Welcome to our website! I hope you will bookmark this page and refer to it often for the latest news and information about our ministry to children and preteens. Watch this space for words of inspiration, encouragement and challenge, including the Family Forum columns I write for the Western Recorder (new every Monday). Ministry to children at St. Matthews Baptist Church centers around helping children choose to follow Jesus in ways that will make a difference in who they are and in how they live. We cannot decide for our children but we can walk alongside them, offering affirmation and information, all the time praying that when the time is right, God will draw them to Himself in a way that will make a difference forever. We consider it a privilege to partner with parents in helping make this happen!
THE NEXT BIG THING!
VBS Musical practice begins!
It’s time to start learning the 2018 VBS Musical! Practices are fun and include lots of games and activities, so join us Wednesday evenings beginning March 7, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in The Great Room! Gretchen Watson will be leading. Dan Wendelin will be coordinating drama elements. Musical performance dates and times are still being worked on and will be announced soon!
VBS Registration is now open!
Online registration for VBS 2018 is now open! Dates are June 11-15, 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. Click here to register!
It’s a Canoe Trip!
Saturday, May 26
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the Blue River in Marengo, IN
Fun for all ages!
Mark your calendars now and watch for more details!
Crossings for Kids Summer Camp!
July 23-26 at Cedarmore (grades 3-6)
Camp is full, but if you will call Emily Thompson at 502-896-8882, we will see if we can get you in. Click here for details.
- February 28, Gym Jam!
- March 7, VBS Musical practice begins!
- April 1, Resurrection Rally!
- April 15, Associational Bible Drill
- April 27, State Bible Drill
- May 26, Churchwide Canoe Trip!
In the Spotlight!
Seungwon and Chunhwa Lim, known to us as Joseph and Mary Oh, first met on the small island of Jangbong-do in the Incheon province of South Korea where they were born and raised. Joseph was working as a nurse at a special school for the mentally retarded and a health care center for the handicapped. Mary was working as a special education teacher in the school. They dated for one year and were married on May 1, 1999. Joseph’s mother lives with his older sister back in South Korea. Mary’s parents farm. All are genuine Christ-followers who, in Joseph’s words, “Exercise their faith and love, and have their important roles to fulfill the mission of God’s kingdom in their local church.”
After graduating from Hyung-Hee University with a major in nursing in 2010, Joseph brought his family to the United States so he could begin studying theology. He is currently working on a PhD in Missiology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The Oh’s joined St. Matthews in 2012 and one year later began teaching first grade Sunday School. Joseph was serving as a greeter when David Garrard noticed the couple’s faithfulness and friendliness and asked if they would be willing to join the children’s teaching team. The answer was, “Yes!” and they have been working alongside Frances Bell, Glen Torstrick and Dianne Nettles ever since!
Joseph says, “I like to see the children grow and get closer to Jesus as they learn more in Sunday School. I’m really pleased to see many children making decisions to follow Jesus. I also like learning from the teachers I work with as I watch them faithfully serve.”
Joseph’s favorite Bible verses are Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and his favorite Bible story can be found in Exodus 32.
Mary and Joseph have four beautiful daughters: Harin (17), Hayoung (15), Hawon (11) and Hayul (8). Harin and Hayoung play in our church orchestra! Joseph’s favorite movie is Life is Beautiful. One thing about Joseph that most folks do no not know . . . he can’t cook! “Fortunately, God gave me the greatest gift, my wife who is the best cook!”
Joseph asks that we pray for his family. In two more years, Joseph will finish his research program. They are excited to see where God is going to lead them! In the meantime, we are glad God has led them here!