Find the latest updates here regarding changes to worship, classes and other IPC related activities.

RETURN TO THREE SUNDAY SERVICES ON APRIL 18

It is our joy to announce that we will resume our 8:45 am worship service in the sanctuary beginning next Sunday, April 18. Attendance will be by reservation, and our current guidelines from IPC's Re-Opening Task force will allow us to have 164 people in attendance in the sanctuary at both the 8:45 am and 11 am services beginning April 18. 

The City of Birmingham has extended its mask ordinance until May 24, 2021, so please continue to wear your mask as we have been doing. Also, please maintain practicing social distance to ensure the safety of all our members.

A new coffee hour in the cloister of the church each Sunday also begins April 18 following the 8:45 am service. We welcome anyone who wants to come to the church between 9:45 - 10:45 am for coffee and fellowship. 

We look forward to these opportunities to reconnect with one another! 

Guidelines for Special Events on Church Property

  • The plan was updated on March 11, 2021, to reflect current Covid-19 trends moving in a favorable direction. As such, we have released an updated version of Re-Opening Guide listing the current status of IPC’s services, buildings and facilities. Flip through our guide to see the Task Force’s guidance for in-person services, bulletins, communion, etc. as well as what’s being considered to resume in person in the coming months.

COVID-19 News

It is our joy to announce that we will resume our 8:45 am worship service in the sanctuary beginning Sunday, April 18. In addition, a new coffee hour in the cloister of the church begins each Sunday starting April 18 following the 8:45 am service.

The House & Properties Re-opening Task Force releases an updated version of our Re-opening Guide listing the current status of IPC’s services, buildings and facilities.

As of this week, the seating capacity in the sanctuary increases to 100 people per service. To help facilitate safe worship at IPC, we have designated seating every other pew in the sanctuary. 

We are excited to offer in-person Sunday services beginning Feb. 14th at 11 am and 5 pm. At this time, attendance is limited to 60 people in the sanctuary and 75 in Highland Hall, so please register to attend.

The Reopening Task Force continues to meet weekly via Zoom as has been our routine beginning in May of 2020.  One of our overriding guiding principles has been to reopen the church in a balanced and responsible manner to help reduce the risk of transmission of the virus among our members, guests and staff. In light of the current Covid-19 numbers and the expected trends for the coming weeks, we recommend keeping our worship services virtual for the remainder of January. 

As increased Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations across the nation and in our community continue to make headlines, the Re-opening Task Force meets weekly to monitor and discuss the best measures and recommendations to keep IPC and it's congregation safe. The Task Force met Dec. 29, 2020 and made the decision to continue the same Phase 1 Guidelines. 

Online Resources

We have compiled a list of online resources to help you to continue to engage in the worship and ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church during this time in which in-person events are not possible.

  • Our Sunday 11 am worship service will be available through livestreaming only. Bulletins can be downloaded at here.

  • Please continue to remember to support the church. Even during this time when in person attendance is not possible, we do have basic necessary bills to cover. Offerings may be submitted by mail, online or through the ShelbyNEXT app. As always, thank you for your gifts.

  • Download a worship bulletin for the 11 am worship service from home.

  • Still need to download the ShelbyNEXT app? Login emails were sent to all unregistered members on Friday, March 13. Download instructions or view the video to learn how to use the system.