FAITH FORMATION

CHRISTMAS re-STOCKING           
Time to re-stock the St. Matthew Food Pantry!

Join your Faith Formation classmates as we collect items for
those in need. Each student is asked to bring in one product
from the list for their grade level. Please, no glass containers!
Bring your donation to class the week of Dec. 7.

Preschool                cereal/oatmeal
Kindergarten           toothbrush/toothpaste
First Grade              ketchup/mustard/mayo
Second Grade/SS   peanut butter/jelly
Third Grade            canned fruit/applesauce
Fourth Grade          canned soup/vegetables
Fifth Grade              spaghetti sauce/pasta
Sixth Grade             rice (5 lbs. or less)
Seventh Grade       bottled juice
Eighth Grade/BC    canned fish
Edge                        canned chicken/spam 

FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND FORMS
Families may register for Faith Formation any time. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex and at the Church Office. Please fill out the form and bring it to the Church Office so that we may be able to meet you and place your child/children in a class with availability at a time that works best for your family.

2014 - 2015 Faith Formation Calendar

2014-2015 Faith Formation Registration Form

Mission Statement: The Faith Formation ministry at St. Matthew Church exists to help the faithful of all ages by providing relevant, meaningful education and spiritual programs. We support parents, the primary religious educators, in the spiritual development of their children. By incorporating prayer, fellowship, service and teaching, we hope to nurture and support a deep, growing, personal relationship with Jesus and His Church.

Catechist Information

We welcome individuals to become part of this active ministry of the Word. A catechist is a teacher of religious education, a person who facilitates the process of faith formation. This is done first by echoing the word of God in his or her own life, and second by helping others to do so. You will become part of our community here at St. Matthew; dedicated in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in formal and informal settings.your work with adults, families, adolescents and children, you are passing on a living faith. All catechists are required to attend formal training in the fall as well as participate in ongoing adult enrichment programs through SMyoU.

Catechist Invitation

Do you enjoy working with children or teens? Perhaps you are being called to be a catechist!

Why become a Catechist? We know deep down we are called to do this, this passing on of our beloved faith. But who doesn’t feel a bit inadequate every once in a while? Thank God, catechists are not required to be perfect, to know everything about the faith, or to have years of “seasoning” as teachers. You are invited and there is a need! We urge you to prayerfully consider becoming a catechist with our faith formation program.you approach the task seriously and ask the Lord to help you, everyone will benefit. Come on board...contact us at 704-541-8362 or faithform@stmatthewcatholic.org and discuss the possibilities with one of our staff!

St. Matthew is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of our faith community, especially the young and vulnerable adults. In accordance with the Diocese of Charlotte, all parish volunteers must be compliant with all diocesan and parish guidelines before they may participate in parish ministry.

To learn more about the programs offered in FAITH FORMATION, click on the specific programs below:

Faith Formation for Children
Preschool
Elementary (K-5)
Middle School (6-8)
High School (9-12)
Sacramental Preparation
Special Religious Development (SPRED)

Youth Ministry
Middle School/Xtreme Edge
High School/Life Teen
Youth Basketball

Adult Faith Formation
St. Matthew yoUniversity
Becoming Catholic (RCIA)
Growing in Faith & Theology (GIFT)
Summer Forum
Christ Renews His Parish
Living Your Strengths
Special Religious Development (SPRED)

New to volunteering at St. Matthew? Please read our Safe Environment Policy.