Special Events  


Easter Egg Hunt — March 24

Saturday, March 24
10:00–11:00 a.m.
Andi & Chick Hill
(438 Princeton Wood Cove)
Be sure to register 

This is for families with children JK and under (older siblings welcome). There will be a craft, Easter story, and of course the Easter Egg Hunt. Be sure to bring a basket. Please RSVP to Caitlin by March 18. Thanks to Presbyterian Women for helping organize the event.


An Introduction to Sexual & Gender Identities and Ally Development - March 25

Sunday, March 25
12:45 p.m. | T.K. Young Room
Dr. Tyler Lefevor
Special invitation to parents of youth

The Gay-Straight Fellowship invites all to a lunch and presentation, An Introduction to Sexual & Gender Identities and Ally Development, Sunday, March 25 at 12:45 in the T.K. Young Room. Dr. Tyler Lefevor of Rhodes College will lead the discussion and education on the “ABC’s of the GLBTQ community” and how we as individuals and a church family can better understand each person’s identity. The goal is to better prepare ourselves to care for members of this community and our own church family. The GSF extends a special invitation to the parents of our youth. Please RSVP for lunch to Chad Braddoch.




Carillon Concert in Memory of Martin Luther King Jr. - April 4

Noon to 12:30 p.m. 
Tolling of the Bells at 6:03 p.m.
David Caudill, Senior Carillonneur
Peggy McClure, Associate Carillonneur

In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a selection of hymns and songs will be played on the carillon beginning at noon Wednesday, April 4. The selection will include "Precious Lord," "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and "Imagine." 

At 6:03 p.m., the time of Dr. King's death, the bells will toll 39 times, once for each year of his life.

Idlewild's carillon has 48 bells. The carillon is the only one in Memphis, and the largest musical instrument in the Mid-South. The bells, housed in a stone tower which rises majestically 120 feet above the church’s sanctuary, were cast at the Paccard-Fonderie de Cloches of Annecy, France. They range in weight from 4,397 to 29 pounds, totaling more than 26,890 pounds.


A Day in the Pines - April 7

Saturday, April 7
10:00am - 4:00pm
Pinecrest Retreat Center 
21430 Hwy 57, Moscow, TN  

Register here by March 18 
(or turn in a paper registration & payment to Shari Gross at church. Paper registrations found in front office).

It's a retreat for ALL AGES! Idlewilders and friends can enjoy a day of rest and joyful fellowship at Pinecrest. Cost is $20 per person (includes lunch, children under 3 are free, and there's a family cap of $60). 

Take a trip to Pinecrest Camp (just east of Collierville) for this half day retreat — FOR ALL AGES — as we build intergenerational community with one another. Come and be refreshed by this time spent outside the walls of the church enjoying one another and God’s creation. The retreat is from 10:00 to 4:00. Expect to enjoy a structured time of activity in the morning, lunch at 12:30, optional activities from 1:30 to 3:30, and closing worship from 3:30 to 4:00.

Want to ride the bus? If so, you must RSVP to sgross@idlewilldchurch.org, as space is limited. The church bus will leave at 9:00 a.m.

Strong Couples Struggle Too - April 8 to May 13 

Strong Couples Struggle Too, a six-week group for couples, begins Sunday, April 8, 5:30–7:00 at CAFE. Led by Steve and Alyce Haynes and based on 12 Step principles, the series will help in discovering tools to strengthen couple-ships (not just married couples). Couples must make reservations. Space is limited, so first come, first served. RSVP must be emailed to Margaret Burnett, margaret@idlewildchurch.org


Reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” - April 15

April 15, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary
Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, Assistant Professor of English, Rhodes College

On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his now-famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in response to an open letter by eight white clergy criticizing his methods of protest. In the almost 55 years since Dr. King wrote his letter, it has continued to challenge people of faith. Join us on Sunday, April 15 to hear a reading of the statement of the eight white clergy, and then hear Dr. Ernest Gibson of Rhodes College offer a dramatic reading of the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The reading will be followed by remarks from Dr. Gibson and discussion with other attendees about the meaning of King's words for us today. This event is free and open to the public.

We encourage attendees to read the statement from the Alabama clergy in advance of the event. If you would like a print copy, please contact Brenda Harris at 901-726-4681 or brenda@idlewildchurch.org.


Midtown Legal Clinic - May 5

Saturday, May 5
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Free and open to all

On Saturday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. until noon, Idlewild will be hosting the Midtown civil legal clinic in collaboration with Memphis Area Legal Services. The clinic caters to anyone unable to afford legal services. Volunteer attorneys and paralegals will offer advice and counsel to members of our community who need assistance with civil legal problems.

Individuals with civil, but not criminal, legal problems may come to Idlewild and meet with attorneys and paralegals for guidance. (They do not generally take on cases themselves Common areas for legal advice include housing issues, veterans issues, child support, child custody, driver’s license revocations, expungements, debt collection issues, wills, powers of attorney, debt collection judgments, bankruptcy, and con­sumer issues such as title/payday loans.

If you are an attorney or paralegal and want to volun­teer, please let us know soon! This does qualify for CLE hours. Volunteer hours are 9:00 to 1:00. Please contact  David Bell or Rebecca Hinds. For other questions contact Bruce Webber at 412‑8476.

Spread the word! This is not an evangelical event. People of all faiths are welcome.


Parents Nights Out - June 1, July 6, August 3

We will have three service-oriented evenings of Parents Night Out from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 1, July 6, and August 3. These are for rising PK-5th grade children. Childcare available for nursery-aged children. Volunteers needed: Many helping hands from youth and adults will be needed! Please contact Caitlin if you are able to help.

PRESBYTERY AND Pinecrest Events

One of Many - Feb 23, May 4, Sept 7

A time of silence for Presbyterians and their friends
February 23, May 4, September 7
9:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.


Pinecrest Retreat Center



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