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


 2018 Fall 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,

SEPT 30: Report from the PC(USA) General Assembly, T.K. Young Room. 

Leader: The Rev. Anne H.K. Apple, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Evangelism and Commissioner from the Presbytery of the Mid-South to the 2018 PC(USA) General Assembly in St. Louis.

DEC 23: Waffle Sunday. Everyone is invited! The Young Adults will host all classes in the 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. Topic this semester is PC(USA) 101: What Does it Mean to be Presbyterian: Bible, History, Theology, Worship, Denominational Structure and Governance.

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.

The theme for Christian Parenting this fall is Faith Like a Child. During these months the class will explore what faith of children looks like and how we, as adults, can develop our own faith in Worship, Literature, Prayer, Building Resilience, Advent Wonder.

Leaders: The Rev. Rebekah Abel Lamar, Caitlin C. Bomar, Stephanie Rodda, The Rev. Margaret Burnett, Ms. Angela Hamblen Kelly, and Center for Good Grief.


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.

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 Class 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.

Leaders: Dr. Kendra Hotz, Rhodes College; Dr. Mitzi Minor, Memphis Theological Seminary; Dr. Peter Gathje, Memphis Theological Seminary;  Dr. Steve McKenzie, Rhodes College; Ashley Lamar, M. Div. 2005 from Columbia Seminary, currently teaches at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal School; Dr. Jim McClanahan, retired pastor (ordained in 1980 by the Presbytery of the Mid-South) and former professor of religious studies, with concentration in New Testament and church history.


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

Everyone who likes to read is encouraged to join us. We pace our reading based on the difficulty of the book and the desire of the class for time for reflection. There are no prerequisites except for a love of reading and a willingness to discover what others find in a book read in common.

Contacts: Jim Cole, and Bob Llewellyn,


Praying with Scripture: The Practice of Lectio Divina, Samaritan Counseling Center, 35 S. Auburndale, 38104.

The Scripture that is preached upon that day, is read aloud, meditated upon in silence, and shared about the rhythm of God's presence. 

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



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.  

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

Come as your schedule allows.


Idlewild Book Club, meets 4th Thursday (in November, 3rd Thursday; no meeting in December), 2:00-3:00 p.m., Church Parlor.

Book for September: Hampton Sides' In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette.

Contact: Joyce Webber,


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

SEPT 12-OCT 3: Men Who Made America. Leader: Lucie Bridgforth

OCT 10-24: The Tumultuous Transition. Leader: Jody Hopkins

OCT 31-NOV 28 (no class on Nov 21): "Riders to the Sea," a drama by John Millington Synge. Leader:  Pat Kelly

DEC 5-12: Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man. Leader:  Ferrell Varner                                    


Thursday Morning Bible Study

 SEPT 20-NOV 8: 10:00-11:00 a.m., Trezevant Manor Gallery, 177 N. Highland St.

How Holy Writ was Written. ("If we are goingto attempt to understand the Bible 'as it is,' we are going to have to make the effort to understand how it came to be 'as it is."  Please plan to join the Thursday Morning Bible study this fall. Bring your own Bible.

Leader: Mary Edith Walker,                                                                                                        


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. 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 Kick-Off Party

Friday, AUG 24: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., home of Keith and Katie Cole, 1464 Goodbar Ave, 38104

Fall Theology on Tap

             Thursday, OCT 25: 7:00 p.m., Pryro's on Union

             Leaders: Jon Huwe and Will Gibbons: Topic: "Voting and Christianity"

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.

Young Adult Fellowship Events

OCT 25: Theology on Tap, 7:00 p.m. Fall Fellowship Edition at Pyro's Pizza on Union. Join the young adults for a discussion on current events and how our faith informs our understanding of them.

DEC 15: Christmas Party, 7:00 p.m., home of Russ and Cheryl Westlake, 1746 Harbert.

Young Adult Bible Study

             SEPT 5: 6:30 p.m., Elizabeth Doolin, 3703 Johnwood Dr, 38122       

             OCT 3: 6:30 p.m., Katherine and Chris Parker, 113 S. Main St.,  #2d, 38103

            NOV 7: 6:30 p.m., Katie and Sam Barber, 446 Rosser Rd, 38111: 1 & 2 Samuel

             DEC 5: 6:30 p.m., Alicia Powers, 65 Harbor Town Sq Apt. 204, 38103   

        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.

             SEPT 13: 6:30 p.m. Next Door Crosstown

             OCT 11: 6:30 p.m. Kwik Chek

             NOV 8: 6:30 p.m. Hattie B's Chicken on Cooper

             Dec 13: 6:30 p.m. HopDoddy Burger Bar on Cooper     

        Young Adult Women Dine-0-1

             The Young Adult Women group gathers for dinner on the third Tuesday of the month 

             (except November) at 6:30 p.m.

             SEPT 18: 6:30 p.m. Molly's La Casita

             OCT 16: 6:30 p.m. Slider Inn 

              DEC 18: 6:30 p.m. TBD   

        Young Adult Women Retreat

             NOV 2-4 at Pickwick Lake.

             For more information, contact Elizabeth H. Doolin at   



Choir Room, 2nd Floor, Sanctuary Bldg. 

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.

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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