As we have entered Phase 2 of Memphis’ Back to Business plan and a plan forward has been approved by the Session of IPC and communicated to the congregation regarding starting On-Site in Person Worship starting Sunday May 31, we want to share with you our IPC Student Ministry plans for this summer.
At the bottom of this page, you will find a chart that will answer many of your logistical/health/safety questions, so please check that out. While we are in Phase 2 of Memphis' Back to Business plan, we will operate under the guidelines in Phase 2 on the chart.
Boiled down, we will offer 4 opportunities for your students to stay connected to IPC Student Ministry this summer.
1. IDK and SeniorHigh “On the Lawn”: Each Wednesday IDK will meet from 5-6:30pm, and SeniorHigh from 7-8:30pm on the Avon lawn at IPC. Sign ups will be each week, and you can sign up for next Wednesday night on Monday, June 1st. Here’s some specifics about what those meetings will look like each week…
- Students should bring their own lawn chair or blanket and they will be asked to sit a few feet apart when the program begins. Students can sit on the grass if they forget a chair.
- Each week Chickfila sandwiches will be provided, along with individually packaged chips, drinks, and desserts. Students will be “served” by a staff/intern who is wearing a mask & gloves. Each meal is $5, which you can pay for online before the meeting.
- Parents will need to “sign up” their student online each week so that we can ensure our group will not exceed the 50 person limit recommended by the Mayor. It will also be an option for you to pay the $5 online for the meal when signing your student up.
- Hand Sanitizer will be available for students to use throughout the evening.
- We are asking students to refrain from avoidable physical contact - handshakes, fistbumps, hugs, high-fives, etc. We will tell them this is our expectation, but understandably, we will not be able to enforce this. Please help us with this by talking to your students before dropping them off.
- We will have optional light contact activities for students - some activities are: 9 Square in the Air, Spikeball, Frisbee, KanJam, Pickleball, basketball, table tennis. Items will be clean at the start of the activity, and will be wiped down with sanitizer wipes after use. If you do not want your student to participate in these activities, please tell them this is your desire. Some students will simply want to sit and talk and catch up and that’s fine.
- Each week one of our staff or interns will be sharing on the theme: God’s New People - Who We Are in Jesus.
2. Discipleship: This is for students who want to meet weekly with an IPC leader and think and talk about their faith together. When signing up online for which study your student will like to do, you will pay $10 for the workbook your student will use throughout the summer. Light preparation may be necessary before the meetings. Regular meeting time and place will be decided upon what works best for the staff person and student. Sign ups start Monday June 1. The 4 study options with descriptions are below:
- Gospel Identity: Focuses on the transformation of Christians by the power of the gospel. Participants will discover just how deep their need is for Jesus, examine the blessings given through our new identity and new life in Jesus, and explain how those gifts change us and move us outward.
- Real Change: This is a biblically rich course for students that helps them wrestle with what it looks like to become more like Jesus by using the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundations model of change. This offers in-depth bible study, personal reflection, and an individualized personal growth project, equipping students to experience gospel transformation in the Christian life. Geared more towards SH.
- The Gospel-Centered Life for Teens: Something or someone will define you, but there is something at the core of a satisfying and meaningful life that can’t be summed up by any label, positive or negative. This study helps teens discover the message of Jesus and how it relates to every area of our lives. It’s easy to use and requires no homework, but it helps teens catch a vision for a gospel-centered teenage life.
- Radically Different - A Student’s Guide to Community: This study helps middle schoolers and young teens to untangle the twists of life and navigate community. By understanding creation, the fall, and redemption, students can discover their unique identity in Christ. Living through the lenses of good, bad, and new makes us radically human, radically biblical, and radically different.
3. Contact Work - IPC staff and our summer interns are looking forward to spending time with your students for informal fellowship and fun, while social distancing. Some ideas are: bike rides, porch lunches, basketball, spike ball, walks at Shelby Farms or on the Greenline, disc golf, golf, etc… Inters and staff will be contacting you and your students about opportunities to get together this summer! If staff/interns are meeting your students for meals, please make sure to send money with your student to cover their cost!
4. Sunday School Testimonies - each week we will be sharing a 5-7 minute testimony where each person on the IPC Student Ministry staff shares about their faith in Jesus. These short videos will be posted on our YouTube channel and on Instagram Tv (IGTV).
A word about grace - We understand that some of you will be slower to re-enter for these larger group gatherings, and that some of you will be quick to send your students to them.
If you and your family decide that you’re not ready for the the Wednesdays on the Lawn, please know that we still have lots of other opportunities for your student to stay connected (Discipleship, Contact Work, Sunday School). If you have any hesitations or concerns about sending your student, by all means please keep them at home.
If you decide that your student is ready for group gatherings, please know that we are taking the precautions and recommendations by local and federal agencies seriously. However, we need your help in reminding your students to give other students and staff space at these meetings each time before you drop them off or they leave the house.
It is important for us to remember that we are the body of Christ, and that we extend grace to one another even though we might disagree about how to come out of all of this.