Spirits (The Play)
by Sena Jeter Naslund and Elaine W. Hughes

Produced by Downey Avenue Performing Arts Ministry.

Performances held Feb. 24, 25, 26 and Mar. 3,4 all shows are at 8:00 pm.

Handicapped accessible.
111 S. Downey Ave. Indianapolis

This play includes events during the civil rights movement and some material could be sensitive to viewers.

Tickets are $12, plus minimal handling fee, and can be purchased at:

Questions can be sent to: