Children's Ministry

Believing in the importance of nurturing a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and God’s people, we 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What age does Children's Ministry include? What age children are in the nursery? What is Children's Church Continued? Can children participate in Communion? What about allergies? How can I get involved? See FAQ for anwers to these questions and more, or contact: 

Caitlin C. Bomar, Director of Children's Ministry
540-471-4825 or


Nursery Care on Sundays

The Nursery is open Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. providing loving, nurturing care for the littlest members of our church family. The Nursery is located in the Sanctuary Building, (Former Conference Room, 1st Floor). You will sign your child in and out every time. The first time, you will need to fill out a registration form.

INFANTS  (babies, until they are one year old and walking)

(one year and walking to two years old)  Nursery, former Conference Room

(ages two & three) Nursery, former Conference Room 

Explore simple Bible stories using Cokesbury's Deep Blue curriculum, with lots of time for active play. They transition into the preschool class when potty trained.



     Sunday School - 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. 

Our Sunday School Theme for the '17 - '18 school year is:

Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you. James 4:8 

Two Year Old Class: Former Conference Room (1st floor, Sanctuary Building)  

Taught by: Melanie and Sam Stewart

PK/JK Class: Former Library (2nd floor, Sanctuary Building)

Taught by: Carol Fields and Nancy Wilson

SK - 2nd Grade Class: Strock Room, (2nd Floor, Santuary Building) 

Taught by Laurie Barbee and Judy Johnson

3rd - 5th Grade Class: Christian Formation Suite (2nd Floor, Sanctuary Building). Begins with music in the Choir Room)

Taught by: Dana Brandon and Amy Sharp.


Making a Joyful Noise during Sunday School 

PK/JK Class meets in the former Library. (Donia Wade, Music Leader)

SK - 2nd Grade Class meets in the Strock Room. (Mary Jane Claassen, Music Leader) 

3rd - 5th Grade Class meets in the Choir room.  (Ginger Hopkins, Music Leader)


Children in grades 3-5 who are interested in being a part of a children's choir will have the opportunity to meet at a scheduled weekday time as arranged by Barry Oliver, Director of Music Ministries.



Idlewild welcomes children of all ages and encourages them to participate in our entire worship service. Children’s worship packets can be found at all entrances to the church Sanctuary.

As a church that strives to have an intergenerational approach to ministry, we believe that children’s participation in worship is vital to the health of our congregation, and helps tremendously in the way of giving children a sense of purpose and belonging in worship.

Children in grades SK-5th are invited to sign up to be bulletin greeters every first Sunday. If your child is interested, please contact Caitlin C. Bomar.

Children in grades 3-5 are invited to sign up to help usher every third Sunday. If your child is interested, please contact Caitlin C. Bomar.

Children of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Family-Friendly Christmas Eve Service we are having this year at 11 o'clock. There are roles for all ages!


Children's Church Continued (C3) 

Children of all ages are invited up front for the Time with the Younger Church during the 11 o'clock service. Children that are in senior kindergarten and older will return to their pews after the Time with the Younger Church, while children in pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten are invited to come to Children's Church Continued (C3) in the former library.

In C3, children enjoy a time of structured biblical teaching and a Christ-centered craft, followed by snack and free time.


Children two years old or younger may go to the nursery located in the former Conference Room. 


Children's Ministry Special Events

October 1: Communion Workshop for SK and 1st graders and Parents, Strock Room. (First Sunday Lunch), 12:15-2:00 p.m.

October 13-15: NaCoMe All Church Camp

October 30: Trunk or Treat, Dinner 5:00-6:00 p.m., T.K. Young Room. Activities in the parking lot 5:30-7:30 p.m.

November 5: Movie Night, 4:00 p.m. and Children's Activities, T.K. Young Room

November 19: Sunday School Teachers Bread-Making at Dana Brandons's from 3:00-5:00 p.m., 481 W Racquet Club Place, 38117

December 3: Advent Sunday School Party from 9:40-10:40 a.m.

December 17: Waffle Sunday from 9:40-10:40 a.m. for all ages in the T.K. Young Room

December 24: Family Christmas Eve Service at 11:00 a.m., Sanctuary


Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you. James 4:8


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