Vacation Bible School July 10-14

VBS – Hero Central — Discover Your Strength In God


VBS Camper Registration Online can be found here.    If you’d prefer, you can pick up registration forms in the Narthex or in the church office — just drop your completed form into the VBS box!

VBS 2017 will be held July 10-14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
All children ages 4-10 (rising Pre-K through rising 5th grade) are invited to attend.
Cost is $15 per child until June 15, then the price becomes $20 per child.  (Payment is due on the first day of camp, or pay by check at the time of registration).
 VBS is a nut-free environment!



Rising Pre-K through Rising 5th Grade (ages 4-10)
Tuesday & Thursday, July 11 & 13, 2017 — 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

COST:$10/child before June 15; $15/child after June 15

For the second year in a row, we are please to announce a Special Needs Vacation Bible School, for part of the week during VBS.  It will happen concurrently with the VBS described above, but in a different space and with an abbreviated time and modified schedule. If you have experience with children on the Autism Spectrum or with physical handicaps and would like to help, please contact Amanda Livermont at 678-491-7457 or

Special Needs Camper Registration can be found here.


Many volunteers are needed to make VBS happen for 80-100 children!  Helping with VBS is a fun way to spread God’s love, bless others and make new friends!  Youth, please contact Sally Ulrey at and adults, please contact Kira Coats at  If you would like to work with the Special Needs group on Tuesday and Thursday, please contact Amanda Livermont at, or sign up to volunteer here.


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2017 Youth Sunday!

Youth Sunday was April 23, 2017.  The Youth led all parts of the service, including helping to give the sermon, which was on Doubt from the story of Doubting Thomas.  Youth used personal stories to illustrate times when doubt served to strengthen their faith.

Read the text of the sermon here. If you’d like to listen to the sermon, click here and scroll down to Sermons.

Thanks be to God for all our wonderfully vibrant young leaders!


Youth (and soon-to-be Youth) on Youth Sunday 2017


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SCPAAA Golf Tournament

The Snellville Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA), is again holding its annual golf tournament/fund raiser.  The SCPAAA is a 501(c)3  organization whose goal is to raise money to provide support to the Snellville Police Department.  As part of our One Congregation One Precinct program, St. Matthew’s is collaborating with SCPAAA to promote this gold tournament. The tournament will take place at Summit Chase Country Club on Monday, April 24, 2017.  Registration and practice starts at 8am; shotgun start is at 9am.  Individual entry fee is $85.00 and entry fee for a foursome plus tee sponsorship is $400. Let’s see if we can field a couple of foursomes to support this good cause.
Click the link below to print out a registration form for the event, or more information and entry forms will be on the bulletin board in the hallway and in the church office.  For more information, contact Mary Fergus at: or 770/985-1322.







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St. Matthew’s Gears Up for the Easter Eggstravaganza April 15

St Matthews’ Annual Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday April 15th  – 10 am to noon

The eggcitement will include:

 Balloon clowns, bounce house, games, egg coloring and tattoos.

 Easter Egg hunts for the children, divided into three age groups. So bring your children, their basket, your camera and join in a morning of fun for children up to age 10.

 Easter Eggstravaganza Help Needed

Youth & Adult Volunteers Needed To Help With This Morning of Fun For The Children.

Just to name a few….

Set Up  * Decorating  *  Hunt  *  Snacks  *  Egg Coloring 

Bounce House/Games   *  Clean Up

You will find the signup sheet on the bulletin board in front of the office or you can contact Cheryl Wheeler @

Ministry Opportunity–We are also looking for someone hearing the call to chair this event next year. If that is you please contact Cheryl so you can shadow her this year to be ready for next year.

Donations Needed To Fill Eggs

Donations of individually wrapped candy, stickers or small toys needed by Sunday April 9th to fill over 1200 eggs to be used for the hunt.

Look for a basket in the narthex for your donations.

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Lenten Programs at St. Matthew’s Begin Sunday, March 5

1. Sunday Mornings Small Groups9:30-10:15 a.m., starting in the Parish Hall (Mar 5, 12, 19, 26) For Lent, we will be forming many intentional small groups for discussion and encouragement to live out Lenten faith practices. Each week, we will introduce a Lenten practice for the first 10 mins or so, and then participants will break out into small groups to discuss how it applies to our lives as Christians, and to care for one another and encourage each other. Topics of Lenten discipline will include service, study, fasting, and prayer practices like journaling, solitude, and confession. In order to intentionally create Christian community, participants will remain with their same small group throughout the 4-week Lenten program. To sign up to participate in a small group, please contact Sally Ulrey at .

