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
Kristen Ketron: 804-272-8588 x104
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 through Pre-schoolers) – Nursery hours are during the early and late services, as well as Adult Forum during the school year. Experienced adults and youth provide loving and engaging care as well as simple, age-appropriate crafts.
Children’s Liturgy (Kindergarteners through 5th Grade) – This is a mini-church program offered during segments of both the early and late worship services during the school year. St. Matthias uses the combined curricula from The Liturgy of the Word with Children and Step by Step. This program follows the Sunday gospels, introducing young children to God’s word and encouraging them to learn about Jesus in an imaginative and enjoyable way that is both suited to their age and sensitive to their level of understanding.
Sunday School (3 years old through 12th Grade) – 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 from 10:00 – 10:50 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 Formation for more information.
Friends are always welcome to join us!