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. 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!
Take me (back) out to the ball game!
Our trip to the Bats game (originally scheduled for April 22) is now on for Friday evening, August 24! The Bats will play Indianapolis. Game time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. Reserve yours by calling Emily Thompson at 502-896-8882. As a special treat, our Men’s Quartet will sing the National Anthem at the game!
Starry, Starry Night!
Churchwide Picnic at the Garrard’s! Sunday evening, August 26, 5 p.m. We’ll provide chicken and drinks! You bring a salad, vegetable or dessert . . . AND a lawn chair!
2018 Fall Retreat for Children!
The theme for the 2018 Fall Retreat for Children is . . . CHILL! “Be still and know that I am God!” James Hargrave will be our special guest leader! The dates are September 21-23. Mark them down NOW before ball schedules and other things get in the way! Watch for sign up info coming soon! (This retreat if for 4-6th graders.)
Fall Wednesdays will include fitness feature for kids!
Wednesday evening programming for children and preteens (RA’s and GA’s) resumes August 22. New this fall will be a fitness for feature for kids that will run from 5:45 – 6:25 p.m. in the Great Room. It will be lead by our own Sarah Laird McKay, SMBC church member and nationally certified fitness instructor! The program will run for 6 weeks and will focus on flexibility and movement and encouraging our kids to take care of the amazing body God has given them. Watch for more information as we get closer to our start date.
- August 4, Street Festival 5K Walk/Run
- August 13, Super 6 Finale! (6-8 pm)
- August 22, Fitness for Kids begins!
- August 22, Fall Programming resumes
- August 24, Bats game
- August 25, Retirement Reception for David Garrard
- August 26, Starry, Starry Night!
- September 21-23, Fall Retreat for Children1
In the Spotlight!
On Sunday morning, October 22, Brenda Short, acting on behalf of the Personnel Committee read David Garrard’s resignation letter. Immediately after the service, Brenda was approached by a young lady named Christina Bui. “If there is anything I can do to help with children’s ministry please let me know!’
David followed up with Christina and she is now the newest member of our Preteen Teaching Team! And what a great addition she has been!
Christina is equally loved by the kids and by her fellow teachers. She grew up in Orange County, California with two younger brothers. Undergrad work at Yale was followed by podiatry school at Temple University in Philadelphia. And now Christina is here in Louisville for residency training. As part of that, she works at the University of Louisville Hospital as well as at various Jewish Hospital locations around town.
Christina has been attending St. Matthews since last fall and says that in her heart she had considered herself a member of our faith community long before walking down our aisle in June to make it official!
Christina has been teaching preteens at SMBC for several months. Previously, she taught for four years at her church in New Haven. “I love the energy of the children! They keep me on my toes! I love their curiosity and genuine interest. Most of all, I love their honesty and their love for Jesus. Preteens are at such an impressionable age and I am privileged to be able to help shape their worldview in a positive way as they lay foundations for the years to come. Their questions are awesome and make me examine my own faith in a challenging, refreshing and child-like way.”
Christina’s favorite book of the Bible is Habakkuk. Habakkuk 3:17-19 and Matthew 6:33 are favorite scripture passages/verses. Her favorite Bible story is the story of Esther and the amazing courage she displayed. I Shall Not Want by Audrey Assad is Christina’s favorite song.
When not working, Christina can usually be found running, eating ice cream or playing with her two dogs, Maya and Piper. She also sees about a third dog, Gus who belongs to boyfriend Justin! Justin is currently deployed in Germany for a year. Christina misses him very much but has already made several trips over to see him!
Christina enjoys collecting mugs when she travels and also finds herself obsessing over landscaping projects at her home. She also likes to play rugby!!
Look for an opportunity to meet Christina Bui! She is delightful, and we are thankful God has sent her our way!