2. Wednesday Evenings “Just Eating”6:15-7:00 p.m., Parish Hall (Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 and Apr 12) “Just Eating” is a program about how our faith inspires reflection and intentionality when it comes to food. “Just” can mean “only,” but it can also mean “right” or “fair.” The program explores how we can live out our faith through how we eat, including how food impacts our own bodies and our communities, both locally and globally. Each program will include a simple meal (Soup and Salad) that highlights the themes of justice around our food practices. Interested? Email Sally Ulrey at (this will help us know how many to prepare for).

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Food will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Before Lent begins, come enjoy tasty food (all-you-can-eat pancakes and breakfast food) and enthusiastic service as the youth of our parish wait on you.
A love offering will be taken and the proceeds will go to help support the youth’s work in raising money to aid the hungry!
Youth, please arrive at 5:30 to help set-up!
Burning of the Palms will follow the supper at 7:00 p.m. to prepare the ashes for Ash Wednesday services the next day.

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You Helped! St. Matt’s raises over $5,000 for SE Gwinnett CoOp

St. Matthews Episcopal Church for SE Gwinnett CoOp Hunger Walk Team

On Sunday afternoon, March 5, 2017, thousands of people came together to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger in our community. Our team was there!

Hunger Walk/Run is one of the most important hunger relief efforts of the year. The money raised feeds hope for the 1 in 5 people who face hunger in our community.

You can still help!

  • Donate and spread the word! Even if you weren’t able to join the Walk/Run on you can still be an integral part of the fight against hunger in our community. Donate online at and then send the link to a few friends to do the same. Our team goal raised over  $5,000 for the Southeast Gwinnett CoOp!

Together, we can make sure that a child in our community doesn’t go to bed hungry tonight. We can offer a glimmer of hope to struggling parents desperately trying to make ends meet for their family. We can ensure another senior citizen isn’t forced to choose between paying for medicine or food.

Thank you, for your support!  

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“Messiah’ 2016 Photo Gallery

Friday, December 16, 2016 St. Matthew’s Sanctuary Choir and String Ensemble presented the Advent and Christmas portion of Handel’s ‘Messiah’. Check out the photos from this annual event in celebration of Christ’s birth.

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One Church, One Precinct (1C1P) Program Underway at St. Matthew’s

“Building Partnerships Between Cops and Communities”


One Congregation One Precinct (1C1P), an initiative of MovementForward, Inc., has several interwoven objectives that incorporate the six pillars outlined by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The first objective is to improve public safety through collaboration and information sharing to prevent, combat and solve crimes by utilizing the varied resources of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other faith based organizations. Second, 1C1P aims to increase community engagement with patrol-level law enforcement professionals, via congregations, resulting in decreased bias and increased familiarity, respect and trust. Finally, 1C1P is designed to proactively create a direct link between law enforcement executives and community leaders in an effort to avert violent and divisive public responses to police-involved incidents while also giving voice to growing public concerns relative to policing. In the wake of numerous police-involved controversies, law enforcement executives, community organizers, civic activists and faith leaders are mutually invested in deterring destructive exchanges between cops and citizens. These sectors are therefore joining forces to launch an unprecedented program. This innovative effort is purposed to stem mounting tensions between citizens and law enforcement officers by building partnerships and mutual understandings, as well as establishing a structured framework for the public to assist law enforcement efforts.
In light of contentious and potentially dangerous friction currently felt between many civilians and law enforcement professionals, leaders in every relevant sector must work to improve and strengthen relationships between officers and citizens BEFORE an explosive scenario occurs. Local leaders must not wait for a riotous scenario to explode as was the case in Charlotte, NC; Baton Rouge, LA; Ferguson, MO; Baltimore, MD and elsewhere before they begin to prepare a response. Law enforcement officials, civil rights advocates, civic activists and faith leaders must work cooperatively around common public safety goals. Failure to take this kind of innovative approach to community policing could have dire consequences for officers and citizens alike.
Given its’ rich history of bringing people together to address problems around race and justice, Atlanta has a unique opportunity to set a positive example for the nation. 1C1P is therefore being piloted in the metro area with great potential for rapid duplication and expansion nationally.

