Church Prayer Meeting

An opportunity to come together in prayer for the many and varied things that God is doing here at St Matthew’s. Time is given for sharing what is happening within our church, both for individuals and the various groups and projects; also for our involvement in the immediate and surrounding communities.

Space is given for listening and hopefully hearing what God is saying to his church at this time.

Prayer is a vital part of our life together here at St Matthew’s for just one hour; do consider joining us if and when you are able

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Firm Roots—Cancer Prayer Support Group

This group which will be meeting at St Matthew’s on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Helen Jones is the organiser & if you would like more details please contact

There is still time to contribute to the consultation phase to help shape the cancer ministry. A questionnaire can be completed online (look down for the Firm Roots logo).

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Back to Church Sunday: Breakfast

Back to Church Sunday is a national initiative to encourage us to invite our friends, family and colleagues to church. Along with many other churches in the Diocese on Sunday 30th September our services will be designed to make them more accessible to those who aren’t used to coming to church worship. We will be sharing breakfast with any who would like to come from 9.30am Do invite friends & family to breakfast or the service or both.

Volunteers are needed to help the Social Organising team with breakfast before the service (see Katheryn Caithness), the Going team in the preceding week with delivering invites & providing/delivering chutney & jam to our neighbours in the parish (see Gwynneth P-J or Jeanette Plumb)

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Mat’s September Letter

I love September and October. It’s when St Matthew’s is at its most alive. I hope you’ve had a great August and that the summer has been as refreshing for you as it has been for me and the family. As I sat in staff meeting the Monday after I returned I became more and more excited by all that is coming up. I hope that, as you read this bulletin, you too will be excited by all the God has in store for us this term.

As September starts we will continue to welcome new people to our community (some have joined through the summer). Do introduce yourself to those you don’t know and (if you can) make it a priority to come to the ‘bring and share’ BBQ on Sunday 9th Sept to welcome one another at the start of this year. We have visitors to welcome at a Thanksgiving on the 9th and 2 baptisms on the 23rd September, we have Back to Church Sunday on the 30th (including breakfast), the Kingsdown Homegrown Festival on the 15th and Alpha starting on Tuesday 2nd October. Not forgetting the Youth Weekend away on the 21-23rd September, the first Messy Church of the new term on Friday 14th and a new experimental service ‘The Well’ beginning on September 30th. A significant new teaching series begins on the 9th Sept and our midweek groups will be following the themes.

In the midst of all this community activity it would be easy to forget that we do all this for the glory of God. During the Summer I have been struck again by the immense love, grace and generosity of God. St Matthew’s vision ‘Living for Jesus; knowing, growing and going’ seeks to remind us of our aim to do everything for Jesus through whom we are God’s children. That isn’t only about what we do in and through church, it’s about what we do each day at home, with friends, at school and at work. We are reminded in Colossians 1Open Link in New Window that all things are created through Jesus Christ and for him, that he is before all things, that he is the beginning so that he might come to have first place in everything (v15-23).

As we begin this new academic year can I invite you, with me, to commit everything afresh to God and to pray that he will be glorified through all we are and do so that others may come to him through our Lord Jesus Christ. Bring it on!

Mat

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