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  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grade Sunday School

    IMG 3375We had a wonderful Sunday school year. We had many interesting and fun-filled Sundays. One Sunday Scott Vollmer and John Vance visited us to talk about the prison ministry. We asked if they were scared, what did they eat, who got to come to their weekends. Best of all we made 2 new friends. We talked a lot about our St Matthias Family. We even took pictures and put them on a poster in our room. We did foot washing during Lent. And we had our own communion in the classroom with apple juice and wafers. We went into the church and baptized a baby doll and worked IMG 4215on finding passages in the Bible. We learned the Lord’s Prayer and what it meant. But most importantly we learned to trust God because he is our friend and loves us unconditionally. Hope all the children have a wonderful summer!






  • Summer J.A.M. (Jesus And Me)

    JAM Full Color 300x214The school year is over and I can predict the conversations that many churches are having about summer Sunday School/Children’s Liturgy during staff meetings now that we’re in the post-Easter era of the church calendar year. That conversation might go something like this:

    Rector (R): So, what do we have planned for summer Sunday School/Children’s Liturgy?

    Director of Christian Formation (DCF): Yah…we’re still trying to decide if we are going to offer something.

    R: Okay – but we want to continue to offer something for our children during worship, because if we don’t, young families will just stop coming to worship during the summer.

    DCF: Right – but even when we offer something – people don’t come. Or we might get 1-2 kids one week, 3 the next week, and none the week after that. Besides, our teachers need a break after teaching throughout the school year.

    R: Okay – scratch that. Well, what are we going to do?

    DCF: Honestly? I don’t know. We have the same conversation every year. The year that we decided to give teachers a break, which they deserved, and didn’t offer anything for children, some parents were concerned that there wasn’t anything for their kids to do. But then the next year, when we did offer a summer Sunday School program for children, our teachers got burned out. And then only little Jimmy would be there. And we all love little Jimmy…and little Jimmy loves this church – but that’s a hard place for a kid to be – the only kid there with the teachers? Who wants to be that kid?

    R: Okay – great. So, what I hear you saying is that we ARE going to have summer Sunday School?

    DCF: Ummm, let me get back to you on that.

    Conversations like this happen so many times. And it’s not an easy one. I don’t think churches want to make program decisions that will cause kids and families to not want to come to worship in the summer. But it’s really hard to convince people to do summer Sunday School when you don’t know if people will be there or not, and it is often hard to find available Sunday School teachers for the summer.

    So a church can decide to do nothing, and just accept the fact that they may see families less during the summer, or they can decide to put together a summer program, and then be frustrated when families don’t come and deal with frustrated teachers who have prepped lessons for no one.

    This is why we are introducing a summer program for kids up through rising 6th graders. Children’s Liturgy will be on hiatus for the summer. As an alternative offering, we are providing Summer J.A.M. (Jesus And Me), starting June 3rd during the entirety of the 10:00 am service!!! Kids will meet in the Nursery for suitable movies that will provide insight to God, His love, and His word. We will also provide a light snack. Parents attending the service can drop off their children before the service begins and are asked to pick them up directly after the service. Please sign in your child, using the sign-in sheet just outside the door. Come and join in on the fun!

    Kristen Ketron

  • Summer Reading & Study


    Looking for a summer reading idea? Consider Dreamland: The True Story of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, winner of numerous awards for non-fiction.

    From a small town in Mexico to the boardrooms of Big Pharma, an explosive and shocking account of addiction and black tar heroin in the heartland of America.

    Join the Kerygma adult study group Wednesday mornings at 10:00 until noon in Morrison Hall beginning Sept. 8 for a six-week discussion on Drugs and Addiction. Questions? Contact Ned Armstrong or Ruby McCowen.

    Available at Amazon here. Available from Barnes & Noble here.

  • Taco Bar Fundraiser Lunch - Save the Date!

    taco barSunday, September 9th following the 11am service there will be a Taco Bar Lunch. This is a fundraiser to cover costs in updating the classrooms with fresh paint, TVs, rugs, tables, lighting etc.

    Tickets go on sale mid-August and will be $10 per person (5 and under are free)

  • VBS - Fun with a Purpose, for All Ages!

    In keeping with our mission to, “Welcome all to be nourished in Jesus Christ . . .”, we hosted a Vacation Bible School (VBS), Rolling River Rampage, from the 16th-20th July 2018 and I thank God for His blessings upon this outreach. We had 56 children, ages 4 through 11-years old, registered and an average of 48 students on each day. 64% of the children registered were from the community at large. We also had a total of 42 helpers/teachers serving, including 24 youth. Praise God for keeping the children safe and granting us good weather every day.

    The theme was "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”, based on Isaiah 43:2 and we taught the children lessons on Jesus Calls the Disciples, Mary & Martha, Zacchaeus, The Last Supper, and Jesus Makes a Promise. It was an exciting time for the kids and an enjoyable time for the teachers. Those who served as teachers & helpers were blessed with the opportunity to share God’s word with the children through personal interaction using crafts, music, games, science, and snacks.

    We also included a Mission project this year, asking the children and their families to bring in items for our Food Pantry. It was a great success as the children loved bringing in the pasta, soup, condiments and other food items and placing them in our Mission raft. They loved learning about our Food Pantry and were delighted in knowing that they were helping others in need.

    As I reflected on VBS the morning after the last day,