When candidates are baptized, we pray to God to “give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works.”
At St. Matthias, our way to nurture this knowledge of and love for God is though a lifetime of learning.
Church School begins at 9 am during the academic year. Pre-schoolers through fifth graders meet in All Saints’ Hall for The Gathering, where the children are introduced to a lesson or song for the day. They then break into classes by age grouping and have their lessons.
An offering is collected at the Gathering. Some years, the funds have purchased groceries for the local food pantry or animals through the Heifer Project. Other years, the funds have supported Family Promise, a program for housing homeless families.
Each month, one of the classes has a Participation Sunday. On this day, the students become the worship ministers for the 10 am service. They serve as ushers and greeters, and older children also read the lessons and lead the prayers.
Our teenagers are involved in a variety of Education, Service, and Fellowship activities with the guidance of adult mentors.
Recent service projects have included offering a Parents’ Night Out in Advent, when the teens babysat for small children while their parents caught up on shopping or enjoyed a night out together, painting, filling grocery bags at Thanksgiving for a local food pantry, raking yards, cooking breakfast for our Family Promise guests, and collecting Christmas gifts for Angel Action – a program that helps provide presents for families that otherwise would have little.
Each Wednesday at noontime, a few parishioners gather with the Rector to consider scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday, using a combination of resources and reflection. Additionally, a book/video discussion group meets periodically to study a variety of books and movies. Recent studies have included the video series Animate: Practices and Animate: Bible, a special Sunday morning book and music study in Advent using Paul-Gordon Chandler’s Songs in Waiting: Spiritual Reflections on Christ’s Birth, and an Inquirers’ Class for adults preparing for confirmation and reception in The Episcopal Church.
Education, Formation, Ministry (EFM) is a four year program of lay theological education of Bible study, church history, and theology in small seminar style classes. While the course materials cover substantial academic content, the focus of the program is on life as ministry and in understanding that ministry. Classes begin in the fall and run through the academic year.