Community Ministries

Independent Presbyterian Church

Help me, God, to live my days with compassion and service for others.
There's a place for you to express your faith in concrete acts of compassionate service.

Slideshow For nearly 100 years, IPC has risen to the challenge of providing a place for inspired worship and fellowship and especially as a place for service. Here the hungry obtain food, the needy receive help, and children are tutored in reading, and are nurtured and loved.


Mission and Ministry Opportunities

Children's Fresh Air Farm (CFAF) Summer Learning Program - One of IPC's first and oldest missions, the Children's Fresh Air Farm has evolved into a six-week summer learning program for under-served children in the greater Birmingham area. Students begin this program after completing a year in the STAIR program (Start The Adventure In Reading). Get Directions

First Light Women's Shelter - The downtown shelter works with homeless women and their children to create hospitality in a safe and nurturing community, to encourage them to find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential. IPC volunteers serve dinners at First Light during the year and spend the night at the shelter. The IPC children present a musical program at Christmas for the guests as well as gifts of warm gloves.

Food Pantry and Social Services - IPC offers financial assistance and food to local families in need.

Habitat for Humanity - IPC volunteers build a house during the Lenten season.

Hunger Work Group - This group raises awareness of the crisis of hunger and works actively with compassion and justice for poor and hungry people through direct food relief, education and advocacy.

Kirkwood by the River - Retirement community sponsored by IPC.

Mission Trips - One of the ways IPC participates in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ is by sending mission teams to places of need both within the United States and around the world.

The Open Door - IPC is partnering with Jefferson State Community College and The Literacy Council of Central Alabama to provide GED, basic literacy and ESL classes in JCCEO building in Kingston. The site was chosen to help people in the N. Avondale/Kingston communities that have limited transportation. Childcare is offered for the parents during class times. Receptionist and tutoring opportunities are available.

STAIR of Birmingham - Volunteers staff this tutoring program that seeks to improve the reading skills and self-esteem of second graders. Children and their tutors meet at the church after school.

Rev. Susan Clayton
Associate Pastor; Director Community Ministries

Gini Williams
Director Children's Fresh Air Farm

Evelyn Puckett, MSW
Social Service Coordinator

Annette Carter

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