Children are always welcome at St Matthew's. We know that they are wriggly. They make a mess. They can be noisy and need to use the toilet at the most inconvenient moment. But we are always pleased to see them. In fact, our church family would be much poorer without them, so please don’t wait until your children are ‘old enough’ to bring them to services at church. (We christen babies because we believe that God loves them exactly as they are and that they belong in church.)
We try to make some of our services particularly suitable for children and their families. We call these ‘All Age Worship’ services. (Sometimes people talk
about ‘family’ services but that sounds like you have to come ‘as a family’ and that’s not what we mean.
All Age Worship is for everyone, from the youngest to the oldest, and all are welcome.) All Age Worship services usually happen at 10:30AM on the third Sunday of each month. In addition, we have some special occasions which are all-age friendly. So, coming up we have All Age Worship on the following dates:
You might like to know that Easter Day is Sunday 16th April. Our 10:30 AM service on Easter Day is a communion service but we hope that many families will come and join us. (There may even be chocolate eggs for little ones…)
We also hope you’ll join us for Walking Day on Saturday 15th July. The church service is at 11:00 AM and is followed by the walk and then the school fair.
I hope you will be able to join us for at least some of the above dates. We look forward to seeing you and your wriggly children!
 The same is true of many adults.
Warrington Worldwide picked up on the story of our first ever 'Rose King' as a historic moment! You can see pictures from the day on their site.
Update: this picture made the front page of the printed edition of "Village Life"!
Official photographs by Oculus Studios can be seen on their site where you can also order copies.
Let us know what you think!
Follow the link below to complete an online questionnaire to let the PCC know what you think should happen on Sunday evenings at St Matthew's.
Christian Aid Week is 15-21 May, when we will be delivering and collecting envelopes across the parish. Please spare an hour or so to help the poorest communities in the world, while showing people in this community how caring and active St Matthew's is. There are packs of envelopes on the table in the cross aisle. Please take a pack and sign up on the list for a street near you.
Under Church of England rules, the Electoral Roll of each parish must be revised every 12 months, before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) which this year will take place after the 10.30am service on Sunday April 24th.
The revision will take place between Sunday March 13th and Sunday April 3rd, after which no more names can be added to or removed from the Electoral Roll until after the APCM. Formal notice of the revision will have been on the notice board at the back of church from February 21st and a list of those people currently on the Electoral Roll will be displayed from the commencement of the revision. If you are aware of any inaccuracies in the Electoral Roll or if you would like an application form, please let me know.
Joining the electoral roll is an important way of confirming your commitment to St Matthew's and to the vision of the church. But it also opens up the way for greater involvement in the life of the Church of England, at Parish, Deanery, Diocesan and national levels. By joining, you become entitled to participate in the government of the church and to vote at the APCM where the elections take place for:
The parochial church council (PCC)
The parish's representatives on the deanery synod.
Any person entitled to attend the APCM may raise any question of parochial or general church interest.
Joining the roll is an important statement of witness. With your name on the electoral roll, the strength of the Church can be seen in our local area, and across the Diocese. If you are a regular at St Matthew's, you should be on the Electoral Roll!
To qualify for the Roll, you must be 16yrs of age, baptised and a member of the Church of England who either lives in the parish or has regularly attended worship at St Matthew's over the last 6 months. If you are interested, please contact the Electoral Roll Officer:
Tel: 01925 268262 Email: email@example.com
After communion this morning (Thursday 4th February) we showed a video about depression in later life and invited people to have a conversation about mental health. This was part of 'Time To Talk', a national initiative designed to encourage people to talk about mental health issues. Over 20 people took part.
For more information, visit 'Time To Change'.
A packed church hall for the quiz on Friday 15th January raised just over £200 – great fun had by all, even the sheep from the Christmas Tree Festival, who were coveted prizes in
the raffle – just as popular as the chocs!!
On Mothering Sunday 6th March we will be welcoming a Children’s Society speaker to St Matthew’s Church to tell us about the national and local work done by the Society.
The Afternoon Tea on the Vicarage Lawn will be on SUNDAY 12TH JUNE – this is the date Rev Alan has advance notice will be the warmest of the year…………We’re really looking forward to a family event with homemade cakes and games/activities for the children, and lots of sunshine!
Please support the Fairtrade Bakeoff to be held in St Matthew’s School Hall on SHROVE TUESDAY 9th FEBRUARY 7.30-9.00PM.
Bake a cake using as many FT ingredients as possible, come along to cast a vote, make a purchase from the FT stall and even win a FT hamper in the raffle. Entry forms available from the Vicarage/Church Secretary, St Matthew’s School office or Gill Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07876 058934.
Cakes are to be brought to church on Sunday or to school on Monday/Tuesday in the week of the event. The winners will be invited to Afternoon Tea at Warrington Town Hall in April.
We would like to say THANK YOU to all those who made this such a wonderful event:
To our sponsors who are a very talented, artistic bunch and competitive! The decorations on the trees were amazing and many people commented on how impressed they were with the effort that had been made.
To the children from St Matthew's School who added their own reflections, writing prayers for the trees on the pillars, and for those who took time to read them, it showed how in touch our children are with the world around them.
We also enjoyed having Carol Services on both weekends with the children from Grappenhall Heys School and St Matthew's School providing wonderful choirs. It gave us all a moment to take time out and reflect during the Advent period about why we celebrate Christmas.
Thank you to all those who came and helped, when the church was open, giving our visitors a warm welcome and also to those who worked behind the scenes in many ways.
The results from visitors voting for their favourite tree are as follows:
1st Post Office & Beehive Stores
2nd Stretton Newsagents
3rd Jewell Maths
Voting was very close with only one vote between second and third. All the trees had a number of votes.
Due to the generosity of our sponsors and those visiting the Church we have raised
£1300 for Warrington Women’s Aid (WWA). People were also very generous when taking part in the specific Christmas gifts for WWA. Your support has been greatly appreciated. THANK YOU!
We have been talking about the future of evening worship at St Matthew's. During the vacancy, evening services were cut back from every week to twice a month. The numbers who attend make it difficult to justify the resources required to run a choral evensong.
Over the winter months, some of our regulars find it more difficult to get out on a dark, wet or frosty evening, so numbers look like dropping even further. The Church Council has therefore decided to try an earlier start time. For the first quarter of 2016, therefore, our evening service will move to 4:30PM. We will keep the pattern the same - there will be a service of evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer on the first and third sundays of the month. We hope that this will encourage more people to attend, perhaps even those who wouldn't normally come to evening service.
The Church Council will then review the situation to see if it has made a difference. If you have any thoughts on this, please get in touch.