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!

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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