We ♥ Mr. Matt!
During our Sunday morning services on January 10, we spent some time thanking Mr. Matt and celebrating how God has used him over the last number of years as SBC's Children and Families pastor. Matt not only touched the lives of our kids and pointed them to Jesus, he challenged and encouraged our parents to be the spiritual champions of their children and modelled every-day faith as a husband and father himself. Matt's servant heart was evident in all he did, as was his undeniable love for kids.
It's hard to encapsulate all the ways Matt has blessed our church family over the years but it's obvious his impact reached far beyond the children. The notes that were written to Matt on January 10th show that all ages loved Mr. Matt and his leadership here at SBC. From baby dedications, to his memorable Sunday morning experiments, to crazy skits and insightful sermons, Matt impacted us all here at SBC.
Although we could not share all the notes with you, many of which were personal, we wanted to share a few that span the different age groups here at SBC.
From one of our SBC Kids:
I love all the creative games and crafts. I miss you every day. I will remember you every day.
From one of our Youth who went through SBC Kids with Mr. Matt:
Thank you for all you’ve done for the children’s ministry. You’ve really helped me grow closer to God. I’m really going to miss seeing what new experiments each Sunday will bring. I hope that God has lots of happiness and many new adventures planned out for you. I’ll never forget all the joy and love you brought to the ministries.
From one of our married couples with young children:
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Matt, as we think about you leaving there is something we want you to know. You are so loved. We think back on your time at SBC with complete joy and thankfulness for all you have done to serve us and our kids. We saw you pouring yourself out to the church and the Lord. We saw you pushing your comfort zone to do what you knew needed to be done. We saw how prepared you were, your enthusiasm, and your perseverance. We thank you and we love you. We pray that you would enter the next time of your life with peace and that it would be a time of rest. We pray that you would live in peace and rest knowing that you are free in Christ and so loved by our church family. Thank you for everything Matt. We wish you all the best for you and your family.
From two ‘empty nest’ couples:
I appreciate your character, integrity, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, enthusiasm, creativity, love for the Lord and for the little ones. I loved your science experiments/demos that imparted spiritual truths. I loved your sense of drama and repartee with Mikel at special events and family camp. I loved to see your kindness and gentleness when interacting with children. I appreciated the various opportunities where I got to know you a little bit better. Don’t ever forget that you are gifted for work in the Kindgom, however that looks in the future.
I have always enjoyed watching you working with the kids. Your love for them and God shone through. I looked forward to your time with them each Sunday morning. Thanks for loving our kids. God bless you as you continue to follow Him.
From our Seniors:
Matt, there has been many times that I wanted to go up and sit with the kids and listen to you and especially watch the different experiments you did. They were so cool!! May God bless you and your family richly. I know he has great plans for you.
Matt, we absolutely love to watch you interact with kids. Such an obvious gift of God and used wonderfully.
If you were unable to attend that morning, you may enjoy seeing the video message that Mikel sent for Matt:
And here are a few special pictures that were drawn of Matt (all of which can be seen in Through The Eyes Of A Child post) by some of our SBC Kids earlier in the year:
And here are a few random photos of Matt being Matt...
at Family Camp Talent Night
At Sparks Father Daughter Night
At baby dedications
At a 'My Bible' Faith at Home Event
At a Worship Faith at Home Event
At an SBC Family Skate (you can read his blog post about it, Fellowship of the Rink, here)
And of course, who can forget him as the dancing 'blue guy'!
Matt, it's hard to sum up the many, many ways you blessed our church family and touched hearts and lives. The best we can do is say... (and picture us all, adults and kids alike, shouting this together as a group in unison)...
WE LOVE YOU, MR.MATT!