Special Events & Programs

Independent Presbyterian Church

Community and Educational Events

Focus on Faith

Focus on Faith provides educational and inspirational events. Recent speakers include Walter Brueggemann, Lillian Daniel, Fred Craddock, Craig Barnes, Will Willimon, Phyllis Tickle, Claudio Carvalheaes and Tony Campolo. The committee also sponsors educational trips to theological seminaries.  CLICK HERE for list of speakers.

Highland Avenue Forum

Our mission is to engage the entire IPC family and our community and neighbors in discussing and addressing together issues of compassion, peace, and justice and to inspire faithful action. The Highland Avenue Forum helps increase community awareness of issues of civic and ethical consequence through lectures and panel discussions.

Barbara Noojin Walthall Bible Study Series

This lecture series is made possible by a fund established by the Walthall family in memory of Barbara Walthall. Christine Yoder, Barbara Rossing, Kathleen O'Connor, Cynthia Rigby, Carol Newsom and Amy-Jill Levine have been featured in the past.  

Music & Fine Arts

Religious Arts Festival

The Religious Arts Festival is a faith enriching program sponsored by the Fine Arts Committee of Independent Presbyterian Church to glorify God through the rich spectrum of the arts. For more than 40 years, guest speakers and artists with expertise in drama, music, dance, architecture, sculpture, literature, and art have been brought to the city for an annual week-long program in February.

November Organ Recital Series

The November Organ Recital Series began in 1965 and is one of the longest running organ series in the country. The 2012 Recital Series was the first for the Schreiber Memorial Organ built by the Dobson Organ Company. Virtually every major organist in the world played our former Aeolian Skinner organ, and this organ series has continued to attract people to IPC from the Birmingham community and beyond. Free concerts are held every Sunday afternoon in November in the Sanctuary. 

Service of Choral Evensong

The Evensong Service is scheduled one Sunday a month (August through April) at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary. The religious communities, beginning in the Middle Ages, observed special periods of communal, or common prayer. Evensong is the name given to the Vespers service when the majority of the service is sung by a choir to musical settings, drawing from diverse choral traditions. It is a service of reflection, of allowing oneself to hear God through the readings, psalms, and canticles, which are the core of the service.
View the 2016-17 Evensong programs.

Christmas Concert

The IPC Choir performs a Christmas Concert in Advent every year on a Sunday afternoon in the Sanctuary for our members and the community.

IPC Choir Golf Tournament

In October, the IPC Choir sponsors a golf tournament at the  Highland Golf Course. Proceeds from the tournament enable the choir to share the IPC music mission throughout the world. So every October, call your friends, get your clubs ready and come on out to have a great time!   

Seasonal Events

Congregational Picnic & Easter Egg Hunt

The annual IPC Congregational Picnic Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt is held each year on Palm Sunday after the 11:00 am worship service.

Fall Festival

The IPC Fall Festival at the Children's Fresh Air Farm is an event for the entire congregation sponsored by the 30- 40s Group. There's food, pumpkin decorating, music and games for the entire family. All are invited.

Holiday House Tour

Our IPC Holiday House Tour, Birmingham’s oldest home tour, celebrated its 65th year in 2014. Some of the area’s most beautifully decorated homes are featured in this December event, which raises money for IPC ministries.

Advent Workshop

An Advent Workshop is held the first Sunday evening of the advent season. This annual event is an opportunity for members of all ages to come enjoy dinner together and create memories making crafts for the advent season. This long-held tradition in the life of the church truly signals the beginning of the advent season.


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