History and Background:
The One Congregation One Precinct initiative was originally conceptualized in 2009 following a rash of high-profile violent crimes in metro Atlanta as “One Church One Precinct”, a short-term project aimed at engaging faith leaders in solving those specific crimes. The tragic and horrifying crisis of violence witnessed almost daily in Atlanta had nearly reached epidemic proportions and could not be adequately addressed by law enforcement alone. Faith community leaders saw a need to coalesce and act in unison with police. On Friday, September 4, 2009, every police chief from the county departments immediately bordering the city of Atlanta gathered at Atlanta Police headquarters for an emergency meeting with prominent clergy from throughout the metropolitan area in response to the murder of a Spelman College student and numerous other widely publicized crimes that preceded.
Six years later, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in downtown Atlanta, hundreds of law enforcement officers and citizens of every age, race and ideology again stood in solidarity to promote and foster a protracting culture of concern, cooperation and reciprocal respect. A Town Hall meeting was held in the historic Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. In addition to law enforcement and community leaders, the televised discussion featured families of both fallen officers and citizens killed by officers in an effort to create an atmosphere of peace, unity and reconciliation. The rebirth, rebranding and permanent repurposing of 1C1P is the programmatic continuation of that pivotal dialogue. The initiative was formally launched on July 7th at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Partnering Organizations:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Georgia, as well as, sheriffs’ offices and police departments throughout Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties in Georgia are targeted as initial partners. More than 90% of the police departments in the Metro Atlanta Region have signed-on to participate in 1C1P. The following organizations joined with MovementForward, Inc. to host the aforementioned town hall meeting from which the 1C1P program emerged and are expected to also serve as partners in various 1C1P activities: – Fraternal Order of Police – State Lodge of Georgia – Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police – Georgia Sheriffs’ Association – IBPO – International Brotherhood of Police Officers – National Office – LULAC – League of United Latin American Citizens – Atlanta Chapter – NAACP – Atlanta, Cobb, DeKalb and Henry County branches – National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives – Radio One of Atlanta (Praise 102.5, Hot 107.9, Majic 107.5, and Boom 97.5/102.9) – Urban League of Greater Atlanta – WVEE V-103 and WAOK AM Radio (Atlanta Division of CBS Radio)

Regional and National Expansion:
The One Congregation One Precinct initiative debuted in metro Atlanta in July 2016. In January 2017, the program will begin expanding into three (3) additional southern metropolises. Subsequently, 1C1P is expected to expand to eight (8) additional cities around the country beginning in September 2017.

Programmatic Philosophy:

1C1P believes violent crime as well as the terse exchanges between cops and citizens manifested daily cannot be addressed by law enforcement officers alone – the Faith Community has a moral obligation and sacred responsibility to act collectively to address our dual cultures of violence and distrust. We believe our efforts will result in an overall increase in public safety and in innovative, structured collaboration between communities and police. We believe all congregations – regardless of size, affiliation, denomination, racial or social composition, or geography – have a role to play in building mutual respect, combating bias and making society safer overall.

Why Congregations? Faith based institutions are places of hope, consciousness, refuge, support, comfort, mass gathering and collective social action, are an untapped resource and provide law enforcement efforts ideal entry into communities and neighborhoods.

How Will It Work??? 1C1P will unite the various assets of faith-based organizations with those of law enforcement agencies to improve public safety by “Creating a Culture of Consciousness, Concern and Cooperation.” Each police and/or sheriff department beat or precinct and each congregation will be partnered, based upon exact location, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Google Maps, COMPuter STATistics (CompStat) and other technological tools.

The central mission of 1C1P is to join the resources of local faith-based organizations with those of law enforcement entities to improve public safety and community relations. Participating congregations will ‘adopt’ police and sheriff departments, at the beat or precinct level (depending on size), to create specialized and targeted crime fighting, crime prevention and crime solving activities based on the specific needs and demographics of each particular area. While respecting the need for uniqueness in each individual partnership, the 1C1P staff and coordinating body will provide each participating institution with a basic structure, common objectives and a set of best practices.

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