Local Mission Opportunities
Local Mission Opportunities
Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC)
We invite you to become a part of Community Ministries -- to live your faith in Jesus Christ in an active, loving, life-giving way, by the giving of your time, your talents, your energy and your compassion to those in need.
Living in Service to Others
This ministry is a year-long outreach mission of IPC with a major emphasis in the summer with The Summer Learning Program.
AWE: The Arts and Writing Experience Program
The AWE program is a partnership between Independent Presbyterian Church and The Birmingham Cultural Alliance. The program will serve 25 Third Graders from Hayes K-8 who were graduates of IPC's STAIR program (Start The Adventure In Reading) last year, many of whom also attended the Summer Learning Program at The Children's Fresh Air Farm. Certified Artist Instructors will provide the children with exposure to four artistic disciplines in six-week rotations: Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts. Read more...
S.T.A.I.R: Start the Adventure in Reading!
This ministry is designed to increase the reading, listening and comprehension skills of second-graders who are in need of one-on-one tutoring. More than 100 tutors from IPC and other churches meet at IPC four afternoons a week to share a love of reading with the children. The success of the program depends on the volunteers. Please join us! Find out more about S.T.A.I.R.
Click here for article in PORTICO magazine by Cathy Adams. "Independent Presbyterian Church's STAIR program boosts self esteem--and schooling success rates--through promoting reading skills and forming friendships."
First Light Shelter for Homeless Women and Children:
This ministry is located at 2230 4th Avenue North, on the corner of 4th Avenue North and 23rd Street North downtown. First Light provides emergency shelter for homeless women and children; permanent housing for eight homeless women; day programming, including: an art therapy program each Thursday, an on-site clinic by Jefferson Blount St. Clair Mental Health Authority for psychiatric treatment and medication, support groups, Licensed Social Workers to help women develop a life plan to move from homelessness to independence, voluntary opportunities for worship services and bible studies. You can learn more about First Light at www.firstlightshelter.org
How do IPC volunteers serve at First Light? IPC provides six weeks of volunteer coverage for First Light throughout the calendar year. For details, click here.
During an IPC week, we provide:
• Evening Meal Volunteers: Groups of volunteers from the church prepare and serve the evening meal for approximately 60 women and children each night of the week. Many groups in the congregation have agreed to be a part of the meal rotation: The Session, the Deacons, Adult Church School classes, Church Committees, the Youth Groups, the IPC Choir, Adult Weekday classes, the Women’s Guild, etc. Each group plans its own menu, prepares the meal and enlists members of the group to serve the meal on their assigned night;
Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity
September 2012: Building a house with South Highland Presbyterian Church DETAILS
IPC builds houses with Habitat for Humanity in Birmingham.
See photos of previous home build: IPC-Sponsored Habitat House ( photos!)
How can IPC volunteers help with our Habitat houses?
How can IPC members help with the Social Services ministry?
When you come to church, please remember the Food Pantry.
Some things we cannot use: opened packages and home-canned items. Also, we really cannot use commercial sizes [No. 10 cans of fruits or vegetables and 10 pound bags of items. Just think BASIC ~ Some items are hard to give away such as exotic coffees and teas, and left-over holiday candy. Also, we only distribute food for people: no pet food please. A better place for donated pet food is an animal rescue organization.
• Office Help: We can always use help around our office: answering the phone as people call in to make appointments for financial and food assistance; or putting bags of groceries together for families to take home.
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Rev. Susan Clayton 205.933.3709 or our Administrative Assistant Annette Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.933.3725.