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 9.30 AM, 10.45 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.
Welcomers and Readers
26th June 2022
Before we were forced to close because of Covid, both churches had rotas of people as Sidespersons and bible readers. We feel that it would now be right to ask people to act as ‘welcomers’ and to do bible readings in church. If you would like to help in this way, please get in touch. All welcome and training provided !Continue reading.....
Posted 3 days ago
Work, Rest, and Play...
One of the strange things about my job is what happens when I have to fill in an official form that asks about my work status. I am not employed, and I don’t have a contract. I don’t get paid to work: I receive a stipend. (I am ‘given a living’.) Technically, I am an ‘office holder’. I hold the office of vicar, but I am not employed by the Church or anyone else.
Posted 1 month ago
The long Platinum Jubilee weekend was a busy one, filled with many memorable moments. One of the highlights for me was the short film of Her Majesty the Queen taking tea with Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace. As I watched it, I had a couple of thoughts: first, I can’t think of another world leader who could have carried it off so delightfully, and second, it isn’t every nonagenarian who would welcome the chance to take up an acting role. (The Queen was, of course, only in her eighties when she appeared alongside James Bond in a film made for the 2012 Olympics.) In our parishes, there have been a number of opportunities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. At St Matthew's, after Thursday communion, we watched the Trooping the Colour ceremony over a cup of coffee. I followed that by offering to help Stephen Edwards and Richard Johnson in putting up the Union Flag on top of the St Matthew's church tower. I say ‘offering to help’ because, in the event, I was no help at all. Unfortunately, my well-documented fear of heights kicked in, and I found myself on the bottom rung of the final ladder, unsure about whether I could make it up to the top of the tower, or whether I would just stay glued to the ladder for ever. Stephen and Richard were characteristically kind and patient, and I did eventually climb out onto the roof. (Photographic evidence is available. Thankfully, the fear doesn’t show. Much.)Continue reading.....
Posted 2 weeks ago
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