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



Each Sunday from May 27 through August 12, we welcome different guest speakers and topics in the summer adult forum. The forums are at 9:40 a.m. in the T.K. Young Room (June 3 and July 1 are in the sanctuary). Speakers and topics are listed below. Click here to see complete information about each Sunday's speaker and topic.

May 27 - The Lisieux Community: Ms. Sandra Ferrell, President and Executive Director.

June 3 - Overcoming Addiction-A Faith Journey: Mr. Jimmy Duckworth, Esq., an associate attorney with Lewis Thomason's Memphis Office. Introduction by Elizabeth Alrutz.

June 10 - The Theology of Les Miserables:  The Rev. Jim Montgomery, retired PC(USA) minister.

June 17 -Memphis Youth Mission: The Rev. Dr. Walt Tennyson, Memphis Youth Mission Immersion Director and interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church.

June 24 - Faith, Reconciitation, and Forgiveness: Dr. J. Barron Boyd, Director of the Buckman Center for International Education, Professor of International Studies at Rhodes.

July 1 - American Presbyterians - Just for Fun: The Rev. Dr. James McClanahan, former pastor (ordained in 1980 by the Presbytery of the Mid-South) and professor of religious studies, with a concentration in New Testament and Church History.

July 8 - Dougbe River School of Liberia: Where do those quarters go?: Ms. Laurie Moorman, Director of Development at the Dougbe River School. 

July 15 - Our Civil and Huma Rights Imperative: Ms. Terri Lee Freeman, President of the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the Lorraine Motel, the April 4, 1968 assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

July 22 - The Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope (MICAH): The Rev. Ayanna Watkins, Director of the Incubate Initiative for the National Benevolent Associaion of the Christian Church ( Disciples of Christ).

July 29 - Idlewild Sports Ministry in the Early Days: Ms. Jean Hamilton and Ms. Beth Simpson and discussion with Scott Moore.

August 5 - Memphis Mental Health Court: Judge Gerald Skahan and Ms. Kim Daugherty, Shelby County Mental Health Court.

August 12 - Mindfulness: Dr. Mark Muesse, Religious Studies, Rhodes College, Emeritus.

           August 19 - Rally Day for All Ages. Come kick-off a new year of Sunday School!  


Men's Breakfast, Fellowship, Bible Study and Prayer, Tuesdays,  T.K. Young Room, 9:00-10:00 a.m.  Cost of breakfast: $8.00.

Study: N.T. Wright's Mark: 20 Studies for Individuals and Groups. (available online)

 Leader: Ted Mealor, 683-4764 or Please make reservations with Brenda at the Church Office, 726-4681 or Come as your schedule allows.


Kitchen Table Bible Study: Thursday, June 7 - July 26

9:30-11:30 a.m. OR 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the home of the facilitator, Mary Lou McCaa, 5394 Collingwood Cove, 38120. Contact Mary Lou at 684-5427 or

Using the study guide: Decisions - Seeking God's Guidance. Participants will take time to focus on some of what Scripture teaches us about decision-making and why Christians see God as essential to making good decisions. 

Everyone is welcome to participate in one of these informal groups of 8 disciples who together grow their faith through Scripture study.



Fellowship gatherings are held every month for both JK and under families, and SK-5th grade families. There is no agenda for these gatherings other than to enjoy each other's company and grow in community through the challenge and joy of raising children. Be on the lookout for monthly invites! If you would like to host, please contact Caitlin Bomar,


             May 19: End-of-Schoool Year Party for children 5th Grade and Under, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

             Hosted by Judy Johnson, 177 Kimbrough Road, Atoka TN


                                     JK and Under                                                                                                                          

Thursday, June 14 - 10:30-noon at Overton Park.

Saturday, July 14 - 5:00-6:30. Hosted by Molly and Eli Logan, 236 Betty Jo Lane, 38117.   

 Saturday, August 11 - 5:00-6:30 p.m. Hosted by Ali and Casey Hill, 4260 Heatherwood Ln, 38117                  

                                    SK-5th Grade

Saturday, June 16 - 3:00-5:00 p.m. Hosted by Dana Brandon and Amy Sharp at Mud Island Park.

Friday, July 20 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hosted by Pat Neely at 2891 Garden Lane, 38111.



Young Adult Fellowship Events

The Young Adults have a fellowship event every month. If you would like more information about Young Adult activities please contact Sarah Wolf, Director of Young Adults, In addition to our monthly gatherings, we go out to lunch every 3rd Sunday after 11:00 worship.

Theology on Tap on Thursday nights this summer from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Pyro's Pizza on Union Ave. For more information, please contact Will Gibbons,

JUN 7: Angels: God's Messengers

JUN 14: Biblical Israel, Contemporary Israel: Are They the Same?, led by Steve Montgomery

JUN 21: Atheism: A Christian Response

JUN 28: Is There Life After Death?

JUL 5: Christians and Patriotism

JUL 12: Children at the Border

JUL 19: In The News: Does Ferguson Reflect America? 

JUL 26: Sclactivism: Is Social Media an Effective Tool for Change?

AUG 2: Creationsim, Evolution, Intelligent Design: What's a Chrsitian to Believe?

AUG 9: Communion 101, led by Rebekah Abel Lamar

AUG 16: Reaching Across the Religious Aisle: How Do We Have a Meaningful Conversation with Fundamentalist Christians?

Young Adult Kick-Off Party

            Friday, AUG 24 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Russ and Cheryl Westlake, 1746 Harbert Ave, 38104

        Third Sunday Lunch

Join the Young Adults for lunch after church every third Sunday of the month. We'll meet in the T.K. Young Room after the 11:00 service to decide where to go.

Koine Greek Class, please contact Ernest Kelly, 901-568-8462 or to sign up.


Contact: BARRY OLIVER, Director of Music Ministry, 726-4681 ext. 12,

May 27 - September 2: The Summer Choir meets each Sunday morning at 10:00 in the Choir Room to prepare for the 11:00 service. All interested singers are invited to contact Barry Oliver to join the choir during the summer. Regular weekly choir rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 15.




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. (Click link above.)  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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