St. Matthew Catholic Church provides loving child care at no charge on the St. Matthew campus for registered parishioners with children from age 0 to those who turn 3 after August 31  at the 9 am, 10:45 am and 12:30 pm Sunday Masses on the main campus, and for registered parishioners with children from age 0 to 4 at the 9:30 am and 11 am Sunday Masses at the Waxhaw campus. No reservation is required. Child care is also available for children between the ages of 0 and 11 for scheduled ministry events by calling Maria King at 704-543-7677 x 1003 at least 48 hours in advance of the event. The Nursery for Sunday Mass care is located in the Parish Center. For ministry events, the nursery on the first floor of the New Life Center in room 103 is used. For large ministry events, a second nursery may be used in the Parish Center. For questions about our nursery, email our Nursery Coordinator Maria King. To pre-register for the nursery, download and complete this form.

Nursery/Child Care Policy
Child care will be provided by St. Matthew employees only. Volunteers will not provide child care as directed by Diocesan Policy on Safety and Loss Prevention as well as policies outlined by Diocesan Human Resources.

Child care employees will be screened by St. Matthew and will be required to complete the outlined Diocesan programs for interaction with children under the age of 18 and disabled adults (e.g. Protecting God’s Children); continuing classes in first aid, CPR, Epi-pen administration and AED will be available to all child care employees.

A minimum of two trained St. Matthew child care employees will be assigned for each scheduled child care session/event. We follow the child-to-caregiver ratio outlined by the state of North Carolina, up to the maximum capacity of the nursery facility. This will assure the safety of both child(ren) and employee.

Child care will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, Sunday through Friday, except legal and religious holidays, between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm. Employees will provide child care no more that 15 minutes prior to the onset of a scheduled event and not more than 15 minutes after the close of the scheduled event. Child care will not be provided for any event in which any alcoholic beverages are served.

Children to be cared for must be healthy. Ill or sick children may be turned away at the discretion of the child care employees to the parent or legal guardian.

Ministry and Faith Formation requests for child care must be received no later than two weeks prior to a scheduled event. The “Request for Child Care” form can be obtained via the link or in the Church Office. Individual participant response and/or cancellation must be received by telephone no later than 48 hours prior to said event.