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!
St. Matthews Street Festival and 5K Walk/Run!
Saturday, May 20 in downtown St. Matthews. The Street Festival will feature food, games and fun for the entire family . . . and it’s all free! The 5K begins at 8 a.m. from the parking lot of the church. Click here to register!
Saturday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Cost is $22 per person. Children ages 12 and under are free if riding in the middle with two paying adults. Kayaks are $32. Hauls are $20. All ages are welcome! Mark your calendars now and watch for more information.
Register now for Vacation Bible School 2017!
Online registration for VBS 2017 Galactic Starveyors is open! Dates are June 12-16, 8:30 a.m. – noon daily! Click here to sign up!
Children and preteens are learning the VBS musical on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 — 7:30 p.m.! Gretchen Watson is leading the music component. Dan Wendelin is working with the drama. We meet in the chapel. The musical will be presented on Sunday, June 4 for a Fellowship Luncheon as well as on Friday evening, June 16 as part of our big VBS Finale!
Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 1, 7 p.m.
Mark your calendars now for this one and watch for more summer events!
- April 30– CBD/BB Lunch!
- May 12– CBD State Drill
- May 20– St. Matthews Street Festival and 5K!
- May 27– Canoe Trip!
The dates are July 20-23 at Cedarmore in Bagdad, KY. Space is limited (this is a national camp) and we currently have a waiting list. Click here for complete details and call Emily to see if we can get you signed up!
(Crossings is for children and preteens who have completed grades 3 -6.)
In the Spotlight!
Brandon Parks was born in Manchester, Tennessee but his family moved to Floyd Knobs, Indiana when Brandon was in the 5th grade. After graduating from Floyd Central High, Brandon attended the University of Indiana, earning a degree in business.
Brandon has worked in the telecom industry ever since graduating from college and at present sells fiber optic connections to large businesses. His company recently changed it’s name to Spectrum, but was previously known as Time Warner Cable.
Brandon met his wife, Amy shortly after finishing college. They have been married for 13 years. (As a side note, Amy actually grew up in St. Matthews and was in our children’s ministry as a little girl!) Daughter, Madison was born in Dayton, Ohio while Brandon was running several Verizon stores in that area. Madison is currently a 4th grader and a competitive gymnast.
The Parks family found St. Matthews after moving back to Louisville from Cincinnati about five years ago. They tried several churches but couldn’t find a good fit. That’s when Amy suggested visiting the church she grew up in. They have loved SMBC ever since!
About four years ago, David Garrard approached Brandon and Amy about teaching 6th grade Sunday School. They sat in on a class, liked what they saw, felt God’s call and were hooked right away! In Brandon’s own words, “We have been ecstatic to be a part of God’s mission of loving and leading our kids into a growing relationship with Jesus. I am thrilled and encouraged by watching their spiritual growth. It is so exciting to see how much they inspire each other, and us! There is definitely a very symbiotic relationship. I can say that my family has grown closer to Christ by the influence and fellowship with these very bright kids. I originally thought we would only be the ones that would be doing the teaching, but ultimately I believe that we, ourselves, have learned a great deal from our 5th and 6th grade kids. It is an honor and a blessing to be a part of their lives!”
Brandon loves the book of Proverbs and a reading from Proverbs is part of his daily plan. His favorite Bible verses are Matthew 6:25-27. They remind him that God is in charge and that we have nothing to worry about because God’s everlasting love is all we need.
Brandon and Amy are huge Fixer Upper fans. They also enjoy watching superhero and Star Wars movies. Brandon says, “We are still kids at heart!” Family is a priority to Brandon and they try to stay active and outdoors as much as possible. When on vacation the Parks’ enjoy hiking and sailing.
Something you may not know about Brandon is that he is very mechanically inclined. He works on all of his cars and can fix most issues. He enjoys doing it and really enjoys saving the money! Brandon is self-taught and learned by reading service manuals and doing online research. Brandon also enjoys skateboarding, snow skiing, roller blading and biking.
“God has had a serious and positive impact with our family. I pray and thank God every day for the people in our lives. We are especially grateful for those who had a vision of how God could use us as preteen Sunday School teachers.”
David Garrard will tell you that he quickly knew Brandon Parks was the kind of person he wanted on his leadership team, influencing preteens and modeling for them what it means to follow Jesus. Take time to get to know Brandon and you’ll see why!