Irondequoit is “where the land meets the water,” and IPC is “where our
Faith meets New Life.”
It’s where people from all different backgrounds meet, and it’s where we all come to learn about the Risen Christ.
We may have been around since 1856 (learn more about our HISTORY here), but we are in the process of totally revamping who we are and redefining what it means to be a church in the 21st century, and that focused growth is possible only because of our volunteer leadership and professional staff.
How We Do Church
Our church campus is located at 2881 Culver Road, and our parking is around the corner off William Street or Perrin Drive. It won’t take you long to realize, though, that our building is only part of our “church.” We have learned that, like the 1st century followers of Jesus, the church is not the building, it’s the people, and our people are busy in the community, volunteering at Food Cupboards, the Cameron Community Center, supplying support to the Creative Beginnings Child Care, or meeting off-campus in public places where our small group studies model for others what it is to be the church of Jesus Christ in the middle of today’s world. Our list of partners is growing as we are called to meet the community’s growing needs in a post-COVID world. (Check out our Enacted Ministries page!)
As a Presbyterian Church, we organize ourselves through our ordained Deacons and Elders (click on them to learn more) who serve as the initiators and onsite ministers as we all partner with our Pastor, the Reverend Deb Swift.
We believe that all people are created in the image of God, yet we are equally mindful of institutionalized challenges which face our sisters and brothers when privilege goes unnamed and unchecked. We are part of the Matthew 25 Initiative of the PC(USA) which focuses on:
- Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the world.
- Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
- Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
As our tree logo reminds us, we are:
We are a community of believers…
Rooted in Christ’s LOVE
We are a compassionate and committed group of people who are connected by our love for Godand “rooted” in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to strengthen our relationship with God, as well as with our community, by ‘Loving God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and loving our neighbor as ourselves.’
Growing strong in FAITH
We are an inclusive group of people striving to become more like Christ by seeking his direction, displaying his love, and studying his Word. We welcome all people to come and grow with us.
Branching out to SERVE
As a faithful community, we reach out and serve together in love. We cultivate our gifts an listen for God’s call to mission. Like Christ, we respond to those in need and encourage spiritual growth and friendship.
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We would love to have you check us out — no strings attached.
Maybe … just maybe … God is calling you to come and help shape us into who God is calling us (and you) to be.
You might just be the missing piece. We can’t wait to see you.