Children's ministry

PURPOSE
The Children’s Ministry of the Independent Presbyterian Church is designed to assist parents in the Christian nurture of their children, teaching them to love, trust, obey, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
We aim to:
  1. Provide meaningful and enjoyable opportunities for children to learn of God’s love
  2. Teach the whole counsel of God
  3. Provide regular opportunities for children to grow in relationship and discipleship
  4. Provide encouragement for parents through biblical teaching, counsel, and resources
 
NURSERY
Our nursery exists to support the Sunday worship services, Sunday school, and special services
of the church. From the early months of their children’s lives, parents have the opportunity to
begin a weekly rhythm of participation in the life of the church with their children. We want
parents to have peace of mind as they leave their children with us, as our aim is to provide a
happy, safe, and nurturing environment for the youngest children of our church. We want
young children to know that they are loved and valued in the church. We want to teach young
children of the Lord who made them through lessons, songs, and prayer. Our 2 and 3 year-olds
have “Bible Time” together learning the first 10 children’s catechisms, singing the first verses of
Psalm 121 and of the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy”. The nursery is a place for young children to be
cared for, parents to be encouraged, and the church body to serve.
 
SCHOOL-AGE

We offer grade-specific Sunday School classes, using Great Commission Publication’s curriculum, teaching children the Word of God, and foundations of our faith. Once every four years, we teach the Children’s Catechism in 1st through 4th grades, and the Shorter Catechism for 5th through 8th grades. All Sunday School classes are taught by member volunteers and I.P.C. pastors.

On Sundays during the morning worship service, four and five year-old children may attend our children’s worship service, where volunteer members teach the elements of our worship service to prepare them for participation in church.
 
During the school year, 1st grade through 5th grade students participate in Chapel Choir after our weekly dinner following the evening service, while parents enjoy fellowship.

MEMORIZATION
We encourage children to memorize these three important levels at Independent Presbyterian Church:
  • Level One – The Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer
  • Level Two – The Children’s Catechism
  • Level Three – The Shorter Catechism
Children work independently to master these levels, and recite to the Sunday School Director, an elder, or a pastor. Recognition in the worship service is given to each child for their accomplishment.
  • Children are also encouraged to memorize our hymns and Psalms of the month, developing a familiarity and love for the music of the Church through the ages.

FAMILY LIFE
During the year, families have the opportunity for fun and fellowship with special events in the life of our church. In the spring, we host an exciting pancake breakfast and giant egg hunt for children of all ages at our Point Pleasant campus the Saturday before Easter. On October 31st, we host Fall Family Night. Our Point Pleasant campus is alive with games, candy, concessions, costumes and fun! For a few hours children can play in a wholesome atmosphere and celebrate the autumn season. In December, our beloved Lessons and Carols Service is held in the sanctuary. All choirs, including our youngest PreK students, participate in this beautiful worship service of music and readings. Afterwards a children’s buffet and crafts are offered for our hardworking participants.

The Independent Presbyterian Church is a flourishing place for young families to grow their children with the support of a loving community of believers. We warmly invite you to make use of all the means IPC offers to assist you in your work to build a biblical foundation for the spiritual growth and saving faith of your children!

CHILD & YOUTH PROTECTION POLICY
The leadership of IPC has implemented a Child and Youth Protection Policy. You may read more about it here. Would you like to be involved or have further questions about this most vital ministry? Please do not hesitate to contact our church office at 912-236–3346.

Sunday morning

Sunday Evening

9:00am-9:40am

5:30pm-6:40pm

Nursery and Children's Sunday school for all ages.

10:00am-11:15am

Nursery for children up to 3 years old.

6:40pm-7:50pm

Nursery for children up to 3 years old.
Children's Church for age 4 and these children are dismissed during the morning worship service.
Chapel Choir rehearses in the Music room for grades 1 through 5.