Welcome to St Matthew’s Church.
Following Jesus, serving one another, reaching out in God’s love.
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Thank you for visiting our website; a very important tool for sharing and celebrating with you, the activities and events we enjoy within our Church and also our local communities.
As you browse the pages, you will also find information which we hope will help support you as you face life’s various challenges and festivities.
We pride ourselves in offering a warm, hospitable welcome to all who visit St Matthew’s and we are a recognised Dementia friendly Church. As you can see from our photographs and events calendar, we are more than happy to take Church out of the building too!
Please pay us a visit at one of our social events advertised on our news page or join us for worship at 10.30 a.m. each Sunday – we look forward to meeting you!
Every 3rd Saturday of the month– We hold a Welcome Saturday, we welcome you to St Matthew's to enjoy a free hot drink and something to eat. We have activities for both children and adults. We provide a quiet space or somewhere to have a nice chat. Come and see us.
The next Welcome Saturday - to be updated.
Dementia Friendly Church service
We were delighted to invite Kerry Debenham, lay reader at HTWW
to support us by leading the service, that was simple in format, but meaningful and effective. There was positive feedback from the congregation who had enjoyed the service.
A Memory Box and books are available in church, to share with those living
with Dementia. Please see Josie Edwards for details (Dementia Friendly Church
Along with the rest of the country, we were all shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on 8th September. Like all churches across the U.K., we immediately put the predetermined protocols in place. Church was opened shortly after the announcement was made to enable people to give thanks for our Queen’s life and mourn her passing; there was also the opportunity to sign the book of condolence.
Volunteers opened Church again on 9th and 10th September. On Friday, following the bell being rung at 12.00 noon, (something that happened in many churches throughout the country) a simple but touching memorial service was held at 2.00pm. it was heart-warming and comforting to share thoughts and prayers with the steady stream of people wishing to pay their respects over the course of the weekend.
Rev Lynn Morris led our Sunday worship and we were delighted to welcome members of the Fleet Air Arm to St Matthew’s for this service of thanksgiving which closed with the singing of God save the King.
On St Matthew’s Day 21st September, St Matthew’s school years 5/6 carried out a long standing Christian tradition of Pilgrimage from the school, following the cross to the church. Children also caried the school banner and a statue of St Matthew. When they arrived in school a short service took place, reflecting on the work and life of St. Matthew. During the time in church led by Rev’s Lisa the gospel of the tax collector was read as well as prayers and also the new school prayer.
The theme of the day at school was one of St Matthew, where all the pupils’ were asked to attend school wearing red. The church was please to receive a donation from the school to help with the repair of the church roof, which we are very thankful.
In the photos you can see years 5/6 outside of school preparing for the pilgrimage and the second photo is of the children leaving church after the service. It is always good to welcome the children from our local schools into church.
Ride + Stride 2022
On the 24th September St Matthew’s participated in this annual event organised by Shropshire Historic Churches Trust. We welcomed visitors into church and also had members being sponsored to take part. While Heather was on the exercise bike, Phil made his way round several local churches.
A total of £321.00 was raised which is split between SHCT and St Matthew’s.
Reverend Gareth Ingham led the service. The church was beautifully decorated
in celebration of Harvest. Contributions of food were donated to Telford Crisis
Christian Aid breakfast
We were grateful to Joan and Bob Skinner, who again undertook their usual
roles as chefs to cook and sell dozens of sausage sandwiches (veggie included)
to raise money for Christian Aid. It was a well-attended and enjoyable event.
The total raised on the day was £211 and with previous donations in May of
£140, £351 has been raised to date. (Note: £300 buys a hospital bed and
mattress in a maternity ward).
Following Reverend Paula Smith’s retirement from the parish, we have been grateful and delighted to have welcomed members of our local clergy and others to preside over our services.
They have include the Archdeacon of Salop, clergy from East Telford Benefice and Reverend Lynn Morris.
St Matthew's Church Team
We welcome you as usual every Sunday at 10:30am for Worship followed by a hot drink and biscuits.
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