|2011 Congregations and Projects|
A Child Shall Lead: The Role of Children in the Faith Community of Idlewild Presbyterian Church
This project will comprise a year‐long study of the role of children in Idlewild
Presbyterian Church, culminating in a weekend conference to be scheduled for the
Spring of 2012. Children presently constitute the core of Idlewild; they participate
in worship, an extensive choral program, as well as outreach missions programs.
Our considering the role of children in a faith community will compel us to develop a
community that in good measure fulfills the ideal articulated in Isaiah, that is, to
grant children their rightful place. This is about how attention to children will
CHANGE the church!
Leadership for the conference would fall on our Project Team, the worship
committee, and a special Ad Hoc committee formed especially for the project. In
addition to the immeasurable benefits we hope to receive from participation in the
ISM Congregations Project, we are also seeking to glean much wisdom from such
leaders as John Witvliet, Michael Hawn and John Thornburg. The intended audience
for the conference would include all those from our region who have an interest in
childhood development as it relates to the church.
The conference will include a community concert, which would involve the choirs
from Idlewild as well as those of St. John’s Episcopal, Boulevard Christian Church,
Village Prebyterian (Prairie Village, KS), and members of the Memphis Symphony
Institute of Sacred Music