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!
Dedication Sunday is September 17!
We are almost ready to move into our new space! Sunday, September 17 will be moving day for Sunday School! We will begin in the gym that morning and then march through the halls upstairs to our new rooms– much like the children of Israel marching to the promised land! Dedication Day Worship will include children helping with the offering, special guests and other special features. A Fellowship Luncheon will follow. Join us September 17 as we celebrate what God has done!
Note: WOW Worship will not meet on September 17.
Sunday, September 17, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Putt Putt Course on Bardstown Rd.
$5 per person. All ages welcome!
PRIZES! COMPETITION! FUN!
All proceeds benefit Habit for Humanity of Metro Louisville
The Campout has been rescheduled for Friday, October 6! ALL men and boys are invited! We begin at 6 p.m. and continue through breakfast on Saturday. Click here for complete details, including what to bring and how to get there. Please call Emily at sign up so we will know how much food to prepare. (NOTE: You don’t have to stay the night! Feel free to come on out, enjoy the evening and head home whenever you need to!)
2017 Fall Retreat for Children!
September 22-24, Hidden Falls Camp, grades 4-6
28 kids are signed up! Click here for details! We leave Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. from the big parking lot!
- September 17– ReImagine Dedication Day!
- September 17– Bob Downs Putt Putt Tournament!
- September 22-24– Fall Retreat for Children!
2018 dates are July 23-26. Registration deadline is February 15. Don’t be left out! Mark your calendars and watch for more info.
In the Spotlight!
Julie Graham has been a member of St. Matthews for 20 years, and has been teaching 3rd grade Sunday School for 19 of those years!
Julie grew up in Mexico and went to grade school and part of middle school there. Her parents were missionaries to Mexico, and so Julie considered Mexico home. She went to high school and college in nearby El Paso, Texas.
Julie and her husband, Andy have been married for almost 34 years. They have lived in Alaska, England and Arizona but have finally settled in Louisville. They have two furry “children”– a cat named Shadow and a dog named Molly, both rescues.
Julie works at Maryhurst as Program Assistant for foster care. She has worked there for 11 years. Before that she worked in a law office. Julie’s brother, David and sister-in-law, Brenda work at Maryhurst with Julie, and also teach Sunday School with her.
Julie says, “Children are wonderful! They bring a new perspective to Bible stories, prayer, playing and crafts. Sometimes they’re eager to share their thoughts, and sometimes they’re quiet. They keep me on my toes!”
Julie’s favorite Bible story is the Good Samaritan; her favorite Bible book is Psalms; and here favorite song is “How Great Thou Art.” Her favorite TV show is NCIS. She also enjoys Disney Pixar movies. In her spare time Julie enjoys reading about nature, animals, conservation, animal rescues and life in other parts of the world. He also enjoys gardening.
One thing about Julie that you may not know is that she enjoys country music!
David Garrard says, “Julie Graham is one of the most faithful, dedicated and conscientious teachers I have ever had the privilege of working with. She is a gif to our children and our church!”
Thank you, Julie for your service!