Children & Youth Christian Education

Children’s Liturgy - During the 10am service only

shield tilt left

June 25th – Grant us strength and courage to love and serve you.  Matthew 10:17a, 26-27, 29-31

July 2nd – NO CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Sunday School

Sunday school is on break for the summer.  We will resume classes September 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Nursery

The nursery is available during both services for children, newborn through 4 years old.  Please see an usher for assistance at the 8:00 am service.

Adult Forum

Bible Study Continues through June 25th at 9am.  We will have supervised activities for kids available during Adult Forum in Room 101.

Children’s Liturgy - During the 10am service only

shield tilt left

June 18th – Grant us strength and courage to love and serve you.  Matthew 9:35-10:8

June 25th – Grant us strength and courage to love and serve you.  Matthew 10:17a, 26-27, 29-31

Sunday School

Sunday school is on break for the summer.  We will resume classes September 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Nursery

The nursery is available during both services for children, newborn through 4 years old.  Please see an usher for assistance at the 8:00 am service.

Adult Forum

Bible Study Continues through June 25th at 9am.  We will have supervised activities for kids available during Adult Forum in Room 101.

Children’s Liturgy - During the 10am service only

shield tilt left

June 11thGlory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:16-20

June 18thGrant us strength and courage to love and serve you.  Matthew 9:35-10:8

Sunday School

Sunday school is on break for the summer.  We will resume classes September 10, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Nursery

The nursery is available during both services for children, newborn through 4 years old.  Please see an usher for assistance at the 8:00 am service.

Adult Forum

Bible Study Continues through June 25th at 9am.  We will have supervised activities for kids available during Adult Forum in Room 101.

findingjoyprayer

Did you hear?  Were you aware?  The children and youth of St. Matthias were doing some pretty crazy stuff duringLent.  And all in the name of prayer!  OK, now that I’ve gotten your attention, let me fill you in on the details.

Wanting to provide a Lenten program to help guide our younger parishioners on their journey to becoming closer to God, I thought, “let’s do a series on prayer.”  Let’s get down to some basic knowledge about this thing called prayer.  Throughout the Bible, believers are called to pray. But what is prayer? What does it mean to "pray without ceasing?" And does prayer really make a difference? Before delving too deeply into the topic of prayer, I thought it would be beneficial to first define the term, as well as the focus of our prayers—God. 

And so, we began our journey called, “Finding Joy Through Prayer” together each Wednesday evening during Lent.  During the first evening together we discussed who, what, why and how we pray.  We ended the session by making pretzels to remind us of arms crossed in prayer, which were also used for the Eucharist during the service that evening. 

The next week was spent studying the Lord’s Prayer.  We examined what each word means and how it was Jesus himself who gave us this prayer as an example of how to pray.  To celebrate this gift, we made a lengthy prayer chain using the words to the Lord’s Prayer.  And it was the young people who recited the Lord’s Prayer for all of us attending the service that evening.  It was a beautiful unison of voices in prayer!  The kids continued to add their prayers to the prayer chain each week during Lent. 

Our third shared evening taught us about the many different objects, articles of clothing, artifacts, etc. that help people pray.  We discovered how some use prayer beads, spinning spindles, engravings on a wooden tablet with a picture, or incense to pray.  We learned what a tallit, a kippah and a kusti are.  Then we hammered nails onto a piece of wood, in the form of a cross and strung yarn around the nails.  And we used this art to help us pray by touching each nail and saying a part of the Lord’s Prayer together.  Each young person presented their art work during the Prayers of the People at the service that evening.

As Holy Week was approaching we turned our focus to the Last Supper and Jesus’ time spent praying in Gethsemane.  We discussed why Jesus would even need to pray.  And we touched upon the many ways this scenario has been interpreted.  We read the Bible interpretation.  We watched a musical interpretation with parts from Jesus Christ Superstar.  And then we made our own interpretation of the Last Supper and Jesus praying in Gethsemane in Lego form!  The young people participated in the service that evening by reading the Prayers of the People.

Our final evening devoted to Finding Joy Through Prayer was spent leading four younger children and eight youth through the stations of the cross.  When we had finished, we came together in a circle.  A basket of polished stones with a cross engraved upon each stone was passed around.  Each person chose a stone for the one standing next to them.  They placed the stone in their neighbor’s hand and said a prayer for them.  It was a beautiful and memorable event to be a part of.  And again, the young people read the Prayers of the People during the service that evening.

I love providing a program such as this because Christian formation really matters. In fact, nothing happens if it doesn’t happen.  St. Paul said as much in Galatians 4:19, “My little children, for whom I am again in the pain of    childbirth until Christ is formed in you.”  Christian formation is about Jesus Christ being formed in our lives to the point that our lives begin to reflect his life, that our love begins to reflect his love. His way becomes our way. That we love like Jesus, and give like Jesus and forgive like Jesus and do justice and love mercy and walk humbly with God like Jesus; Christian formation is about Christ being formed by the power of the spirit of God in us and when that happens the world changes because we’ve changed.  Christian formation matters, in fact nothing else happens until it happens. 

Kristen Ketron

You can read more articles from the May Channel here

Picture1

first dayss

Our first day of Sunday School was a hit - we hope that you were there, but if you weren't, you're welcome to join us anytime!!

COLLEGE MINISTRY AT ST. MATTHIAS

Adjusting to college life often means dealing with many things for the first time — all at the same time: learning to live with roommates, handling finances, taking care of household chores, interacting with people from other cultures with other beliefs,trying out romantic partnerships. This is in addition to new academic demands, such as learning how to study effectively, getting work done on time, and navigating the bureaucracy of a big institution. And even those who are not freshmen still have many ‘new’ things to take care of and get used to. 

Through these tasks, college students learn how they respond to life’s daily challenges and find the social and emotional support they need from the campus community, friends, and you — their family — to make their way.

College students are navigators in the difficult waters that separate adolescence from adulthood. As they take more responsibility for their daily lives and develop life skills that are as vital as any academic coursework, it’s important that they have a reliable source of support.

Parents provide much of this support. But it always helpful to have a wider network of encouragement. That is why we are creating a college ministry at St. Matthias. We hope to provide care packages, special events during college breaks, cards and letters from our congregation and encouraging emails. We would like to include the whole parish in this ministry, so let me know if you and/or your ministry group would be interested in participating. And if you have a college student, please make sure to provide me with their name, email address, an updated mailing address, cell phone and birthday.

One thing is for certain – the surest way we can ALL support these young adults is by holding them up in prayer. So please keep these students in your continuous prayers: Trenton Morris, Truman Morris, Daniel Newsom, Eva Tyler, Claudia Reinhardt, Grace Doebler, Kate Reid, Madison Haske, Jenna Johnson, Keene Mendenhall, Lillian Boone, Savannah Isenberg, Juliana Doebler, Cameron Hawkins, Reid Kirtley, Evan Morrison, Wade Pearrell, Jack Wynne, Michael Buleza, Tori Buckner, Shannon Larkin, Adriane Vaughan, Adrienna Alexander, Anne Clarke Vandeweghe, Sam Reid,Luke Jefferson, Grace Jefferson, David Henry, Colin Greatwood, Miles Greatwood, Alissa Doebler, and Elizabeth Buckner.

Kristen Ketron