Our Services

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Our general monthly pattern of services from January 2020 at St Matthew's is:

1st Sunday   8.45am Holy Communion   10.30am Family Service
         
2nd Sunday       10.30am Holy Communion + JAM
         
3rd Sunday   8.45am Holy Communion   10.30am Family Service
         
4th Sunday       10.30am Family Communion (a shorter communion with explanations and easier words)
         
5th Sunday       10.30am Group Service at one of our churches.

St Matthew's Church building

Some of our services are led by Lay people and Holy Communion may be "by Extension" led by a licensed Reader or an authorised member of the Leadership Team using bread and wine formerly consecrated by a priest.

There is a said Holy Communion service at 8.45am on the first and third Sundays lasting about 30-35 minutes.

Our main services are at 10.30am on Sunday morning with music provided by a worship band of singers, guitars, keyboard and sometimes drums. Occasionally we use recorded music to accompany the singing and the format of the service varies as follows:

  • On the first and third Sundays of every month we have a Family Service with lots of activities and crafts for children and families to be involved with the service lasting about 45-50 minutes. We usually begin with pastries and squash and coffee or tea from 10am and end with more refreshments in the Church Room.
  • The second Sundays we have Holy Communion in the church lasting about 75-90 minutes with our Sunday School called JAM (Jesus And Me) for younger children in the Church Room starting at 10.30am.
  • The fourth Sunday we have a Family Communion designed to be 'family friendly' with explanations of what is happening and easily understandable words and songs.
  • 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 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.

Coffee, tea, squash and biscuits are usually served after the 10.30am services.

Our dress code is very informal and relaxed.