Our regular worship schedule is a blended service at 9:00 a.m. and a traditional worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for adults are held at 9:00 a.m. Check the Children & Youth page for their current schedule.
Southport Christian Church is currently located at 201 E. Epler Avenue, Indianapolis 46227. Map it>
The Disciples of Christ practice an open communion table which means that all are invited to respond to Christ's invitation to draw closer to God around the communion table, no matter where you come from, what you've done or who you are. For Disciples, the open table is a powerful symbol of our deep commitment to Christian unity. The open table honors diversity even as it celebrates unity in Christ.
Disciples congregations celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday. The table is not only the center of worship, it is at the center of who we are as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
We don't stay at the table. We move out into the world to fulfill our mission, to be and share the Good news of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
Just as baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ. Those who founded the Disciples movement taught baptism by immersion as the accepted form. (From “Word to the Church on Baptism,” Commission on Theology, 1987)
Baptism is a public act by which the church proclaims God’s grace, as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, through the use of a visible sign of God’s gracious initiative and the human individual’s response in faith. With other Christians we affirm that baptism is at once a divine gift and a human response.
The meaning of baptism is grounded in God’s redemptive action in Christ, it incorporates the believer in the community in the body of Christ, and it anticipates life in the coming age when the powers of the old world will be overcome, and the purposes of God will triumph.
Southport is an open membership church. This means that we accept all forms of baptism. If you have been baptized in another tradition, we do not require rebaptism for membership.
In the mid 1950's, Olive Branch Christian Church located on Raymond Street in Indianapolis, experienced a steady increase in attendance and crowded conditions in the Education Department. With many members residing on the south side of Indianapolis, the decision was made to locate a new church in the Southport area.
On Sunday, January 5, 1958, Southport Christian Church held its first unified worship service at Burkhart Elementary School. On January 17, 1960, the Fellowship Hall was dedicated followed by the sanctuary on April 20, 1975.
On May 22, 2016, the members of Southport Christian Church voted to move the church further on the south side of Indianapolis, possibly in Johnson county. The new area will be announced in January, 2017.
Southport ranks among the top 100 largest Disciple congregations and is known for its creative ministries, denominational and regional leadership, strong programming and generous outreach giving.
Disciples of Christ
Southport Christian Church is a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Disciples of Christ is a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, Disciples of Christ welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
Southport Christian Church is also a part of the Indiana Region which serves over 160 congregations and over 400 ordained and commissioned clergy. We are a regional judicatory office of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.
Becoming a Pro-reconciling/Anti-Racist Church
The Pro-reconciliation/Anti-Racism Initiative was founded upon the need to make visible God’s beloved community. It invites the church to listen to the once silenced voices of its racial/ethnic communities, learn from their wisdom and gain insight from their leadership. It calls the church to discernment and prayer, study of the scriptures and reflection, dialogue and table fellowship. The true goal is to transform, strengthen and deepen the church’s spirituality, resulting in a community that understands its mission to be about bringing justice and salvation to the world. Each fall, a specific donation is taken by all Disciples of Christ churches in support of the Reconciliation Ministry.
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Hours can be irregular at times, so please call ahead.