IBC is meeting in small groups at two outdoor locations on Sundays, wearing masks & socially distanced. Contact Pastor Johann for additional details.
For the next twelve weeks we will "study" the book of James, following the curriculum prepared by Francis Chan/RightNow Media, while incorporating the practice of Lectio Divina. Following is the Guideline for Preparing for Sunday's Small Group Discussion (additional instructions received via email):
- Monday, July 27: Email included a Study Guide for James 1:19-27 & link to Francis Chan's video as well as a link to Father Richard Rohr's video titled "What is Contemplative Prayer and why it's needed (especially in today's dualistic and divisive world)"
- Wednesday, July 29: Song by Elevation Church titled "The Blessing" that reminded Pastor Johann of James 1:12 ("Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of lifethat the Lord has promised to those who love him")
- On Saturday, August 1: Johann's message on the same passage will be shared.
- Sunday, August 2: Small Group Discussions around the topic, the host/facilitators will guide the conversation around the passage.
Participating in the weekly study is completely OPTIONAL, and please feel free to do all or parts from the guideline or even develop your own method of study.
Our hearts are broken at the loss of George on March 27. We grieve with Amy, Jack, Georgie, Samantha, Ellie, and the extended Norris family. Service information will be provided at a later date, once social distancing is in the past & hugs are allowed. A Go Fund Me Page has been set up if you'd like to support the family financially. George's obituary can be found here.
Jack recently interviewed his dad on his Youtube show, The Basement, which can be found here. Jack then shared Remembering My Dad with a follow-up titled One Week Ago....
Julia Skjerli shared Reflection & Teaching: George Norris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaXuKdhA2ZQ
The Board of Christian Education will host two events in the Fall (?):
Friday, April 17th: Kids' Night at IBC - Jack Norris debuts as the children's activity coordinator and will host a fun and exciting night for the children (Age: K ~ 2nd Grade). There will be a movie, dinner, games, and a reflection time. Time: TBD Location: Robie Wile Room - this event is indefinitely on hold
Saturday May 2nd: IBC Game Night - IBC family will gather together to share our favorite game with one another. Please bring your favorite games to church and also invite your friends and family members. Time: 6:30-8:30 pm; Location: Robie Wile Room - this event is indefinitely on hold
IBC Small Groups (currently on hiatus):
Adult Sunday School meets each Sunday following worship and the group is studying the Book of Romans. See JK or Mercury for more information.
Senior Saints meets each Friday evening at 6:30 pm at the Oak Hill Apartment of Audrey Brown. They are studying the Book of John.
Women's Group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 10am at the home of Cathie Robie. The group is currently studying Women of Faith from the Old Testament. See Merrily for more information.
Men's Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month meeting at IBC at 7:00 am. The group is currently studying the Book of Mark. See Gene or Pastor Johann for more information. NOTE: This group is currently meeting for sharing and prayer the 2nd and 4th Saturdays via Zoom.
The Board of Christian Education updated the library, which has been moved to the church office. If anyone has relevant Christian books, DVDs - fiction, studies, daily readings, etc - that they would like to share, please give them to someone on the Board of Christian Ed or feel free to put them in the office. Many thanks to all who have donated!
Caryl and Vinny volunteered to update the church signs. If you have any creative/interesting ideas for the signs that best communicate the gospel message with the community, please feel free to share them with Caryl (and Publicity Committee - Caryl, Tam, & Mallory). Please be reminded that the space on the board is limited and the suggestions will be reviewed by church leadership.
Nursery is available year-round for infants through age 4 during the worship service. Junior Church (during the sermon) is available year-round for ages 4 through 2nd grade.
Are you praying persistently, boldly and believingly for someone or something that God has laid upon your heart and mind?
Ipswich Dinner Bell - a FREE community meals program serves meals at the Masonic Hall (Topsfield Road) from 5:00-6:00 pm every Monday evening. The meal is available to everyone and is prepared by members of local churches and the community. See Merrily or Sue for additional information.
Food Offerings for the Ipswich Food Pantry may be donated any Sunday. There is a container in the entryway for this offering. Specific foods that are always kept in stock include: cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter and baked beans. Other items, including baby food & formula, are also welcome.