Adult Ministry

The goal of adult ministry is to form mature disciples of Jesus Christ in word and in deed. Through a variety of classes that incorporate a diversity of learning styles, adults at Idlewild come to know Christ’s love, peace, and justice through study of scripture, spiritual practice, literature, fellowship, and critical engagement with contemporary issues. At Idlewild, the questions are as important as the answers, and faith is understood as a lifelong journey. 

Adult classes welcome all adults.   For info on any of them, please contact The Rev. Sara Dorrien Christians, at or 726-4681, ext 242.

Sunday Morning Classes, 9:40 -10:40 a.m.

November 22

Idlewild’s Racial Roadmap: A Congregational Forum

Join Anne Apple, Perre Magnes, and Stephen Haynes as they talk about key moments in Idlewild’s history that formed the church’s perception of race and racial identity.
This forum is part of the “Looking Inward, Moving Forward” Anti-Racism class, where  participants have been sharing “racial roadmaps,” highlighting moments and events in their lives that formed their understanding of race and their own racial selves.
In turning the spotlight on the church itself, we hope to explore those stories that we’ve told as part of “family cannon,” this time with an attention to nuance, and the compassionate and courageous truth-telling that is so crucial to becoming an anti-racist congregation that comes alongside siblings of color.

Join via Zoom (Wednesday Session)

No Longer Strangers Immigration Announcement Event at 5:00 p.m.

Join us via zoom for the announcement and explanation of a new outreach ministry, as approved by the Outreach Leadership Team and Session.

This event is the culmination of a year-long discerment process on immigration and what a faithful adn effective immigration ministry would be.



Looking Inward, Moving Forward: An Anti-Racism Journey: NOV29/DEC 2 Racism in Education Part 1 with Dr. Aixa Marchand

Join via Zoom (Sunday session).
Join via Zoom (Wednesday session).

This study begins with the question, “How is my racial identity shaped and reshaped by the history I have learned and the circumstances I have encountered in my life?” From there it moves into conversation with our racial identity, and finally, how we are called to act as Christians shaped by repentance and the freedom to love our neighbors as ourselves. What does that look like at Idlewild?

Classes will be led by experts in the areas of public health, education, criminal justice, and housing, as well as members of the congregation. See the full semester’s plan.
Much of this journey is interactive. You will get more out of it, and we will be formed more richly as a people, if all participate in the “homework,” and consider sharing those reflections in a “racial roadmap session.” Click here for the Racial Roadmap Template, printing it to use for your own reflection and journaling time. Then, click here for the Racial Identity Chart, editing it as you see fit. Both exercises can be used on your own, or in preparation for sharing your own story with the class. To share your racial roadmap, please sign up here.

Faith and Function — Ancient Texts For Today’s Questions
Join via Zoom.   

NOV 29 Class will not meet.

DEC 6-13: Taking Up the Cross continues with the Rev. Dr. Jim McClanahan, retired pastor and former professor of religious studies, King College.

This series will examine many of the main ideas employed by Jesus and the New Testament writers to encourage us in Christian living.

Increasingly, we have heard reference made to cataclysmic events being of “biblical proportions”–be they the global pandemic, economic collapse, hurricanes, deadly heat waves or locusts in East Africa. While there may be some truth in this, we know as Christians that love and hope can also be “of biblical proportions.” This fall, the Faith and Function class will explore those biblical stories of both great loss and renewed life, examining what they meant not only thousands of years ago but also what they mean in this time and place. Biblical scholars lead the class each week. See the full semester’s plan.

Conveners: Rick Baker, Daniel Edwards, Judy Holland, Julie Markham, Mary Edith Walker

Praying with the Psalms

Access the podcast here.
The Psalms are a collection of prayers that give us language to express a wide range of human emotions. The contemplative prayer class would typically meet in-person on Sunday mornings. While the church continues to meet virtually, they continue to hold silence together, guided by the podcast which is typically updated every Thursday.

Facilitator: Anne Bradley Thomas

Weekday Studies and Fellowship Groups

Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study
Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Click here to join via Zoom.
Study: N.T. Wright’s Book of Acts.
Convener: Ted Mealor

Thursday Morning Bible Study
September 24 – October 29
Join via Zoom.
10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Study: The Prophets Speak Today.
Facilitated by May Edith Walker.

Idlewild Book Club

Meets 4th Thursdays, except where stated, from 2:00-3:00 PM.
Join via Zoom.
November 19: The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

(No book for December)
Facilitators: Joyce Webber and Dana Brandon


Christian Parenting: Nurturing the  Soul of Your Children

Thursday, November 19, from 8:00-9:00 PM: At-Home Advent Practices  w/ The Rev. Anne H.K. Apple

Join via Zoom.
This class to open to all parents of children birth-18 years of age. See the full semester’s plan.

Koine Greek Class
Typically meets Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Days/times are adjustable for those who are interested in reading the New Testament in the original Greek. *Please contact the church office if you are interested in learning more.

*Other classes will resume meeting when it is safe to do so.