Youth Education

Youth Group Trip to the Haunted Hayride & House

Saint Matthew’s Youth Ministries are open to all girls and boys, young women and men, from the time they are ‘rising 6th graders’ through their graduation from High School. We also welcome interested adults, whether or not they are parents, to join our Youth Ministry Team!

There are two main aspects to the way Youth are being formed for Christian discipleship: Sunday Morning Worship and ‘Sunday School’ classes and Evening, Youth Group activities. All youth programs are led by committed, and faithful adult leaders—in consultation with parish clergy.

St. Matthew's Youth where we worship, pray, grow and serve together in Christ!

Sunday Mornings

All Youth are encouraged to attend one of the Services of Holy Eucharist offered every Sunday morning: at 7:45, 9:00, or 10:30 a.m. Sunday School classes are presented during the 9:00 a.m. Worship hour according to the following groupings:

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Graders
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th Graders

All classes are ‘team taught’, i.e., by one or more adult leaders who have undergone state background checks as well as safe church training, and the curriculum is varied and relevant to their lives as Jesus’ disciples—ranging from the Sacraments and the Gospels, to living the Christian life in light of these principles.

Newcomers are always welcome, to join in at any point! And all youth are encouraged to ‘bring a friend.’ It’s Not Just For Us!


Evening Programs


All St. Matthew's Youth events are open to youth of Saint Matthew's, their friends and any other
youth that would like to come enjoy a night with Christian youth, being Christian is not a
pre-requisite for youth group as we welcome all youth regardless of their religious affiliation.  
Youth Group is open to all middle and high school youth.  We gather for two evenings each month, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. during the school year.  Each evening includes dinner, an activity, and an informal time of prayer or Eucharist.  Please contact the Assistant to the Rector, Jay Waltonor 215-378-8402 for more information.
April   2 – PokeHunt 2017  Are you or your friends going to be the person to catch
                  the elusive Yanma or other rare Pokemon?  Dinner will be included.
April 23 –Miniature Golf Tournament – We will be leaving Saint Matthew’s at 
                  4:30 p.m.  Can you win the Trophy for the lowest score?  Will you have the
                  most hole-in-ones?  Bring your friends for this fun competition.  Cost is $9.00
                  including ice cream.
Mission Trip 2017 – All youth completing 8th grade this year are invited to join us on the mission trip to Cape May, NJ from July 16-22.  We will be working with Habitat for Humanity of Cape May County and staying at Holiday House.  The permission slip and an initial $100 deposit are due to Fr. Jay by April 23.  If you would like more information or the paperwork, please see Fr. Jay


Service Opportunities

A core part of growing in Christ is the opportunity for all youth to serve others. Saint Matthew’s provides that opportunity to all youth.

Morning of Service - The third Saturday of every month, the youth of Saint Matthew's perform service activities in the local community.  We are always looking for places to serve as well as people to join us.  If you are interested in joining us or know of an activity for the youth, please contact the church.

: Rising 9th graders through High Schoolers are invited to ‘be on mission’ with their adult chaperones during the yearly Summer Mission Trip that they inspire, organize, and raise funds for. Destinations have included places near (e.g., Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia) and far (e.g., Alaska, West Virginia, South Dakota), but always ‘outside the comfort zone.’  

In addition to their youth-specific ministries, youth are engaged, active participants in many more aspects of the wider, Saint Matthew’s Community. Many interests and talents are represented!

Here is just a sampling:

Youth are welcome to participate as acolytes (altar servers), readers, and leaders of The Prayers. Some of the highlights during the Church Year for youth are the Advent Lessons and Carols and Dramatic Reading of the Passion on Palm Sunday.

For youth who sing or play an instrument, singing with or accompanying one of the Choirs is open to all.

Youth who like to ‘meet and greet’ or pour out coffee or lemonade can step up to assist the adults who are ushers, greeters, or Coffee Hour hosts.

Parish life
Aspiring waiters and waitresses can volunteer to ‘wait tables’ at the yearly Shrove Tuesday pancake Supper.

Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
919 Tennis Avenue • Maple Glen, Pennsylvania 19002
Tel. 215-646-4092 • Fax 215-646-3840
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