Connection is everything here at Irving Park. Whether you are looking for a deeper connection to God, or the church, we believe that this happens through our Connect Groups. You can view the current connect groups below. If you have more questions, or would like to join a connect group, just let us know by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
Long-term Connect Groups
Leader: June Hanks
When/Where: Wednesdays at 5:00PM in the Lucy Hoyle Room.
Start Date: September 20th
Description: Crocheting mats from plastic bags for the homeless.
Leader: Brian Allen
When/Where: Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30AM in the parlor.
Start Date: September 13th
Leader: Beth Reynolds/Hardy Spence Jr.
When/Where: Sundays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the parlor.
Start Date: September 17th
Contact: Becky Dehaven (336-202-9009)
When/Where: Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the parlor
Start Date: October 3rd
Coming in October, 6-week small group study, on Max Lucado’s book “Glory Days”. Focus is on Living Your Promised Land Life Now and is based on the story of Joshua from the Bible. See/contact Pat Morgan for details.
Description: Every week, outside of the meeting, group members are encouraged to pursue themes of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion. The weekly meeting is a reporting and sharing of our
experiences related to these themes.
United Methodist Men
Leader: Hamp Munsey
When/Where: 3rd Sunday of each month at 7:30AM in the Fellowship Hall.
Start Date: September 25
Description: The United Methodist Men seek to draw all the men of IPUMC together for a time of fellowship, testimony, and service to our church. They host several fundraisers each year, and have guest speakers at their monthly breakfasts.
United Methodist Women
Leader: Diane Joyner
Description: The United Methodist Women provide a place for the women of IPUMC to have fellowship and bible study. All women are welcome!
Prayer Shawl Ministry
When/Where: Mondays at 10AM in the Lucy Hoyle Room.
Description: The prayer shawl ministry come together to provide prayer shawls for those in need. This group is not just about knitting prayer shawls, but they come together to provide fellowship, fun, and laughter to those they touch. They have currently distributed over 200 prayer shawls.
Keenagers Senior Adult Fellowship
Leader: Celia Kiser
When/Where: The 2nd Tuesday of each month
Description: The dictionary defines "keen" as "having or showing an ability to think clearly and to understand what is not obvious or simple about something," plus it rhymes with "teenager"! So Keenagers is the perfect name for our senior adult fellowship. We meet for lunch, fellowship and sometimes a program. We may take a day trip to Yoder's Market in Yanceyville, visit the fruitcake factory in Bear Creek, NC, visit the Billy Graham Museum in Charlotte, tour Duke Gardens in Durham, have a picnic in the Arboretum or join Centenary UMC's Friendship Day. Whatever we do, we maintain close relationships with one another.
IPUMC hosts several Community Groups where you are sure to find a place. Please contact the Home Office of the groups which interest you for membership information.
Taoist Tai Chi Society, Mondays and Thursdays
Beginner's @10:00 AM, Fellowship Hall
Continuing Students @ 11:30, Fellowship Hall
Cub Scouts, Pack 230, Mondays @ 6:00 PM
Boy Scouts of America Troop 230, Mondays @ 7:00 PM
Find out more about Troop 230 at _bsatroop230.us
Men's Al-Anon, Mondays @ 8:00 PM in the Parlor
Daisy Scouts, alternate Tuesdays @ 5:30 PM
Brownie Scouts, alternate Sundays @4:30 PM
Tuesdays @ 7:00, in the Fellowship Hall
Fridays @ 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
Service Connect Groups
Leader: Daniel Johnson
When and Where: Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30PM in the handbell rehearsal room.
Start Date: October 10
Description: This group is open to beginner through advanced ringers. We play every few months in the 11AM service, and do a few special concerts each year.
Leader: Daniel Johnson
When and Where: Wednesdays from 5-6PM in the choir rehearsal room.
Start Date: August 24
Description: The Sanctuary Choir is responsible for leading the music in the 11AM service each week. This choir is open to those of any musical level, but be prepared to learn about music and enjoy singing!