MORE IDLEWILD | CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
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The Fundraising Project
You can still pledge and donate! Although active fundraising has ended, you may pledge at any time. Pick up a form at the church and leave it in the office. If you have questions please contact Brigid Underwood.
The new Building Committee is now working with architects to develop plans. Please contact one of the committee members (see above) for more information.
Initial Purpose and Plans
We face the same challenges that our fore-bearers faced in 1921 when they began to envision building a new church, a larger church…. “Standing on their shoulders, we find that it is time to harness the same faith, foresight, and courage they had as we envision the future of Idlewild. To put it bluntly, our current facilities are hindering our ability to serve our members and the greater Memphis community.
“Our campaign is not about bricks and mortar to build more Idlewild, but it will enable us to “be” more Idlewild... to be more welcoming, more celebrating, more serving, more caring, and more learning.
Revised plans for Jones Building (2016)
New plans for the middle level of the Jones Building were presented March 6. Click the pictures below.
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Idlewild brings us together – our congregation, our city, and the thousands who benefit from the reach of the church.
Idlewild gives us the knowledge, ability, and means to share God’s love and our Christian calling. Although urban churches across the country have been losing members and influence, we have continued to grow. But rather than settling for this standing, we need to take on the responsibility we’ve been given.
Throughout Idlewild’s history, each generation has been called to advance our mission. We are embarking on our first capital campaign since 1989, with the intention of answering that call for the next 25-30 years. Idlewild has fulfilled the needs of our members and community since 1890, and this is a rare request for your financial commitment to our future. With your help, we can continue to serve and advance our congregation and our city.
We don't simply need to build More Idlewild. We need to be More Idlewild.
Pastor Steve Montgomery's letter to the congregation
Steve‘s sermon (5/3/15) “What Do These Stones Mean?” Read (PDF) Listen (MP3)
Steve‘s letter re: plan changes (2/1/16)
Letter re: CAFÉ (Children And Family Enrichment) center (2/1/16)
We strive to provide radical hospitality – an inviting and welcoming environment for anyone and everyone who enter our doors. But currently, the Idlewild entrance is more challenging than welcoming. For the first time in our history, all of Idlewild Presbyterian Church will be fully accessible to all, with a new entry that recognizes our history and looks to the future.
- Two-story entry clearly identifying the main entrance
- Foyer space with staffed welcome desk providing information on all church activities
- Elevator accessing all three levels of the church
- Curb cut-out for accessible drop-off and pick-up
- Secure entry points
We celebrate God when we gather together to learn, worship, play, and build community. It is often these events that bring meaning to our lives and our service. Since the 1960s, we have used recreation as a means of reaching out to the city and providing a place where every Memphian can be strengthened. Updated facilities will broaden the reach and power of this valued community resource.
By making the Jones Building more multi-purpose, including a large, modern kitchen, the available occupancy will increase significantly. This means feeding more bodies and souls and making room for more congregants to come together for education and celebration.
- Rooms with movable walls to accommodate groups of different sizes and needs at the same time
- New state-of-the-art kitchen and expanded serving area
- New restrooms adjacent to the T.K. Young Room providing greater convenience during worship services
- Reoriented chapel with movable seating to allow for more flexibility of space during worship and other activities
- New Sunday school classrooms, resource rooms, and music space for children and youth