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. 246


 2019 WINTER/SPRING Adult sunday school 

The CHRISTIAN FORMATION BROCHURE includes all classes, topics, speakers, study & fellowship groups, and contact information.

All Sunday School classes welcome newcomers and visitors, as well as familiar faces! Classes are 9:40-10:40 a.m. Many classes have a contact person. For more information, contact Rebekah Abel Lamar, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation,

JAN 13: Adult Forum with the Rev. Dr. Adam J. Copeland, Assistant Professor of Leadership and Director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN      

They Joy of Giving: A Discipleship of Generosity, 9:40 a.m.,T.K. Young Room

FEB 24: Adult Forum with the Rev. Dr. Robert Williamson, Jr., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Hendrix College, Conway, AR

The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today, 9:40 a.m., T.K. Young Room


Young Adult Sunday School, Pastor Steve's Office, Sanctuary Bldg. Coffee at 9:40, with discussion to follow. Open to all young adults. 

JAN 6: Exploring Epiphany: Understanding the Meaning of Epiphany Sunday

JAN 13: Adult Forum with Dr. Adam J. Copeland, T.K. Young Room 

JAN 20-FEB 17: The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today by Dr. Robert Williamson Jr., T.K. Young Room,Sanctuary Bldg.

FEB 24: Adult Forum with Dr. Robert Williamson Jr., T.K. Young Room

MAY 3-May 19: Transitions and Turbulence-Dealing with Times of Change, and Times of Crises as a Young Adult

Contact Elizabeth H. Doolin, Director of Young Adult Ministry at


Christian Parenting of Young Children: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, T.K. Young Room, Sanctuary Bldg.

JAN 6: Tour of the EEC/Children's Ministry Spaces, Jones Building

JAN 13: Adult Forum with Dr. Adam J. Copeland, T.K. Young Room

JAN 20-FEB 17: The Forgotten Books of the Bible (with Young Adult class), T.K. Young Room, Sanctuary Bldg.

FEB 24: Adult Forum with Dr. Robert Williamson, Jr., T.K. Young Room

MAR 3: Talking about Faith at Home: How do we make conversations about faith more than just a Sunday morning occurrence for our family? with the Rev. Anne H.K. Apple, Jim Apple and Caitlin C. Bomar. Location TBA

MAR 10 & 17: TBA

MAR 24-APR 14: Raising Faithful Children in the Digital Age with Anne Bradley Thomas

APR 21: Easter

APR 28-MAY 19: Questions of Faith with the Rev. Rebekah Abel Lamar


Parents of Youth, 1st Floor of the Jones Building

JAN 6: Kickoff Breakfast for Confirmation, T.K. Young Room

JAN 13: Adult Forum with Dr. Adam J. Copeland, T.K. Young Room

JAN 20-FEB 17: What I Don't Remember from Confirmation with the Rev. Anne H.K. Apple

FEB 24: Adult Forum with Dr. Robert Williamson, Jr., T.K. Young Room

MAR 10: No Class, Spring Break

MAR 17-APR 14: The Families We Make and the Families that Make Us with Dr. Stephen Haynes, Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College

APR 21: Easter

APR 28: Confirmation Sunday


20/20 Class, 28 S. Evergreen (CAFE), 2nd Floor.

The  20/20 Class is an intergenerational discussion class that focuses on questions of faith and belief in the history of the Church, connecting issues of the past with present day issues and concerns. Topic this semester will focus on Religion in the United States.

 Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt; Is America a Christian Nation?; Five Ways that Americans Have Changed God; Religious Conflicts in American History

Leaders: Scott Moore and John Boughter.


Covenanters Class, Church Parlor.

Education and worship can be mutually supportive in helping God's word in Scripture come alive in the Sunday morning experience by Feasting on the Word.

Leader: Charles Key.


Faith and Function-Ancient Texts for Today's Questions and The Timothy Class, Harlan Room, Sanctuary Bldg.

Each week, a scholar of the Scriptures visits and takes the group down a path of examining the context in which the text was written as well as the context in which we read in our own time.

JAN 6: The Rev. Dr. Kendra Hotz, Rhodes College:  She Pulsed Over the Waters: Creation, Gender and God

JAN 13: Adult Forum with Dr. Adam J. Copeland, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN: The Joy of Giving: A Discipleship of Generosity, T.K. Young Room

JAN 20: Dr. Hotz: Traditional Families: Polygamy and Prostitution

JAN 27: Dr.Hotz: Asherah and Jezebel

FEB 3: The Rev. Dr. Stephen Haynes, Rhodes College: The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump

FEB 10: Dr. Peter R. Gathje, Memphis Theological Seminary: A Spirituality for Growing Old Gracefully

FEB 17: Dr. Patrick Gray, Rhodes College: Tikkum Oman and the New Testament 

FEB 24: Adult Forum with Dr. Robert Williamson, Jr., Hendrix College, Conway, AR, T.K. Young Room: The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today

MAR 3: The Rev. Dr. Michael K. Turner, Memphis Theological Seminary: Mr. Lincoln and God: Religion and the American Presidency during the Civil War

MAR 10-APR  7: The Rev. Dr. James McClanahan, retired Professor of Religious, Kings College: Counter-Revolutionary Living: Key Ideas and Actions in Paul's Doctrine of the Chrisitan Life

APR 14: Palm Sunday-No Class

 APR 21: Easter Sunday-No Class

APR 28-MAY 5: Dr. Mitzi Minor, Memphis Theological Seminary: Resurrection is Revolutionary! Because It Is!


Stephen Class, The Session Room (just to the right of the Sanctuary chancel).

