Adult Ministry encompass a great variety of opportunities for study, fellowship and spiritual development. At Idlewild, the questions are as important as the answers. Join us as we explore faith, support each other, and learn more about our community. 

Rebekah Abel Lamar
Associate Pastor for Christian Formation
901-726-4681 ext. 246


 2019 SUMMER Adult FORUMS 

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:40-10:40. Please see signage for location.

May 26 through August 11. Classes and programs for all ages! Visitors always welcome!

For more information, contact Rebekah Abel Lamar, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation,

MAY 26: Refugee Empowerment Program (REP). Cam Echols-Blackmon, Executive Director and Polly van der Bijl, Adult Education Coordinator.

JUNE 2: Making the Art for the new Book of Common Worship. Martha Kelly, painter, printmaker, illustrator and creator of block prints for the new Book of Common Worship.

JUNE 9: MICAH Update. Idlewild liaisons Lucy Townsend, Ben Clark and Melissa Peeler will present the platforms of their perspective task forces and take questions. 

JUNE 16: Tennesseeans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. The Reverend Amy Howe, retired pastor, is a member of the Presbytery's Commission on Ministry.

JUNE 23: Prayer Beads, Suzanne Henley presents from her book Bead by Bead: The Ancient Way of Praying Made New, published by Paraclete Press, March 2018.

JUNE 30: The Virgin Mary in Art. Dr. Jonathan M. Jones, the Anne and Glenn A Crosby Chair of Christian Ethics, chair of the Department of History and Social Studies, and teaches U.S. and European History and AP Art History at Memphis University School.

JULY 7: As the Harsh Winter in Yanji Yields an Apple-Pear Tree. Hannah Jones, a member of the Presbytery of the Mid-South, has served as a cross-cultural worker near the North Korean border and is now serving in one of the major metropolitan cities in China.  

JULY 14: The Slippery Slope: The Legal and Theological Implications of Court Cases About Religisous Freedom. The Honorable Sheryl H. Lipman, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and Dr. Peter R. Gathje, Professor of Christian Ethics/Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Memphis Theological Seminary. 

JULY 21: The Emotional Trugh in the Psalms. Micah Greenstein, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel.

JULY 28The Battle for Bonhoeffer. Theologian in Residence Stephen Haynes, presents from his book, The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump,  (Eerdman's Publishing, Sept. 2018.)

AUGUST 4St. Jude Proton Therapy. William Myers, Clinical Physicist, Radiation Oncology Department, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

AUGUST 11: Why Christians Should Work to End Mass Incarceration. David Bell, a federal public defender and a founder of Idlewild's free legal clinic. Dolores Bell and Jim Cole, who taught a recent Wednesday Morning  Studies Group session on unequal justice. 



Men's Breakfast, Fellowship, Bible Study & Prayer, Tuesdays, Jones Building, Montgomery Hall, 2nd Floor (9:00-10:00 a.m.) 

Cost of breakfast: $8.00. 

Study: N.T. Wright's Luke for Everyone (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004) 

Leader: Ted Mealor, 683-4764 or Please make reservations with Brenda at the Church Office, 726-4681 or

Please come as your schedule allows.


Kitchen Table Bible Study

Thursdays, JUNE 6-JULY 25

Mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


Evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Study guide, Questions Jesus Ask. (Study guides will be provided at the Table for purchase.)

Contact host and facilitator, Mary Lou McCaa,, 684-5427


Koine Greek, one weekday afternoon, usually Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Those interested in the class, or in undertaking a beginner's course in Koine Greek, may contact Ernest Kelly at 901-568-8462 or to signup.


Young Adult Fellowship Events

There is a lot going on in Young Adult Ministry and many ways to get involved. If you would like to receive young adult ministry email updates each week, please contact Elizabeth H. Doolin, Director of Young Adult Ministry,

Please see bulletins, newsletters and the Young Adult Facebook group for event times and more information.

Young Adult Fellowship Events

MAY 19: PW and YAW Spring Meet and Greet, 3:00 p.m. Home of Peggy McClure, 387 Roseland Pl, 38111.

 Third Sunday Lunch at 12:30 p.m. June 16: Memphis Pizza Cafe, Madison Ave;  July 21: Farmburger; August 18: Molly's La Casita

Theology on Tap, Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Locations will vary; please check th Young Adult email for updates. JUNE 6-27; JULY 11-25; AUGUST 2-9. 

AUG 24: Fall Young Adult Kick0ff, 6:30 p.m. Home of Betsy Hood, 2281 Court Ave, 38104 



Choir Room, 2nd Floor, Sanctuary Bldg. 

Contact: BARRY OLIVER, Director of Music Ministry, 726-4681 ext. 212,

May 26 - September 1: The Summer Choir meets each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Choir Room for the 11:00 service. All interested singers are invited to contact Barry Oliver to join the choir during the summer. Regulary weekly choir rehearsals resume Wednesday, August 21.



There are two Friday "eat-out" groups. Contact the group coordinator to join. If you'd like to be a part of a new group contact Anne Apple,


First Friday Dine-Out Group, 6:30 P.M. Contact Carol Good, 726-4681

Third Friday Dine-Out Group, 6:30 P.M. SEPT - MAY. Contact Ann Fain, 334-4810



All women are invited to study circles and activities of Presbyterian Women. Presbyterian Women Gatherings, which include program and lunch, are at the church on the third Tuesday of September, January, April and May.

Circles meet on the first Tuesday, October–May, for Bible study and fellowship.

Contact: Andi Hill, 

Learn more about Presbyterian Women.



ChristCare Groups: Transforming Lives. Making Disciples.

ChristCare groups are small communities (5-12 participants) of faithful people who meet regularly to care for one another, to help one another grow in faith, and to support one another in Christian discipleship. Each gathering includes mutual care and encouragement, prayer and worship, relating of biblical principles to life, and service to others. Although the interests of the individual groups are diverse — for example, spiritual formation, blended families, spiritual themes in movies, hot topics, relationships, spiritual discipline, theology and the arts, and men in mid-life — each ChristCare group includes prayer and worship, community building, Bible study, and outreach. See the ChristCare for group info, or contact Anne Apple at 726-4681 or








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