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!
Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
We’ll have hot dogs and watermelon for supper. Then we’ll play! Bring a game you like or try one of ours! Admission is FREE and reservations are not required!
2017 Fall Retreat for Children!
September 22-24, Hidden Falls Camp, grades 4-6
Cost is $95 per person. Call Emily to sign up and watch for more details!
It’s a 5th Sunday Get-Together!
Join us Sunday morning, July 30 for a 5th Sunday Get-Together in Children’s and Preteen Sunday School. James Hargrave will be our special guest and he will entertain and inspire us with all kinds of fun things! We will meet in the gym so kids in grades 1-4 should just go there, as usual. Preteens will go their classes; then join us at 9:30 a.m. Don’t miss it!
Vacation Bible School 2017 was out of this world!
509 children enrolled! Average attendance: 420 (children). $1,681.43 given to World Hunger! Click the links below to see great pictures taken by Bobby Tingle!
Summer at St. Matthews!
Most of these events will require reservations in order to plan adequately for tickets and transportation. Please call Emily at 502-896-8882! Adult chaperones are also needed!
July 18– Kart Kountry! (preteens only) 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. $10
July 20-23– Crossings for Kids Camp
July 26– Game Night! 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- July 18– Kart Kountry!
- July 26– Game Night!
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!