Children's Ministries at IPC

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.”  ~ John 10:3b-5

A loving and nurturing environment is provided at IPC for children and their families to learn and grow in their faith and to become active participants in the church community.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023
12:00 pm12:30 pm

Welcome IPC's new Director of Children's Ministries, Courtney Kraus, following the 11am service with punch and cookies in the parlor.

Sunday, February 5, 2023
2:00 pm3:30 pm
Kirkwood by the River

Kids K-6 are invited to join us for hot chocolate and Bingo with members of the senior living community at Kirkwood by the River.
The event lasts from 2:00-3:30 PM. Feel free to stay with your child or drop them off with us.

Wednesday Nights & Select Saturdays
Room 107

IPC is hosting a training for Catechesis Level 1 (ages 3-6). The training begins Sept. 7 and involves lessons on scripture, liturgy of the church, child development, and the Montessori method. Training will take place Wednesday nights (Sept. 7 - May 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm) and on select Saturdays (Oct. 15, Dec. 3, Feb. 25 & April 22 from 9 am - 5 pm). The training is free for IPC members. Please contact Director of Catechesis Maegan McRoberts to participate or learn more.

Wednesdays at 5:30pm - Begins Jan 11
First Floor

Grades 5k-6 are invited to join us for the Children's spring musical! Rehearsals will be on each Wednesday January 11-March 15 from 5:30 to 7:30pm on the first floor. Dinner is available to those who order.
“What’s Up, Zak?,” is a fun and heartwarming exploration of the Bible story we all know and love. The familiar tale of Zacchaeus is relived as one rich but lonely tax collector casts his ego aside and climbs a tree for just one glimpse of Jesus.

Friday, February 24, 20235:00 pmSaturday, February 25, 20231:00 pm
Children's Fresh Air Farm

Join us February 24th-25th for an overnight retreat for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at the Children's Fresh Air Farm. Drop off at Children's Fresh Air Farm at 5:00 PM on the 24th. Pickup is at 1:00 PM on the 25th. On Sunday, February 26th, 4th Graders will be recognized in the 11:00 service and presented with a Bible.
The retreat's theme will be focusing on "Bible Basics," discussing the history of the Bible, how to read the Bible and engage with it meaningfully, the books of the Bible, and prayer life. The weekend will also be full of fellowship with time for games, playing outside, and s'mores around the campfire.

Sunday at IPC

Atrium (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Sunday School)

Children gather on Sundays for Atrium as we share developmentally-guided Christian religious formation inspired by Catechesis methods where the focus is on the contemplation and enjoyment of God.

  • What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd?

    Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based method of spiritual formation for children, and this program serves the three to ten-year-old children at IPC as their Sunday school. It is a religious experience shared by children and adults listening to God’s word together. The children work in an atrium, which is a special classroom prepared with hands-on lessons to help them explore the Bible and our Presbyterian worship practices. 

    The central parable of Level I catechesis is the Good Shepherd, who calls us by name. The 3 to 6-year-old child is ripe for relationship, and in catechesis they learn and grow in Jesus’ love for us, his sheep. The True Vine is the central parable for Level II. Through questions and discussion we think about how Jesus and the word of God is our sap, and just as it feeds the plant, it feeds us and our lives. When we “remain on the vine,” we bear fruit. As the children grow and develop in the six to ten-year-old age group, they are gaining a greater capacity to place themselves in the context of time and contemplate their role in the world and God’s kingdom. 

  • Catechesis Glossary

    Catechesis: [pronounced ka-tə-'kē -səs] The word “catechesis” is often defined as oral instruction given to catechumens (those preparing for baptism). It is from a Greek word, related to the word “to teach,” and means “resounding” or “echoing down.” It refers to the passing on of the truths of our faith. It is a religious experience shared by children and adults listening to God’s Word together.

    Atrium: [pronounced 'ā-trē-əm] The dedicated space or room for children to listen to Scripture, meditate on it, pray, and begin to live it according to their own rhythm. The atrium environment contains furniture and materials that are child-sized, correspond to the child’s developmental needs, and encourage freedom of movement to engage in their own personal religious work. In the atrium, children are taught to talk quietly and move slowly; creating a calm, quiet, and sacred space where children actively work on their religious lessons, pray, sing, listen to Scripture, and contemplate the presence of God.

    Catechist: [pronounced 'kat-i-kist] The trained educator who directs the activity of the child in the atrium in a discreet manner, and leaves the child to continue on his or her own whenever the child is capable of doing so. He or she serves as a director and guide to assist in the child’s spiritual formation and religious education, recognizing that the religious education is the child’s personal work, and it is the Holy Spirit who engages the child in a personal dialogue and is, thus, the true Teacher.

The children are divided into atria by age/grade for classes. All classes begin at 10 am.

  • Toddler Atrium (ages 2) | Room G05
  • Atrium Level I (ages 3- 5K) | Room 109
  • Atrium Level 2 (grades 1- 3) | Room 108
  • Atrium Level 3 (grades 4- 6) | Room 107
  • Nursery Care

    Care for infants under the age of two from 8:30 am - 12 pm in Room G22/Day School Nursery.

  • Worship Care | Room G08

    For the 11 am worship service, children (age 2 – 5K) may either stay in Atrium and be taken to worship care by our volunteers and Catechists, or you can pick up from Atrium and have them join you in worship. Noted in the bulletin, there will be a time in worship for children 5K and under to be led out of the sanctuary by our acolytes and taken to worship care. This allows older children to experience part of worship in the sanctuary and prepare to stay for the entire service at age 6. Pick up from worship care at the conclusion of the 11 am worship service. Worship care is supervised by parent volunteers and IPC childcare employees

Wednesdays at IPC

Children's Musical: What's Up Zak? 
Jan 11 - Mar 15 | 5:30 -7:30 | First Floor

Rehearsals each Wednesday
Grades 6k - 6th
* Dinner Available *

Funny, lively songs introduce a town bustling to prepare for a visit from a V.I.P.: Very Important Prophet. The Mayor of Jericho decides to throw a parade to welcome Jesus. But the people who need love the most, the lowly beggars and the tax collectors, are not invited to the party. “What’s Up, Zak?,” is a fun and heartwarming exploration of the Bible story we all know and love. The familiar tale of Zacchaeus is relived as one rich but lonely tax collector casts his ego aside and climbs a tree for just one glimpse of Jesus.