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Encourage all ages to Grow in Faith

The Spirit gives us the gift of faith, and our faith deepens when we share by coming together to listen for what Scripture tells us about God and ourselves.
We focus on Spiritual Nurture at Matthews Presbyterian Church, where acknowledging our growth in Christ means more than simply learning facts, but also our emotional, social, and spiritual development as we practice our faith in classes, discussion groups, and special programs for adults, youth, and children. 



Sunday mornings

At 9:15 a.m. on , Matthews Presbyterian Church provides three adult Sunday School classes. The Genesis Class, which meets upstairs in the Chapel Building, is a class primarily for parents of school-aged children studying a wide range of Biblical, spiritual, and life application themes. The Explorers Class, downstairs in the Chapel Building, uses various studies including books and video lectures to study a broad range of religious and theological topics and tends to be middle-aged adults. Learning and Living God's Word, upstairs in the Sanctuary Building, has just started a study on the gospel of John, and has a variety of ages

Bible Study

The Pastor’s Study is led by Pastor Luke on Wednesday Evening at 6:30pm or Thursday Morning at 9:30am upstairs in the sanctuary building. Check out the announcements for the latest study!

Book Club

The Book Club is an intergenerational group who gathers once per month to discuss our latest book. They read everything from young adult, to biographies, to non-fiction, to the classics. Check out the announcements for the latest book!

Presbyterian Women

The Presbyterian Women is an opportunity for all women of our church to be in relationship together.  There are two circles, Circle #1 and Share Our Spirit.  Circle #1 meets on the first Monday of the month at 2pm in the Library. Share Our Spirit Circle meets on the second Tuesday of the month.  Check the calendar for more details on meeting place and time.  Each fall, they host a retreat.  Each spring, they host a tea and help the Men of the Church with a Golf Tournament.  Ladies of all ages are welcome to participate.  Contact the church office for more information.

Men of the church

The Men of the Church is open to all men.  Together, they build relationships and grow in their faith.  They meet on the second Saturday of the month in the Friendship Court for fellowship, discussion, planning, and a light breakfast.  Throughout the winter months, they coordinate our Room in the Inn ministry for Charlotte's homeless neighbors.  The Men of the Church also host a chili cookoff in February and a Golf Tournament, with the Presbyterian Women, in the Spring.  Contact the church office for more information.


The youth group at Matthews Presbyterian Church consists of Middle School (grades 6 through 8) and Senior High students (grades 9 through 12). We have a very active program for our young people that involves Bible Study, Worship, Education, Fellowship, Games and Music.
Regularly scheduled youth activities begin in late August and go through mid-May, before breaking for summer activities. During the school year you will find us having weekly Bible study for middle school and high school groups, fellowship on Sunday nights, service projects, and game nights. We seek to provide an environment for the youth to come and be themselves, learn about God and how God works in their lives today, and to fellowship with other Christian friends. 

Sunday Youth Ministry (Most Sundays)

9:15 am: Youth Sunday School
6:45pm - 8:00pm: Youth Group

Wednesday Afternoons

AMP! (Arts at Matthews Presbyterian) is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for young people to get together with their church friends.  This year during AMP!, the children will be rotating through art, Bible, drama, small groups, and choir beginning each Wednesday at 4:45pm to 7:30pm. We offer three different tracks based on age: 3 years through 1st Grade, 2nd through 5th Grade, or 6-8th graders. 

Retreats and Conferences

Each summer, our youth expand their faith and their reach by attending conferences and mission trips.  Check the announcement sheet for more details.




Sunday MOrnings

Sunday School Classes are offered during the Sunday School Hour from 9:15am - 10:15am.    Classes are offered for children ages 4 years to 5th Grade.  The Sunday School curriculum is multi-sensory and active, teaching children through arts, cooking, science, dance, music, and other ways!
Nursery is offered each Sunday during Sunday School.  Infants receive care in their own safe, comfortable room, while Toddlers explore their room with age-appropriate activities, lessons, and fun.

Wednesday Afternoons

AMP! (Arts at Matthews Presbyterian) is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for young people to get together with their church friends.  This year during AMP!, the children will be rotating through art, Bible, drama, small groups, and choir beginning each Wednesday at 4:45pm to 7:30pm We offer three different tracks based on age: 3 years through 1st grade, 2nd through 5th Grade, or 6-8th graders. 


We currently have many children at Matthews Presbyterian Church between the ages of newborn to 5 years who would love to have your child join them. A nursery is available from 9:00am until 11:30am to care for children 5 and under. Our nursery is staffed by Anne Jenkins and Doris Downing who provide consistent care each week. With their help we want children to be surrounded by God's love while learning that church is a place they belong.  The nursery is located opposite the women's restroom in the Sanctuary Building.
During the Worship Service we offer Noah's Chapel for those 2 years or older. Noah's Chapel is a time for children who do not wish to stay in the worship service following the Children's Message to participate in age appropriate activities together.  During Noah's Chapel, we'll sing songs, dance, make crafts, and learn more about the day's Bible passage. 

Special Events

Throughout the year, Matthews Presbyterian offers a variety of Special Programs. Keep your eye on the announcement sheet and the newsletter emails to find out updates about those programs. 

Vacation Bible School

Join us July 29 - August 2 for Everywhere Fun Fair.  We will spend a week learning, having fun, and growing in faith! We offer three different tracks based on age, including 3 years through Pre-K, Kindergarten through 5th Grade, or 6-8th graders. Hope to see you there! Click here to download the registration form.

Christmas Time

At Christmas each year, the entire church gathers around two events, the advent festival and the Christmas play. 

Matthews Presbyterian Child Development Center

"Where children grow and learn in a safe and loving environment" -Est. 2000
Matthews Presbyterian Child Development Center is a small, family-oriented preschool with one single classroom per age group.  Each member of our highly educated staff is dedicated to loving and teaching our preschoolers, and most of our teachers have been with us for more than five years.  If you are looking for a preschool where your child will receive the special attention he or she deserves, while thriving in an environment that is filled with love, learning and laughter, contact us for an appointment.  We'd love to show you around.
High staff to student ratios
Weekly music program
Peanut/tree nut free facility
Fabulous playground
Weekly Chapel for threes and fours
Daily snack provided
Age appropriate lesson plans provide structure onto the next level
Family focused monthly themes
Want to learn more about our Child Development Center?  Go to the website!
MPC-CDC would like to express their gratitude to all members of the Matthews Presbyterian Church congregation for their support throughout the years.
For more information, contact:
Heather Efird, Director
207 West John Street 
Matthews, NC  28105
Office- (704)847-5564 

Staff Resource

Sarah Evans Shetley

Director of Children and Youth Ministries 


Grow in Faith Calendar

August 2019
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Heather Efird

CDC Director