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But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.  (Luke 18:16)

 

Director of Christian Education This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:  804-272-8588 x104

Vestry Liaison Patrick McElhinney

St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church Christian formation program provides a safe and loving environment for our youngest parishioners to learn about God’s grace, love and promises as revealed through His Word.  Most of our Sunday school classes explore the same Bible verses that are presented to the adults during the service, uniting all parts of our congregation in God’s word and providing a springboard for parents to engage even the youngest children in prayer and discussion at home.  The oldest high school class discusses relevant topics to their ever-changing lives and how they can adapt to their world as a Christian.

Nursery (infants to 4 years old) – Nursery hours are during the early and late services.  Experienced adults and youth provide loving and engaging care for infants and children to 4 years of age.

Children’s Liturgy  – Program offered during a segment of both early and late worship services.  This is a mini-church program for children 4 - 10 years old.  St. MATthias uses the curriculum Celebrate the Good News: Children's Chapel which offeres children the same worship opportunities that are a part of the larger assembly. Liturgy times coincide with our worship serivces, please see the bottom section of this page for our current worship times. 

Sunday school (3 to 18 years old) – There are 6 classes, divided up by grades:  Pre-K – K; Grades 1 – 3; Grades 4 & 5; Grades 6 – 8; Grades 9 & 10; and Grades 11 & 12.  Classes are held at 10:00 am during the school year.  Pre-K through 10th grades use the curriculum Living the Good News which focuses on the same cycle of weekly readings used in our worship services.  The materials found in Living the Good News are relevant, educational, Bible-based, and, of course, fun!  It uses a variety of learning media, including music, art, visual and movement, which appeal to the learning styles of all ages and types of students.  The 11th & 12th grade class study and discuss a variety of topics including True Self/False Self; the Gospel Christmas Stories; the Names of God; the Miracle Stories; Mystics & Mysticism; Women in the Bible and others.  Delving deeper into the Bible and its interpretations allows for discussion on how these stories and the Gospel of our Lord figure in their lives.

St. Matthias is blessed with dedicated Sunday school and Children’s Liturgy teachers who encourage our young parishioners to grow in their faith, and trust in God.  All of our staff and volunteers who work with children and youth are fully trained in the Safeguarding God’s Children program.

Many volunteer opportunities are available including:  Sunday school teachers, assistants or substitutes, Children’s Liturgy teachers, special activities coordinators, and drama and music leaders.   Contact the Director of Christian Education for more information.

Friends are always welcome to join us!