Children & Youth are an important part of the life of St Matthias -- we are seeking to involve young people in a variety of ways: in our collective gathering in worship, in our Spark classes on Sunday mornings, and in youth events. In this work we are guided by the baptismal commitments we make and re-affirm whenever someone is baptized into Christ and Church: "Will you who witness these vows do all in your power to support this person in his/her life in Christ?" We will!
In keeping with that affirmation, from fall through to May we offer Sunday School to provide an age-appropriate venue to engage with the Scriptures as the basic touchpoint for living the Christian life, and to build in our children a sense of belonging to the whole Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. At the 10:00 service, children gather with the whole congregation. After the opening prayers, they are invited to gather at the front of the church during a collective sung refrain. Candles and a Bible are then carried out by the kids as a visible reminder of Psalm 119:105: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
Teachers greet children ages 5-9 for age-appropriate lessons and discussion from the Spark Lectionary curriculum. At the time of the exchange of the Peace and the Offertory Song, the Spark classes return to the service again in order to participate in Holy Communion, so that Christ may speak his grace to all of us together in the sign of bread and wine, and teach us to love God and love one another as the whole people of God.
During the summer months (June - August) we provide a collection of crayons and colouring sheets, some 'quiet' toys and a variety of children's books on the left side of the church at the back as you enter. This area is a "Quiet Space" where parents and young children may be together during worship and yet still be engaged in collective worship.
Children & Youth will find themselves encouraged by our Music Director Evan Thomas to think about contributing in music by maybe learning to play one of our hand drums or another instrument, or to join in with leading in song in some way. We also encourage young people to join the roster of readers and read the first lesson during the beginning of the service. There are a bunch of ways to get involved if you wish to do so!