St. Matthews C of E

Published on 16 October 2020

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16/10/20     In preperation for the Annual Parochial Meeting on Wednesday 21st October the Annual Report and 2019 Accounts are available.

4/10/20      We received the shock news that Fr. Adam is moving to the post of Priest in Charge of the Parishes of York St Lawrence and Heslington on November 8th.

19/9/20      We were pleased to celebrate the wedding

                 of Ryan and Alice at St. Matthew’s.  Click here for some more Photos

18/9/20      We welcome Fr. Adam back from his holidays, and welcome Fr. Douglas to our services this Sunday.

10/9/20      Although Church Services are exempt from the government’s new Corona Virus rules we have decided against holding the celebration of St. Matthews tide next weekend

6/9/20        The Times of opening the church for Private prayer have been altered to 10am to 11am.

4/9/20        Two new giving campaigns have been launched this week.  The first is for St. Matthew’s Sponsored Child, the Second is the regular Malawi Hospital Charity.

29/8/20      Good news, Fr. Adam received a text from NHS Track and Trace to say he is clear of COVID-19, so normal services will resume immediately

29/8/20      There will be some disruption to Church services this week due to the Vicar having to self-isolate due to the illness of  family member.  Further news will be sent out via e’mail.

22/8/20      Another Working party was held this weekend to finish tidying the Hall, and do a major clean in the church.  This was very well attended and all the jobs in the programme were completed. For more photos see here.

19/8/20      A further socially distanced PCC Meeting met to discuss future shape of services and it was  agreed that as a One-off on St. Matthew’s Tide, Sunday 20th September we will hold a Sunday Morning Eucharist, with a Phone in Service at 3:30 and a Children’s Story time in Church at 5 pm.  Fr Douglas Machiridza, our Area Dean, to preach in the morning.  All, of course subject to COVID19 restrictions.

15/8/20      A working party was held in the Hall and Gardens to tidy up ready for a return to use from Lockdown.  For more photos see here..

5/8/20        A socially distanced PCC Meeting was held in Church to approve the 2019 Accounts.  It was also agreed to hold 2 socially distanced working parties on the 15th and 22nd August at 10am.  See Notices for more details.

5/7/20        Relaxing Government restrictions allow the Church of England to produce guidelines for limited services in Church.  St. Matthews will be open again today.

17/6/20      The church will now be open for private prayer on Weekday mornings, Thursday Evening and Sunday afternoon by Appointment.

5/5/2020    The Vicar is allowed to use the Church for Private Prayer, on his own or accompanied by members of his Lockdown family.

12/4/2020  About 70 worshipers joined in our congregation today for a phone-in Easter Day service.

9/4/2020    The phone-in services during Holy week have been so successful that it has been decided to continue them every evening into Easter Week.

05/04/2020 Over 30 Joined in with our Palm Sunday Phone Service

29/3/2020  The First Phone-in service was arranged at 1030 am

27/03/2020 The Church published details of a Whatsapp group for the congregation.

24/03/2020 In the light of Government instructions on Self Isolation the Church and Church are closed completely until further notice

20/03/2020 We reluctantly  decided that with the increasing need for self isolation we should cancel the delivery of Easter cards this year.

20/03/2020 Following a further request from the Church of England there will be no further services at St. Matthews, but the Church will be open for private prayer every day from 9sam to 11am and on Thursday evenings from 6pm to 8pm

17/03/2020 The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.  A copy of their Press release is here

16/03/2020 In the light of recent announcements on Coronavirus, a number of Church events have been cancelled, postponed or changed.  The Vicar’s latest letter can be found here.  Keep watching the Web site or Facebook for further updates.

10/03/2020 The Church of England updates advice on coronavirus.   Clergy are being advised not to share the chalice and to encourage worshippers not to shake hands during the ‘Sign of the Peace’ in services, as part of updated guidance on coronavirus issued by the Church of England.   To see the advice in full click here

19/02/2020 After the awful weather of the past two weeks it’s lovely to see the beautiful spring flowers in the memorial garden.  A few more photos are here.

19/02/2020 Some photos of the February Half Term Messy Church are here.

27/12/2019 Added photos of the Carol Service here and the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day Services here

20/12/2019 Fr. Adam’s Christmas message is here.

12/12/2019 A new idea for the website, you can hear the Hymns for this Sunday(15th December) on a new page here.  I await feed back with interest.

12/12/2019 Now that most of the Parish Christmas Cards are delivered here is a copy for those who live outside the Parish,Merry Christmas

12/12/2019 Some photos from the Autumn Fayre are here

06/12/2019 The Total raised by the Christmas Fayre was £3,141.43, Well done and thanks to all who helped, and all who came along.

17/11/2019 A few photographs of Sarah and Brad’s wedding last week are here

26/10/2019 Fr. Adam has written a new letter to the parish here

18/10/2019 Three new Photo Albums this week, Hedge Cutting, our new Signs, and Flowers.

27/09/2019 A Photo album of the Isle of Wight holiday is here.

