Children's Ministry

At IPC Children's Ministry, we are 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

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 throughout the week.

Learn more:

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Sunday Mornings

On Sundays, children worship together with their families, then are dismissed to their classes.

  • Children's Ministry is available for kids 1st–6th grades (9:45 and 11:15 am)
  • Childcare is available for children kindergarten and below (9:45 and 11:15 am)

Because creating a safe environment for learning is one of our core principles, we ask that you check your child in at one of our electronic check-in stations on Sunday mornings. Here are some check-in tips:

  • Check your child in before the worship service
  • Signs on the patio will point you in the direction of your classrooms
  • Arrive early to allow extra time for the check-in process
  • Place one check-in tag on your child, and keep to other in order to check your child out after service — your child will not be able to leave class without showing your matching tag to his leader

For more information, email Christina Brantuk.


Midweek Programs

 

Family Night for Kids

Wednesday nights this fall  |  6–8 pm

This is not just another program, it’s a partnership! We want to partner with your family to disciple kids as followers of Jesus. While we will have opportunities for parents to be a part of Wednesday night at church, some weeks we want you to just take the time you need for yourself, knowing your kids are well cared for. That may mean date night with your spouse, or some alone time at the coffee shop. We are FOR your family in every phase.

3 years old | Kindergarten will have fun as they continue to explore the Bible story from Sunday morning with all new activities and games to lead them to deeper discovery and engagement with the bottom line of God’s truth. 

1st to 5th Grade | will explore God’s Word and dig into what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. And there will be plenty of fun too with our theme of the night. Check out our monthly calendar here. (pdf attached)

Childcare available for birth to age 3 with advanced notice. Contact Lauren Knips.

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6th Grade Ministry

Sixth grade students go through a unique transition during the school year. They enter fall as children and end the spring as young adults. In order to make the transition from Children’s Ministry to Student Ministries even better, the Family Ministries Committee and Student Ministries Committee are implementing a new model of ministry for our 6th graders.

For Sunday morning and Winter Camp, your child will still be part of Children’s Ministry, participating in our Get Real program and going to camp at Forest Home. For mid-week, 6th graders will no longer be part of Beach Club, but will join the Junior High Ministry, and get the opportunity to know other students and leaders.

We feel confident that this change will greatly benefit your 6th grade student. It will give them more time to feel comfortable and connected when they fully transition into 7th grade.

  • Sunday Mornings begin in the worship service with family at 9:45 and 11:15 am. Kids are dismissed during the children’s dismissal to meet their leaders on the patio.
  • Monday Nights 6th graders join Junior High at The Lounge from 7 to 8:30 pm.
  • Winter Camp is at Forest Home with Children’s Ministry (dates TBD)

To be added to the 6th Grade Parent Email List, contact Christina Brantuk.


Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Each year we create an exciting summer experience where kids can make friends and grow closer to God.

VBS 2018 details and registration ›

VBS 2017 video recap ›


Genesis Rites of Passage

This is a six-week interactive course that prepares tweens for adolescence by generating an open dialogue in a fun and engaging environment and helps them to understand that they’re not alone on the journey to growing up.

This course gives parents the foundation and necessary tools to communicate their personal values and beliefs. It also creates a close bond between parent and tween that will last into the future.

  • Rites of Passage (Girls) are for parents and daughters, ages 10–12
  • Rites of Passage (Boys) are for parents and sons, ages 10–12
  • Girls and boys are taught separately

Dates and times to be announced.


Special Events

Refuel Family Nights is a special night for the family to come together. Each quarter we'll have dinner and worship together, then adults will enjoy a workshop focused on a specific topic such as marriage, parenting, etc., while kids have their own fun activities.

Other 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, Ash Wednesday worship and supper, Easter Celebration and a 6th grade graduation celebration.

 

 
 

Family Dedication Celebration
9.17 | 9 am | Fellowship Hall

Join us for breakfast as we share tools to help grow your children in their spiritual walks. Invite family and close friends who would come alongside you as your family grows together in Christ! 

Details and Signup ›


Ministry Contacts

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

Christina Brantuk
Family Ministries Coordinator
949.786.9627, ext. 218

Email Signup
Sign up for Children's Ministry email ›

Medical Relase
For all off-campus and midweek programs (camp, Beach Club, etc.), please fill out a Medical Release Form for your child in case of emergencies.

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



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Safety

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.

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.