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
Important Message Regarding Check-In
One of the core principles of children’s ministry is to create a safe place for children. As we welcome Shepherd’s Grove and worship together as one community on Sunday mornings, we will be updating some Sunday morning procedures.
Beginning March 25, we will be checking in all families with our new computer check-in system when kids are dropped off at Sunday school — this applies to all children through 6th grade. We recommend you arrive early on March 25 to allow extra time for the check-in process. When you arrive, you will find check-in stations with helpful volunteers on the first floor of the Jenny Hart Building. They will help you complete the process and get your printed tags.
Place one tag on your child and keep the other tag with you. Your child will not be able to leave class without you returning to show your matching tag to their leader.
To help us have a smooth transition, please reply to Christina Brantuk with the information below by Sunday, March 18, so we can enter your child into the computer system before March 25. Forms will be also be available to fill out on Sunday mornings prior to March 25. Contact Christina Brantuk if you have questions.
- Child's Name
- Birthdate (for Sunday school class/grade placement)
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.
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.
Beach Club | 3rd–5th Grade
Be a Believe
Choose with Care
We know it can be tough with school, sports, and other activities to make one night of the week work, so to better accommodate families’ schedules we are making some changes to Beach Club in the fall. First, Beach Club will take place in two parts: Beach Club Small Groups and Beach Club Special Events. Second, Beach Club will be for 3rd–5th graders.
Beach Club Small Groups – Start the week of October 16. Kids who want to be a part of a small group will need to register online to let us know what days work for them. Then we’ll coordinate with our small group leaders to find a time that’s best for the group.
Beach Club Special Events – Once a month we will bring all the small groups together for a fun time of fellowship. Our hope is that kids who are already a part of a small group can bring their friends, and invite friends to join a small group too!
- October 14 (Saturday): Friend-A-Palooza and Small Group Kick-Off
- November 18 (Saturday): Operation Christmas Child
- December 15 (Friday): Christmas Caroling
- January 26–28 (Friday–Sunday): Winter Camp at Forest Home* ($175)
- February 24 (Saturday): Bowling* Cost: TBD
- March 14 (Wednesday): Boomers Irvine* ($15)
- April: No special events (spring break)
- May 5 (Saturday): End of Year Celebration
*Off-site events require special registration and medical release form.
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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 this year (Fall 2017).
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 be of great benefit to the 6th grade students. 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 both services, and be dismissed during the children’s dismissal to meet their leaders on the patio.
Winter Camp – January 26–28 at Forest Home with Children’s Ministry
Monday Nights – 6th graders will join Junior High at The Lounge from 7–8:30 pm, beginning August 28
To be added to the 6th grade Parent email list contact Christina Brantuk.
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!
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 Classes are held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Register at the links below.
- 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
Other Parenting Resources
- Burns, Jim. Teaching Your Children Healthy Sexuality: A Biblical Approach to Prepare Them for Life; part of the Pure Foundations series. 2008
- James, Stephen & Thomas, David. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys. 2009
- Johnson, Rick. Better Dads, Stronger Sons. 2006
- Jones, Stan and Brenna. God’s Design for Sex; series of 4 books ages 3-14. 2007
- Rue, Nancy. The Body Book. It’s a God Thing series. 2012
- Schaefer, Valorie. The Care and Keeping of You: The body book for girls. 2013
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.
Beach Club Small Groups
Beach Club Small Groups start the week of October 16. Kids who want to be a part of a small group will need to register online to let us know what days work for them. Then we’ll coordinate with our small group leaders to find a time that’s best for the group.
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.