Our Services

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Our normal monthly pattern of services at St Matthew's is:

1st Sunday  

8.45am Holy Communion

10.30am Family Service

2nd Sunday  

10.30am Holy Communion + Muddy Church

3rd Sunday  

10.30am Family Service (with separate teaching for young people)

5.00pm Breathing Space

4th Sunday  

10.30am Family Communion

5th Sunday  

10.30am Group Service at one of our churches.

St Matthew's Church building

Our main services are at 10.30am on Sunday morning with music provided by a small worship band of singers, guitars and sometimes keyboard. For hymns we usualy use recorded music to accompany the singing. All our main morning services end with refreshments in the Church Room and the format of the service varies as follows:

  • On the first Sundays of every month we have a Family Service with lots of activities and crafts for children and families to be involved in, with the service lasting about 45-50 minutes.
  • The second Sundays we have Holy Communion in the church lasting about 75-90 minutes with Muddy Church for young children and families, running at the same time in the Churchyard as well as SPYING in the Church Room for older children.
  • On the third Sundays we have another Family Service, similar to the 1st Sunday but with activities for children during the sermon/teaching in the Church Room. Then at 5pm there is "Breathing Space", a quieter, reflective service with readings, music, prayers and silence. Refreshments are served from 4pm with a time to chat.
  • The fourth Sunday we have Holy Communion designed to be more 'family friendly'.
  • When there is a fifth Sunday we usually hold a Group Service for all the Heart of England Parishes in one of the churches in the group.

Sarah Folkes, our Family Link Worker usually organises activities for the children at most of our main 10.30am services (except 3rd Sundays) and we enjoy having children and babies in church with us, no matter how much noise they make or where they want to wander! There is a dedicated play area in the south aisle where toys and drawing equipment are always available and parents can take their children into the Church Room if they feel the need to.

Our dress code is very informal and relaxed.

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