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.
Looking Inward, Moving Forward: An Anti-Racism Journey

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.

Faith and Function — Ancient Texts For Today’s Questions
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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 9-10 a.m.
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Study: N.T. Wright’s Book of Acts.
Convener: Ted Mealor

Thursday Morning Bible Study
*Begins September 24
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10 -11:00 a.m.
Study: The Prophets Speak Today. 
Facilitated by May Edith Walker.

Idlewild Book Club

Meets 4th Thursdays from 2-3 PM.
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September 24: Chesapeake Requiem by Earl Swift
Facilitator: Joyce Webber and Dana Brandon

Christian Parenting
Third Thursdays from 8-9 PM
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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.