Church Life

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Children
Children are very welcome at St Matthew’s and form a strong and well-loved part of our congregation. During part of  Sunday’s worship, school age children learn about God in Sunday School.

Children who are not yet old enough for Sunday School are encouraged to remain in the service. An activity table with books and quiet toys, and floor mat is available to use during the service.

Large armchairs and a floor mat are available (on the gallery above the entrance) for nursing mothers, and those with young babies.

During the last Sunday of each month children participate in much of the ten o’clock All Age Worship Service, reading from scripture and leading prayers. They practise for this during the preceding week, making regular attendance at Sunday School in these weeks important.

Choir
Music is important to us, and St Matthew’s sings out! For those wanting to help lead the congregation, choir practice is on Friday, 6.30pm to 7.30pm. All ages welcome, no singing experience is necessary. The choir sing parts of the Communion services, and other songs composed and led by Choirmaster and Organist Francis Reneau, OBE. If you would like to join the choir, have a word with them after church.

Tea and Coffee
You are warmly invited to stay for tea and coffee after the ten o’clock service.

St Matthew’s Day
Once a year we celebrate St Matthew’s Day (September 21st) with a bring and share feast after the service. We release balloons to celebrate.

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