Independent Presbyterian Church
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Who We Are 
Youth ministry at Independent Presbyterian Church is about building relationships, meeting youth where they are, and, most of all, growing together as we grow in our relationships with God. We are an open group of 7th-12th graders with more than ten schools represented. We welcome any and all.  We're glad for your visit to our site and invite you to join in the life and ministry of the youth at IPC. 
Feel free to contact Youth Director Aly Butts at 205.933.3734 or 
or Assistant Youth Director Nate Sell at 205-933-3708  or
What we Do 
Current Monthly Calendar (August pdf calendar) 
Past calendars

             Summer with IPC Youth
                        All the details
Senior High Lock-In
9th - 12th Graders
August 12-13, 2011
Friday 6 pm - Saturday 9 am
Details to follow!
Upcoming Events 
 Youth Group
    Sunday, August 7, 2011
    5:30 p - 7:00 p
    Room 109
Sr. High Lock-In
    Friday/Saturday, August 12, 13, 2011
    9th - 12th Graders
    Friday 6p - Saturday 9a
    Details to Follow!
Back to School Party!
     Sunday, August 14, 2011
     Room 109
Open House New Youth Space
     Sunday, August 21, 2011
     5:00p - 7:30p
     Rooms 101, 104, & 105
     Details to follow!
9th Grade Confirmation Class
     Sunday, August 28, 2011
     10:00a - Room 104
     Details to follow!
Service Project at CFAF
     Sunday, August 28, 2011
       Details to follow!   

How We Live

Sunday Mornings
Church School meets Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
(7th & 8th graders in Room 101; 9th  & 10th graders in Room 105;  11th & 12th graders in Room 104)

Sunday Night Small Groups  
Small Groups discuss their faith and grow as a community while they share a meal together in a home each week. Groups are divided by age and gender.  Interested? Email Aly ( or Nate ( for details.

5-5:30 Dinner and Fellowship ($8 and reservation required. Please notify Nancy Skinner   933-1830)
5:30-6:30 Choir
6:30-7:30  Fellowship and Service -  Meet in Room 105

The Acolyte program is open to all youth who have completed the 8th grade.
Acolytes lead our church in worship. They bring the light of God into the sanctuary and also, at the end of the service, out into the world. Acolytes are present at almost every major religious event in a member of the congregation's life, including baptisms and weddings. Their role is a very important one to IPC, and their dignity, reverence, and precision, in all that they do in our services, glorifies God.
Note: Due to the Sanctuary construction, we will delay until late summer sending letters of invitation to serve as an Acolyte. We will know by then when we will be able to return to the Sanctuary and begin training the new Acolytes.
          Acolyte Schedule  (July-August 2011.  REV.7.27.11)

Basketball Teams 
We have junior high and senior high basketball teams that play in the Southside Church League Basketball League.  Our junior high coach is Allen Arnold and our senior high coach is Frank Lassiter.  Contact Nate Sell with any questions.
Westminster Choir
The Independent Presbyterian Church Westminster Choir is comprised of girls and boys in Grades 7-12. This choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Singing opportunities include worship services, the Christmas Retirement Home Tour, the Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols Service, and the Good Friday Service.  Contact
Dr. Mac if you have any questions.
Youth Subcommittee
The youth subcommittee is comprised of parents and youth who come together once a month to discuss and plan all aspects of youth ministry at IPC. The group consists of 11 adults and 10 youth. The youth are elected by their peers and serve two-year terms. This group serves as a support team for all the youth activities.
Click here for Release Form:  Permission and Medical Consent for Youth 
with their Covenant Partners and their Statement of Faith 2010
IPC Youth Group 
Afternoon at the Living River Camp on the Cahaba River
October 3, 2010
IPC Youth enjoyed a
 White Water Rafting Trip
  on the Ocoee River last summer.
 IPC Youth Attended Montreat Youth Conference
June 6-12, 2010
Eighteen members of the IPC Youth group, accompanied by Aly Butts and David Seamon, attended the week-long Youth Conference in Montreat, near Asheville, North Carolina. David Seamon (former IPC Youth Director who recently moved with his wife to Seattle) returned to chaperone the youth with Aly on this special retreat.
 Their conference was entitled; 
"In These Waters." 
      "Called from the chaos, we gather in this sacred space, rooted in God's call and purpose. We seek to provide an authentic community of unconditional love where each individual gives and receives support, trust, and acceptance from others. We will encourage and empower youth to encounter God in, through, and with each other to ask questions, embrace challenges, and be commissioned to apply their faith relevantly in the world.  The Montreat Youth Conferences are designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors. A Youth Conference is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation.  
       Activities include morning energizers, music keynote, small group meetings where the conference theme is explored, afternoon recreation activities and evening worship."

 IPC Youth Group Leaders
Aly Butts, Interim Youth Director

Aly Butts, Director of Youth Ministries

 Feel free to contact Director of Youth Ministries Aly Butts

    Assistant Youth Director Nate Sell began work November 17, 2010.  Nate, a 2010 graduate of The University of the South at Sewanee, is working full-time with interim youth director Aly Butts, members of the IPC youth group, and their parents. We're glad to have you with us, Nate!
    Nate, who recently completed thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, is a lacrosse player, an Eagle Scout, and an avid cyclist.  He also has extensive experience in outdoor leadership programs.
     Nate has said that as he reflected on his own youth group experience he "realized that my youth group was the first example of true Christian community in my life.  That group was there for me when I needed to see God's love most.  We bonded over the events that were planned, but the significance did not lie in those events.  It was in the community that developed from them, and the common foundation it created in the lives of my friends and myself that remain to this day."
Nate is located in room 216 and can be reached at 933-3708 or at

 Will Widman is our part-time Youth Intern working with Interim Youth Director Aly Butts and Assistant Youth Director Nate Sell. Will works with our Youth on Sunday and Wednesday evenings and in a variety of other capacities.  A recent graduate of the University of Alabama, Will also works for Impact Alabama. We are very glad Will is with us!
In loving memory of Clinton Taylor
July 27, 1993 - February 15, 2010
 The Memorial Service for Clinton Taylor is  available to listen to or to download online. 
   Facebook page to view or join
Description of Clinton:
Youth-led Chapel Service, Wednesday, November 11, 2009