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Update from IPC's Re-opening Task Force | January 11

The Reopening Task Force continues to meet weekly via Zoom as has been our routine beginning in May of 2020. 

The current Covid-19 numbers reflect the predicted holiday surge and are not good. They remain at elevated levels and are significantly higher than the previous peak last summer. The number of positive tests in Alabama are up 22.6% from the first of December, the daily hospitalizations have increased by about 1000 cases from a month ago. Additionally,  Alabama unfortunately ranks near the bottom of all states in administering available vaccine doses.

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. Small groups are encouraged to continue to meet virtually if possible, and funerals, weddings, and baptisms scheduled in the future will be limited to 25 people until further notice.  

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 numbers and are hopeful that the numbers will improve after the holiday surge and permit us to resume in-person worship in the near future.

To review the other measures that are in place and continue to be, please click on the updated IPC Phased Re-Opening Plan below.

House & Properties Re-opening Task Force: 

Mike Graham | Chair, House & Properties

Alan Deer, Elder | Session, House & Properties

Dr. Susan Eiland, MD | Lay Leader

Dr. Steve Hunt, MD | Clerk of Session

Paul Leaver | Lay Leader, House & Properties

Julie Rediker, RN | Lay Leader, IPC Day School Committee

Dr. Sean Vanlandingham, MD | Lay Leader

Bill McKelvey | IPC Director of Operations & Administration

Sandra Putman | IPC Administrative Assistant

Guidelines for Special Events on Church Property

  • The plan was updated on Dec. 3, 2020 to reflect returning to Phase 1 and virtual services.

  • The Independent Presbyterian Church Day School plans to re-open for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 31, 2020. The goal of these COVID-19 wellness protocols is to maintain a safe, healthy school environment by reducing the risk of COVID-19 to our children, teachers, staff, and their families.

  • The current general guidelines for members and guests entering or using Independent Presbyterian Church buildings or facilities can be found in the re-opening plan. Updated on Oct. 27, 2020.

  • The current guidelines for guests and other family members attending wedding, funeral or baptism services at Independent Presbyterian Church. Updated Dec. 3.

COVID-19 News

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. 

At Independent Presbyterian Church, we believe God calls us to be a Christian community, actively engaged in transforming lives through our living faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Christian community by its very nature is a very close community—we enjoy each other’s company and presence by spending time together in fellowship, worship and by the breaking of bread. This year has been really challenging for both staff and lay people alike on how to actively engage in transforming lives while keeping everyone safe. This document will provide information about a phased approach to return to in-person gatherings, sources used by the H&P Reopening Task Force for guidance, facility guidelines and frequently asked questions.

Read an executive summary from the House & Properties Task Force and see the results from the congregational re-opening survey.

The H&P subcommittee on reopening acknowledges the ‘farewell day” for our friend, Brian Lays, on June 28 and also the desire to meet in person our new friend, Steve Goyer. We had hoped to see a decline in number of new cases before we bring the congregation back together. Instead of declining, new cases pretty much doubled over the weekend. So, we are reluctant to meet so soon, but if we do, we really like the outdoor setting. 

Your Staff and Worship Ministry and House & Properties have been meeting and planning extensively for our reopening. There is a subcommittee of H&P that meets (via ZOOM) weekly, reviewing best practices from other churches, government issued mandates and procedures, and medical advice from our own medical profession members. We still do not know for sure when we will be able to open the building for services, classes and other ministries, but we look forward to being able to worship together when the time comes.

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.