The IPC Youth Ministry exists to join in God’s welcome of all people, to cultivate environments for growing in the love of God, and to serve one another and the world.
Youth ministry at IPC for students in 6th- 12th grade is about building relationships, meeting youth where they are in their lives, and, most of all, growing together as we grow in our relationships with Jesus Christ.
Youth Ministry Core Values
- Authentic: We design spaces and experiences where people can truly be themselves in genuine Christian community.
- Inclusive: We embrace the diversity of God’s people by fostering welcoming environments.
- Joyful: We enjoy and glorify God.
- Transformational: We challenge one another in ways that create change both in ourselves and in our community.
Small Groups & Classes
Virtual Youth Sunday School
Sundays,10:30 - 11 am, Zoom
Youth Sunday School (7th - 12th grade) meets each Sunday from 10:30 - 11 am through Jan. 31. While we cannot be together in person, virtual Sunday School gives us an opportunity to connect with each other through Zoom. Register to receive a Zoom meeting link and email reminders each week.
Youth Small Groups
Sundays, 6 - 7:30 pm
Groups are forming for our youth in 6th- 12th grade. These small groups are scheduled to meet at The Garage at Highland Hall from 6-7:30 pm beginning Feb. 21.
Facilitator: Susan Dukes
Youth Grant Team
Mondays, 5 pm, Zoom
Rising high school juniors and seniors selected through a summer application process will review and reward grants to agencies through the IPC Foundation.
Facilitator: Catherine Goudreau
Our Youth in the News
Over the summer, youth embarked on their mission trip to Chiapas, Mexico. They worked with members of local churches with light construction and painting. IPC youth Bebe Holloway reflects on the experience and connecting with people there.
I found that living a life motivated by faith and good heartedness fixes more problems than any amount of donations or charity work. I was so blessed to be able to experience this once in a lifetime trip at such a young age. Now, I know what living a life as the Lord’s servant really means.
If you’ve been around Ministry Architects at all, you've probably heard this metaphor about the dance floor. But just in case, allow me to spell it out. The dance floor is the set of systems where our ministry to youth takes place. Without healthy systems, we can create the most engaging programs known to youth ministry, and dancers will continue to be carried off that floor broken and disappointed, one after another.
When asked what they did this summer, eight youth will be able to say, "I helped build church classrooms in Mexico as part of the first recent IPC youth global mission team."
Youth Sunday is one of my favorite Sundays of the year. There is a different spirit in the air among those who gather to worship. Certainly it is the same Spirit that is present in all of our worship, but when Youth take over the service, there is a different energy in the room.