COVID-19 UPDATES 

During this time of social distancing, we are taking every precaution to protect our church family and friends. If we make any changes to these schedules, we will communicate by email and Facebook. 

  • Sunday worship service is live at 11:00. Join us on Livestream (https://livestream.com/idlewild) and on Radio 96.1 FM. Livestream apps are available for mobile devices and Roku. Services are also archived on Livestream.
  • The campus is closed. All groups, meetings, and events are canceled. Staff members are working remotely as much as possible. If you have a pastoral need, please call 901-726-4681 and leave a message in the General mailbox, which is checked regularly.
  • More Than A Meal on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. is serving to-go meals only. 

 


Outreach Opportunities

  • Help sew or cut fabric for masks! The Presbyterian Women and an intrepid group of Idlewild members are working together to provide masks for local healthcare workers. You can find the pattern online. Kits and finished masks can be picked up/dropped off on the front porch of 5188 S Angela Rd.
  • Food Bank Distribution We are continuing with Food Bank distribution on Wednesday mornings. Every precaution for safety is taken to minimize exposure to guests and other volunteers: guests will not leave their vehicles, gloves will be worn, volunteers will work at least six feet apart, and no one will enter the church building. If you are under 60 years old, have no underlying health concerns, and feel called to serve in this way, please sign up online
  • More Than A Meal continues in a to-go only fashion. For the next several weeks, MTAM will be catered by Bounty on Broad. Guests are given meals to-go and the opportunity to share prayer concerns. Volunteer capacity is being limited for everyone's safety. Sign up online.
  • The Compassion Collection is low right now, and we expect an influx of calls for assistance. Because MLGW has made the decision to discontinue cut-offs in this pandemic season, we will not assist with MLGW bills at this time, but we will assist with housing needs where we're able. Donate online.
  • Shady Grove Presbyterian will be collecting protein bars and protein shakes (high protein items that don't require opening utensils or kitchens) for those experiencing homelessness. They will be sanitized and distributed to MTAM guests and possibly by other organizations that have interface with those experiencing homelessness. Drop-off at Shady Grove (5530 Shady Grove Rd) in the bins outside the doors.

Important Update as of April 16

Online-only services at the church on Sundays through May 31. Please join us at 11:00 on Livestream (livestream.com/Idlewild) or on radio 96.1 FM.  

Church campus is closed through the end of May. Food Bank distribution will be held in the parking lot on Wednesday mornings and More Than A Meal will offer to-go meals on Thursday evenings.

 


Important Update as of March 13

No services at the church on Sundays, March 15 & 22. Please join us at 11:00 on Livestream (livestream.com/Idlewild) or on radio 96.1 FM.  Read the full update for details.  

Click here to read the full letter.

Closing Dates

  • March 15 & 22 – No worship services at the church. Please join us at 11:00 a.m. on Livestream (livestream.com/Idlewild) or on the radio (96.1 FM).
  • March 16 – Church campus will be closed for 2 weeks
  • March 16 – Early Enrichment Center will close for 2 weeks

Canceled Activities

Sunday school, pickleball, men’s fellowship/breakfast, Wednesday morning study, Thursday morning study, Lenten lectionary groups, PW circles, Idlewild Book Club, First Sunday Lunch, 2nd Grade Bible workshop, Created by God workshop, No Longer Strangers Discernment, the CUBA mission trip, the Ghana mission trip, the Midtown Legal Clinic, and the Trezevant shuttle.

More Than A Meal

We will continue to-go meals for More Than A Meal on Thursday afternoons, and seek other ways in which we can assist the most vulnerable in our community.

We will continue to listen deeply and pray fervently, day by day, in order to make the decisions that are best for our community. 

 


March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 response

 

Click here to read the March 12 letter. 

Dear friends,

In light of the recent confirmation that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached Shelby County and the World Health Organization having declared this a global pandemic, we are implementing preventative measures to keep our community safe. 

CANCELLED ACTIVITIES

Sunday school, pickleball, men’s fellowship/breakfast, Wednesday morning study, Thursday morning study, Lenten lectionary groups, PW circles, Idlewild Book Club, First Sunday Lunch, 2nd Grade Bible workshop, Created by God workshop, No Longer Strangers Discernment, the CUBA mission trip, the Ghana mission trip, the Midtown Legal Clinic, and the Trezevant shuttle.

MORE THAN A MEAL

More Than A Meal worship will continue because Sunday worship continues. Guests will be allowed to use the restroom facilities and will be offered a brown bag meal to go.

OU ARE ENCOURAGED TO...

Please pray. Prayer settles hearts, gives direction, creates empathy, and can even help outcomes be changed. Pray for those who are sick. Pray for those who are afraid. Pray for those who live in places with no access to health care. Pray for public health officials who are so very strained. Let us try to increase our courage. Fear muddles everything. A virus which is a clear cause for concern and commands a response is not automatically a cause for panic. There is a gulf between expressing caution and thrashing about in fear.  Be a good neighbor. If you know people who are especially prone or susceptible, or if people that you know self-isolate or are quarantined in the weeks to come, be a friend and reach out to them with whatever technology you may be able to use. The support of friends and loved ones is crucial to any recovery.

 


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