Adult Ministry encompass a great variety of opportunities for study, fellowship and spiritual development. At Idlewild, the questions are as important as the answers. Join us as we explore faith, support each other, and learn more about our community. For more information, contact Rev. Sara Dorrien Christians, or 726-4681 ext. 242.


2020 Winter/Spring Sunday School Classes begin january 5.

See the Wiinter/Spring Christian Formation brochure for complete class, topic, and speaker details. 

Sunday School classes meet 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. 

Classes and programs for all ages! Visitors always welcome!

Young Adult Sunday School: Jones Building, 306W-Coffee at 9:40, with discussion to follow. This class is open to all Young Adults. Contact: Rev. Elizabeth H. Doolin, JAN-FEB, young adults can take part in any of the adult Sunday School classes. Weekly emails will be sent by Elizabeth to let Young Adults know the class she plans to attend. Please join her, if you wish.  The Young Adult Sunday School class is open to all young adults. Convener: Elizabeth H. Dooliin, Director of Young Adult Ministry at for more information.                                                                                                                                                              

MAR 1-APR 15: Faith and Immigration: A six week study on the issure of immigration from the lens of Christian faith using a PC(USA) curriculum: The Genesis of Exodus.  This series connects the No Longer Strangers congregational discerment process. 

Christian Parent of Young Children: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: Jones Building, 302W. Study this semsester: Cindy Wang Brandt's Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy, and Kindness.  Conveners: Sarah Haygood and Jenna Sykes

20/20 Class: Jones Building 305W: Religion in the United States. Conveners: John Boughter, Tracey Sanders and Kirk McClintock

Covenanters Class: Sanctuary Building, Church Parlor: Feasting on the Word. Feasting on the Word materials engage adults in a deeper exploration of biblical texts. Conveners: Charles Key and Barbara Powell

Faith and Function Class - Ancient Texts for Today's Questions, Jones Building 303W: JAN 12-26: Dr. Kendra Hotz-Social Class in the Bible.  Convener: Daniel Edwards

Timothy Class: Jones Building 304W: Jan 5 -19: Anthropology of Human Rights, Facilitated by Ferrell Varner. Convener: Ferrell Varner

Stephen Class: Jones Building 301W: Everone who likes to read is encouraged to join us. We choose what we read, and class members facilitate discussions. JAN 5-26: Bryan Stevenson's Just MercyConveners: Jim Cole and Bob Llewellyn.

Praying with the Psalms: Sanctuary Building, Contemplative Prayer Room,  Harlan Room, 33M.  Conveners: Anne Bradley Thomas, Laurel Dolan, Alan Sefton, Josh Moore, Michael and Melissa Peeler.  


APRIL 26: Congregation-Wide Panel Discussion on Immigration, T.K. Young Room, 9:40-10:40 a.m.  No Longer Strangers: Responding Faithfully to Immigration.




NEW! Idlewild Dinner Groups: Come to the Table: Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Would you like to meet more people at Idlewild? Do you prefer to eat-in or eat-out? We have a dinner group waiting for you! Commit to meting only 6 times annually. Signups in January and dinner groups begin in February. Interested now? Contact Mike and Shannon Hall at


Men's Breakfast, Fellowship, Bible Study & Prayer, Tuesdays, Jones Building, Montgomery Hall, (9:00-10:00 a.m.) 

Cost of breakfast: $8.00.  Study: N.T. Wright's Luke for Everyone (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004) 

Leader: Ted Mealor, 683-4764 or Please make reservations with Brenda at the Church Office, 726-4681 or

Please come as your schedule allows.


Wednesday Morning Studes, Jones Building, 303W, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

JAN 8-29: Austen's Persausion. Facilitated by Pat Kelly

FEB 5--MAR 4: William Faulkner's Sanctuary. Facilitated by Jim Cole

MAR 11-25: "48 Vice Presidents" Facilitated by Jody Hopkins

APR 1: Favorite Books. Facilitated by Stephanie Rodda

APR 8: No Class

APR 15-22: Michelangelo and the Sistine Ceiling. Facilitated by Anne Fisher

APR 29: Favorite Books continue. Facilitated by Stephanie Rodda


Idlewild Book Club meets 4th Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Jones Building, 324E.  

Book for January, please contact Joyce Webber, or 901-412-8475 or Mary Edith Walker, or 662-832-6030.


