Recreation Ministry

Our Recreation Ministry lives out the love of Christ expressed in creative play, joyful fellowship and a faithful commitment to health and wholeness with hospitality and safe place for ALL.

 Check Weather for field or gym play ability. You can also  call 901-726-4681 ext. 25 or call 901-494-8137.

Jacob Pierce
Director of Athletics
901-726-4681 ext. 25
901-494-8137 (cell)  

Shari Gross                                                                           Interim Recreation & Fellowship Director
901-371-7840 (cell)

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NaCoMe All-Church Camp - October 13-15

NaCoMe All-Church Camp
October 13 - October 15, 2017
Registration open August 20 - October 1.

Register & pay deposit online

NaCoMe Camp & Conference Center (click for directions)  

Fall NaCoMe All-Church Camp is for young, old, singles, families—anyone who enjoys the outdoors, fellowship, music and fun is invited to come to the spring retreat. NaCoMe is a Presbyterian camp in the woods, just south of Nashville. Activities include worship, horseshoes, scavenger hunts, dancing, crafts and naps. There are comfortable cabins with front porches just made for rocking. It’s a fun, welcoming retreat — a wonderful get-to-know-each-other weekend for new members, longtime members and friends.

Register at the church OR register and pay deposit ($53.50) online. Full payment due by October 1. 



Our Jones Building and Gym are closed for renovation until the fall of 2018. During this time, some programs have had to be suspended or moved to other locations. We will not have basketball this season (see letter below), except for Mini-Jammers.

No Basketball for 2017-18  

Dear parents & basketball players,

Recreation is a vital ministry to Idlewild Presbyterian Church, and it is with great sadness that we announce that we will not be participating in school-age youth basketball (girls and boys 6-12 yrs) this winter. Idlewild has begun a major renovation of the Jones Building which houses our gymnasium. For safety reasons, the entire building is a hardhat construction area. It has been our hope to find an alternate space for our basketball ministry. However, after exploring numerous nearby locations over many months, we have been unable to find adequate space for all the school-age children our basketball program serves. Although we considered a smaller program, we decided that we did not want to offer a basketball program that could not welcome all.

We are sharing this information so that you have time to make other arrangements for this season. We have notified the other churches in the ESCRA league, and we will work with you to find a place for your child on one of their teams.

MINI-JAMMERS: Due to the different needs of our younger children, we will be able to offer our Mini-Jammer program for 4-5-year-old girls and boys in January and February 2018. Plans are being finalized with a Midtown location, and more information will be available later this fall about the program and registration.

We anticipate this being a one season closure and apologize for any inconvenience this causes. We are deeply grateful for the volunteers and coaches who have helped make our programs successful. The children in our recreation programs are a joy, and we will miss their lively energy this winter.


Soccer is going on as usual! Practices and games are held at the Kroc Center and at area churches. Idlewild has soccer teams for boys and girls ages 4-12. Soccer is a growing sport with many youths playing in the Mid-South. Idlewild focuses on good sportsmanship and teamwork, while experiencing the love of Christ through play. Soccer is offered both in the spring and in the fall. 




Registration is January 8th-February 23rd, 2018. The games begin in March and last through the end of May. Please call the recreation office for more details (901)-725-4165.


Practices begin mid August, games will start the weekend after Labor Day and last until the end of October. Please call the recreation office for more details (901)725-4165.

Baseball Teams: Registration opens February 5, 2018

We will be starting baseball sign ups on February 5th, 2018!  The cost is $55 per Tball player and $85 for Coach Pitch and Kid Pitch. We will only be accepting 15 players per team, so sign up fast! 






RBI - Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities

Mondays-Thursdays  |   9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Jesse Turner Field (1310 S Bellevue Blvd, Memphis TN 38106)
For Girls & Boys ages 6 - 16 

Our annual RBI is a FREE summer baseball program sponsored by the Memphis Redbirds. It is for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Idlewild hosts one of the biggest sites in the city. Camp is at Jesse Turner Field. (There will be no transportation from/to the church.) 

Participants have practice & games from 9:00 to noon, Monday-Thursday. There is a free lunch every day. RBI is FREE, but spots are limited. Call 725-4165 for more details. Click to register online.

Everyone is welcome to come by and cheer on the RBI players. Volunteers are always welcome. Call 726-4185 for more info.  


Coach Rob has been coaching RBI for 10 years — 
but he first attended RBI when he was 5 years
old! Coach Rob recently ran into Julia Allen,
who remembers him as a little boy.



Classes, Arts and Crafts


Dance Groups

Community dance groups meet at Idlewild Church regularly. All dance groups are free, and open to singles and couples, young and young at heart. 

Contra Dance 

Meets 2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays of each month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the T.K. Young Room.

Seasonal Church Events

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

We have a pancake supper each year on Fat Tuesday. Come and enjoy good food and fun. cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children and will begin at 5:30. Call the recreation office for more details at 725-4165.

All-Church Potluck Lunches

Potlucks are held at least twice a year. It's a great time to visit for worship, then join us for lunch with fried chicken, rolls and drinks provided. If you can't bring a dish, please come anyway. Call the recreation office  for more info.

The next church potluck is Sunday, September 24, 2017.


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