This Sunday is SS Registration Sunday

9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

For all ages, Nursery through Adult

Tables will be set up around the perimeter of the parish hall for the class sign-up. Sign up for Nursery, Cherub Choir, Junior Worship, Parenting Group, Inquirer’s Class and other classes and activities.
Registration forms will be available Sunday, or you can print one out and bring the completed form with you.  click here for 5th grade and below,   click here for 6th – 12th grade.
Sunday School classes will begin NEXT Sunday, August 23 at 9:30 a.m.
Christian Education brochures can be found here:
http://stmatthewssnellville.org/ministries/christian-education/

 



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Blessing of Backpacks, Students, and Teachers Mark Family Services August 9

Blessing of Back Packs, Sunday August 9

Mother Liz asked students from pre-school to college to join her in front of the altar to bless their backpacks as they prepare to start a new school year Monday. In her blessing, Mother Liz hoped the school year offers a place of enlightenment and learning for all students. Children brought about twenty backpacks to the front of the church for a blessing. Teachers also received a blessing.

Mother Liz tailored her children’s sermon to the first day of school for the children and talked to them about fresh starts. As the children move on to the next grade and meet new teachers, Mother Liz asked them to consider how baptism provides a fresh start for each of us. As the water cleans us on the outside, the Holy Spirit cleans us on the inside.

The children marked the start of this first day of school by first facing west (towards the nave). Mother Liz explained that we praise God by how we act towards one another, and asked the children to give up sins to make room for the good things. The children called out one-by-one, “stealing”, “saying bad things”, and “being unkind.” Mother Liz then asked the children to face east (toward the altar), and promise to offer good things in the coming year: “sharing”, “forgiveness”, “saying nice things to make people feel better”, “tell the truth”, and “offer love.”

In closing, Mother Liz asked the children to walk past the baptismal font as they returned to their seats. She then blessed the children with the blessed water from the font on their heads as they walked by.

-Jay Jones

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New To St. Matthew’s? Let’s Get Acquainted!

stained_window_webNEW OR RETURNING MEMBERS ARE INVITED to attend a series of Newcomer Orientation classes with Mother Liz on Sunday, August 16, August 23, and August 30 from 4:00p.m. – 5:30p.m. in the parish hall. Come get acquainted—or reacquainted— with the Episcopal Church and with St. Matthew’s.

New and returning members will be welcomed into the church on September 13. Sign up on the bulletin board in the main hall, or call the church office at 770-979-4210.



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Inquirer’s Class To Begin September 13

toolchestAll interested in being confirmed, received or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church  or anyone who wants a refresher on the Episcopal faith should attend the Inquirers’ class.  Topics include the basic tenets of Christianity, history of the Episcopal church, the prayer book and sacraments.  
**By Canon Law, confirmation is required for all church members wishing to serve on the vestry or vote in parish elections.**
This class will run 10 weeks: Sep 13th-Nov 15th at 9:00 am (except Sep 13th, which will be 11:00 am due to the one service that day).
Confirmation/Reaffirmation/Reception will be at the Cathedral on Dec 13th at 4:00 pm.
You can sign up for this class one of three ways: 1) on the bulletin board in the main hallway, 2) during Sunday School registration on August 16, or 3) by calling the church office at 770-979-4210.



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Annual Global Mission Dinner Saturday, August 29

Social 6:00 p.m.        Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Tickets available Sundays after each service and during the breakfast hour.

Donations
Adult $10, Couple $18
Family of 4 $25
Children (under 5 years) $4

Proceeds help support 2016 Reading Camp at Snellville 

A reflection on volunteering at Reading Camp

 Reading Camp

Volunteering at Reading Camp is one of those unique lifetime experiences. It gives YOU as much enjoyment as those you are there to serve. The children warm up to you almost instantly. They seem to enjoy reading to you as much as you to to them. It fills your heart knowing that they feel your interest and desire for them to succeed. The kids crave the attention and you are rewarded with their respect and desire to learn. It is amazing how much energy can be channeled to the positive!

Bob Griner, Volunteer in Pleasure Reading



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Safeguarding God’s Children Training To Be Offered At St. Matt’s

safeguardingSAFEGUARDING GOD’S CHILDREN is a training class required by the diocese for all volunteers working with children. This class will be offered at St. Matthew’s on Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 a.m.—12:00 noon.

If you will be teaching Sunday School or volunteering with the nursery or Youth and have not taken this class in the past three years please contact Amanda Livermont o sign up for this training. Please let Amanda know if you need nursery care during this class.



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