Learning to be Jesus' Disciples

Children, youth and adults are encouraged and empowered to actively participate in the world as Christ’s disciples. You are invited to wrestle with questions and hear the faith stories of others through various age-appropriate educational and hands-on experiences.

Faith Formation 2022

Beginning January 9, 2022 weekly in-person Bible Study, Confirmation and Sunday school classes will begin for ages PreK-Adult.  Masks will be required for all participants. 

 PreK-5th grade Sunday School

St. Matthew’s PreK-5th Graders will spend the year exploring the Old Testament and will meet weekly from 11:15 AM-12:00 PM! Starting their faith journey with learning how it all began, discussing a story each week, and completing a related activity. 


PreK-5 graders will meet weekly (11:15 – noon) upstairs to continue our studies of Old Testament Bible stories.  


6-8th grade

Confirmation studies for grades 6 – 8th will meet weekly upstairs in Room 9 and 10. 

A short parent meeting (to include students) will be held on January 9th from 11:15-11:30 to introduce our teachers and the spring schedule of classes. After the parent meeting from 11:30 – noon we will have a class on the meaning of Epiphany.  Parents are welcome to stay for the class and are welcome to attend any of the classes during the year.   


High School Youth Group

High school youth (9th-12th graders) will meet in the basement each week from 11:15 AM –  Noon. “Faith and Science Bible Study” will be taught by Doug Baumgardt following the Sunday service. The class will be four weeks and all Adults and High School Youth are invited to attend. 

Keep an eye out for a special meeting invite for more information on the ELCA Youth Gathering scheduled for July 24-28, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota – all 8th – 12th grade students are invited to attend.

Next Steps

Many Ways to Get Involved Below!

Rally Day & Ministry Fair

Come for the kickoff of Sunday School for our PreK-Confirmation youth and stay for a time of information and fellowship for those who are High School-aged and older!  Ministry Fair – September...

Vacation Bible School – Register Now!

Contact Gretchen Wilcox to learn more or to volunteer to help with storytelling, crafts, games, or science projects! Registration form is below: Register

Fastnacht Review 2022

Please come for an all ages FASTNACHT Sunday school time on February 27th, 11:15 - noon, in the sanctuary!  It is that time of year when, just before the season of Lent, we have historically thrown...

Faith Formation Classes – February 13th

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES for FEBRUARY 13th  All Are Welcome...Invite a Friend!  Sunday school for PreK - 5 grades will meet in-person in the Education Wing upstairs, 11:15 -...

Faith Formation News

Sunday school classes will begin this week, February 6th. All are welcome...invite a friend!  Sunday school for PreK - 5 grades will meet in-person in the Education Wing upstairs 11:15 - noon....

Text Study with Pastor Kirsten

Bible Text Study with Pastor Kirsten will meet Thursday mornings at 10am in the conference room. We'll look at the Lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. We will discuss and consider how they might...

Faith Formation Starts September 12

Hello St. Matthew’s Families,  We hope you all have been able to find some time for rest, rejuvenation and building memories with family and friends this summer. Although the heat and humidity...

Baptisms and First Communion

Baptisms: Please contact us for more information and to setup a meeting with one of our pastors. 

First Communion classes are offered yearly for those in 3rd grade. However, if your child is asking to receive communion, we encourage them to do so! If you are an adult seeking to learn more about communion, please contact us to meet with one of the pastors. 

Educating Children for 45 Years

Our Day School has served the Lake Ridge community for over 45 years and helped thousands of children learn through play.

Learn more about our teaching philosophy and enrollment opportunities through the Day School website
or by contacting us at 703-494-3090.