Thursday Morning Bible Study: JAN 23-MAR 26, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Jones Building, 3rd Floor, 302W 

Study: The Book of Acts. Leader: Mary Edith Walker, To register contact, Brenda Harris,


Koine Greek, one weekday afternoon, usually Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Those interested in the class, or in undertaking a beginner's course in Koine Greek, may contact Ernest Kelly at 901-568-8462 or to signup.


Young Adult Fellowship Events

There is a lot going on in Young Adult Ministry and many ways to get involved. If you would like to receive young adult ministry email updates each week, please contact Elizabeth H. Doolin, Director of Young Adult Ministry,

Please see bulletins, newsletters and the Young Adult Facebook group for event times and more information.

Young Adult Men's Retreat at Horseshoe Lake, MAR 20-MAR 22

The Reverend Will Christians, Pastor of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church will lead the retreat. For more information contact Elizabeth H. Doolin at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Young Adult Fellowship Events

JAN 19: Third Sunday Lunch at El Mezcal, 12:15 p.m.

FEB 12: Valentines'-themes Trivia, 6:30 p.m. at Tess and Jon Huwe's,  2052 Linden Ave.

FEB 16: Third Sunday lunch at HopDoddy, 12:15 p.m.

MAR 15: 3rd Sunday Lunch,  Global Cafe, 12:15 p.m

MAR 28: Kegs and Eggs, 3:00 p.m., Railgarten, 2166 Central Ave.     

APR 19: Third Sunday Lunch, El;emento, 12:15 p.m.

MAY 17: Third Sunday Lunch, Slider Inn, 12:15 p.m.


Spring Book Study                             

The Universal Christ by Richard Rhor.  Kickoff Wednesday, JAN 29, 6:30 p.m. in the Idlewild Youth Activity Room, 324E, Jones Building. Discussion of book online in Realm through weekly discussion questions. Study concludes, Wednesday, March 11. Contact Elizabeth H. Doolin, for more information.


Young Adult Men's Dinners

JAN 9: 6:30 p.m. Global Cafe

FEB 13: 6:30 p.m. RP Tracks

MAR 12: 6:30 p.m. Belly Acres

APR 9: 6:30 p.m. Trolley Stop

MAY 14: 6:30 p.m. Elwood's Shack         

Young Adult Women

SEPT 3: Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aldo's on Cooper

SEPT 8: All Women's Meet & Greet, the home of Charlotte Gillespie 1867 Overton Park Ave, 38112, 4:00 p.m.     

SEPT 17: All Women's Fall Gathering and Dinner, Jones Building, Montgomery Hall, 6:00 p.m.     

OCT 15: 6:00 p.m. Pizza and Pottery, Idlewild Pottery Studio, Jones Building, 2nd Floor East, 225E   

NOV 19: Dinner at 6:30 p.m., Global Cafe

DEC 3: Ornament Exchange, the home of Judy Johnson, 768 Charles Place, 38112, 6:30 p.m.



Choir Room, 2nd Floor, Sanctuary Bldg. 

Contact: BARRY OLIVER, Director of Music Ministry, 726-4681 ext. 212,

The Choir sings weekly during the 11:00 service and for other special services and concerts. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. 




There are two Friday "eat-out" groups. Contact the group coordinator to join. If you'd like to be a part of a new group contact Anne Apple,


First Friday Dine-Out Group, 6:30 P.M. Contact Stephanie Rodda, 901-351-2600 or

Third Friday Dine-Out Group, 6:30 P.M. JAN- MAY. Contact Ann Fain, 334-4810 or Diane Meess, 608-0808.



All the women of Idlewild church are members of Presbyterian Women when they come through the doors.  There are varied opportunities to connect with the community of Presbyterian Women throughout the year.  Come be a part of this exciting, multigenerational way to expand your circle of faithful friends.

Most circles meet on the first Tuesday, February–May, for Bible study and fellowship.

Contact: Andi Hill, 

Learn more about Presbyterian Women.



ChristCare Groups: Transforming Lives. Making Disciples.

ChristCare groups are small communities (5-12 participants) of faithful people who meet regularly to care for one another, to help one another grow in faith, and to support one another in Christian discipleship. Each gathering includes mutual care and encouragement, prayer and worship, relating of biblical principles to life, and service to others. Although the interests of the individual groups are diverse — for example, spiritual formation, blended families, spiritual themes in movies, hot topics, relationships, spiritual discipline, theology and the arts, and men in mid-life — each ChristCare group includes prayer and worship, community building, Bible study, and outreach. See the ChristCare for group info, or contact Anne Apple at 726-4681 or








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