You care a lot about what your child eats, when your child sleeps, how your child interacts with other people, and how your child grows! We understand! We, too, care about all those things AND how your child is growing in their knowledge and love of God. We also understand that children learn in many ways. Therefore St. Matthews Baptist Church provides many programs to meet the spiritual need of young families. Throughout all ministry events and classes, our goal is to provide a safe, secure place where children want to learn about God, Jesus, the Bible, the Church, nature, their family, other people, and of course, themselves! We provide hands-on learning experiences and excel at loving children so they can feel safe to love themselves, other people, and God.
Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and other people. The Preschool & Kindergarten Ministry provides activities through which the child (and child’s family) can grow physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Our desire is to help your child grow like Jesus.
Mark 10:13-16 portrays a beautiful picture of parents bringing children to Jesus so he could hold them, hug them, teach them, and bless them. We seek to be a place where parents will want to bring their children so that together we can hold them, hug them, teach them, and bless them. We seek to be like Jesus.
Sunday School is available for children age birth through Kindergarten during our 9:15 am Bible Study.
Classrooms are located on the 200 Level.
- Babies, Crawlers, Toddlers: Room 207 (Teachers: Debbie Smith, Belinda Reis & Kathy Vest)
- 2 & 3 Year Olds: Room 214 (Teachers: Mary Brock, Carla Brown & Sara Collins)
- 4 & 5 Year Olds: Room 216 (Teachers: Dale Bartels, Susan Boyer, Mike & Debbie Spaulding)
- Kindergarten: Room 209 (Teachers: Vicki Gentner & Michele Bynum)
What Happens in Sunday School?
From the moment a child is greeted each Sunday morning, teachers will be focused on helping each child to experience God’s love. Each week children will hear a Bible story. Crafts will be completed that accommodate the Bible story. Engaging activities will enable each child to assimilate the Bible truth into his or her life. Friends will be made. Fun will be had. Learning will happen. Come join us!
What Happens in WorshipCare?
Our WorshipCare is designed to be a smooth transition from Sunday School. Teachers will move out of the room once WorshipCare leaders are in place. The Bible lesson from Sunday School will continue to be the Bible theme as the WorshipCare leaders continue to love, care and teach our children. While WorshipCare is intentionally designed as a follow-up to Sunday School, we realize that some of our children will not have been in Sunday School. The Bible story is taught in a different way than in Sunday School. Activities and crafts will also be different. And, children will engage in a lot of play!
Where do I take my Child?
Babies and Toddlers: Room 207-209
2 & 3 Year Olds: Room 214
4 & 5 Year Olds: Room 216
M&M’s: Music & Missions for Preschoolers is from 6:30-7:30 pm on the 200 Level. Childcare is available for children younger than three in room 209.
What Happens in M&Ms?
M&Ms is a fun-filled time of learning about the Bible. We have Bible stories. We sing Bible songs. We are learning parts of the Bible. We have craft activities each week. We are also learning how to understand music by listening, classifying, and making music, or at least a “joyful noise!” Children come and are loved and enjoy the special time of being with church friends. Come join us!
Looking for information on our Parent’s Day Out/Weekday Preschool Program?
“Train up your child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not turn from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6
St. Matthews Baptist Church rejoices with you on the birth of your child! We are so excited that God blessed your home with this wonderful gift. A Parent & Child Dedication Service is a time of public commitment before the Lord where we covenant together to seek God’s help and to do our part in providing love and instruction for your child to grow in God’s love.
SMBC offers several special events for young families thought the year. Our annual events include: