Christian Education Fall 2017

Check out our newest Adult Christian Ed Brochure-Fall 2017 with descriptions of the classes being offered!

Coming Up!

  • Newcomer’s ClassAugust 27th, 9:30 a.m., Library–New to St. Matthew’s? Or want to learn more about the church community here? We will walk you through the history of the Episcopal Church and this parish. You’ll get a chance to learn about the ministries of St. Matthew’s!
  • Trivial Pursuit Parish ForumAugust 27th, 9:30 a.m., Parish Hall–For all adults! Learn more about the parish and its members in a fun format! This is a great way to get to know each other a little better!

 

Other Adult Classes start on September 10th! Classes include:

  • Confirmation/Inquirer’s Class9 weeks: Sep 10-Oct 29th, 9:00 a.m., Library–All interested in being confirmed, received or reaffirmed in the Episcopal Church should attend the Confirmation Class (or anyone who wants a refresher on the Episcopal faith…all are welcome). Topics include the basic tenets of Christianity, history of the Episcopal church, the prayer book and sacraments, especially Confirmation. To ensure plenty of time for each topic, this class will start promptly at 9:00 am in the Library, regardless of when the 8:00 am service gets out. Bagels and coffee will be available in the Library during class. Diocesan Confirmation/Reaffirmation/Reception will be AT ST. MATTHEW’S on Nov 5th, because we are having our Bishop’s visit that day!!
  • Scriptural Studies on Genesis3 weeks: Sep 10, 17, 24, 9:30 a.m., Canterbury Room–This class will focus on the hospitality narratives in Genesis, helping us to realize what hospitality is and to go out there and live a hospitable life.
  • Current Events3 weeks: Sep 10, 17, 24, 9:30 a.m., Undercroft–The class will discuss controversial world events and our response as Christians.
  • Parenting3 weeks: Sep 10, 17, 24, 9:30 a.m., York Room–Support for parents of young children, as they seek to grow their own faith, as well as helping their children’s spiritual growth.

 



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August 2017 Bulletins and Announcements

Aug. 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m.

Aug. 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost 10.30 a.m. with Epiphany Choir

Aug. 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Announcements

Aug. 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m. and 10.30am

Aug.13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

Aug. 6, 2017 – Transfiguration of our Lord – 9th Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m. and 10.30am

Aug 6, 2017 – Ninth Sunday After Pentecost Announcements



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The Fall Youth Retreat–“Wholly Devoted”

We took 25 people, more than 10 bins of food and supplies, 5 vehicles and lots of SPIRIT on the Fall Youth Retreat to Camp Tugalo in Toccoa on Aug 11-13th for a weekend of laughing and learning.

The theme of the retreat was “Wholly Devoted.” Through exploring the Levitical sacrifices, we learned about God’s sacrificial love for us, and how we can sacrificially love God and others.  Youth enjoyed Team Building events, spent time bonding with each other, and spent some time with God, too. There were small groups, sports, games, s’mores, singing and more!

We also went hiking at “Little Falls” at Toccoa Falls College, and enjoyed a visit to the historic Toccoa Falls (pictured below).

 

On the retreat, we welcomed a several newcomers to the Youth Program as well! We all had a blast!

 

 

 

 

 



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Karaoke Night–Fun For All!

The second annual Karaoke night was a huge success! We had enthusiastic participation from young and old, visitors and members. I even caught the Snellville police officer tapping his foot! The food was yummy, the DJ lively and everyone who came had a great time. If you missed it this year, be sure to get it on your calendar for next year. A HUGE thanks of appreciation to Nancy, Oscar and the Fellowship team for another FANTASTIC event. Y’all ROCK!!



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July 2017 Bulletins and Announcements

July 23 2017 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

July 23 2017 – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost 9.30am with Epiphany Choir

July 16, 2017 – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Announcements.pub

July 16, 2017 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am

July 2, 2017 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 9.30am

July 2, 2017 – Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Announcements



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Youth Service Retreat–“Seek and Serve”

June 15-18 was our youth service retreat, fulfilling our Baptismal vows to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our (local) neighbors as ourselves”. We sought to see Christ in all people from all different walks of life. We responded to three major issues: hunger, refugees, and homelessness.

Youth Service Retreat “Seek & Serve”

HUNGER

The first day, we learned about hunger, both globally and in our local area, then responded by serving at the Southeast Gwinnett Food Cooperative ministry. Some of our youth served in the pantry, filling orders and loading up clients’ cars. Some of our youth played outside with the children of clients while they got their food. Our youth experienced so much joy playing there!

REFUGEES

Next, we focused on refugees. We headed down to Clarkston to learn about several ministries with refugees, including Intertwined Candles, which provides jobs to mothers who need to work from home so they can also care for their children. We attended a rally at Refuge Coffee Company (which helps provide job skills to refugees by training them as servers and baristas). The rally was in celebration of World Refugee Day, where many different nations were represented. We heard the stories of resettlement of two refugees, one from Syria and one from Congo. Our youth were inspired with ideas for how we can serve the needs of refugees in our own area.

HOMELESSNESS

Finally, we learned about the issue of homelessness. On Sunday, we were joined by another youth group from St. Mark’s in Jacksonville (their youth minister is a childhood friend of our youth minister). Together, our youth groups packed lunches for the Church of the Common Ground, an Episcopal community which worships in Woodruff Park, largely attended by the homeless in that area. Thanks to the generosity of St. Matthew’s, we were also able to provide them with TONS of socks for their foot care clinic.

SEEKING & SERVING CHRIST IN ALL PERSONS

Each day, we reflected on how we had seen Christ in each person. The youth saw Christ in so many ways…in the delight of the children playing with bubbles or hula hoops, in the delight of their parents watching them play, in the creativity of a street performer at the Refugee Day rally, in the bright blue eyes of a soft-spoken man we met on the street, who attended church with us, in all our brothers and sisters in Christ that we met for the first time, and when we passed the peace, and the barriers seemed to come down. It was an incredible and amazing experience! If you get a chance, ask one of the youth to tell you what was meaningful to them! They will have so much to say, and they’d be happy to share!

 



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June 2017 Bulletins and Announcements

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost 10.30am with Epiphany Choir

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m.

June 25, 2017 – Third Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

June 18, 2017 – Second Sunday After Pentecost Announcements

June 18, 2017 – Second Sunday after Pentecost 8 a.m. and 10.30am

June 11, 2017 – First Sunday after Pentecost Trinity Sunday 8 a.m. and 10.30am.pub

June 11, 2017 – First Sunday After Pentecost Trinity Sunday Announcements

June 4, 2017 – The day of Pentecost 8 a.m. and 10.30am

June 4, 2017 – Day of Pentecost Announcements

 



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