Safeguarding God's Children
Children are our legacy. All our volunteer childcare workers have been thoroughly reviewed and background checked, and they will care for your children as if they were their own
Babies and Toddlers
All ages are welcome to join us for our worship services. We know it can be hard for little ones to hold still, and we understand they make noise and move around.
To help kids get an age appropriate Christian message, we have Busy Bags with activities they can work on during worship. Feel free to take them home with you!
As soon as children and parents feel comfortable, we urge kids to participate in the service. They can take up the offering, be acolytes, and help out at any church events as well
St. Matthew's Youth
Teenagers are active participants in our worship service assisting as ushers, acolytes, readers and running the audio-visual system. We have a strong confirmation class program as well. This gives teens a safe space to not only learn about the Episcopal Church, but explore their own faith.
Some of our members have been with St. Matthews for many generations. Other people just came to visit last week. We want you to find a community that welcomes you, nourishes your spirit, and where you will form lasting friendships.
St. Matthew's is here for every stage of life.
Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God. The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 858
Baptism initiates people, by water and the Holy Spirit, into the Body of Christ. We baptize both adults and infants. We regard the sacrament of baptism as a Holy Mystery, which means we can understand the meaning of the act without ever fully fathoming the depths of its significance. The Episcopal Church understands that baptism confers full membership in the Church, including participation in Holy Communion.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church joyfully welcomes new members into the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ through the sacrament of Holy Baptism.
Baptism is the outward and visible action that connects a person to God in a covenant relationship. Candidates are sponsored by parents and godparents—or in the case of an adult, presented by a beloved friend or family member—and are surrounded and affirmed by the congregation. Accordingly, all baptisms take place during public worship.