Recreation Ministry

Re:Creation and Creative Play prioritizes programs which expand opportunities for non-competitive creative play within the congregation; offers team sports that develop skills and self-determination in a positive environment within the congregation and in the community.

Field Play Ability: Please call the ESCRA Weather Hotline (901) 336-7246 by 8:00 am to see if your field or gym will be playing OR closed.

Jacob Pierce
Director of Athletics
901-726-4681 ext. 25
901-494-8137 (cell)  

Shari Gross                                                                           Interim Recreation & Fellowship Director
901-371-7840 (cell)

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NaCoMe All-Church Camp - October 12-14

NaCoMe All-Church Camp
October 12 - October 14, 2018
Registration opens in April 2018

Register & pay deposit online

NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center (click for directions)  

Fall NaCoMe All-Church Camp is for young, old, singles, families—anyone who enjoys the outdoors, fellowship, music and fun is invited to come to the spring retreat. NaCoMe is a Presbyterian camp in the woods, just south of Nashville. Activities include worship, horseshoes, scavenger hunts, dancing, crafts and naps. There are comfortable cabins with front porches just made for rocking. It’s a fun, welcoming retreat — a wonderful get-to-know-each-other weekend for new members, longtime members and friends.

Register at the church OR register and pay deposit ($53.50) online. Full payment due by September 30th. Contact Shari Gross for more details.



Our Jones Building and Gym are closed for renovation until the fall of 2018. During this time, some programs have had to be suspended or moved to other locations. We will not have basketball this season (see letter below), except for Mini-Jammers.

No Basketball for 2017-18  

Dear parents & basketball players,

Recreation is a vital ministry to Idlewild Presbyterian Church, and it is with great sadness that we announce that we will not be participating in school-age youth basketball (girls and boys 6-12 yrs) this winter. Idlewild has begun a major renovation of the Jones Building which houses our gymnasium. For safety reasons, the entire building is a hardhat construction area. It has been our hope to find an alternate space for our basketball ministry. However, after exploring numerous nearby locations over many months, we have been unable to find adequate space for all the school-age children our basketball program serves. Although we considered a smaller program, we decided that we did not want to offer a basketball program that could not welcome all.

We are sharing this information so that you have time to make other arrangements for this season. We have notified the other churches in the ESCRA league, and we will work with you to find a place for your child on one of their teams. We anticipate this being a one season closure and apologize for any inconvenience this causes. We are deeply grateful for the volunteers and coaches who have helped make our programs successful. The children in our recreation programs are a joy, and we will miss their lively energy this winter.

Mini-Jammers Basketball WILL BE HELD for 4 & 5 year olds

Due to the different needs of our younger children, we will be able to offer our Mini-Jammer program for 4-5-year-old girls and boys in January and February 2018. Mini-Jammers is a beginner coed basketball program for four & five year olds. All our games and practices will be held at Lindenwood Christian Church this year due to our construction project. Registration is open until December 22 for the upcoming season, which is mid-January to mid-February.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & PAY or register at the church office.

Cost: $55 includes jersey (scholarships available)
Registration deadline: December 22
Location: Lindenwood Christian Church (2400 Union Ave)
Schedule: January 14 to February 25

Week 1 — 5 Clinic stations (dribbling, passing, shooting twice, layups)
Week 2 — 5 Clinic stations (dribbling, passing, shooting twice, layups)
Week 3 — Practice with team and coaches (3:00 & 4:00 p.m.)
Weeks 4 through 7 — Games (3:00 & 4:00 p.m.)



Soccer is going on as usual! Practices and games are held at the Kroc Center and at area churches. Idlewild has soccer teams for boys and girls ages 4-12. Soccer is a growing sport with many youths playing in the Mid-South. Idlewild focuses on good sportsmanship and teamwork, while experiencing the love of Christ through play. Soccer is offered both in the spring and in the fall. 




Spring soccer registration is open Jan. 8 to Feb. 23. Forms are on the Registration page and at the church office. Costs (include jersey): $55 for Mini Strikers and $85 for U8-U13. Scholarships available upon request. The first week of practice for U8-U13 age divisions begins March 19. The first Mini Striker session and U8-U13 games begin April 7.

Mini Strikers (for 4–5 year olds)
Under 8 boys/girls (for 6–7 year olds)
Under 10 boys/girls (for 8–9 year olds)
Under 13 boys/girls (for 10–12 year olds)


Practices begin mid August, games will start the weekend after Labor Day and will end in early November.  Please contact Jacob Pierce for more details.

Baseball Teams: Registration opens February 20, 2018

We will be starting baseball sign ups on February 20th, 2018!  The cost is $45 per Tball player and $75 for Coach Pitch and Kid Pitch. We will only be accepting 15 players per team, so sign up fast! 






RBI - Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities

Mondays-Thursdays  |   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Jesse Turner Field (1310 S Bellevue Blvd, Memphis TN 38106)
For Girls & Boys ages 6 - 16 

Our annual RBI is a FREE summer baseball program sponsored by the Memphis Redbirds. It is for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Idlewild hosts one of the biggest sites in the city. Camp is at Jesse Turner Field. (There will be no transportation from/to the church.) 

Participants have practice & games from 9:00 to noon, Monday-Thursday. There is a free lunch every day. RBI is FREE, but spots are limited. Contact Jacob Pierce for more details.

Everyone is welcome to come by and cheer on the RBI players. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact Jacob Pierce for more info.  


Coach Rob coached RBI for 10 years — 
but he first attended RBI when he was 5 years
old! Coach Rob recently ran into Julia Allen,
who remembers him as a little boy.



Classes, Arts and Crafts


Dance Groups

Community dance groups meet at Idlewild Church regularly. All dance groups are free, and open to singles and couples, young and young at heart. 

Contra Dance 

Meets 2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays of each month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the T.K. Young Room.

Seasonal Church Events

Ash Wednesday Service and Dinner

We have a simple supper and service on February 14th. Come and enjoy good food and fun. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children and will begin at 5:30pm. Service will begin at 6:30pm. Call the church office for more details at 726-4681.

All-Church Potluck Lunches

Potlucks are held twice a year. It's a great time to visit for worship, then join us for lunch with fried chicken, rolls and drinks provided. If you would like to bring a dish, drop it off in the kitchen on your way to service. If you can't bring a dish, please come anyway. Call the church office for more info.

The next church potluck is Sunday, May 6th, 2018.


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