News & Events

In the links to the left, you'll find information
about special events at Idlewild and news
pertinent to members, as well as our calendar
and copies of our latest newsletter and bulletin.

See Upcoming Events below.

If you can't find the information you seek,
please contact the church office at 901-726-4681.

Subscribe to E-Newsletters 

Click here to receive This Week @ Idlewild
The Idlewild Chimes, congregational news and other emails.


Sunday School Information 

Summer Sunday School begins May 26, 2019

Ongoing Registrations

Registration for the fall NaCoMe All-Church Camp is now open! NaCoMe October 11-13 in Pleasantville, Tenn. Come for a weekend of fun and fellowship away from the distractions of daily life. There’s something for folks of all ages and stages. Payment plan options are available. Register in Realm Events.

Fall soccer registration is open until July 26 or teams are full. Sign up soon to secure a spot. Birthday cut-off is June 1, 2019. Be sure to sign up for your child’s correct age group: Mini-Strikers (ages 4-5), Under 8 (ages 6-7), Under 10 (ages 8-9), and Under 13 (10 to 12). Register in Realm Events or visit


May 26 - Summer Schedules Begin

Summer Sunday school begins May 26. Classes are at 9:40 a.m. See the Christian Formation summer brochure for details about classes, music, recreation and special events.

Adult Summer Speaker Series: Meet in the T.K. Young Room. See all speakers and topics for each week.  

Children's classes: PK–1st grade (Room 128) and 2nd–5th grade (Room 121). Two-year-olds will not meet. Remember, children remain in their current grade until Rally Day.

Youth classes meet in the new youth area in the Jones Building, 3rd floor east wing.

The Summer Choir meets Sunday mornings at 10:00 to prepare for that day's 11:00 service. Contact Barry Oliver.


May 30-31 - QUEST Lock-In

QUEST lock-in for rising 6th-9th graders is May 30-31. It will be in the new Jones Building youth wing. Drop off is 4:30 p.m. Thursday; pick up is 10:30 a.m. Friday. Each youth is asked to bring $25 to help with food costs. (Parents: If assistance is needed for fees, please reach out to Frank or Virginia.) RSVP by May 23. Sign up for QUEST Lock-In in Realm or email Virginia Goss,


June 6 - Kitchen Table Studies begin

Throughout the centuries, believers have asked questions. Well, Jesus asks questions too. In two summer Kitchen Table studies, Questions Jesus Asks, groups will explore some of his questions, like “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord?” and “What do you want me to do for you?” Everyone is welcome in one of these small groups of eight disciples, who together grow their faith through Scripture study around the kitchen table. Choose one of two groups: mornings, June 6-July 25, 9:30-11:30; or evenings, June 6-July 25, 6:00-8:00. Sign up with host/facilitator Mary Lou McCaa, 684-5427 or


June 2 – Martha Kelly, guest speaker

Making the Art for the Book of Common Worship (T.K. Young Room) On June 2, Martha Kelly will talk about her process of creating block print illustrations for the PCUSA’s Book of Common Worship (April 2018 Westminster John Knox Press). She will walk through a selection of scriptures showing all of creation, not just people, participating in salvation history and show the relevance of these images to our traditions and book of worship. A painter, printmaker, and illustrator, Martha has exhibited in galleries around the Southeast since 1999. SEE ALL SUMMER SPEAKERS.


June 2 – MICAH Public Meeting

On Sunday, June 2 a MICAH Public Meeting will be held 3:00-4:30 p.m. at Promise Land Church. (3430 Overton Crossing St.). The Economic Equity Task Force will hold institutions and officials accountable to the promises made to our community at MICAH’s inaugural public meeting last October. It’s important that the coalition fill the church, and Idlewild has committed at least 20 people to attend. On the agenda: Partnership with First Tennessee Bank and their $1.5 billion community reinvestment cooperative agreement, and MATA funding as a budget priority for Shelby County in 2020. For info contact either Stephen McIntosh (, who is chair of our MICAH Core Group, or Ben Clark (, Economic Equity Task Force liaison.


June 3 – Free Yoga at CAFE

A free yoga class begins Monday, June 3. Come to CAFE (28 S. Evergreen)  at noon and shake away the Monday blues. Sessions will run for ten weeks. Sponsored by CAFE and the Parent Enrichment Place. Contact: Kristi Nobbman, 901-746-9450 or


June 3 – St. Jude Marathon registration

Want to participate in the St. Jude Marathon Weekend with the church team? Registration opens June 3 for the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k. Some distances fill up quickly so don't delay! When registering, be sure to join the Idlewild Presbyterian Church team. More details to come.


June 9 – Congregational Meeting

A congregational meeting has been called for June 9 following the 11:00 service for the purposes of reviewing the terms of call for Anne H.K. Apple and Sara Dorrien-Christians, dissolving the pastoral relationships with Rebekah Abel Lamar and Margaret Burnett, and presenting the balance of the 2019-2020 budget.


June 7, June 21, July 19, Aug 16 - Parents Night Out

Four Parents Night Out events are being offered by the EEC this summer. Each night will have a fun theme and will include dinner. Ages: 5 to 12: Times: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Space is limited. Cost: $25. Dates: June 7, onsite escape room; June 21, art expressions; July 19, slime time; and Aug 16, Olympics. Sign up at


June 9 - Pilgrimage to Pentecost

The Presbytery's annual Pentecost event, Pilgrimage to Pentecost, is Sunday, June 9, 3:00 p.m. at Rhodes College Bryan Life Center. The day will feature...

  • Glorious Worship with Communion
  • The Rev. Dr. Byron Wade, pastor of Davie St. Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, N.C. and former General Assembly vice-moderator
  • Massed Choir of Youth and Adults
  • Service Project for Mid-South Food Bank
  • Offering to RIFA
  1. Bring food for the Mid-South Food Bank to the church by June 9, and pick up a red bag if you need one
  2. Please take cash for the offering for Regional Interfaith Association
  3. Wear red for Pentecost!

Register: Realm Events or at church (May 26 or June 2).

Food Donations: Bring food donations for the Mid-South Food Bank to the church by June 9.

Offering: Please take cash to the event for Regional Interfaith Association offering. 







A Greeting From Our Pastor

Get Involved

Education, Outreach, Fellowship

Worship Service

Assemble In God's Name

Presbyterian Beliefs

What We Believe To Be True