Union Chapel partners in ministry with the following local organizations: 


The Garden Community Church

Worship Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
The Garden is open, inclusive, and affirming. We find a deeper spirituality by blending the sacred and the secular. We demonstrate this through the use popular secular music played live by live musicians, The Good Earth Band. While we take inspiration from the life of Jesus for messaging, we welcome everyone without agenda--we seek to convert no one. Instead, we aim to create a comforting space where people of many paths can feel welcome.


Indiana Fine Arts Academy 

The Indiana Fine Arts Academy is an organization that offers premier music, dance, art, and theater instruction to the community. Students range in age from four years all the way to senior adults. 

317.671.8276  •  


Northeast cooperative preschool and kindergarten

#NECOOP is a nonprofit, parent-participation preschool and kindergarten located at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, enrolling children ages 2-6 years old. NECOOP’s philosophy is this: children, parents, and teachers go to school together, each one learning from the other. Each member of our co-op is a volunteer. Active involvement by parent and family volunteers allows us to offer a play-based program at a reasonable cost. Parents have the opportunity to learn alongside their children and become immersed in a welcoming community.

Play-Based Learning
We strive to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere, where children have the freedom to explore their individual limits. We value the uniqueness of each child. The way children interact within NECOOP classes is child-directed, as is the amount of time they spend on any given activity. Playtime is also a learning time. Play allows children to learn valuable problem-solving skills, language skills, social skills, and motor skills.

A Passion for Nature
We believe our students are more effective learners when they have plenty of time to explore outside of the classroom. Nature provides an incredibly stimulating and multi-sensory place to play. Young children need this opportunity to use their whole body while gaining knowledge and appreciation of our environment. All NECOOP classes regularly spend time outdoors. Our kindergarten class participates in Forest Days. 

For more information about the school, call:  (317) 643-4148.




STRIVE Worldwide

STRIVE is a local non-profit that seeks to create sustainable transformations in communities locally and globally by facilitating natural resource investment and vital engagement across cultural and geographic boundaries. The STRIVE Mission in Action:

Sustainable Transformations

Rich livelihoods are possible within a reimagined system, designed within the context of local culture to work in harmony with the environment, use resources efficiently, and contribute to human well-being for generations to come. 

Resource Investment

True economic stability is not possible if natural support systems are degraded in the development process.  Such destruction should not be accepted as an inevitable part of economic development; rather, we believe that long-term economic security must be obtained through a positive process of restoration and regeneration of the environment and natural resource base that form the very foundation of a community’s economy. 

Vital Engagement

We all have a lot to learn from each other! Every community has unique approaches to addressing the sustainability issues they face.  STRIVE seeks to create a multi-directional platform for cross-cultural engagement that allows diverse communities to share the ideas, knowledge, and skills that will contribute to sustainability at a global scale.