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BUILDING

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church welcomes many groups to use or facility to meet or hold events. Contact the OPPC office at 317-844-1107 and ask for Lisa Alexander if you or your organization would like to use our facility. Only non-profits groups are allowed to use our building.

Download our Church Property Use Policy and Application here.

If you are interested in having your wedding at OPPC, please get more info here.

Here is a partial list of the organizations that use our facility.

   
Zumba Classes  Overeater's Anonymous
Grief Support Group Naranon
Hunger Assistance  Girls on the Run
Quilter's Association Karate
Scout Troop Meetings Hugga Pillows
Homeowners Associations Karate
Scrapbooking Carmel Volleyball
AA, Alanon, Alateens Star's Don't Fall
    



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HISTORY

When Carmel was still a small, rural community, in the summer of 1955, there was no Keystone Ave, no malls, no beautifully landscaped subdivisions to lure Indianapolis families tot he suburbs, because there were no suburbs...There were a few adventuresome souls who had make the trek to Clay Township, as it was called, inthe southernmost part of Hamilton County. And they soon realized they needed a church to call home for their children and families.

So a number of the men and women began to make telephone calls and home calls to neighbors and friends. Soon there was an eager group which met in each other's homes to plan God's church and one of their very own.

On January 15, 1956, the church was chartered with 116 members as the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church! The first decade was a time of "firsts" includin gthe calling of the founding pastor, Dr. Robert S. Stewart, Sr. the construction of the first and second units of the church building including a fellowship hall which doubled as a sanctuary; and an educational wing, occupied on the first floor only until the second story could be completed by volunteers from among church members. 

In June, 1965, a memorial gift of a children's chapel had been incorporated into building plans for the new sanctuary was lovingly received and dedicated on children's day. The completion of the third and final phase of the church's building program marked the culmination of a nine year vision of the congregation for a sanctuary which was dedicated in September, 1965.

This milestone within a decade of the church's founding would be the final achievement of its kind until the renovation and additions to the church facilities were undertaken in 1988 under the leadership of the Rev. William H. Fogg who became the Senior Pastor following the resignation of Dr. Grant O. Jennings. These renovations included $3,220,000 of expansion and improvements, but with annual bdgets met and capital fund drives succeeding, it was possible on September 14, 1993 to have a service of praise and thanksgiving to God culminating in the symbolic burning of all mortgages.

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