Church School for Children and Youth

Education after the 10a Sunday service

Nursery and Child Care | Preschool Community | Primary Community | Intermediate Community | Tweens Community | Middle School Community | High School Community



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Until further notice, the Nursery and children and youth classes are suspended per the Bishop of Kentucky, The Most Rev. Terry White’s directive. 

Nursery and Child Care
Birth to age five (not yet enrolled in Kindergarten) 

Welcome infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to St. Matthew’s Church’s Nursery program.  We are open from 9:15a to 12:15p Sunday mornings.  We offer trained and compassionate caregivers to help your children feel welcome, introducing them to church through loving and joyful care.  We do require that every child be signed in and also registered by completing the registration form.  If we need to reach you, we must have your contact information provided  Caregivers respectfully care for the needs of your child/children while nurturing their curiosity and building trust.

Preschool Community
Three and four- year-olds

This community mets during the Christian Formation Hour for story sharing.  The use of quality children’s literature ensures that young ones are engaged in learning what Jesus said was most important: to love God and love others. They also play with the age-appropriate toys and have time to sing, make crafts, and make new friends at church. The goal for our preschool community is to provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment where children want to participate.


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Primary Community
Kindergarten-1st Grade

During the pandemic, in-person classes are suspended.  We are offering the following Godly Play options:

Recorded Godly Play stories online

Family Faith Kits that  include Godly Play information and Wondering Questions for family reflection.

Godly Play Story kits for home: manipulatives for story telling.  If  you are interested in the kit, please email chausman@stmatthewsepiscopallouisville.org.  These kits can be helpful for children to retell these stories from the Bible, or family story sharing.

Click here for a schedule that details Godly Play for Sept., Oct. and Nov. of 2020.

When in-person worship returns, a Godly Play curriculum is used for our primary community. This curriculum requires a storyteller and a doorperson. In this community, early learners hear stories about Old Testament people such as Abraham, Sarah, and Jonah, as well as New Testament stories about the life of Jesus.

The goal of Godly Play is to provide an environment that fosters discovery learning in which children feel safe and welcomed; where they can learn the art of using religious language to encounter God and to find meaning in their lives. MORE ABOUT GODLY PLAY


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Intermediate Community
2nd-4th Grade

During the pandemic, in-person classes are suspended.  We are offering the following Godly Play options:

Recorded Godly Play stories online

Family Faith Kits that  include Godly Play information and Wondering Questions for family reflection.

Godly Play Story kits for home: manipulatives for story telling.  If  you are interested in the kit, please email chausman@stmatthewsepiscopallouisville.org.  These kits can be helpful for children to retell these stories from the Bible, or family story sharing.

Click here for a schedule that details Godly Play for Sept., Oct. and Nov. of 2020.

When in-person worship returns, a Godly Play curriculum is used for our intermediate community as well. The curriculum requires a storyteller and a door-person. In this community, older elementary students explore longer stories about Old Testament people such as Ruth and Jeremiah, as well an entire series on “Knowing Jesus in a New Way.”

The goal of Godly Play is to provide an environment that fosters discovery learning in which children feel safe and welcomed; where they can learn the art of using religious language to encounter God and to find meaning in their lives. MORE ABOUT GODLY PLAY


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Tweens Community
5th-6th Grade

Tweens gather in the youth wing of the church immediately after worship for a light breakfast and time with other young people who are the same age in our church. They then split into various rooms and spaces for their lesson.

Being a “tween” is just that: that time “in between” childhood and adolescence. In this community the stories they heard in church school as young children are made more personal. They take turns working individually, in small groups, and as a whole to tell each other the stories as they remember them. Their teachers guide them to ask new questions of the texts and to look at the scriptures themselves in order to connect deeper understanding to the knowledge they already possess, using Lesson Plans that Work from the Episcopal Church.


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Youth Community
7th-12th Grade

Students gather in the youth wing of the church immediately after worship for a light breakfast and time with the community of young people before starting their classes.

Our Youth Community educational program uses Just Text curriculum that focuses on Bible study, prayer, rites of passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to underscore faith development, Scripture analysis and application, and understanding the importance of Christian community as they develop critical thinking and other skills they will need in adulthood.  


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Youth Confirmation 
7th Grade and up

Confirmation classes prepare students through lessons about life and faith in these Sunday morning classes that meet periodically throughout the year. Students typically gather in the youth wing of the church immediately after worship for a light breakfast and time with their community of young people. They then split into various rooms and spaces for learning.  (Learn more about Confirmation in the Episcopal Church.)

Students who want to work toward Confirmation attend classes on the Sundays when Confirmation preparation sessions are taught. Once they complete all of the sessions, and attend the Confirmation retreat, they will be eligible to be confirmed when the Bishop comes, usually on Pentecost.  Even for students unsure about being confirmed, these sessions provide meaningful lessons.  On Sundays when Confirmation sessions are not taught, students attend the Tweens Community or Youth Community Class depending on their age and grade.

 

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