Youth ministry


Idlewild's Youth Ministry is divided into two groups: QUEST for middle school students and BASIC for senior high students. Group meets several times each week for fellowship, study and mission projects; in addition, several retreats and trips are scheduled each year.

Frank Kelly
Director of Youth Ministry
901-726-4681 ext. 213

Virginia Goss
Assistant Director of Youth Ministry
901-726-4681 ext. 214


2019 Summer Youth Study and Fellowship 

Church school classes for youth follow the lectionary-based curriculum of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Other than Sunday School, youth do not meet regularly during the summer. Activities are announced via e-mail and bulletin notices. 

 For more information contact Frank Kelly, Director of Youth Ministry at 726-4681 ext. 213, cell 337-0159, or

QUEST (Questioning, Understanding, Exploring, Sharing Together) is for middle school students,  grades 6-8.

BASIC (Bothers and Sisters in Christ) is for senior high students, grades 9-12.


Sunday School Classes May 26 - August 11 (9:40-10:40)

Both groups (rising 7th graders through rising college freshmen) meet together in the Jones Building, Youth Wing, 3rd Floor East.



                  JUL 7-13: Montreat Youth Conference Trip (BASIC)


BASIC Trips and Retreats

There are four annual BASIC trips: A Presbytery-wide Senior High Retreat in the spring, the Montreat Youth Conference, a summer mission trip, and fall NaCoMe All-Church Camp.

During the Presbytery-wide Retreat, Idlewild youth gather with senior high school students from across the Presbytery to talk and learn about topics facing them today.

Every four years BASIC members travel together to Montreat, North Carolina for a week at the Montreat Youth Conference. Senior high students from across the country gather to hear speakers from around the world. On other years, BASIC members travel overseas or within the United States as a mission team working on various service projects.

NaCoMe All-Church Camp is a favorite fall highlight. Church members travel to NaCoMe Conference Center for a weekend of dancing, recreation, worship, fellowship nd good food. BASIC youth enjoy the weekend together in the luxurious BASIC cabin.

The summer mission trips are often life-changing experiences. Groups have been to El Salvador, Guatemala and New Mexico. Mission work, as when a group helped build a school in Guatemala, is combined with learning and fun.









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