Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2


Tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 15) is:

One Day Christmas VBS:
"The Miracle of Jesus"

Important Info
Drop off at 9:15 am. Pick-up at 12:15 pm

Kids (k - 5th grade) will experience Christmas and the miracles of Jesus in a fun interactive way. Plan on being here for the full time in order to experience the whole event.

No registration for kids. Just come!

Mark your calendars for this Sunday, 12/15 from 9:15am-12:15pm for the One Day Christmas VBS for K-5th graders. Don't be late! ...

Happy Thanksgiving!! Thanking God for the opportunity to serve you and your family. We're so grateful we get to minister to families. It's truly the best job ever! #thankful ...

🦃Thanksgiving is coming 🦃Are you ready? What's for dinner in your family? ...

Are children the church of tomorrow, or are they part of the church of today? While kids are still learning and growing that doesn’t mean they are in a spiritual holding tank until they grow up. Children who have accepted Christ are part of the church today. People who haven’t yet received the Lord are the church of tomorrow.


Idlewild believes you don’t have to grow up to serve God. Many kids in the Bible accomplished amazing feats for God before they ever grew up (Samuel, Josiah, David, etc…). I Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child, when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” This verse tells us that adults and children speak differently, think differently, and reason differently. If an adult is to be effective at ministering to a child the adult must enter the child’s world, speak their language of fun, and relate Biblical truth on their level. That’s what we aim to do here at Idlewild.


Bible Fellowship Groups, Kidz Cove Kids Church, Awana, and Worship Quest. These are not four separate programs but rather they represent the four-step process we use to move your child from newcomer to disciple.

Latest Updates

  • Kidz Cove (K-5th grades) Kids Church at 9:15 & 11:00am on Sundays.  Real worship. Real Gospel. Real Scripture. Real FUN!...

  • Sunday, Dec. 22 will include a celebration party for the K-5th kids in small group times. Yep, we’ll even include some snacks! Small groups… it’s where friends come from. 8, 9:15, & 11am on Sundays....

  • Idlewild’s K-5th “One Day Christmas VBS” – The Miracle of Jesus –  will transport kids back in time to the town of Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It has been some years since that special night, and the miracle baby has gone on to do some truly incredible things—bringing......

  • Did you make it to our 1st grade family lunch and munch? Check out our recap vid below.  ...

Protecting Your Child

How does Idlewild provide safety and security for my child when I’m attending the worship service or a Bible Fellowship class?

Through use of a computer check-in system, each child is given a name tag containing his room number and any special allergy alert. Parents receive two copies of a matching security tag containing the security number only. This security tag is used to pick up the child. No child is released without this security tag. Parents and guardians are asked to wear this tag whenever you are in our children’s building.

How are teachers and volunteers screened?

We require all volunteers to submit to a thorough background investigation screening. All volunteers are approved by our leadership prior to being trained to serve with children.

How will you reach me if my child needs me?

If you are in the Worship Center, your child’s security code will be displayed in the lower corner of the IMAG screen. For parents attending an adult Bible Fellowship class, your personal cell phone may be called.

Our Team

Patrick Newbill

Patrick Newbill

Minister – Children (813-264-8728)

Linda Epperson

Director - Children’s Ministry (813-264-8740)

Andy Schelb

Minister – Children's Discipleship (813-264-8719)

Gena Taylor

Administrative Assistant - Children's Ministry (813-264-8798)

Sharon Jones

Children's Events / VBS Volunteer Coordinator (813-264-8780)

Jayme Winter

Resource Room and 3rd Grade Coordinator (813-264-8708)

Karen Anderson

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Coordinator (813-264-1515 ext. 2022)

Kassie Neely

Children's Events / VBS Participant Coordinator (813-865-9218)
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