Everyone who likes to read is encouraged to join us. We choose what we read, and class members facilitate discussions. We read to find expressions of important issues in life; and, from time to time, we believe that we find why reading, though at times hard, is an inherently valuable lesson in living.

JAN 6-FEB 3: Dr. Robert Williamson, Jr., The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today.  Facilitated by Debbie Pittman

FEB 10-MAR 10: James Baldwin, Go Tell It On the Mountain. Facilitated by Kathy Love

MAR 17-APR 7: Dava Sobel, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos. Facilitated by Bob Llewellyn and Jim Cole

APR 14-MAY 5: Pat Barker, Regeneration. Facilitated by Susan Callison

MAY 12-MAY 19: Two short stories from the collection, Ship Fever by Andrea Barrett. Facilitated by the class at large

Contacts: Jim Cole, and Bob Llewellyn,


Praying with Scripture: The Practice of Lectio Divina. Class not meeting in February and March 

Samaritan Counseling Center, 35 S. Auburndale, 38104.

Using the Scripture that is preached upon that day, the text is read aloud, meditated upon in silence, and reflections shared on the rhythm of God's presence. 

Leaders: Mary McIntosh, church elder, and willing class members.  



Lenten Lectionary Groups - A Place for Everyone

Weeks of MAR 10-APR 7

Following each of my Lenten groups, the Sunday sermon became more meaningful to me.

Registration begins February 2019 at the church and online.


Men's Breakfast, Fellowship, Bible Study & Prayer, Tuesdays,  T.K. Young Room, 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), begins Tuesday, JAN 8  

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

Please come as your schedule allows.


Idlewild Book Club, meets 4th Thursday, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Church Parlor.

Book for January: Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, by Lynne Olson.

Contact: Joyce Webber,


Wednesday Morning Studies, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Harlan Room

JAN 9-JAN 30: Unequal Justice in America with Jim Cole and Dolores Bell

FEB 6-March 6: William Faulkner's Light in August with Jim Cole

MAR 13-20: William Eggleston--A Memphis Original with Page Williamson and Dolores Bell

APR 3-17: Favorite Books with Stephanie Rodda


Thursday Morning Bible Study

This group will examine two different topics this semester.

 JAN 17-FEB 14: 10:00-11:00 a.m., Strock Room

The Forgotten Books of the Bible: Recovering the Five Scrolls for Today, using Bob Williamson's book of the same title in  preparation for his visit to Idlewild later in February.

FEB 21-APR 4: 10:00-11:00 a.m., Strock Room

Jesus' Last Week as described in the Gospel of Mark

Leader: Mary Edith Walker,                                                                                                        


Kitchen Table Bible Study

Thursdays, JAN 10-FEB 28

Evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Using the study guide, Forgiveness-Making Peace with the Past, participants will take time to focus on some of what Scripture teaches us about forgiving and why for Christians is it essential. (Study guides will be provided at the Table for purchase.)

Contact host and facilitator, Mary Lou McCaa,, 684-5427


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 Fellowship Events: Young Adults gather together for fellowship and food every third Sunday of the month, except where stated. We will meet in the T.K. Young Room following the 11:00 worship service and decide where to go for lunch. We gather for evening fellowship events throughout the semester as well. If you would like more information about Young Adult activities, please contact Elizabeth H. Doolin

Young Adult Fellowship Events

JAN 15: Trivia, 7:00p.m., Brookhaven Pub

JAN 20: Third Sunday Lunch, 12:00 p.m. 

FEB 17:  Third Sunday Lunch, 12:00 p.m. 

             FEB 28: Theology on Tap at Pyros, 7:00 p.m., 2035 Union Ave. 

            MAR 24: 4th Sunday Lunch, 12:00 p.m.

            APR 6: Kegs & Eggs, Railgarten, 2166 Central Ave, 3:00 p.m.   

             APR 28: 4th Sunday Lunch, 12:00 p.m.

             MAY 19: 3rd Sunday Lunch, 12:00 p.m.

        Young Adult Bible Study   

            The Gospel of Luke

             JAN 9: 6:30 p.m., Luke 1-6, Elizabeth H. Doolin's, 3703 Johnwood Dr, 38122

             FEB 6: 6:30 p.m., Luke 7-12, TBD

             MAR 6: Luke 13-18, TBD

              APR 3: Luke 19-24, TBD 

              Contact Elizabeth H. Doolin, for more information.

        Young Adult Men's Dinners

             The Young Adult Men group gathers for dinner on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

             JAN 10: 6:30 p.m. Global Cafe in Crosstown

             FEB 7: 6:30 p.m. Maciel's, 525 S. Highland

             APR 11: 6:30 p.m. Elemento in Crosstown

             MAY 9: 6:30 p.m. Elwood Shells, 916 Cooper   

       Young Adult Men Retreat at the Stokes'

           March 15-17, 2019

           For more informtion, contact Elizabeth H. Doolin at 

        Young Adult Women Dine-0-1

           The Young Adult Women group gathers for dinner on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

           JAN 22: 6:30 p.m. Las Delicias, 4002 Park Ave.

           FEB 19: 6:30 p.m. Sekisui Midtown, 25 S. Belvedere Blvd. 

           MAR 19: 6:30 p.m. Pete and Sam's, 3886 Park Ave.

           APR 16: 6:30 p.m. City Silo, 5101 Sanderlin Ave.   



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 worship service and for other special services and concerts. Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Choir Room (Sanctuary Bldg., 2d Floor.) Members also attend one section rehearsal each month. To discuss choir membership please contact Barry Oliver, or 726-4681, ext. 212.



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



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.

Contact: Barbara Denley, 

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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