Sacred Spaces



Around Campus

The St. Luke's Indy campus is filled with amazing and beautiful spaces, both indoors and outside. Over the years hundreds of volunteers help maintain these spaces so that the community and members of St. Luke's have someplace to pray, worship, contemplate, and have fun. Tours of the inside of St. Luke's are offered on a regular basis by the New Here Ministry.

Worship Spaces

The building that is now St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Indianapolis was consecrated on March 4, 1956, while the cornerstone of the building was laid in August 1955. The original sanctuary is what we now call Fellowship Hall. In June 1967 Robertson Chapel was built and used as the main sanctuary at St. Luke's. Then in 1997 ground was broken for the current Sanctuary and it was consecrated in 1999. The current sanctuary is home to our traditional services and Robertson Chapel is home to our contemporary services. While the building itself has been here for 66+ years, there are constant updates happening to make our building energy efficient, technologically current, as well as updating the esthetic value.


Sowers Garden

The Sowers Garden started as a small herb garden. Over the years it has become a solemn and sacred place where people can go to pray or just sit and enjoy God's creation. This outdoor garden is maintained by a dedicated volunteer team with support from the facilities staff at St. Luke's. The plantings in Sowers Garden are designed to provide beauty throughout the year, regardless of the season. This garden is often used by couples who are married at St. Luke's as a perfect photo opportunity. There is an annual garden sale that shares the art of gardening with the St. Luke's community.

Labryinth

The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that reveals wholeness as well as combines with the picture of the spirals and circles into a meandering yet purposeful path. For many decades labyrinths have been used as a meditation and prayer tool and represent a spiritual journey to our center and back into the world again. The outdoor labyrinth at St. Luke's is located behind The Lodge. Additionally, St. Luke's has a permanent indoor labyrinth on the floor of N103/104 and a portable labyrinth that is often used at events.

Prayer Chapel

Just off Robertson Chapel there is a small prayer chapel, that many people have probably never seen. This chapel seats approximately 20 people but is often used by individuals for quiet, contemplative prayer time. The minimal lighting is enhanced by the multiple stained-glass windows that provide a peaceful ambiance. This small sacred space is currently undergoing some updates and will be open for prayer in early 2022.


The Jesus Hallway

The image of Jesus has been depicted many ways across centuries. This hallway, just off the main west passage in St. Luke's, displays a variety of paintings and sculptures that represent the many ways people see Jesus.

The Columbarium

Just outside of Door 1 at St. Luke's is the Columbarium. This sacred space is the final resting place for some St. Luke's members who have chosen cremation and requested interment here.  

The Lodge

The Lodge was constructed in 2003 and is the home of the St. Luke's Student Ministry. Inside The Lodge is a worship space, a conversational room, kitchen, classrooms, and even their own prayer chapel. The prayer chapel in the Lodge is adorned with a rock wall on one end that students use as a place to insert prayer concerns, they have written on small pieces of paper. Students take pride in having their own space and St. Luke's is proud of their students.

Art Galleries

St. Luke's maintains two art galleries, the East Art Gallery and the West Art Gallery. They are located above the Gathering Area. The galleries are available whenever the church is open.

The East Art Gallery offers a new exhibit every month. Artists from the congregation and community are invited to exhibit. Expect to see painting, photography, fabric, and sculpture. The subject matter ranges from the overtly religious to nature to portraits of humans and animals. Artists frequently hold Meet the Artist events on Sunday mornings. Some pieces are for sale. 

This area can be reserved for small group meetings.

The West Art Gallery has a semi-permanent exhibit. The subject matter focuses on Biblical Justice.