KAIROS (Church School)


Kairos is the Greek word meaning "God's Time"; a very appropriate name for St. Matthew's church school program for ages 4 years through 8th grade. 

The Kairos program is offered on Sunday mornings during our 10am service September through the end of May. We begin at 9:45am with Welcoming Time and classes begin at 10am. ALL grades will join their families during the Peace.

Kairos Annual Outreach - 2016

Each year our Kairos classes come together for a special outreach project giving them the opportunity to think about those in our community who need our help.  On Sunday, November 20th, we will continue our tradition of decorating and assembling children’s meal bags for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.  As always, to make this effort possible we need your help! Beginning today and continuing through November 13th, we will be collecting the following food items:

  • Chef Boyardee single serving microwavable containers of ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna, mac n’ cheese – hot meals please!
  • Single serving fruit cups, please NO SUGAR ADDED
  • Single serving desserts (pudding, cookies, fruit roll ups)
  • 100% juice boxes (6.75oz please not the tiny ones), please NO SUGAR ADDED


If you prefer, a monetary donation can be made and we will do the shopping for you!  Please give your check (made out to St. Matthew’s Church with the notation “FOR KAIROS OUTREACH” on the memo line) or cash to Lori Cooper, Director of Children’s Ministries (mailbox across from Rev Barbara’s office).

where do I drop off the food?

Two collection bins labeled “KAIROS OUTREACH PROJECT” are located in the foyer next to the coat room and in the narthex.  Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!

Kairos Registration

If you would like to REGISTER your child for the program, please complete our online registration form HERE.  Please note: Children are invited to begin attending Kairos classes at age 4 yrs (must be 4 as of October 1st and able to take care of their bathroom needs, thank you!).

Should you have any questions, please contact our Director of Children’s Ministries, Lori Cooper, at Kairos@stmatthewspennington.org. Thank you!

KAIROS Video 2015-2016 highlights

Click on the hearts below to view a montage of highlights, which includes beautiful background music, of our Kairos 2015-2016 church school program here at St. Matthew's. This video was lovingly created by Lori Cooper. A password is required to view.

Music from the 2015-2016 Highlight Video

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong United - Lyrics
Joyful, Joyful by Casting Crowns - Lyrics
More Than Amazing by Lincoln Brewster - Lyrics
Thank You by Ray Boltz - Lyrics

The Foundation of our Curriculum is Godly Play

Jerome W. Berryman, the creator of Godly Play, is an Episcopal priest and the Director of the Center for the Theology of Childhood. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to children's spiritual formation.

Our classrooms are “sacred space” where we light a Christ candle to remind us that God is with us, pass a prayer heart so we can offer whatever is “on our heart” to God, present the stories of our faith, engage in discussion and for our youngest Episcopalians - explore and express the lessons with an art response time, and share Feast Bread together. It is God’s Time and our time with God and special friends.

2016 Eucharist Instruction

2016 - Mother's Day

We welcome children to St. Matthew’s Church and the Kairos program at any time throughout the year. If you are interested in finding out more about the program, would like to see our classrooms and materials, please contact Lori Cooper, the Director of Children’s Ministries, at stmattkairos@verizon.net or 609-737-0985.

If you would like to REGISTER your child for the program, please complete our online registration form HERE.

Kairos Classrooms:

Primary/First/Second Grade: Classroom A (first floor)
Third/Fourth Grade: Classroom D (downstairs)
Fifth/Sixth Grade: Classroom C (first floor)
Seventh/Eighth Grade: Library (first floor)

Click HERE to learn more about Godly Play!


Nursery and Kairos Sick Policy: In the hopes of reducing the spread of illness among our children, their caregivers and teachers, we ask that you be very thoughtful before bringing a child who is or has recently been sick into the nursery or a classroom.

Our sick policy follows that of our school district: 

  • Child should be completely fever free for 24 hours
  • Child should have no intestinal/stomach issues for 24 hours
  • No goopy noses or coughs
  • No red eyes with discharge