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Sunday Night Small Groups
During the school year we gather on Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:00, for dinner and small groups. Small groups gather in Highland Hall for a communal dinner and games before breaking into our small group sessions (7/8 grade boys, 7/8 grade girls, Sr. high). These groups are intentional in creating an atmosphere that fosters relationship building, in-depth Bible study, and open discussion of how we live our faith each day.
This semester the 7/8th grade boys and the Sr. High are using a curriculum called Manna and Mercy: A brief history of God's unfolding promise to mend the entire universe by Daniel Erlander. For many of us, the Old Testament is difficult to read and even more difficult to understand, Manna and Mercy provide an in-depth look at how the stories of the Old Testament are relevant to life here, now and today.
The 7/8th grade girls are using Graceful by Emily Freeman. For the girl who is tired of trying and the one who is afraid to fail, these words are for you: You don't have to be perfect. But do you trust the One who is? The God who came to save you also came to live with you, in you, today.
Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am in the youth wing for doughnuts and discussion.
In order to provide continuity ample discussion we are streamlining Sunday mornings with Sunday evenings. While Sunday School will have totally different discussion and format compared to Small Groups, students will be given time to wrestle with biblical passages during the day and continue discussion in the evening. This semester we are looking at particular passages in the Old Testament providing room for vibrant discussion and familiarity with the Bible. Jr. High meet in room 101, Sr. High in room 102.
Each month we will have a John 21 Breakfast during the normal Sunday School time.
A John 21 breakfast includes both Jr. High and Sr. High sharing a meal and fellowship. There will also be a short-student lead devotion. We are asking parents to provide breakfast dishes, foods, and drinks.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
During the school year, we gather for a church-wide dinner at 5:00 each Wednesday in the Great Hall. After dinner, the Westminster Choir rehearses from 5:30-6:30 followed by a time of fellowship and Bible study from 6:30-7:15.
This semester we are talking about God and Stuff. Literally. Through Joshua Becker's book Living With Less, we will look at what Jesus has to say about our possessions. We will ask questions like: is more always better? Or is there a far better way to live? Away that recognizes the empty promises of consumerism and champions the pursuit of living simply and scripturally.
Confirmation is the process of learning about faith from the reformed perspective of the PCUSA church. This process is guided by the youth ministry staff and ordained staff of IPC. This year confirmation will be held for 9th graders on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour.
The Westminster Choir is comprised of girls and boys in grades 7-12. Choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 during the school year. Singing opportunities include worship services, the Christmas Retirement Home Tour, the Christmas Eve Lesson and Carols service, and the Good Friday service. Contact Beth Middleton if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
The acolyte program is open to all youth who have completed 8th grade. Acolytes lead our church in worship. They bring the light of God into the sanctuary, and at the end of the service, they lead us out into the world. Acolytes are present at almost every major IPC worship service, including baptisms and weddings.
Retreats and Mission Trips
IPC Youth love retreats and road trips! Each fall and spring we go on a fun retreat. We also have lock-ins and ski trips!
IPC youth attend the Montreat Youth Conference during the summer in Black Mountain, NC.
IPC participates in the Southside basketball league each winter. We have guys teams for grades 7-9 and 10-12. Here.
IPC also has a 9-12th grade girls team that play in the Dawson Baptist winter league. Contact Gann for more info.
The purpose of the IPC Youth Grant Team (YGT) is to educate high school Juniors and Seniors in Christian philanthropy, group decision-making, Christian stewardship, and the IPC Foundation. Those selected to the YGT will learn about the variety of social needs, both in the Birmingham community and the wider world. Those selected will also learn how to address those needs by providing grants to local, national, and international non-profit organizations and mission agencies. Click here for a YGT application.