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Children & Preteens



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!


Super 6 Retreat!

The 2018 Super 6 Retreat (for 6th graders and parents) is set for Friday/Saturday, January 12-13 at Butler State Park!  John Bennett will be our special guest!  John serves as Children and Family Pastor at Bradfordville First Baptist in Tallahassee, Florida.  Prior to that, John was Preschool and Children’s Consultant for our Kentucky Baptist Convention!  John is good friends with David G. and has led our Super 6 Retreat one other time so this is a return engagement!

We will leave the church at 5:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon and return Saturday after lunch (and in time for Upward games).  Cost is $75 per family plus meals (approximately $20).  We have a limited number of rooms so please call Emily Thompson at 502-896-8882 and reserve yours now!

Dad Daughter Banquet is January 26!

The 2018 Dad Daughter Banquet will be held Friday evening, January 26 in the Grandview Room of our church.  Dean Kotheimer and his three daughters, Alicia, Elise and Brittany will be our special guests!  Dads and daughters of all ages are invited!  Mark your calendars now and watch for more details!


Registration is open for our 2017-18 season of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading!  Click here to visit our league website and find out more!




  • November 5/12/19, Upward Evaluations!
  • November 29, RA Gym Jam!
  • December 2, Christmas Connection!
  • January 12-13, Super 6 Retreat!
  • January 26, Dan Daughter Banquet!


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!