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CHRISTIAN FORMATION FOR ALL AGES

We're facing new learning and growing edges every day. Churches are forced to consider new ways of worshiping and being the Body of Christ. St. Matthias is here to support you through these uncertain times. Through the use of digital technology, we hope to help parishioners pray, worship, and study remotely.

Click on this link to discover online formation opportunities for children, youth, and adults - http://www.stmatmidlochristianformation.com/

Opportunities include:

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Formation for Children and Formation for Youth pages – each group has their own page with the regular lessons from the Sunday school curricula available for downloading and watching videos. There are some bonus formation opportunities at the bottom of each page.

Formation for Adults page – the various groups that meet at the church have provided information about continuing content and online meetings.

The Home page has links to each group’s page as well as event calendars for each group at the bottom of the page.

Seasonal page - Opportunities for learning about the liturgical seasons of the church, may include feast days, festivals, celebrations of saints, and other topics.

Online Gatherings

Please join us for our online gathering opportunities:

  • Sunday School for Children & Youth - We meet, via Zoom, on Sundays from 11:30 am - 12:00 noon.
  • Youth Group (for grades 6-12) - Look for announcements on Facebook and Formation website for meeting dates and times.
  • Many adult groups are scheduling online meetings. Check the website for the most current meeting opportunities.

Please reach out with any questions or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Formation Ministries.

Beloved in Christ,

At the direction of Bishop Haynes, ALL church events, including services, will be cancelled for the next two weeks effective immediately due to concerns pertaining to COVID-19. This is simply out of an abundance of caution. It is also in keeping with Paul's writings in Corinthians to be aware of and protective towards the most vulnerable among us. This closure will be in effect for the next two weeks at a minimum. Bishop Haynes will reassess the situation after March 26th. I am presently looking into a way to livestream Morning Prayer on the 2 Sundays we will be unable to gather in person. We will have further communication in that regard as soon as we know more.

Please be aware, NO ONE will be able to enter the buildings until at least March 26th. All key cards and access will be disabled. This is for everyone's safety.

This is an unprecedented time in history for us all. I would ask us all to be mindful of a few things as we go through this together:

Fear is not of God. Jesus is most frequently quoted as saying, "do not be afraid". If this is true, and it is, we can simply rest in that, and ask God for peace and direction in all we do. It is also helpful to remember that 90% of what we imagine or worry about never really happens.

Unity, holy solidarity, is our highest goal. Jesus prays that we all may be one as He and the Father are one. In this time -though human nature is to react in "survival mode" thinking of ourselves- we must remember we are all dependent upon one another to get through times such as these in the best way possible. Please support each other, your neighbors, and all you encounter. Remain faithful in prayer.

Please feel free to respond to me with any questions or helpful suggestions that will be helpful to everyone: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The staff and I will continue to work from home and are available to be of service and assistance to everyone. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.

We are attaching a direct link to Bishop Susan's notice should you wish to read that as well.

Please know and be assured of my prayers for all of you each day we are apart, one from another. Please pray for the good people of St. Matthias as well as our many neighbors and those affected by this illness.

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Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor, invites children to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of God’s power by exploring how we put on the armor of God.

North Castle is hidden in a frozen land. The King’s valiant Knights are on a quest in search of the King’s Armor. But the armor isn’t what they think it is.

Our amazing venture into a frozen land will take place on July 13 - 17, 2020.

  • Daily VBS sessions: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ($15 per child/$45 max per family - suggested donation); includes a music CD for each family and a t-shirt for each child
  • Early drop-off possible: 8:30 am (no fee)
  • Extended care available: 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm ($5 per day/per child; bring lunch; registration required)

VBS is open to children from age 4 through rising 6th graders.

Your kids will take on the role of brave Knights and begin their quest each session by opening the King’s Book.

They’ll explore Old and New Testament stories and discover different pieces of protective armor — the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Justice, the Shoes of Peace, the Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation — at work in the lives of familiar Bible characters, and explore how that armor works in their own lives as they follow and serve God.

VBS daily sessions include:

  • Crafts
  • Music
  • Bible stories
  • Science
  • Snacks
  • Games
  • and more!

Afternoon sessions include:

  • Lunchtime (bring bag lunch from home)
  • Outside time
  • Theme-related movies
  • Cool, knight-related, hands-on activities

To register your Knight, click here.

For questions, contact Kristen Ketron (VBS Co-Director) at 804-464-1842 (x 111) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To see the video click here

2019 Advent Events

All persons working in our ministries are Safe Church trained. This training fosters a culture of safety and inclusion for all people that includes a broad overview of issues of vulnerability, power, and healthy boundaries. It is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. The training provides an opportunity to increase and enhance our ability to live out our Baptismal Covenant within our communities of faith and in the world beyond. Those working with children and youth also undergo a background check.

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