Children's Ministry

Welcome!  IPC Children's Ministry is committed to:     

  • Partnering with families to raise children that love and serve Jesus     
  • Building and growing relationships—kids to Jesus, kids to kids, and kids to volunteers
  • Creating a place where children are emotionally and physically safe

Take a look at our programs on this page and view our "Family Faithsteps" presentation to learn how we can bring our children closer to Jesus, together!

Lauren Knips, Director of Children's Ministry
949.786.9627, ext. 206

Christina Brantuk, Family Ministries Assistant
949.786.9627, ext. 218


Sunday Mornings

About Our Educational Programs

Great care is taken to meet each age group's developmental needs with fun, biblically-relevant teaching and opportunities to build relationships with peers and adult volunteers. We believe that it is important to equip parents to take an active role in their child's spiritual education, so our classes provide monthly take-homes. This is a useful tool as it informs parents about what is learned each week, as well as provides ways to continue learning at home.

For children kindergarten age and below, we have programs that run the entire length of the service. Please check your children in at Childcare in the Jenny Hart Building prior to the worship service.

On Sunday mornings, children worship with their parents in the Sanctuary, and then are dismissed to their classes.

View our Sunday morning schedule ›

Childcare  |  Birth–3 Years Old

Check-in system for children preschool through 3rd grade. The safety of each child is taken seriously at Irvine Presbyterian Church. We use a two-part sticker to ensure children are picked up safely by the adult responsible for their care. When you drop off your child to their teacher, you will keep half and place the other half on your child's back. Each portion has a matching number on it. When you pick up your child you must present the matching half for the teacher to release your child.  Read about our Child Protection Policy in the right column.

We are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment, taking care to make sure your child is always cared for by trained, loving volunteers and staff. All childcare events are led by CPR and First Aid certified staff who has also received our Child Abuse Prevention training. Childcare, including nursery and toddlers, is always provided for Sunday mornings and special worship services. It is also available at special activities by request.  

Please register for childcare by filling out the following form:

Forms may be returned by email to Christina Brantuk, mailed, or handed in to the church office.   

Wednesday Nights

The Reef  |   1st–3rd Grade 
Begins October 12  
Dinner: 5:30–6:15 pm  |  Classes: 6:15–7:30 pm 


The Reef is a program for 1st through 3rd grade children during Wednesday Night Refuel, IPC's all-church midweek program. Children will arrive with their parents for a family dinner in Fellowship Hall at 5:30 pm before breaking out into different groups at 6:15 pm. 

While adults explore their faith through classes and Bible studies, children at The Reef will spend time with their peers. They’ll discover a new understanding of how to grow in relationship with Jesus as they learn 3 basic truths from Luke 2:52. I need to make the wise choice, I can trust God no matter what, and I should treat others the way I want to be treated. 

The Reef runs concurrent with our adult Refuel classes. You may register your child for The Reef when you register for the adult Refuel class. For your child to participate in The Reef we require a medical release (link below). For Refuel dates please visit our Visit our Wednesday Night Refuel page.

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Beach Club   |   4th–6th Grade
Begins October 12
Dinner: 5:30–6:15 pm  |  Classes: 6:15–7:30 pm 


Be a Believe
Encourage Esteem
Accept Another
Choose with Care
Humbly Help

Beach Club also meets during Wednesday Night Refuel.  

After dinner, 4th through 6th grade children will join their peers for a club that’s focused on exploring faith with preteens. They’ll spend time learning how our faith applies to our everyday life through large group teaching and small group breakouts. 

And there is no shortage of fun from our nightly game time to all the special events! Make sure to check the Beach Club-only calendar for special events throughout the school year. 

Childcare is available for parents attending classes at REFUEL.  Visit our Wednesday Night Refuel page for more information.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

At Galactic Starveyors VBS, kids discovered that God created everything there is — the visible and the invisible — and that wants a relationship with them!

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Genesis  (Formerly S.H.I.N.E. Program: Sharing Healthy Information Needed Everyday)

We have been created in God's image, and what God created is good! This includes how God created us as sexual beings. Human sexuality can be a difficult subject between parent and child and that is why, as a church, we feel it is important to equip parents to have conversations with their child about related topics.

Our culture can portray sexuality in very misleading ways. We need to be dialoguing with our children early to present the Biblical perspective, and as parents share our values with our children. That is why our church offers the Genesis program. Each course is presented from the framework of a Biblical perspective rooted in the foundational scripture of Genesis 1:27-31 (NIV):

 "So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them ... God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."

Our Programs 

Tuesday, March 14, 6–8:30 pm

This class is offered for 4th and 5th Grade girls and their mothers. It is an engaging 2 ½ hour course that covers the basics of the physical and emotional changes that girls will soon go through with the onset of puberty. The class takes place annually in the fall.

Download registration form ›

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Rites of Passage  (Girl’s Class)
Fall 2016:  Begins October 20

This 6-week course for 6th grade daughters and their mothers is the next step in building the bonds between parent and child, as we discuss the changes of puberty in greater depth from a biblical foundation rooted in Genesis 1. This course will help prepare tweens for adolescence by covering topics such as reproduction, social media, self-esteem, peer pressure, and menstruation. 

Download registration form ›

Contact Lauren Knips for more information.

Children's Choirs

For more information about children's choirs, go to our Music and the Arts page.

Special Events

Special activities tied to church and calendar seasons are planned throughout the year for children and their families. Included are a Harvest Celebration, Thanksgiving worship, Family Christmas Festival, Ash Wednesday worship and supper, Easter Celebration and a 6th grade graduation celebration. 


Summer Camp 2017
at Forest Home

More info ›


Child Protection Policy

We believe that God has called us to care for and protect the children whom he has entrusted to us. All adults working with minors on a frequent and regular basis at IPC will be selected, trained, managed, and evaluated in accordance with the selection and training procedures and guidelines for conduct set forth in the Child Protection, Abuse Prevention and Reporting Policy.

To obtain a copy of the policy, or for additional information, contact the church office at 949.786.9627.