Local Missions

We want to help you find a place to serve and match your passion and talent with current opportunities, so that you can discover your calling, deepen your connection with God, and change the world — all in the name of Jesus!

Learn more about our local outreach programs:

Irvine
3rd Saturday Service Project (3SSP) 
Compassion Irvine
First Saturday Breakfast
Pizza Friday

Orange County
KidWorks
Royal Family Kids Camp
Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
Southwest Community Center

See Mexico Missions page for how to serve in  El Niño and Tijuana.


Local Outreach Programs

3rd Saturday Service Project (3SSP)
Meets every third Saturday of the month
5:30–7:30 pm (begins with a potluck)
Fellowship Hall
IPC Contact: Curtis Drever

We then gather on the 3rd Saturday of the month to participate in a service project to make an impact on our local neighbors. Each month we learn about a ministry or organization that is making a difference in our communities and we work together to meet a need. Occasionally, we’ll hear personal stories from our members of how serving others is making a difference in their lives.

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Compassion Irvine

Our mission is to demonstrate compassion-in-action with a team that is available on short notice to meet needs that arise in Irvine and surrounding communities. We seek to help individuals or families experiencing a tough situation, in partnership with case management or other supportive service organizations. 

Compassion opportunities are far-ranging, though many are related to preventing homelessness and helping people out of homelessness. It takes a community working together to make this successful!

If you are interested in joining us, sign up below and Curtis Drever, Leader of Local Missions, will contact you.

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First Saturday Breakfast

IPC Contact:  Merlin Eelkema

IPC’s Mission Outreach Team meets on the first Saturday of every month to prepare a hot breakfast for needy families. Through this on-campus ministry, we get to know the hearts of God's people by serving them and hearing their stories. Spanish-­speaking volunteers are especially needed to assist with translation.

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KidWorks
www.kidworksonline.org

Ministry Contact: Kristen Eelkema

KidWorks was established to transform challenged neighborhoods within central Santa Ana by building on the strengths and potential in the community through education, character formation and personal development. Volunteer opportunities include being an afterschool tutor, computer lab assistant, library aide, preschool helper, teen mentor, creative arts instructor and administrative assistant. You’re also welcome to meet at Kidworks the first Tuesday of every month to take care of preschoolers while their parents attend workshops on parenting, the U.S. education system, and other important topics.

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Pizza Friday (a.k.a. Jesus Pizza) *

IPC Contact: Sandra Smith   

Pizza Friday has been an outreach ministry to the kids of Woodbridge High School for the past 20 years. We offer an inexpensive lunch and a safe place for students to meet (two youth lounges, church steps, grassy areas); they have a chance to rest, relax and have some fun before returning to class. We need many hands. About 24 people, each week, are needed to serve approximately 500-600 students quickly, while role modeling hospitality, a servant’s heart, and God’s love. Many of the students have never been on a church campus. We want them to remember the way they were treated and welcomed while they were with us.

If you have an hour to spare on a Friday, and can smile, say a kind word, and pass out pizza at the same time, you are perfect for this ministry. You need only three to five seconds to touch someone’s heart and make a difference in their lives. God gave IPC this perfect location (which is not considered off-campus to WHS!) — and He most definitely wants us to use the gift of our location for His purposes.

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Royal Family Kids Camp
rockharbor.royalfamilykids.org

Contact: Randy German

Each summer a team of approximately 100 volunteers provide a week-long camp experience for local children, ages 7–11, from Orange County’s foster care system. The mission is to build self-esteem, model and teach the love of Christ, impart hope and provide a positive memory for abused and neglected foster children from our local community. Following camp, there is an opportunity to participate in a year-round mentoring program. We are seeking volunteers for our 2018 camp which will take place in San Diego County, Sunday, July 29–Friday, August 3. There are many areas to serve including counselors and activity directors. To learn more, or apply to join this local mission, visit rockharbor.royalfamilykids.org/ or contact Randy German.

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Samaritan's Purse (Operation Christmas Child)
www.samaritan.org

Ministry Contact: Barbara Robison

Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God's love. In November of each year, IPC participates in filling shoe boxes and helping in the Orange County Processing Center to carefully inspect and prepare each box for overseas shipment.

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Southwest Community Center

IPC Contact: Toby Weissert, 949.642.2448
Ministry Contact: Connie Jones, 1601 West 2nd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703, 714.547.4073

The second Sunday of each month, 12:30–3 pm, a group from IPC meets at Southwest Center in Santa Ana to prepare and serve a luncheon to those in need. The two and a half hour commitment includes preparing the meal, serving the food, praying with and meeting the guests and clean-up. There are other opportunities to volunteer at Southwest Center. Contact the Center for more information. 

 
 

Ministry Contact

Curtis Drever, Leader of Local Missions
curtis@irvinepres.org