The church has been closed throughout the lockdown period only opening for private prayer in July on Wednesdays between 9am and 11am.
We are now delighted to be able to "open the doors" further but recognising that many of our church family will still not be able to attend we will also be live streaming the services (see below). The arrangements for the next few weeks can be found by cliking here : Services.
The on-line provision will continue, but as a Livestream from the service in church. Please follow this link for the live steam: St Matthew's YouTube Channel.
If you are at all concerned about being filmed, please advise the Welcomers who will seat you somewhere where there’s no risk of this.
The usual pattern of worship each week outside lockdown is:
8:00am – Holy Communion
On the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month – using the Book of Common Prayer. This is usually a very small group of people (2-8 adults).
10:30am – Family service
This service is family-friendly and fairly informal – loosely based on Common Worship. The congregation spans the age spectrum. There is a mix of contemporary songs and traditional hymns led by a music group. The children are present for the start of the service and a short talk before they and the young people continue worship in their respective groups.
Holy Communion is celebrated twice a month (on the 1st and 3rd Sundays) with the children and young people re-joining at the end of the service. After the service we have refreshments and there is a healthy buzz in the church as people meet and catch up with one another. A small team offers prayer ministry at this time.
For details of upcoming services (link to 2rd level page)
Listen to the latest sermon/talk (link to 4th level page)
Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer is held at the church most Thursdays (8-14 adults attend). It is hugely valued by some older members of the congregation.
Monday silence at St Matthew’s
This is an opportunity to share silent Christian meditation together. It is simple and completely informal, though it draws on an ancient Christian tradition. The format includes a chat, listening to some Christian music, a Bible passage and some thoughts on Christian meditation followed by half an-hour’s silent prayer together.
Tuesday prayer meeting
An evening group devoted to prayer for all aspects of the church life, the community and the wider world. This prayer meeting provides an opportunity to remember those with specific needs.
Coffee and Cake
A small highly supportive group of parents who meet to chat, study the Bible and pray with and for each other. A crèche worker looks after the children. [Add contact and times