19/08/2019 Congratulations to Juliet and Adam on the birth of their first Grandchild Kaleb.

13/08/2019 Our new Autumn Leaflets have been delivered from the printers and are available for collection in the Church.  Soon they will be distributed to every house in the parish, but if you want to see a copy it is here.

04/08/2019 For a Parishioner’s view of a Quiet Morning see here

07/07/2019 STOP PRESS, we have decided to extend the Messy Church sessions by one week so they now start on the 24th July and run until 28th August.

05/07/2019 The combined efforts of St. Matthews, Perry Beeches Baptist and Perry Beeches Evangelical Churches raised over £1,500 for Christian Aid week.

05/07/2019 St. Matthew’s has confirmed it’s commitment to the Ecology by successfully Applying for an ECO Church Certificate.  At the moment we have achieved Bronze level, so further work is required to upgrade this.

27/06/2019 At last members of the congregation can stop their ceaseless search.  Barbara has found her keys!

21/06/2019 Photographs from last night wonderful Baptism and Confirmation Service are here

21/06/2019 Details of the Parish Safeguarding Contacts and Policies were added to the site, with a link from the main drop down menu.

14/06/2019 Last Saturday’s Skittles went very well, with over 50 people having a very enjoyable time and raising £267.12 for Christian Aid.

7/06/2019  Details of the Final Christian Aid event for this month, the Quiz at Beeches Evangelical Church,are here

7/06/2019 We received a copy of the Service sheet for Don Beach’s funeral in Australia.  Don was a leading member of the church, particularly in Music before emigrated to Australia with his wife Erica in 2001.  A copy of his funeral service is here, and some photos of Don and Erica’s farewell party are here  

30/05/2019 Hallelujah the Bell is fixed!  And on Ascension Day.  Thanks to Supaseal next door to the church  the Bells fixings have been re-attached and greased.  Here’s hoping it lasts another 55 years.  While up there Paul from Supaseal took the opportunity to take some unusual photos of the church, which are here.

30/05/2019 Published some photos here of the nice trim hedges after the working Party, together with a suggestion for re-cycling Fr. Adam.

24/05/2019 Last weekend’s Gardening Party was a great success, with the hedge looking a lot tidier now, thanks to all who attended.

19/05/2019 The Beetle drive held last Saturday was a great success and Raised £180 for Christian Aid.  Great Thanks to Chris's Fish and Chips on the Aldridge Road for an excellent Fish and Chip Supper.

10/05/2019 Father Adam has written a new parish letter for Easter, Available here.  The vicars playlist can be found here

5/05/2019 Last weeks AGM was well attended.  David Gadd stood down as Churchwarden after long and successful service, and a new Churchwarden, Janet Cook, was elected.  A new PCC was also elected. The Churches Annual Accounts, the Trustees Report and the reports of various church activities were presented. The accounts can be seen here, and the reports here.

26/04/2019 Two new Photo Albums published, Messy Church on the 17th April here, and Easter Sunday here

29/03/2019  Most of the Cards are delivered now, to view the contents click here

15/03/2019 Farther Adam has written a new parish letter for Lent, Available here.

8/03/2019  If you haven’t woken up early enough to get to church recently it may be because the Church Bell, after 54 years of service has decided to take a rest and come away from the church wall.  We are investigating solutions, in the mean time the bell will be silent.

21/2/2019 Over 50 children and there carers came along to a half term Messy Church on the theme of Illusion.  A few photos are here.

9/2/2019   A new letter from Fr. Adam is published here.

9/2/2019   At the request of our Number one fan an album of Christmas photos is published here.

18/12/2018 A new Christmas letter from Fr. Adam is here.

16/12/2018 Some photos of the Messy Church - Christingle service published here courtesy of Michelle Hanley.

14/12/2018 The final figure for the Christmas Fayre is £3,100.  Well done to all concerned.

23/12/2018 A new Parish letter from Fr. Adam.  Looking forward to the Christmas Fayre and Advent  and asking for thoughtful prayer about future growth of St. Matthews.  You can read his letter here

16/11/2018 Our Christmas Cards have arrived and will be delivered to everyone in the parish soon.  If you can’t wait it is here.

11/11/2018 Photos of our Poppies for remembrance Sunday are here

4/11/2018   A few more photos of the trip to Westminster from Sandra, see them here

31/10/2018 Messy Church was very popular with over 40 children attending with their parents/carers.

27th October

St. Matthews hosted a conference on Mission in Eucharistic Parishes, some photos of the conference can be seen here

27th October

To coincide with the conference an exhibition of art work by Mary Flitcroft was arranged in the church, see some photos here

26th October

Some extra Photos added to the Westminster trip, courtesy of Mark, see them here

25th October

Fr. Adam has written a new parish letter covering attendance, future growth and remembrance.  An interesting read here

21st October 2018

Photos of the sunlight streaming

through church Windows are here

6th October  The trip to the Isle of Man, ended successfully today, and a good time was had by all. Some photos are here.

30th September, Harvest Festival, a few photos are here