Children's Ministry

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 and Communion 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.  Please browse through this page to get a feel for all the opportunites available, or reach out to Caitlin C. Bomar, Director of Children's Ministry, at 540.471.4825 or

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.

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. BomarDirector 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) 

Will sing in 11:00 worship: March 4 and May 6

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.

Children's Involvement 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 either of the following ways, please contact Caitlin C. Bomar.

Children in grades SK-5th are invited to be bulletin greeters every first Sunday.

Children in grades 3-5 are invited to usher every third Sunday. 




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. 




Fellowship gatherings are held every month 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. Be on the lookout for monthly invites! If you would like to host, please contact Caitlin Bomar,

JK and Under Family Fellowship                                                                                                                                               

February 24 Leigh-Taylor White & Macky Futhey, 805 S Perkins Rd., 38117: 5:00-6:30 p.m.                    

April 28 Matt & Emily Mulqueen, 4310 Minden Rd., 38117: 12:00-1:30 p.m. 


SK-5th Grade Family Fellowship

February 25 Frank and Mary Muscari, 108 S Rose Rd., 38117: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

March 24 Jenna & Jeremy Sykes, 487 Wolf View Cv., 38018: 4:30-7:00 p.m.

April 15 David Bell, 4565 Princeton Rd., 38117: 4:30-7:00 p.m.


Children's Ministry Special Events

February 18: Talking about Faith at Home: How to incorporate faith into everyday life with your children, led by Dara Bigger, David Bigger and Caitlin C. Bomar, T.K. Young Room, 9:40-10:40 a.m.

March 4: Second Grade Bible Presentation during 11:00 worship; 12:15-1:45 p.m. lunch and Getting to Know Your Bible Workshop in the Strock Room.

April 7: Half Day Retreat at Pinecrest, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $20.00 per person. Register here.

April 22: Movie Night, 4:00-6:00 p.m, T.K. Young Room: The Man Who Planted Trees (in observance of Earth Day).

April 28: MIFA Neighborhood Clean-Up Day, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Familes with children ages 6-13 (Older or younger children are welcome.) Please RSVP with Dorothy McClure at

May 20 End-of-School Year Party for Families of Children 5th grade and Under, 4:00-6:30 pm. Hosted by Judy Johnson, 177 Kimbrough Rd, Atoka TN


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


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