71th Annual IPC Holiday House Tour
For 71 years, a Moveable Feast with a Mission.
Friday, December 11- Sunday, December 13, 2020
Christmas greetings! Please join us as we celebrate the season and its message of hope. This year, the tour will be virtual. We invite you inside several homes and the church from the comfort of your home as you help us raise money for ministries supporting families in the Birmingham area.
NEW! A limited number of Holiday House Tea in a Bag will be available for you to purchase to host your own Holiday House tea. Each tin will include cookies, ham biscuits, cheese straws, spiced tea mix and a virtual tour ticket. Each serves 5-6 people. Cost: $50 per tin. The tins will be available for pick up only from IPC on Friday, December 11. Purchase link is listed below and will go live on Nov. 1.
Homes featured on the 2020 Virtual Tour:
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Albright III
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Keith CantleyPhoto Coming Soon!
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Lynton
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sylvester
Independent Presbyterian Church
Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue
Founded in 1915, the church was designed by Warren, Knight and Davis architect William Warren. The sanctuary and parlor will be decorated by IPC members and a Christmas Tea will be available both days for ticket holders in the church’s Great Hall.
A Look Back at Previous Tours
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online beginning Nov. 1. In the past, 100% of ticket sales go to the following local ministries:
Since 1923, Independent Presbyterian Church has operated the Children’s Fresh Air Farm to promote hope and opportunity through partnerships with children, families, and the community by offering quality programming rooted in the love of Christ. Nearly 100 years later, we continue to minister to children from Birmingham through the Christian-focused Summer Learning Program and LIFT OFF to Learning, a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) program. The programs continue to expand with second through seventh graders now being served. In 2020, the program went virtual giving students the ability to continue learning during COVID-19. Each student who completed the program was able to keep their Chromebook.
The downtown shelter works with homeless women and their children to help them find hope, to seek opportunity, and to grow spiritually, thereby achieving their full potential. IPC volunteers serve dinners and spend the night at the shelter.
IPC offers financial assistance and food to local families in need. Due to COVID-19, those needs have increased. The IPC Food Pantry went from feeding around 100 families a month to 75 families a week through a new food voucher program with City Meats. The vouchers allow families to pick up boxes of fresh and non-perishable food items. Food assistance is also offered through Farmers to Families, a buy a meal share a meal program with Rojo and Bogue’s, and Blessing Boxes, which allow anyone to stop by to pick up non-perishable food or toiletries from two cabinets outside the church. IPC is also helping to keep families in their homes with running water and electricity through the utility assistance program.
The STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) works with Birmingham City Schools to identify first and second graders who are reading below grade level. Volunteer tutors work with these students one-on-one to improve reading skills and self-esteem.