Groups & Ministries: Fellowship & Education
Bible Study and Eucharist
Each Wednesday mornings at 10 AM, 15-20 people meet regularly with the Rector in the Chase Room to encounter New Testament scripture. The conversation is fun, interesting, informative, and lively. At 11 AM, Bible Study attendees take Eucharist together, and are dismissed by 11:30. All are welcome.
Saint Elizabeth’s Guild
The Saint Elizabeth’s Guild provides fellowship for the women of the church; the group meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month for a potluck luncheon.
Second Sundays (Children and Youth)
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.”
Our Time, a group for senior parishioners, meets on the third Thursday of each month at 2 PM in the Saint Matthias chapel (just east of the Sanctuary). In the past the group has taken up jewelry making, wine tasting, and making Christmas ornaments, and hosted speakers like a representative from the League of Women Voters and local historian and author Mike Garabedian.
Sunday School (Children and Youth)
Saint Matthias offers Sunday School for kids from 4 to 18 years old, and Vacation Bible School during summers. Our classes are divided into K through Grade 2, Grade 3 to Grade 5, and “Youth Sunday School” which includes Grades 6 to 12. Younger kids use the Episcopal Church Lessons Plan That Work series, which follows the lectionary; the youth use the lectionary to study more contemporary issues of faith.
Theology on Tap
Theology on Tap is a “spirited” group of individuals that meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the Chase Room. The group gathers together for lively discussions about matters theological and philosophical while enjoying light snacks, beer, and wine. All are invited to join our casual meetings, which usually last around two hours.
Women’s Spirituality Group
The Women’s Spirituality Group is a gathering of the women of Saint Matthias for a discussion in a safe and supportive atmosphere around selected topics. The group’s reading selections vary, and are used to spur conversations as we seek to answer three primary questions: What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s world? How do we pray? and How do we deepen our relationship with God? The Women’s Spirituality Group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the Chase Room.
Youth Group (Children and Youth)
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.