Christian Education

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 acknowledge 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. 

If you want to know more about our programs or to receive our newsletter emails, contact Liz, the Director of Christian Education. Our forms and other information can be located on the Resources Page.

Children

Sundays for Children

Sunday School Classes are offered during the Sunday School Hour from 9:15am - 10:15am.   We begin in the Sanctuary with a gathering time.  Classes are offered for children ages 4 years to 5th Grade.  The Sunday School curriculum is Spark, a Bible-centered curriculum containing a variety of age-appropriate activities designed to accommodate all of the different ways children learn.

Nursery is offered each Sunday during Sunday School and Worship.  Infants receive care in their own safe, comfortable room, while Toddlers explore their room with age-appropriate activities, lessons, and fun.

Noah's Chapel is a time for children ages 3 years old through Kindergarten who do not wish to stay in the worship service following the Children's Message to participate in age appropriate activities together. 

Wednesday Afternoons

AMP! (Arts at Matthews Presbyterian) is a wonderful mid-week opportunity for elementary-age children to get together with their church friends.  This year during AMP!, the children will be rotating through violin, drama, and choir beginning each Wednesday at 4:45pm to 7:00pm We offer three different tracks based on age - 3 years through Pre-K, Kindergarten through 5th Grade, or 6-8th graders. More information is on the resources page!

Nursery

We currently have many children at Matthews Presbyterian Church between the ages of 0 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 and Doris who provide consistent care to infants and toddlers 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. During Noah's Chapel, we'll sing songs, dance, make crafts, and learn more about the day's Bible passage!

Youth 

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 a.m.: Youth Sunday School
5-6 p.m:.   Middle School Youth
6-6:30pm: Youth Dinner
6:30-7:30pm: High School Youth
 
The Youth also maintain an active blog to detail their experience of God and share news about the youth program.
 
Retreats and Conferences

Our youth engage with the larger church through a variety of different reats, camps, and conferences. This summer we will attend both Montreat Youth Conference, July 8-14, and Montreat Worship and Music, June 24-30. More information is on the resources page!

 

Adults

Sunday mornings

At 9:15 a.m. on , Matthews Presbyterian Church provides three adult Subday 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 7:00pm or Thursday Morning at 9:30, upstairs in the sanctuary building. this four-week study will focus on 2 Corinthians and its impact on the Lenten season. We are taking a break for the summer.
 
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 announcement sheet for the latest book!

Special Programs

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

Offered each year in July, Vacation Bible School is a week of learning, 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. Vacation Bible School 2018 is offered July 22-26.

Registration is closed for this year's event. Information about VBS 2019 will be available at the beginning of 2019.

Christmas Time

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

Variety Show Fundraiser

On April 21, the youth hosted a successful variety show fundraiser with dinner, music, laughter, and fun! Check out the pictures here!