Church School
March 17, 2020
Church School Update
 
Dear St. Matthew's families with children and youth,
 
COVID-19 has changed some of the ways we will do church but not the fact that we still are the church. With that in mind, Tara Deeks and I will continue to minister to your children and youth in multiple ways while church services are suspended. 
 
First, we will be sending a weekly "ChurchSchool@Home" video reflecting on the Church School theme for this year--"God's Family." Look for those in your email. Second, we are excited to announce the release of a "St. Matthew's Songbook" with lyrics to all of the songs we sing in Church School. The songbook is meant to be used alongside videos of each of those songs performed by Mark Weigel and Rev. Drew, which will be released weekly. Third, we will be sending five brief and interactive videos as part of a "HolyWeek@Home" series to help your whole family engage with Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Day at home since we can't gather for worship together at church. 
 
And of course, we encourage your family worship with us on Sunday Mornings at 10 am via the live-stream on our website. 
 
May God be with you and your children during this trying time. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me by email or cell phone (336-706-1105). 
 
In Christ,
 
The Rev. Andrew M. Courtright
Assistant Minister 

St. Matthew’s has an active religious education program for children from pre-school to high school.  We use age-appropriate curricula and have activities for each grade level.  For more information, see Church School overview.  To register your child, please fill out this registration form.  For learn more, please contact the Parish Office, or the Children's Ministry Coordinator Tara Deeks by email.

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Pre-K through Fifth Grades

One of our most lovely and enduring activities at St. Matthew’s is the Children’s Prayer Service. Children in Pre-K through 3rd grade have their own special service at 10:00 a.m. in the Children’s Chapel each week. A Lay Minister leads the children in their own special prayers, sing wonderful hymns with the children, (with accompaniment from a musician) and tell a short bible lesson.  The children participate in the service by lighting and extinguishing the candles, collecting the offering, its presentation, and as crucifers. By First Grade, the children have memorized all the prayers and responses.  After the Prayer Service the children proceed to their classrooms in the Parish House to discuss the day’s lesson and participate in a related activity.  At the end of the Church School class, children follow the cross into Coffee Hour where parents can retrieve their children.

Sixth and Seventh Grades

Service at St. Matthew’s begins at 10:00 a.m.  Students in these grades attend the regular church service with their parents, and then proceed to their classrooms during the Church School Recessional Hymn.  They attend class until dismissal at 11:15 a.m.

Classroom Locations

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grades:  Parish House –  Downstairs

Second through Fifth Grades:  Parish House – Main Floor

Sixth and Seventh Grades:  Parish House – Library

Church School Special Activities

During the year, the Church School participates in several enjoyable activities outside the classroom.  The Spaghetti Supper and Haunted Hike is a fun welcome back evening at Halloween for the entire parish.  The Christmas Pageant is a gift to the congregation of a special service from the Church School.  The Holy Saturday Service and Easter Egg Hunt is a way for our children to become more involved in a Holy Day Service.  The children also participate in the Super Bowl Bake Sale and Mardi Gras Party.  The Flowering of the Cross on Mother's Day helps us all celebrate the renewal of life through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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