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

March 17, 2020 Letter to the Congregation

Dear IPC Members,

In response to recent recommendations made by the Jefferson County Health Department, we are taking additional steps to be proactive in helping to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff. Effective today, Tuesday, March 17 at 4:30 pm:

  • Church offices will be closed through April. Only essential services staff will report to IPC on select days for a few hours. The rest of our staff will work remotely and can be reached by email. Voicemail messages left on office phones will be checked regularly.
  • All in-person worship, classes and groups are cancelled through April.
  • We will continue 11 am worship on Sundays via the livestream. This will be our only Sunday service. Please join the nearly 800 who were connected last Sunday and tell friends and family via email and social media to click on livestream and worship with us in the coming Sundays!
  • Our staff will also produce daily devotionals on Mondays through Fridays. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive alerts when the devotionals and worship services become available. (To subscribe, go to www.youtube.com. Create a YouTube account or log into your account. Search for "IPC Birmingham" then hit the red subscribe button next to our channel.)
  • Family and youth emails will continue to be sent to families on Tuesday nights with ideas about how to engage your family and continue to connect with Independent Presbyterian Church.
  • We will add a Sunday morning email containing links to our livestream, worship bulletin, and pre-recorded Sunday school classes for adult, youth and children.
  • The IPC Food Pantry will continue to serve clients. Donations can be dropped off at Community Ministries off 31st Street S. on Wednesdays and Thursday from 9 am- 1 pm. We encourage you to continue supporting this ministry by sending your donations via Shipt, Amazon Prime or Walmart Delivery to 3100 Highland Ave. S. 
  • Congregational Care staff and volunteers will be providing care to our members, beginning with those most vulnerable. Please contact Rev. Lucy Turner if you or someone you know needs assistance at (205) 541-6848 or lturner@ipc-usa.org.

The latest information on our response to COVID-19 can be found online.


Our ministry will continue, as well as our efforts to reach out to our members to ensure you are doing well and your needs are being met. If you need anything, please reach out to one of our ministers at any time. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time of great uncertainty. But look to the Lord for strength and rest in our faith, not in our fears.

All the Best,
Bill

Dr. William J. Carl III, Senior Pastor

COVID-19 News

Effective today, Tuesday, March 17 at 4:30 pm, church offices will be closed through April. Only essential services staff will report to IPC on select days for a few hours. The rest of our staff will work remotely and can be reached by email. Voicemail messages left on office phones will be checked regularly. All in-person worship, classes and groups are cancelled through April.

Sunday is the day when the church is filled with people I love and who love one another. Sunday is the day when we are most mindful of who needs our care and our prayers—especially when you or I are the ones most in need. Our concern for the coronavirus has temporarily robbed us of the opportunity to be together on this Sabbath day and a handful of others to come, but the virus cannot take from us the beauty of our life together and cannot break the ties that bind us with God and one another.

At this time, I need to update you on the new measures the IPC Day School will be taking in managing the COVID-19 situation in Birmingham. Following Governor Ivey’s state of emergency declaration and mandate to close schools and Mountain Brook Schools’ decision to have three elearning days, we will be closed effective Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 6, 2020.  All our enrichment activities will be suspended as well. We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates as necessary. 

To help ensure the health and safety of our members and visitors, all in-person worship, classes and events on and off campus are cancelled through the end of March.

A prayer written by Rev. Susan Clayton for the sick and those on the front line fighting the disease.

Independent Presbyterian Church and the Day School are continuously monitoring all new information about COVID-19 from the State Health Department, the CDC, and local experts. We are taking PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES in the Day School; our teachers and housekeeping and maintenance staff have reviewed hand washing and cleaning procedures and are cleaning additional surfaces throughout the school day and in the afternoon. 

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.

  • Our Christian Education Ministry is creating daily video devotionals Monday through Friday. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when new devotions are posted.

  • 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.