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.

Marjorie Reynolds
Children’s Ministry Director
cell 901-755-4890

September Playlist - God Made Me

In September, our families can build on the Creation story with our theme God Made Me.  Focusing on Genesis 1:26 and Psalm 139: 13 – 16, find a variety of activities in our classroom this month!

Click here to access our September playlist – God Made Me.  

August Playlist - Creation

A family faith formation playlist is a theme-based, curated collection of activities that a family can do together  to engage in faithful conversations, activities, and learning. Choose to do the whole playlist at one time or break it up based on what works best for your family. Click here to access our August playlist – Creation.

Zoom with Ms. Marjorie

Ms. Marjorie will host two Sunday Zoom devotionals, resuming September 13th.  Preschoolers through 1st grade will meet at 1 pm using this link.  2nd – 5th graders will meet at 1:30 pm using this link.  Bring your Bible!

Earlier this spring, Ms. Marjorie had two Zoom calls with the children to talk about the job Jesus gave us all!

Nursery care

Infants (9 weeks) through Crawling Toddlers

The baby nursery is located on the main level of the Jones building in Room 153. Care is available 8:15 am to 12:15 pm on Sundays. The nursery is staffed by Toni Christopher, Cristi Mosteller, and a regular group of adult and youth volunteers. 

Walking Toddlers though Two-Year-Olds

Nursery care for this active group is available in Room 143 of the Jones building. Care is available 8:15 am to 12:15 pm on Sundays. The nursery is staffed by Tamara Rucker, Ashton Terry, and a regular group of adult and youth volunteers. 

Sunday School

All children’s Sunday School classes are 9:40 am-10:40 am on the first floor Jones Building.

Toddler and Two-Year-Old Sunday School
Class – Room 143

PK/JK Sunday School Class – Room 128
Using First Look curriculum from Orange, our youngest friends will learn to love God, love life, and love others by exploring the Bible, engaging in creative activities, and playing games together.

SK – 1st Grade Sunday School Class – Room 127
2nd – 3rd Grade Sunday School Class – Room 121

Guided by Matthew 22:37-39, our elementary school children will learn to love God and others using the 252 Kids curriculum from Orange.

4th – 5th Grade Sunday School Class – Room 104
Using the re:form curriculum from Sparkhouse, our upper elementary students will be empowered to explore their faith and guided to ask big questions and discover big answers about the Bible, the Apostle’s Creed, the disciples and other topics. In addition, this class regularly tours different parts of Idlewild, learning about the building, our traditions, and our outreach.

Worship for Children

Children of all ages are welcomed in worship and encouraged to participate in our entire worship service. All children are invited up front for Time with the Younger Church during the 11:00 service. Afterwards, children in senior kindergarten and older return to their pew. Children in pre- and junior kindergarten may either stay in worship or go to Children’s Worship for their own worship, craft activity, snack and free play. Parents may take their toddler/ two-year-olds to the toddler nursery (Room 143) or crawling toddlers and younger may be taken to the nursery (Room 153).

Worship and Wonder

Idlewild offers a worship service just for our youngest!  Following Time with the Younger Church during the 11 o’clock service, children ages 3 through Kindergarten are invited to join Ms. Marjorie and Ms. Emily in the Children’s Chapel (the old library on the second floor of the 1928 building) for Worship and Wonder.  Children are guided through their own church service of singing, prayer, and the telling of a Bible story using Montessori style materials.  This special service gives children the space to listen for God, talk to God, and thank God in their own time and their own way.