News

Midweek Thought

A message from Revd Ian Tomkins

A response to the tragedy of the refugee and the displaced

Appeal for Afghanistan

As we see the tragedy of the Afghanistan situation unfolding, our hearts are moved with compassion for all those caught up in this. If you feel moved to give financially to help support the needs of so many caught up in this, you can give in two ways.

1. Please pray for the whole situation, for those in distress and fleeing for their lives, for politicians and decision makers, for logistics and practical help, for God’s grace in this terrible situation.
2. Give financially

Via St Matthews online or by cheque or cash.

If giving by cheque or cash, please mark this’ AFGHANISTAN APPEAL.
If you are a taxpayer and your donation is either online or is in a signed Gift Aid envelope, we shall reclaim the Gift Aid on your behalf to maximise the gift, and direct this giving to Tear Fund and Christian Aid or World Vision, all charities operating in this field and enabling emergency relief and care. Gift Aid envelopes will be in church.
Or Give direct via charities of your choice. Here are some links to charities operating in this field:

Christian Aid
Tear Fund
World Vision
Refugee Education UK

with love and prayers from the ministry team

Share this on Facebook

Midweek Thought

A message from Revd Ian Tomkins

When the penny drops!!

Share this on Facebook

Autumn Service Plans

To keep you informed of our plans, we will be trying out some additions to the service plan in the autumn. We will be moving the main service back to 10.30am and as a first step in a gradual process, we shall tryout reintroducing an early Holy Communion service on two Sundays a month when there is no Holy Communion at the 10.30—this would be a reflective said service. The time we shall try out at first is 8.45am, as we need to ensure there is a clear hour before the 10.30 service, for the set up and music practice. This will be a trial with ongoing review. The start date will be Sunday 26th September when there will be an 8.45am said Holy Communion and a 10.30am Sunday Worship.

We are also aiming to try out a more informal afternoon (4pm) time of worship and prayer in the autumn term starting on 19th September. This would aim to reach out to a different demographic to our Sunday morning services and try and reach the people who are most prevalent in our parish area. Hopefully this will also link to Alpha in some format and also connect with Youth on a Sunday evening. The intention would be to trial this for six weeks and reassess the situation as it progresses. Gaby Doherty is taking the lead in developing this.

Please continue to pray for us as we try and discern the best ways forward, as we look to the future.

Share this on Facebook

Playgroup “Outstanding”

We are delighted to report that the recent Ofsted inspection resulted in an ‘Outstanding across all categories’ for our playgroup. The full report is on the Ofsted website for all to read. Our huge congratulations and thanks to Linda Mallard and her team, Rosie, Stacey, Adelaide and Lydia. The St Matthews Playgroup team are an exceptional and utterly dedicated team, which huge professionalism and care. Their work makes a huge difference to the lives of many families in our community.

Share this on Facebook