The Jones Building is now complete and it's better than new! The primary entry is now into the Jones Building. (On Sundays, all the building doors are open, including the new, fully accessible doors on the west side.)

The Jones Building is fully accessible. There are classrooms with audio/video systems, a new pottery studio, a large activity room, renovated gym, a new children's Early Enrichment Center, operated by CAFE. Youth programs enjoy a dedicated wing. During the week, many rooms are being used by community groups for meetings, programs, and work spaces. 

The design is also winning awards! We are grateful for architect Steve Berger with brg3s, Jamie Linkous with Linkous Construction, and a host of dedicated people who have been amazing to work with. 

Thank you to the Building Committee, the More Idlewild Committee, the Session, whose members dedicated their time and talents for everything from overseeing finances to making sure the soap dispensers worked. And thanks to the church staff for taking on extra work and working with the members on this project.

Thank you to all the members whose involvement and support are integral to building our future together. As a congregation, we are building the future together — for Idlewild and for Memphis!










5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  |  6:00 - 7:30 EEC

Hundreds of people showed up for the Jones Building Open House Wednesday, May 1. We first welcomed members who live at Trezevant, which include men and women who grew up in the church and have been members since the 1920s.  It was exciting to see the large, welcoming entry. Yes, there’s an elevator! Throughout the building, folks saw the fruits of their labors. The first floor has the weekday Early Enrichment Center, which includes children’s Sunday school and activity rooms, as well as the church nursery. On the second floor there is a large fellowship/lecture hall, servery and kitchen, the beautifully refurbished gym, pottery studio, and activity rooms. The third floor houses the youth wing, more adult classrooms, and a future resource center. 

We'll post here pictures very soon. Meanwhile, hop over to our Facebook page to see the Jones Building Open House photo album.





Beginning January 2, 2019, More Idlewild payments will be processed through Realm

Beginning January 2, 2019 -- all contributions -- including MORE IDLEWILD -- will be processed through Realm Connect website or phone app. Read below for more information. 

If you have questions about More Idlewild pledges, please contact Brigid Underwood.   

Construction Update - Dec 30

The Early Enrichment Center (EEC) at Idlewild opens in January! The new entrance is at the north end of the Jones Building, on Evergreen. With a separate entrance and new classrooms and nursery, the EEC will serve children beginning at 3 months. Enrollment is completely full!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 -- Come by EEC at 1:00 p.m. for an open house, see the beautiful, expanded space and meet the teachers. 


In other construction news: Fire and other building inspections are underway. Much of the first floor is complete. The primary focus at this time is completing the elevator. We are looking forward to the opening ceremony in early spring!


Construction Update - Nov 21


  • Permanent Power (Heat!) was turned on by MLGW Thursday, Nov. 15. This enabled the construction company to continue on with interior finishes. Please see attached pics of flooring being installed in classrooms and tile being installed in restrooms.
  • The oil/water separator tank was installed on the west side of the Jones Building. This was the last piece of “underground” utility that runs along Evergreen. We are scheduled to pour the front concrete walks next week.
  • The major focus now is getting the front of the Jones Building in shape and working on the north entry for the Early Enrichment Center. The EEC staff will start setting up the center in early December.


Video Tours - Oct 21

If you can't make the building tour on October 28, check out these new videos by Mark Jones and Steve Berger.






July video tours with Steve Berger

Walk through the Jones Building with architect Steve Berger in these short tour guides. Thanks to Mark Jones for great videos!


Renovation tour videos

As of June, the first floor walls have been removed on the west side, making way for full length windows and the new ground level entry. Much of the interior demolition has been done. Check out these great videos by Mark Jones, with architect Steve Berger explaining the work. And see construction photos below.



Jones Building Renovation
West Side | June 2018
Jones Building Renovation
3rd Floor | June 2018
Jones Building Renovation
2nd Floor | June 2018



Spring brings big changes

Have you noticed that the berm on the West side of the Jones Building has been removed?! This is an exciting step in the construction process. The lower walls which were covered by the berm are being cut out so we will have full length windows and lots of light! With these outside changes, you can see how the Jones Building entrance, elevator, and nursery will be right on street level — easily accessible, with no steps.

Inside, Linkous Construction’s crew of nearly 100 workers is wrapping up the demolition phase and working on electrical and mechanical infrastructure. Meanwhile, staff and members are meeting together and with brg3s architects to determine the furniture, fixtures and equipment needs; make preparations for the Early Enrichment Center to open in January; and plan for Christian formation and joyful fellowship opportunities.

West exterior work begins

Removing the earth berm

Beginning work underneath the gym

Cutting out west 1st floor walls

Looking up where the elevators

Walls removed inside the west wing


Construction kick-off  - February 25

The construction kickoff was a celebration as we dedicated ourselves anew to building on our firm foundation and prayed for all those involved in the project.  See many more pictures from February 25 on the Idlewild Presbyterian Church Facebook page, in the More Idlewild Kickoff photo album.




The Building Project

In the summer of 2016, following the More Idlewild capital campaign, the Building Committee began working with architects to develop plans for the upcoming project. The scope of the project includes these major areas. This information reflects some significant changes which were approved in August 2017

THE JONES BUILDING will be completely updated and modernized. The Children's Center, on the first floor, will have it's own outside entrance; children's rooms will be multi-functional, to be used by the Children's Center during the week and for Sunday School classes on Sunday. There will be a welcoming entry and reception area at the southwest corner. On the second floor, recreation facilities will be expanded and the gym remodeled, a new kitchen will be added, and a flexible meeting hall and classrooms will be created. The third floor will be classrooms, an expanded youth area, and an updated resource center. 

A NEW, WELCOMING ENTRANCE* will be built on the west side, at the southwest corner of the Jones Building, with outside covered areas, a courtyard, reception area and elevator. Both buildings will be accessible.  

THE SANCTUARY BUILDING will be updated in a few areas only. Most importantly, the west entry will be expanded and made new fully accessible and restrooms will be built at the rear of the T.K. Young Room, where the kitchen currently is. Intial plans included the Trippeer Chapel to be remodeled and made more easily accessible. Other modifications may be made elsewhere.


Click to see the September 2017
to the congregation
(includes strategy, project activities,
scope and design, floor plans,
and renderings of the new entry).

In early 2017, Linkous was selected as the contractor. The Jones Building was cleared and asbestos abatement began in the summer. Internal renovation begins in the fall of 2017. The new Children’s Center on the first floor is scheduled to open in January 2018, as the project reaches conclusion.






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