Children & Youth
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.’" (Matthew 19:14)
Throughout the Bible, God speaks about the singular importance of children and young people. Because children and young people are important to God, children and young people are important to us, too! As the Anglican Communion of which Saint Matthias is part has noted, “Children's enthusiastic expressions of faith can help transform the church and everyone in it." To this end, at Saint Matthias we seek to provide opportunities for our kids to participate fully in our community and to help our youngest members along in the earliest stages of lifelong Christian formation.
For more information about our Children and Youth programs, please contact Youth & Senior Ministries Director Sally Schacht.
Sunday Morning Nursery/Childcare
For kids under four years old, we provide childcare each and every Sunday from 9 AM until the end of the 10 AM service. This said, if you prefer, babies and young children are always welcome in the church with their parents or caregivers.
On Sunday mornings, our children and youth gather in the Sunday School classroom to study God's love, grace, joy, peace and hope. We have programs for kids from preschool through high school, all of which begin at 10 AM and last about 30-45 minutes, usually just before the 10 AM service Holy Communion, at which time kids file into the church to reunite with their parents. In the summer, we offer special programs that emphasize art and music in faith.
The Saint Matthias Youth Group, including young people from Grades 6 through 12, meets on Sunday afternoons to try everything from ice blocking to stage combat. Over the course of the last year some of our favorites have included a Snow Day at church, playing Picwits, trying out Thai food, and going swimming over at Sally’s house. Part of the Youth Group’s time is given over to mission projects; last year our young people brought in canned food for the Community Food Bank, and also helped to make over 200 Easter baskets for the Food Bank and the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter.
On the second Sunday of each month we offer special activities geared toward our youngest members. Some of our favorite activities have included hosting a life-sized dinosaur in the courtyard after the 10 AM service; providing space for a two-story, professional water slide on one of the hottest days of the summer; field trips to see movies at the El Capitan Theater; picking apples in Oak Glen in the fall; and making “shrunken heads.” For more information, contact Sally Schacht.
Girls' Friendly Society
The Girls' Friendly Society is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that uses worship, study, work, and play to encourage girls and young women to become involved in the life and governance of the church. GFS at St. Matthias meets twice a month, and the girls earn badges in everything from scripture, to church history, to God's work in the world. Every meeting involves amazing crafts and good food!