Children's Ministry 

Building a foundation of Christian faith for children and families.

The children's ministry at Idlewild is abounding with opportunities for children fifth grade and under to be nurtured in their faith. From monthly fellowship gatherings, weekly Sunday School classes, and deepened involvement in worship services, to special events like Bible Workshops, intergenerational events at church and off-site retreats...there is no shortage of opportunity for you and your children to plug-in to the wonderful ways God is working at Idlewild. 

Children's Ministry Mission Statement: 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.

Marjorie Reynolds
Interim Children's Ministry Director
901-755-4890
mreynolds@idlewildchurch.org

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What ages does Children's Ministry include? What age children are in the nursery? What is Children's Church Continued? Can children participate in Communion? What leadership opportunities do you offer for children? How can I get involved? See FAQ for anwers to these questions and more, or contact Majorie Reynolds. 

NEWSLETTER  October 2018 Edition

 

Nursery Care on Sundays

The Nursery is open Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 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). The first time, you will need to fill out a registration form.

During the Sunday School hour from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m., this class explores simple Bible stories using Cokesbury's Deep Blue curriculum, with lots of time for active play. (No class in the summer, but care still available).

 

        Sunday School for '18 - '19 School Year
        August 19, 2018 - May 19, 2019  9:40 to 10:40 a.m. 

ThemeThose who look to God are radiant! Psalm 34:5 

Class Locations for ‘18-’19 School Year

Two-Year-Old Class: Nursery

PK/JK Class: Library

SK-2nd Grade Class: Strock Room

3rd - 5th Grade Class: Music in Choir Room then Christian Formation Suite for class

 

 

     

August 5: Sunday School Teacher Orientation 12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Harlan Room. Please let Caitlin know if you would like to be a Sunday School teacher or shepherd for the 2018-2019 school year!

 

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. (Donia Wade, Music Leader) Will sing in 11:00 worship: Dec. 16 and Dec. 24, 2018.       2019: MAR 31 and MAY 12

3rd - 5th Grade Class meets in the Choir room.  (Barry Oliver, 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.

 

WORSHIP 

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.

Children's Leadership in Worship

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. if your child would like to participate in any of the following ways, please contact Caitlin C. Bomar

First Sunday Bulletin Greeters: Children in SK through 5th grade are given the opportunity every first Sunday of the month to help pass out bulletins by the entrances to the Sanctuary.

Third Sunday Ushering: Children in 3rd through 5th grade are invited to serve as ushers in the 11 a.m. service every third Sunday, while children in SK-5th grade are invited to serve as ushers in the 8:30am service every third Sunday.  

Lord’s Prayer: Children who have memorized the Lord’s Prayer have the opportunity to sign up to lead the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer to close the Time with the Younger Church.

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 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 return to their pews after the Time with the Younger Church, while children in pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten (typically three and four-year-olds) 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. 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Fellowship gatherings are held regularly for both JK and under families, and SK-5th grade families. There is no agenda for these gatherings other than to enjoy each other's company and grow in community through the challenge and joy of raising children. If you would like to host, please contact Caitlin Bomar, cbomar@idlewildchurch.org.

Fellowship for Young Families (Families with at least one child in JK or younger)

JAN 26: Hosted by Ira and Sara Wigley, 8720 Magnolia Cove, Southaven,MS 38671, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

FEB 23: Hosted by Elizabeth and Jim Gilless, 1731 Glenwood Place, 38104, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

No event in March (Spring Break)

APR 13: Church-Wide "Day in the Park" at Shelby Farms, 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.

MAY 11: Hosted by Kathy and Justin Lohman, 16 St. Andrews Fwy, 38111, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Fellowship for SK-5th Grade Families

JAN 19: Hosted by Brad and Susannah Dillard, 3515 Autumn Ave, 38122, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

FEB 10: Hosted by Amy and Josh Poag, 218 Tuckahoe Ln, 38117, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

No event in March (Spring Break)

APR 13: Church-Wide "Day in the Park" at Shelby Farms, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

MAY 4: Hosted by Karen and John Matthews, 647 S. McLean Blvd, 38104, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Children's Ministry Special Events

FEB 1: Parents Night Out from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for children PK-5th grade(childcare available for nursery-aged children). Come for a fun night of fellowship as we learn about the importance of showing hospitality to others. Bring your own dinner.

FEB 17: Stewards of Children Sunday School Teacher Training from 12:00-12:30 p.m. Led by the Rev. Rebekah Abel Lamar. Location TBD. Lunch provided.

MAR 1: Created by God Gathering for 5th and 6th Graders and Parents from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This is an event held in an effort to provide a safe space for conversation around the topic of sexuality to take place in  a shame-free environment. Cost is $15 per family for curriculum and pizza dinner.

MAR 3: Talking about Faith at Home: How do we make conversations about faith more than just a Sunday morning occurrence for our family? Leaders: The Rev. Anne H.K. Apple, Jim Apple and Caitlin Bomar. T.K. Young Room.

MAR 24: 2nd Grade Bible Presentation during 11:00 worship service. Followed by Lunch and "Getting to Know Your Bible" Workshop for 2nd graaders and parents from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Strock Room.

APR 13: Day in the Park at Shelby Farms from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This will begin with an Easter Egg Hunt for 4 year old and under children!

May 19: End-of-School Year Party for children in PK-5th grade Sunday School classes from 9:40-10:40 a.m. in the new Sunday School classrooms located in the Jones Building!

JUN 3-7: Power Up! Vacation Bible School and MAD Camp, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Jones Building. Rising PK-3rd grade; MAD Camp for rising 4th and 5th Graders. Kids will be challenged to raise their game because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit!

 


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