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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.  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!


It’s a Canoe Trip!

May 26 is the date for our annual Canoe Trip on the Blue River!  Regardless of age or ability, this trip promises lots of fun and adventure!  We will leave the church at 10:00 a.m. and return late afternoon.  Cost is $23 per person for a canoe and $34 for a kayak.  Younger/smaller children are free if riding in a canoe with two adults.  If you want to bring your own canoe or kayak there is a $20 hauling charge.  Call Emily at 502-896-8882 to sign up!  You will need to pack a lunch.  We will provide drinks.  Coolers are allowed in canoes.  Click here for planning tips including what to bring and what to leave at home!  Click here for the liability release waiver (one per family).details!


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!

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 basic details.  If you are already signed up, click here for FINAL INFO, including how to set up an account, complete the medical form and choose activities (POIs)!  Lastly, click here for the Parent and Participant Survival Guide, which contains all kinds of important and helpful information!




  • May 26, Churchwide Canoe Trip!
  • June 3, Fellowship Luncheon & VBS Musical
  • June 11-15, VBS!
  • June 13, VBS Swim Party!
  • June 15, VBS Finale and Musical!
  • June 20, Game Night!
  • July 19, Holiday World!

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!