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. 

Rebekah Abel Lamar
Associate Pastor for Christian Formation
901-726-4681 ext. 46

Lenten Lectionary Groups for 2017

Lenten Lectionary Groups are small groups which, through reflection, prayer, and discussion, focus on the scripture texts for the coming Sunday’s worship service. Groups meet in members’ homes for five weeks, beginning the week of March 5 through the week of April 2. REGISTRATION ENDS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1.

Christian Formation brochure for Winter 2017 

     Sunday school, weekday classes, fellowship, special events





Sunday school is 9:40-10:40. Regular classes meet Janaury-May. Below is a list of classes and locations. See the current CE brochure for for topics, speakers, weekday studies and fellowship groups.



Room 303W, Jones Bldg.
Ages 21 to 42-ish. Childcare available. The study is The Bible: Back to Basics. Meet at 9:40 for coffee, donuts, and fellowship. Discussion begins at 10:00. Contact: Sarah Wolf, Director for Young Adult Ministry,

 20/20 CLASS

Room 305W, Jones Bldg. 

This intergenerational group focuses on gaining a clearer vision of our faith through the world around us. Topic: The New Testament Church: Luke, the Historian. Leaders Scott Moore and John Boughter. 



Room 304W, Jones Bldg.  Contact: Rebekah Abel Lamar,

Faithful parents understand the importance of their own relationship with God and desire to create a home environment conducive to shaping the hearts and minds of children in a vibrant faith and love toward God and others. Join other parents/guardians/partners of young children, birth to early elementary, to explore moving through parenthood.

Presenters include Anne Bradley Thomas, Caitlin Bomar, Julie Markham, Margaret Burnett, Linda Marks, Dorothy McClure, Cindy Cates Moore, Rebekah Abel Lamar.



Church Parlor

Study is Feasting on the Word. Leaders: Charles Key and Ben Bledsoe. 

            APR 23 - MAY 14  Reflection on Selected Passages from the Gospel of John.

             Leader:The Reverend Ben Bledsoe



           Room 114E, Jones Bldg.            

The Practice of Lectio Divina: Using the Scripture that is preached upon that day, the class reads aloud, meditates in silence and shares reflectons about  God. Led by Mary McIntosh and class members.




Looking for a Bible class that will often provoke both surprise and a laugh? This could be the one! In what context were Scriptures heard by the ancient peoples? In what context do we receive them today? 

Harlan Room, Sanctuary Bldg.

JAN 8 - 15:  The Reverend Dr. Steve Haynes: Scripture, Addiction, and the Church

JAN 22 - 29: Dr. Peter R. Gathje: The Sermon on the Mount: A Framework for Christian Ethics

FEB 5: The Reverend Dr. Paula McGee: Does God Want You to be Rich?

FEB 12 - 26: The Reverend Dr. Mitzi Minor: A Provocative Presentation of the New Testament

MAR 5 - 26: The Reverend Dr. Kendra Hotz: Faith, Disease, and Suffering

APR 2 - 9: Dr. Steven Parrish: The Prophets: Their Messages and Challenges

APR 23 - 30: Dr. Steven McKenzie: Esther and Ruth

MAY 7 - 14: Dr. Patrick Gray: The Historical Jesus-The Gospels 



            Strock Room, Sanctuary Bldg. 

JAN 8:  Rise of Robotics. Leader: John Slater

JAN 15:  National Health Care Reform. Leader: Dr. Art Sutherland, Cardiologist

JAN 22: Stewardship of the Memphis Aquifer. 

JAN 29: Women of Impressionism. Leader: Dr. Pamela Nunn

FEB 5: Men of Impressionism. Leader: Dr. Pamela Nunn

FEB 12 -26: Meeting with Faith and Function Class in the Harlan Room to hear Dr. Mitzi Minor

MAR 5 - 26: The Gospel of John. Leader: The Reverend Dr. Scott Morris

             APR 2, 9, 23: The Early Christians and Judaism. Leader: The Reverend Jim McClanahan

             APR 30: Dr. Marcus Pohlmann, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College

             MAY 7 - 14: Meeting with Faith and Funcation Class in the Harlan Room to hear Dr. Patrick Gray



Reading of literature with discussion and reflection, facilitated by class members.

Room 306W, Jones Bldg.

JAN 1: "What came before the big bang?" by Alan Lightman (Harper's Magazine, January 2016).

JAN 8 - 22: Mr. g: A Novel About the Creation, by Alan Lightman. Facilitated by Mimi Phillips

JAN 29 - FEB 26: Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Facilitated by Natalie Hoepp

MAR 5 -19: A Massacre in Memphis: The Race Riot that Shook the Nation One Year After the Civil War, by Stephen Ash. Facilitated by Jim Cole

MAR 26 - APR 23: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Facilitated by members of the class

APR 30 - MAY 21: An Officer and A Spy by Robert Harris. Facilitated by Jim Cole and Bob Llewellyn


A Look Inside: Water, Word and Witness

Do you wonder about what it means to be a PC(USA) Presbyterian, or why we celebrate the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper like we do? This class meets the first Sunday of each month and is offered by the New Member Welcoming Committee for anyone interested in learning about these particular topics. For more information contact Cheryl Westlake, 849-7624, or Associate Pastor Anne H.K. Apple, or 726-4681.

