Children's Ministry 

Building a foundation of Christian faith for children and families.

Children's Ministry is abounding with opportunities for children fifth grade and under to be nurtured in their faith. From monthly fellowship gatherings, weekly Sunday School classes, and deepened involvement in worship services, to special events like Bible Workshops, intergenerational events at church and off-site retreats...there is no shortage of opportunity for you and your children to plug-in to the wonderful ways God is working at Idlewild. 

Children's Ministry Mission Statement: Believing in the importance of nurturing a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s people, we will with God’s help, guide children to know, love, and serve the Lord by providing a solid foundation of Biblical understanding with opportunities to apply spiritual truths at home, school, and play.

Marjorie Reynolds
Children's Ministry Director
901-755-4890
mreynolds@idlewildchurch.org


 

Frequently Asked Questions

What ages does Children's Ministry include? What age children are in the nursery? What is Children's Church Continued? Can children participate in Communion? What leadership opportunities do you offer for children? How can I get involved? See FAQ for anwers to these questions and more, or contact Marjorie Reynolds.

 

 

 

 

Nursery Care on Sundays

The Nursery is open Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. providing loving, nurturing care for the littlest members of our church family. The Nursery is located in the Jones Building, Room 153, 1st Floor). The first time, you will need to fill out a registration form.

During the Sunday School hour from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m., this class explores simple Bible stories  using First Look curriculum from Orange, with lots of time for active play. 

 

       

Destination: Sunday! 

Make Sunday School your children's Destination Sunday! Classes begin August 25, 9:40-10:40 a.m.

Nursery: Two Years and Under Room 153, Jones Building

Two-Year-Old Class Room 143, Jones Building

PK/JK Class Room 128, Jones Building

SK/1st Grade Class Room 127, Jones Building

2nd/3rd Grade Class Room 121, Jones Building

 4th/5th Grade Class Room 104, Jones Building

     

Making a Joyful Noise during Sunday School 


PK/JK children meets in the Jones Building, 1st Floor, Room 143, 10:00 -10:15 a.m., Donia Wade, Music Leader. 

SK/1st/2nd grade children meet in the Jones Building, 1st Floor, Room 128, 9:40-10:00 a.m. (Donia Wade, Music Leader) Will sing in 11:00 worship: October 27, December 15, and December 24.

3rd - 5th grade children meet in the Jones Building, 1st Floor, Room 121, 9:40-10:00 a.m. for musical instruction. (Barry Oliver, Music Leader)

 

 

 

 

WORSHIP 

Idlewild welcomes children of all ages and encourages them to participate in our entire worship service. Children’s worship packets can be found at all entrances to the church Sanctuary.

Children's Leadership in Worship

As a church that strives to have an intergenerational approach to ministry, we believe that children’s participation in worship is vital to the health of our congregation, and helps tremendously in the way of giving children a sense of purpose and belonging in worship. if your child would like to participate in any of the following ways, please contact Marjorie Reynolds.

First Sunday Bulletin Greeters: Children in SK through 5th grade are given the opportunity every first Sunday of the month to help pass out bulletins by the entrances to the Sanctuary.

Third Sunday Ushering: Children in 3rd through 5th grade are invited to serve as ushers in the 11 a.m. service every third Sunday, while children in SK-5th grade are invited to serve as ushers in the 8:30am service every third Sunday.  

Lord’s Prayer: Children who have memorized the Lord’s Prayer have the opportunity to sign up to lead the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer at the conclusion of Time with the Younger Church.

Children's Church Continued (C3)

 Children of all ages are invited up front for the Time with the Younger Church during the 11 o'clock service. Children that are in senior kindergarten and older will return to their pews after the Time with the Younger Church, while children in pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten are invited to come to Children's Church Continued (C3) in the former library.  In C3, children enjoy a time of structured biblical teaching and a Christ-centered craft, followed by snack and free time.

Children of all ages are invited up front for the Time with the Younger Church during the 11 o'clock service. Children that are in senior kindergarten and older return to their pews after the Time with the Younger Church, while children in pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten are invited to come to Children's Church Continued (C3) in the Jones Building, 1st Floor, Room 121. In C3, children enjoy a time of structured biblical teaching and a Christ-centered craft, followed by snack and free time.

Children two years old or younger may go to the Nursery located in the Jones Building, 1st Floor, Room 153 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Fellowship gatherings are held regularly 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. If you would like to host, please contact Marjorie Reynolds, mreynolds@idlewildchurch.org.

Fellowship for Young Families (events for families children in JK or younger)

SEPT 28: Hosted by Meghan and Ben Clark, 134 Grove Park Cir, 38117, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

NOV 2: Hosted by Lauren and Tyler Cannon, 440 Goodwyn St., 38111, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Fellowship for SK-5th Grade Families (events for families with elementary children)

SEPT 29: Hosted by Melody McAnally and John Lawrence, 675 Center Dr., 38112, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

NOV 15: Hosed by John Feild, 1291 Winchester Blvd, Collierville 38017, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Children's Ministry Special Events

First Fridays: Fellowship for 4th and 5th Graders, Montgomery Hall, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

A New-Kids only fellowship event is on the first Friday night of the month, with dinner, games, a devotional, and a few mission projects. 

SEPT 6: Leaving Home & Being at Home with God

OCT 4: God Guides Us Even in the Dark

NOV 8 & 9 (off-site): This is second Friday, will go to Pinecrest on an overnight retreat with Germantown Presbyterian Church's 4th and 5th graders.

DEC 6: Christmas and Giving: TBD

 

 


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