Our church building is on Stretton Road, just opposite the Park Royal Hotel. We are part of the Church of England Diocese of Chester and our parish covers Stretton and parts of Appleton. We are linked to St Cross Church, Appleton Thorn, just down the road.
Sunday services are usually held at 9.00 AM, 10.30 AM, and 6.30 PM. (These times vary occasionally, so please check weekly notices or contact us to check.) We also have a midweek communion service on Thursdays at 10.30 AM. If you want to call in to have a look at the church, the best time is usually on a Wednesday morning when we are open for coffee.
On Friday afternoons, we hold our Praise & Play service. This is aimed at children not yet at school and their parents and other carers. You can expect singing, a bible story, craft activities and a drink and a snack.
We have a church school, Stretton St Matthew's Church of England Primary. The school holds services in church each half-term and the church provides a weekly assembly. For details of admissions, please see the school’s website.
Parish Magazine March 2021
Posted 3rd Mar 2021
Fair Trade Fortnight
22nd February 2021 ∽ 7th March
Fairtrade Fortnight starts Monday Feb 22nd.
Posted 21st Feb 2021
Walking to Jerusalem by Easter
How many of you have rediscovered walking over the past year? Whether that be walking the dog, daily exercise during lockdown, or keep fit exercise. This is for those who do a short daily walk, or a 6 mile hike at the weekend, or just the occasional stroll.
Whilst we can not collectively walk together, a virtual walk has been created for us, as a way of being together whilst apart. During the 100 days between Christmas Day and Easter Sunday (4th April), the intention is to collectively virtually walk to Jerusalem – a distance of 6,077 km or about 3,800 miles. We are inviting people to join in and make this a community achievement.
The route starts at the lychgate of St Matthew's Church, Stretton goes via London, Bruges, Cologne, Marburg, Bamburg, Munich, Graz, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Ephesus, Xanthos, Adana, Aleppo, Damascus, across the River Jordan (!) and finally to Jerusalem. The church is providing some weekly Reflections on Facebook along the way.
To join the group, send a request to
with details of your connection with the church or the village, and we can then send you an invite to join the group.
Then whenever you go on a walk, log your distance (in km, miles or steps) in the app, and then add that distance to our group walk. We will send some instructions, and provide support.
If you can not/don’t want to use the app, you can still join in by letting us know the distance walked, and we can add your contribution to the walk.
There will be no regular commitment to walk, but you can follow our progress in the app. We will regularly give updates on the group’s progress. At the turn of the year we were just south of Lichfield.
All are welcome to join the St. Matthew’s Easter Walk.
If you have any questions please either e-mail to
or contact us. Stephen and Catherine Edwards
Posted 4th Jan 2021
Benefice Notices 7th March 2021
Posted 3rd Mar 2021
Public Worship and National Lockdown
Government guidance and Church of England advice allow public worship to continue during the national lockdown, but churches must make their own decisions of the basis of what they feel able to provide. The Churchwardens and I are satisfied that we are able to offer the following:
It is clear that we must continue to uphold the highest standards of COVID-preparedness. I would remind you that if you plan to attend a service in church you must inform a Churchwarden and give your contact details. If you turn up without having done so, we cannot guarantee that there will be a place for you.
Posted 25th Jan 2021
The Big Welcome
Our Big Welcome Project is underway. The pews at the back of church have been removed and a wooden floor laid down. This has given us the space we need for our church to be a welcoming place for the whole community.
The next stage will be to put in a kitchen – a much needed facility as we come back to share our lives together after the separation of recent months. The area will not only be available for church services – Praise and Play, refreshments, coffee mornings and small groups - but also for wider community use. We welcome ideas and suggestions about potential groups or activities. This is a really exciting development in the life of the church which will place it at the heart of our communityRead More...
Posted 3rd Mar 2021