Children's Ministry

Believing in the importance of nurturing a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s people, Idlewild will, with God’s help, guide children to know, love, and serve the Lord by providing a solid foundation of Biblical understanding with opportunities to apply spiritual truths at home, school, and play.

Nursery Care

Ages 0 - 3 | 9:15 AM - 12:30 PM | ROOM 153 JONES BUILDING​

The littlest amongst us can look forward to loving care in our nursery located on the first floor of the Jones building. Parents may check in their wee ones and rest assured that they are cared for while parents have space to fully participate in Sunday school and worship. Please bring diapers, favorite toys, and any bottles or food your children may require.

Sunday School Hour

3 years old - 5th Grade | 9:30-10:40 AM

Check-In: (9:30 – 9:40 AM): Check in your 3-year-olds – 5th-grade children in the Kids’ Room on the 3rd floor of the Jones building. You won’t want to be late, because the party starts promptly at 9:40 AM!

Large Group Time (9:40-10 AM): All children will check in Large Group first. Look forward to energizers, songs, skits, a memory verse, bible story, and games! Our 4th and 5th graders play a leadership role, have special “big kid” seating, and have the opportunity to be helpers. 

Small Group Time (10 – 10:40 AM) After the Large Group energizers conclude, teachers will lead students into their age-based small group classes where our children are immersed in God’s story. There they will continue to learn about the day’s story through developmentally-appropriate activities and play. Parents will collect their children from their small group classes at 10:40 AM.  

Small Group Rooms:

3 Year-Olds – Kindergarden – Kids Room 326E, 3rd floor Jones
1st – 3rd Grade – Worship &  Wonder Room, 2nd floor 1928 Building
4th – 5th Grade – Room 323E, 3rd floor Jones

Holy Troublemakers: During small group time, 4th and 5th graders will have a little more freedom in class with comfy seating and curriculum called Holy Trouble Makers. They will learn and talk about unconventional saints who have played important roles in joining with God’s work in our world. Our 5th graders will occasionally have opportunities to visit the middle school class in order to bridge their upcoming transition into youth group. 

Worship Hour

Worship Packets: Young worshippers are a vital part of our faith community. To enhance their worship experience, stop by the Worship & Wonder check-in station and pick up a packet full of activities to engage them during the service. 

Time with the Younger Church (all ages): During the worship service, children of all ages are invited forward as we join together in our Gathering Hymn. During the Children’s Moment, our young worshippers have space to ask questions, make observations, and explore the morning’s scripture. 

Worship & Wonder (3 years – Kindergarten): Following the Time with Younger Church, children 3 years old – Kindergarten are invited to leave big church and continue to worship by making meaning through story, wonder, and play in their very own space in the W&W Room. Parents may walk their children out of the service, check in at the hallway station, and return to the sanctuary. Alternatively, parents may check in at the Worship & Wonder station prior to service if their child is confident going with the teacher independently. 

Milestones and Traditions

Second Grade Bibles (September 18): Our emerging readers will receive a keepsake Bible that we will present to them during worship. After church, we will eat lunch, introduce our kids to their bibles and teach them how to read scripture on their own.  

NaCoMe Family Camp (October 7-9): Children and their adults are invited to Idlewild’s family camp, NaCoMe, for fall break.

Trunk or Treat (October 29): Churches across Memphis have teamed up for a progressive drive-thru trick or treating experience! Families are welcome to host their own decorative car trunk and share candy with our Memphis community.  

Toy Drive Sunday School Party (December 11): It’s party time in Sunday school!  Parents and kids can enjoy some festive fun with treats and activities while we practice generosity with a toy drive and other acts of service that will benefit our Outreach ministries. 

Child-led Christmas Eve Service (December 24, 3 PM): Young Idlewilders lead worship as they share the story of Jesus’ birth through songs, readings, and acting out the Nativity story. 

JoCoMe (March 4): Come for a day of FUN for all in our Jones building. Look forward to delicious meals, pottery, games, crafts, activities, and gym time! Learn more about this Nurture event.

Created By God (March 31): We are fearfully and wonderfully made! Our 5th graders and their adults will have a time of learning and open dialogue about how God created our whole unique selves. We can be proud and comfortable with our sexuality and changing bodies.  

Easter Egg Hunt (April 2): Children of all ages are invited to bring their baskets and hunt for some eggs! 

Vacation Bible School (June 12-16): Stay tuned! We’re working together with volunteers to potentially offer a week of fun and faith to our community.

Parents' Night In

Friday Nights, 5:45-7:30 PM, September 23, January 20, & April 28 

Join us for dinner, fellowship, and small group discussion at the church. We will use this time to connect with old friends and make new ones. After dinner, the conversation continues as we break into small groups for guided discussions around faith, family, and practice.  

While parents are enjoying fellowship and formation, kids will have a fun night too! Nursery care will be provided for 0-3s, and potty-trained 3-12s are invited to share pizza and some fun at a party of their own.  

Parents' Night Out ​

Friday Nights, 5:45-7:30 PM, November 18 & February 3

Parents will meet up offsite to spend some time in kid-free fellowship. Find out the location closer to the date on our Instagram page, Facebook page, or sign up for our Children’s Ministry newsletter. 

Drop the kids off at Idlewild. The nursery will be open for 0-3s. Volunteers will have activities prepared for big kids ages 3-12.

While parents are enjoying fellowship and formation, kids will have a fun night too! Nursery care will be provided for 0-3s, and potty-trained 3-12s are invited to share pizza and some fun at a party of their own.  

Jeanene Mutchler

Jeanene is the Director of the Children's Ministry. She and her incredible committee work to nurture each child of the church with the love of God and age-appropriate scripture lessons.
If you have any questions about this ministry, contact Jeanene!