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. 246.


2019 Fall Sunday School Classes begin August 25.

See the Fall Christian Formation brochure for complete class, topic, and speaker details. 

Sunday school classes meet 9:40 to 10:40. 

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,

Christian Parent of Young Children: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: Jones Building, 302WContact: Virginia Goss,

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

Covenanters Class: Sanctuary Building, Church Parlor: Being Reformed Series: Exploring the Bookd of Confessions (PC USA). Contacts: Charles Key and Barbara Powell

Faith and Function Class - Ancient Texts for Today's Questions, Jones Building 303W: AUG 25: Open House. (No class on SEPT 1) SEPT 8-22: Series with Dr. Kendra Hotz. Contact: Daniel Edwards

Timothy Class: Jones Building 304W: This fall the Timothy Class will explore the topic of Inequality in the fields of Healthcare, Education, Transportation, Housing, Food, and Criminal Justice. Led by experts in the field from Rhodes College, U of M, and other places. Contacts: Janie McCrary and 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. SEPT 8-OCT 13: E.L. Doctorow, The March. Contacts: Jim Cole and Bob Llewellyn.

Exploring Contemplative Spirituality Practices: Sanctuary Building Harlan Room, 33M: A NEW contemplative group will meet this fall to explore spirituality and faith, meeting the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th Sunday each month. Contact: Anne Bradley Thomas  

Praying with Scripture: The Practice of Lectio Divina: Sanctuary Building Harlan Room, 33M: Meets the 2nd Sunday each month. Usin the Scripture that is preached upon that day, we read aloud, mediated in silence, and then share our reflections about how God is moving in our lives. Contacts: Josh Moore, Michael and Melissa Peeler.

DEC 22: Waffle Sunday: Montgomery Hall. Everyone is Welcome! Young Adults hosts all classes.



OWLS (Older, Wiser, Livelier Seniors) Travel Talk with Bob Llewellyn

Tuesday, October 22: Where in the World is Yugoslavia, Montgomery Hall, 11:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch following.

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.

SEPT 11-OCT: The Supreme Court. Leader: Dr. Lucie Bridgforth

OCT 9: No Class

OCT 16-NOV 6: The Versailles Peace Conference of 1919.  Leader: Jody Hopkins

NOV 13-DEC 4: Anthropology of Human Rights. Leader: Ferrell Varner

Idlewild Book Club meets 4th Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Jones Building, 324E. (In November the 3rd Thursday; no meeting in December) 

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

Thursday Morning Bible Study: September 12 - November 14, 10:00-11:00, Jones Building, 3rd Floor, 302W. 

Study: The Book of Judges. 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 Women's Retreat

NOV 8-10 at Pickwick Lake. For more information contact Elizabeth H. Doolin at

Young Adult Fellowship Events

AUG 18: Third Sunday Lunch at Molly's LaCasita, 12:00 p.m.

AUG 24: Young Adult Kick-Off Party, 7:00p.m., home of Jason and Betsy Hood, 2281 Court Ave, 38104,

SEPT 15: 3rd Sunday Lunch, Young Avenue Deli, 12:00 p.m

SEPT 24: Trivia at Brookhaven Pub & Grill, 7:00 p.m.     

OCT 20: 3rd Sunday Lunch, Soul Fish, 12:00 p.m.

OCT 30: YA Trunk for Idlewild's Trunk or Treat, 6:30 p.m.

NOV 17: 3rd Sunday Lunch, Holiday Ham, 12:00 p.m. 

DEC 14: Christmas Party: Location/Time TBD             

DEC 22: Waffle Sunday, Montgomery Hall, 9:40-10:40 a.m.       

Young Adult Book Study                       

  SEP 11: 6:00 p.m. Kick-Off on Inspired, a book by Rachel Held Evans, Jones Building, Room 325E

OCT 21: 6:00 p.m. Inspired study conclusion, Room 325E   

Young Adult Men's Dinners

SEPT 12: 6:30 p.m. Aldo's on Cooper

OCT 10: 6:30 p.m. Saltwater Crab in Overtn Square

NOV 14: 6:30 p.m. Lucky Cat

DEC 12: 6:30 p.m. Puck Food Hall         

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 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 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m.



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. SEPT - 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, October–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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