Recreation Ministry

Re:Creation and Creative Play prioritizes programs which expand opportunities for non-competitive creative play within the congregation; offers team sports that develop skills and self-determination in a positive environment within the congregation and in the community.

Field Play Ability: Please call the ESCRA Weather Hotline (901) 336-7246 by 8:00 am to see if your field or gym will be playing OR closed.

Jacob Pierce
Director of Re-Creation and Creative Play
901-726-4681 ext. 225
901-494-8137 (cell)  

Shari Gross                                                                         Coordinator of Nurture Unit
901-371-7840 (cell)

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NaCoMe All-Church Camp - October 12-14

NaCoMe All-Church Camp
October 12 - October 14, 2018
Registration opens in April 2018

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 September 30th. Contact Shari Gross for more details.



Our Jones Building and Gym are closed for renovation until January 2019. During this time, some programs have had to be suspended or moved to other locations. We will have basketball this season thanks to First Baptist Church!

Basketball is BACK!


This season our basketball program is back up and running. Registration is going on now until October 26th or until teams are full. We will be practicing at First Baptist Church until our gym reopens. Practices will begin the week of November 5th. Games will begin December 8th. Practices will conclude the week of February 11th. The last game will be February 16th. 

Cost: $85 includes jersey (scholarships available)
Registration deadline: October 26th
Location: First Baptist Church/Idlewild Presbyterian Church
Schedule: December 8th-February 16th

Mini Jammers (for 4–5 year olds)
Under 8 boys/girls (for 6–7 year olds)
Under 10 boys/girls (for 8–9 year olds)
Under 12 boys/girls (for 10–11 year olds)


Mini-Jammers Basketball 

Mini-Jammers is a beginner coed basketball program for four & five year olds. All games and practices will be held in our new gym on Saturday mornings when it reopens. Registration will open November 12th! We are hoping to have our first practice on January 26th.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER & PAY or register at the church office.

Cost: $55 includes jersey (scholarships available)
Location: Idlewild Presbyterian Church

Week 1 — 5 Clinic stations (dribbling, passing, shooting twice, layups)
Week 2 — 5 Clinic stations (dribbling, passing, shooting twice, layups)
Week 3 — Practice with team and coaches (3:00 & 4:00 p.m.)
Weeks 4 through 7 — Games (3:00 & 4:00 p.m.)



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. 




Spring soccer registration is open Jan. 7 to Feb. 22. Forms are on the Registration page and at the church office. Costs (include jersey): $55 for Mini Strikers and $85 for U8-U13. Scholarships available upon request. The first week of practice for U8-U13 age divisions begins March 18. The first Mini Striker session and U8-U13 games begin April 6.

Mini Strikers (for 4–5 year olds)
Under 8 boys/girls (for 6–7 year olds)
Under 10 boys/girls (for 8–9 year olds)
Under 13 boys/girls (for 10–12 year olds)


Practices begin mid August, games will start the weekend after Labor Day and will end lat October.  Please contact Jacob Pierce for more details.

Baseball Teams: Registration opens February 19, 2019

We will be starting baseball sign ups on February 19th, 2019!  The cost is $55 per Tball player and $75 for Coach Pitch and Kid Pitch. We will only be accepting 13 players per team, so sign up fast! 






RBI - Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities

Mondays-Thursdays  |   10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Location: Bruce Elementary
For Girls & Boys ages 6 - 16 

Our annual RBI is a FREE summer baseball program for boys and girls ages 6 to 16. Idlewild is known to have one of the biggest sites in the city. Camp is at Bruce Elementary. (There will be no transportation from/to the church.) 

Participants have practice & games from 10:00 to noon, Monday-Thursday. There is a free lunch every day. RBI is FREE, but spots are limited. Contact Jacob Pierce for more details.

Everyone is welcome to come by and cheer on the RBI players. Volunteers are always welcome. Contact Jacob Pierce for more info.  


Coach Rob coached 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.


Seasonal Church events

        Trunk or Treat: October 29th 

We will have our annual Halloween carnival October 29th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. All volunteers are welcome. Please call Shari Gross for more details.

Ash Wednesday Service and Dinner

We have a simple supper and service on February 14th. Come and enjoy good food and fun. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children and will begin at 5:30pm. Service will begin at 6:30pm. Call the church office for more details at 726-4681.

All-Church Potluck Lunches

Potlucks are held 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 would like to bring a dish, drop it off in the kitchen on your way to service. If you can't bring a dish, please come anyway. Call the church office for more info.

The next church potluck is Sunday, May 5, 2019.


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