Our Services

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Our general 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 + JAM
         
3rd Sunday   8.45am Holy Communion   10.30am Village Praise
         
4th Sunday       10.30am Holy Communion
         
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 service is at 10.30am on Sunday morning with music provided by a worship band of singers, guitars, keyboard and sometimes drums. Occasionally we use recorded organ music to accompany traditional hymns and the service format varies as follows:

  • On the first Sunday of every month it is a Family Service often with drama, stories and interactivity lasting about 45-50 minutes. We usually begin with pastries and squash and coffee or tea from 10am.
  • The second and fourth Sundays are Holy Communion in the church lasting about 75-90 minutes. Our Sunday School (JAM) for younger children is held on the 2nd Sundays in the Rainbow Room starting at 10.30am.
  • The third Sunday is a 'Village Praise' service lasting up to 90 minutes and is less formal and includes some more modern worship and often different  service formats.
  • 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.

At St Matthew's, parents of young children and babies can take them into the Church Room if they wish and still be able to hear the service, although we are used to children and welcome having them in church with us. There is a dedicated play area in the south aisle where toys and drawing equipment are available.

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

Our dress code is very informal and relaxed