 Topics include:

SEPT 4: Baptism as Presbyterians

OCT 2:  Mission as Presbyterian

NOV 6: Stewardship as Presbyterians

DEC 4: Worship and the Liturgical Calendar as Presbyterians

DEC 18: Waffle Sunday


Presbyterian Women

All women are invited to study circles and activities of Presbyterian Women. Presbyterian Women Gatherings, which include program and lunch, are at the church on the third Tuesday of September, January, April and May. Circles meet on the first Tuesday, October–May, for Bible study and fellowship. (Click link above.)  


 Learn more about Presbyterian Women.


 ChristCare Groups 

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


Most study groups meet regularly from September through May. For more details please call the church office, 726-4681.



Movie Ministry

Film is a genre that our community will explore this year. The third Sunday of each month, from 4:00 – 6:00, a movie will be hosted. One month will be a family friendly movie, the next will be a movie with a theological theme and discussion. Join us for fellowship and fun, faith and exploration as the T.K. Young room transforms into a movie theatre.

JAN 15:  4:00 p.m. Adult Movie:  At the River I Stand, and children's activity

FEB 19: 4:00 p.m. Family Movie Night:  The Peanuts Movie

MAR 19: 4:00 p.m. Adult Movie: Long Day's Journey into Night, and children's activity

APR 2: 4:00 p.m. Family Movie Night:  Zootopia


Common Table

4:00 - 6:00 P.M., T.K. Young Room

Childcare available

Tentative Dates: APR 23, 30 and MAY 7

In mid-January, there will be a box in the narthex to gather suggestions for Common Table topics.

Additional information, contact Rebekah Abel Lamar,

To register for this event and to request child care, please contact Brenda Harris,, or 726-4681, ext 35


weekday study and fellowship groups

NATURAL SPIRITUALITY, 2nd Monday, 1:00 - 2:00 P.M., led by Linda House,



Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 P.M., 303w Jones Bldg. 

FEB 7: Talking with Children and Grandchildren About Important Issues and Values. Leaders: The Rev. Anne Apple and Caitlin C. Bomar, Director of Children's Ministry 

FEB 14: Care Options for the Elderly. Leader: Kathryn Feinstone, National Certified Geriatric Counselor, founder Attendant Care Services   

FEB 21: Helping with Death and Dying-The Church's Role. Leader: The Rev. Anne Apple

FEB 28: Volunteer Service Opportunities. Leaders: Pan Awsumb, Pat Neely and Clare Stallings                       



            9:30 - 11:00 A.M., 303W Jones Bldg.

JAN 11 - FEB 8: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Leader: Pat Kelly

FEB 15 - MAR 8:  Faulkner Short Stories. Leader: Jim Cole

MAR 15 - 29: France: A Case Study of France's Economy. Leader: Dr. Debbie Pittman

APR 5 - 19: Eudora Welty. Leader: Stephanie Rodda


KOINE GREEK CLASS, Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 P.M. Contact Ernest Kelly for information, (901) 568-8462 or



JAN 5 - FEB 23

Contact Mary Lou McCaa, 687-5427



Wednesdays, 9:00-11:00 A.M., Church Parlor

JAN 18 -MAY 24, contact Mary Jane Claassen at

Childcare is available



JAN 19 - MARCH 2

The Parables of Matthew, 303W Jones Bldg.

10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Leader: Mary Edith Walker

MAR 9 - APR 6

Encounters with the Risen Christ, 303 W Jones Bldg.

A study of the Post- Resurrectoin Appearances of Jesus: written by Louise Lawson and Mary Edith Walker

10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Leader: Mary Edith Walker


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 Carol Good, 726-4681

Third Friday Dine-Out Group, 6:30 P.M.. SEPT - MAY. Contact Ann Fain, 334-4810



The choir sings weekly during the 11:00 service and other special services and concerts. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 P.M.. in the Choir Room [Sanctuary Bldg., 2nd Floor]. Members also attend one section rehearsal each month. To discuss choir membership please contact Barry Oliver, Director of Music Ministry, at or 726-4681, ext. 12.



Idlewild's church library offers an extensive selection of books and periodicals available for loan and on-site study. Come and acquaint yourself with our broad collection of classic and contemporary reading materials, including Biblical study guides, theological texts, spiritual formation resources, and Christian fiction and non-fiction. The Library is open Sundays mornings, and on weekdays by appointment through the church office, 726-4681. Check it out!




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