Choirs Gear Up For Fall

Sanctuary Choir

Join the Sanctuary Choir! Practice begins Wednesday evening, August 29th, from 7:20 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.. in the choir room, located in the Christian Education wing. Contact Kyle Osborne for more details.

Hand Bells

Hand bells resume practice Wednesday, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the in the choir room, located in the Christian Education wing. If you are interested in playing hand bells please contact Sharon Ferrell.

Cherub Choir

Cherub Choir has begun practice on Sunday mornings from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. in the Christian Education wing. All children ages three through second grade are encouraged to join this energetic group. Cherubs sing approximately once per month at the 10:30 service. Contact Laura Starratt for more information.

NEW! Children’s Choir

Children’s Choir will meet for the first time on Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. in the choir room. All children from third through sixth grade are encouraged to take part in this new music ministry at St. Matthew’s. Come make a joyful noise for the Lord! Contact Kyle Osborne or Sharon Ferrell for more information.

Instrumental (Any Age)

Calling all instrumentalists! If you play an instrument and would like to share your talents in worship please contact Kyle Osborne .  All ages are invited to participate,

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Photos From Worship and Celebration in Honor of Sally Ulrey’s Ministry

Check out photos of Sunday’s Celebration of Sally’s Ministry!


After 15 years of serving St. Matthew’s, Sally Ulrey’s last day was July 31.  We worshiped together Sunday using a liturgy that was composed in part by alumni of Sally’s youth program. Youth participatde by serving as acolytes, greeters, ushers, lectors, communion ministers and musicians. The worship music was that used during services at youth gatherings.  A reception for Sally and her family followed in the Parish Hall. We will miss Sally, and wish her Godspeed in her ministry. She was a blessing to all of us here at St. Matthew’s.

Our youth with our visitors from St. Mark’s in Jacksonville, preparing to head to the Church of the Common Ground

Youth Service Retreat “Seek & Serve”


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Sunday School and Christian Education Registration August 12

  9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Sunday, August 12

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.

To register your child  ONLINE for Sunday School, click here.

To register your youth ONLINE for Sunday School or activities, click here.


OR You can print one out and bring the completed form with you:

To print out a Youth Permission Form/Release, St Matts Release Form 18    St Matts Release Form 17–release only pdf

To print out a children’s Release Form (Fifth Grade and Under) St Matts Children Release Form 18.

Registration forms will also be available Sunday in the parish hall.


Sunday School classes for all ages will begin Sunday, August 19 at 9:30 a.m.


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Reading Camp at Snellville

Sponsored by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church


Many, many thanks to all of you who supported our 6th Reading Camp through your volunteer time, your donations and your prayers.

We had a fantastic week with 17 really personable campers. Of those, over 60 percent of them demonstrated an improvement in their reading skills.

Without all of you, none of this would have been possible.

God’s Peace,

Your Reading Camp at St. Matthew’s Team


Reading Camp at Snellville, held annually since 2013, will be up and running again this year from June 18-22. It is modeled after the Reading Camp program begun by the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky.

A non- religious, no-fee camp, the camp focuses on campers who are rising 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and who demonstrate a deficit in reading skills. Campers participate in morning learning centers and afternoon traditional camping experiences. Nutritious meals- breakfast, lunch and two snacks are provided.

The 2018 camp, whose theme is “Alone and Brave”, is an all day camp Monday to Friday, June 18th- 22nd. The morning focus will revolve around “The Island of the Blue Dolphins”. The afternoon programing will include a guest children’s author and book signing, gardening, crafts, soda straw rocket making, yoga, cabin reading and a program presented by the Gwinnett Co. Public Library.

Our campers come primarily from the greater metro area, including public, parochial, and home schools. Although the campers are English speakers, many languages are spoken in their homes including Korean, Chinese, Amharic, French, and Creole. Many qualify for free and reduced meal programs.

For the 2018 camp we have an adult volunteer staff of 30+ and 6 teen counselors, five of whom are former campers. We are fired up and ready to enjoy a fun week with our 20 campers!

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Vacation Bible School & Special Needs VBS A Huge Success

Another great VBS has come to a close.  This year’s theme was Rolling River Rampage, and we decorated the church with loaned camping gear, blue plastic, cardboard, and Christmas lights!  We had around 49 adult and youth volunteers and about 67 campers.

Gosh, where to begin with the thanks?  A special thanks to Sally  Ulrey for wrangling the youth and opening and closing VBS each day.  Thank you to all the center leads for devising meaningful activities and coming in each day ready to roll: Oscar De Leon and Amanda Lvermont in Snacks, Karen Whitehead and Persis Bristol in Music, Mother Liz in Story Time, Ciara Morris in Crafts, and Nate Olbon and Josh Hurst in Recreation.  You all are the motor that keeps VBS running.

A huge shout out to Morgan Fletcher and Terri Hurst for helping keep me on track and taking over such tasks as needed, especially getting the dreaded name tags printed correctly!  Thanks to Charmaine Warmington in the office for her patience as we took over the church, the copier, and her attention all week long.

Thanks also to Abby Whatley for making the Special Needs VBS such a huge success. We had three campers who participated in all the activities and had great fun!

Thank you as well to Steve McFarland for getting us set up with a sweet sound system and teaching the youth how to operate it.  And last but certainly not least – a huge and hearty thank you to ALL the adult and youth volunteers!  You helped in centers and shuffled the kids down the halls, rowing invisible boats as you went.  You are the magic makers of VBS, and it’s  you who the kids will remember most. Bless you all and thank you for giving your time and talent to the St. Matt’s VBS 2018.

~Kira Coats

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Vacation Bible School July 10-14

A special thank you to the church and all the lovely volunteers for their help during this summer’s Hero Central VBS. We had around 100 kids on campus and they had a blast! From Charmaine helping me with the color printer to ensure the perfect name tags to Oscar, Sylvia and the youth moving the Fellowship Hall dividers to the sanctuary to create our “cityscape”, VBS has truly been a work of love. Through this week, I’ve watched the volunteers holding hands and comfort crying kids as well as helping them create art and explore what it means to be a true hero in God. For me, it was easy to see what a hero was because any group of people who give up time–our most important non-renewable resource–to help foster God’s love in our youth are heroes in the truest sense of the word. A heartfelt thank you to all of you, especially the center leads who spent many hours preparing their center – VBS would be nothing without you. You are all heroes!

Kira Coats

VBS Director



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