Serving the Children of Plainfield

“Serving the Children of Plainfield” is Plainfield United Methodist Church’s (PUMC) “Big Thing.” We asked the school counselors and nurses at Plainfield’s elementary and middle schools what items we could collect to help the children.

  • Sweatpants or Leggings (girls) size 6-8
  • Travel-sized deodorant & body wash
  • Small bottles of water
  • Three Ring Binders (1”)
  • Plastic art boxes (for supplies at their desks)

All donations may be dropped off in the bin marked “Students of Plainfield” in the Donation Depot, near door 1. If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Bennett at sdailben@gmail.com.

Ash Wednesday Worship

Join us on Wednesday, February 22, at 7:00 p.m. for Ash Wednesday worship. Pastor Charlie will bring the message and direct us with the imposition of ashes.

If you prefer to observe Ash Wednesday from your home, the service will be live-streamed at pumc.tv. You can pick up a packet of ashes with instructions for self-imposition in the office during business hours or this Sunday morning. If you have any questions, please contact Brent Miller at bmiller@pumc.org.

“Souper” Bowl Sunday

“Souper” Bowl Sunday is a game day food drive that takes place the day before the Big Game, on February 12. Bring in a can of soup to help stock local food pantries!
All you need to do is bring a can of soup to Plainfield United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 12, 2023.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office.

Basic Ministry Budget: Worship

The operating budget for Plainfield United Methodist Church is more than line items on a spreadsheet. It’s a story of love in action. PUMC uses gifts to the budget to show God’s BIG Love and help others grow in faith.

Of every dollar you generously give to support the Basic Ministry Budget, 30 cents support worship.

We hope that everyone who participates in worship on Sunday morning can praise God in the most meaningful manner for them. This may look like our traditional Classic worship experience at 8:45 and 10:00 a.m., contemporary NewDay Praise at 10 a.m., Youth worship at 10:00 a.m., a seat in worship, or an enhanced live stream experience on pumc.org.

No matter how someone chooses to engage with us, we always seek to create a space and an experience where people who don’t know Jesus can meet him, those who do know Jesus can grow in that relationship, and everyone can find a warm welcome and safe place to ask questions and talk about faith.

Thank you for supporting worship here at PUMC!

Winter Food Drive

Even though Plainfield UMC has been collecting and delivering food each week in recent months, the Mission Committee planned a special food drive for January, to help emphasize the needs of the local area food pantries during this time of thanksgiving.

On January 29, grocery bags with needed items were available after the 8:45 and 10:00 a.m. worship services. Deliveries of the collected donations will happen between February 4 and 11.

If you cannot make it to the grocery store, monetary donations will be gratefully accepted.

Your help in providing food for hungry people is greatly appreciated.

Kids Connection Leader/Driver (part-time)

Do you enjoy working with children of all ages? Are you looking for a positive work environment with competitive pay? Our mission at Kids@PUMC is to serve the families and children of our community. We provide a safe Christian environment surrounded by love and acceptance. Helping our children grow in Christ-like values and attitudes of integrity, honesty, responsibility, self-discipline, and spirituality. We are seeking part-time staff to support our program in fulfilling its mission. Discounted childcare rates are provided for staff children. This position requires the following;

  • Experience working with children
  • The ability to help with homework and plan activities for school-age children
  • Daily availability from 3:30-6:00 pm (potential to pick up more hours possible)
  • An individual who would be comfortable driving a 12-passenger van

Candidates must be punctual, reliable, and able to pass a background check. To apply, please complete the application, including references and salary requirements. For more information, visit pumc.org/job-opportunities.

2023 Narrative Basic Ministry Budget

The operating budget for Plainfield United Methodist Church is more than line items on a spreadsheet. It’s a story of love in action. See how PUMC uses budget dollars in 2023 to show God’s BIG Love and help others grow in faith.

Children: $105,840

At PUMC, we want every child to know they are loved by Jesus. It’s so important that “serving the children of Plainfield” is our one big thing — where we want to serve the community with such impact that the love of God in Jesus Christ is revealed and noticed. We aim to show God’s love through programs for children of all ages, from birth to kindergarten through high school. Examples include preschool programming, before-and-after-school child care, an interactive Sunday School curriculum, seasonal events like Easter Eggstravaganza and Trunk or Treat, and a vibrant youth ministry engaged in mission throughout the United States and beyond.

Worship: $288,173

We hope that everyone who participates in worship on Sunday morning can praise God in the most meaningful manner for them. This may look like our traditional Classic worship experience at 8:45 and 10:00 a.m., contemporary NewDay Praise at 10 a.m., Youth worship at 10:00 a.m., a seat in worship, or an enhanced live stream experience on pumc.org. No matter how someone chooses to engage with us, we always seek to create a space and an experience where people who don’t know Jesus can meet him, those who do know Jesus can grow in that relationship, and everyone can find a warm welcome and safe place to ask questions and talk about faith.

Adult Discipleship: $69,078

United Methodists are passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. At PUMC, we believe that powerful catalysts for transformation are learning and fellowship. Whether you want to read the Bible in a year, engage in a churchwide study, or join a support group, PUMC has a seat with your name on it! Recent offerings include “Disciple Bible Study” short-term classes and Lectio Divina reflections twice a month. You’ll also find ongoing adult Sunday School classes, social groups for all ages, and gatherings for men and women.

Service: $146,716

Service is one of PUMC’s core values. Our congregation is motivated by God’s BIG Love to be the hands and feet for countless outreach initiatives in Plainfield, Hendricks County, and around the globe. It starts in our backyard with programs like Monday Night Homeless Ministry, Second & Last Saturday Lunch, and the Family Assistance Fund. Support extends to local organizations like Family Promise of Hendricks County, St. Mark’s Food Pantry, and Sheltering Wings. It culminates in adult and youth mission trips throughout the year. Proceeds from PUMC’s annual Fish Fry support ongoing outreach and mission efforts.

God’s House: $217,318

PUMC’s facility on 600 Simmons Street serves as a home base for our core areas of service and ministry. Our 41,000-square-foot, two-story building allows us to host classic, contemporary, and youth-centered worship services concurrently each Sunday. Our digital exterior signage, new carpet, and main lobby refresh aim to make guests and members feel welcome and at home. Our classrooms are filled with children, small groups, committees, mission teams, pastors, and staff. Our full-sized kitchen is a hub for
2022 Narrative Budget ongoing ministry and outreach initiatives like bereavement meals and the annual Fish Fry. We open the sanctuary for countless concerts, music programs, and theater experiences when safety protocols allow. And we recently took on a long-term loan for replacing PUMC’s roof and HVAC system. Our property is one of the most potent tools for ministry we have, and we don’t take it for granted.

Support Systems: $132,657

If PUMC’s building is a home base, support systems keep our home healthy and strong. From kitchen supplies to communion elements, this budget area provides for the critical tools, equipment, and other resources required to execute countless ministries. Examples include printers, regular organ maintenance, in-house media equipment, live-streaming services, office supplies, media subscriptions like RightNow Media, music licenses, digital properties like our website, plus any “odds or ends” you might think of. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

Total 2023 Basic Ministry Budget: $959,782

For more information about PUMC giving, expenses, and spiritual initiatives such as Transforming for Tomorrow and the Music Guild, don’t hesitate to contact the church office at 317.839.2319 or visit pumc.org.