“Let the Little Children Come to Me”
We tell our youngest people, even as babies, that they are beloved children of God! Love is the most important part of Jesus’s message, and we deliver that message to our children through regular activities led by kind, caring staff and volunteers.
Dawn Rupe, Minister of Children and Families
Weekly Children’s Gatherings
Learning About Being a Child of God
Every Sunday morning, we gather our children together to talk about Jesus’s love for us and how He wants us to share that love in the world.
Sundays from 10:00-10:45 a.m. | Walled Lake Campus
For children aged four through 5th grade, Bible Adventure time allows kids to learn what the Bible says about who God is, how He sees us, where we each fit into God’s family, and how we live like Jesus. We also build on good spiritual habits of faith like prayer and personal time with God.
Sundays During Worship | Walled Lake Campus
At the beginning of the sermon, kids aged three through 4th grade are able to leave the worship service to hear a message that is on their level, with elements planned just for them, returning to church afterward. We use puppets, videos, songs, games and more to share God’s Word with your children. While children are always welcome to stay with you in worship, this time allows you to hear your message, and they get to hear the message on their level.
Worship Options for Kids (old and young)
Everyone learns and grows in different styles and we want to aid everyone in that growing! Everyone is welcome to utilize the following options:
Children’s Worship Notes
Do you want to keep your children in church and have help picking up on pieces of the message and worship? We will have a few different pages you can choose from and you can get a notebook to keep them in! They are adult-worshipper friendly too if it helps you to take notes!
Some of us just need to keep our hands busy while we are listening. We have a selection of fidgets for you to borrow during worship. Marble mazes, stress balls, pop its, and more are available. Please return them to the bin so someone else can use them after you!
For our friends that want to be colorful about following along!
Bible Buddies For All Kids
To build Bible reading muscles, children are invited to adopt a little (stuffed) friend! They are “fed” on God’s Word, and there are prizes for faithfully feeding their Buddies. We have Bibles for all ages and stages so you can see what might be right for your child at their stage.
We offer Special Events for kids and families throughout the year! Watch our Events page for details on upcoming events such as Trunk or Treat (October), Winterfest (January), VBS (June), Summer Nights and Summer Fest! Some events, such as VBS, require sign ups, but many do not require RSVPs. Our events for kids and families are open to the community and are absolutely free!
Vacation Bible School
Annually in June | Walled Lake Campus
Every summer we offer a weeklong Vacation Bible School (VBS) for kids aged three through 5th grade. VBS meets every morning for a week, during which kids experience the love of Jesus through a special theme that includes movement, music, snacks and games. To learn more about the upcoming VBS, visit our Events page.
Trunk or Treat
Annually in October | Walled Lake Campus
Our annual Trunk or Treat is a well known and well attended event in our community! Each October, we line up decorated trunks and trucks and hand out goodies to excited children and they walk with their families through our back parking lot. Food, inflatables, games, crafts, petting farm and more are always open to the community! This free event provides a safe and fun way to celebrate the fall season! Watch for details of this year’s event on our Events page.
Summer Nights and SummerFest
Throughout the Summer | Walled Lake & Wixom Campus
Each summer we offer special events for the entire family, with inflatables, foam parties, games, crafts and more! Our Summer Nights (Walled Lake) and SummerFest (Wixom) events are always open to the community and free! Watch for details of all our upcoming events on our Events page.
To keep up an engaging schedule for an active community of children, we’re always looking for caring volunteers! If you’re interested in helping with any part of the children’s ministry at St. Matthew, take a look at our serving at St. Matthew page.
Children's Ministry Facebook Page
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Child Care and Education
If you are considering options for child care, preschool, elementary and middle school for your children, please take a look at our Hearts & Hands Child Development Center (6 weeks through young 5’s) located at our Wixom campus and our St. Matthew Lutheran School (preschool through grade 8) at our Walled Lake campus. We are happy to discuss how we can support your family with nurturing care and exceptional education for your children!
Free Access to RightNow Media
Through a partnership with RightNow Media, we offer free access to an online media library with thousands of Christian Bible study, training and leadership videos from respected teachers and leaders. RightNow Media offers resources on many parental and marital topics, as well as wholesome videos for your children. Sign up for your free RightNow Media account here.