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.

Sunday School: 9:40 AM

Feasting on the Word

“Feasting on the Word,” formally known as “Covenanters” is an option to participate in the Sunday
discussions and fully in the life of the Church. This class hopes to draw in new members who may be attracted to our discussion format, which is unique among Idlewild’s current Sunday School offerings. 

Click here for full list of classes, scripture readings, and themes.

Faith & Function Class

This is a lecture-style Bible Study guided by teachers of scripture. This class explores biblical texts rooted in the times in which they were told and crafted. A careful attention to context illumines new meaning and the function of the stories for people of faith today.

January 9: Rev. Ron Serino: Race and the Bible
January 16: Dr. Janel Bakker
January 23-30: Dr. Peter Gathje: Theological Wisdom from Martin Luther King Jr.
February 6-13: Dr. Patrick Gray: Familiar Yet Strange
February 20-March 6: Rev. Dr. Kendra Hotz
April 3-10: Rev. Dr. Jim McClanahan: Jesus’ Teaching on Justice, Judgement, and Hope in the Gospels
March 27: Dr. Scott Moris
April 3-10: Rev. Dr. Jim McClanahan: Jesus’ Teaching on Justice, Judgement, and Hope in the Gospels
April 24 – May 1: Dr. John Kaltner: The Death(s) of the Messiah
May 6-15: Dr. Steve McKenzie: A Lesson from the Old Testament

Stephen Class

This class is a conversational-style book group for those who embrace some prep work. This spring, the class will explore short stories, all of which can be found in The Best American Short Stories of the Century by John Updike.

May 8: My Dead Brother Comes to America by Alexander Godin
May 15In the Gloaming by Alice Elliot Dark
May 22: Short Easter by John Updike

Christian Parenting: Children

This is a conversational-style forum for parents of younger children. This class explores faith and parenting. Guided by curriculum on the Apostle Paul’s Fruit of the Spirit, the spring sessions will seek to discern and encourage the virtues of kindness, gentleness, peace, etc. in our children. 

Christian Parenting: T(w)eens

This is a conversational-style forum for parents of adolescents to explore parenting t(w)eens through the lens of faith and faith formation. Topics range from helping your child with identity to dealing with daily pressures to supporting your child in grief.

This course will start back up in Mach – look here or in our newsletters for more information. 

Fellowship Groups:

Men's Bible Study

Tuesdays at 8:30 AM

Montgomery Hall and on Zoom

We will discuss

N.T. Wright's commentary, The Prison Letters - Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.

We are currently discussing Colossians.

Presbyterian Women

Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Room 303W
All those who identify as a woman are welcome.
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Idlewild Book Club

Last Thursday of the month

On Zoom

We will discuss

We discuss books of all genres.

Word on Wednesday

Wednesdays during Lent at 7:30 PM

Room 304W or on Zoom

We will discuss

racial justice, focusing on ally-ship.

Wednesday Morning Studies

Wednesdays at 9:30 AM

Room 303W

We will discuss

readings and discussions on "Mrs. Dalloway" by Virginia Wolf; "The Town" by William Faulkner; "Varina" by Charles Frazier; and "Art of the Sistine Chapel, a detailed look."

Parenting through the Seasons

Final Fridays of the month at 5:30 PM

Montgomery Hall

We will discuss

developmentally-appropriate faith formation and the creation/maintenance of homes that nurture it. Parent peer groups will continue to meet quarterly.