Do remember that we are holding Open Church every weekday across the summer. So if you fancy coming in for a chat and a cup of coffee, a quiet place to sit and think or a change of scene for the children do come along between 10 and 1.
On Sunday 15th July we were delighted to admit 10 children to receiving Holy Communion for the first time and to baptise Myles and Philip as well. We were joined by the congregation of St George’s who were celebrating with the four children who regularly worship there. The children took an active part throughout the service and had been prepared in a series of classes beforehand.
We look forward to baptising Luke and Thomas in our August Communion service.
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St Matthew’s saw a further visit recently from the amazing guys who walk on walls to do further checks on the spire. They ascended right up to the top of the tower to check a few things out! Here they are in action.
One guy walked on water…. these guys focus on walls.
With the exciting plans which we have for our future there are a number of new roles which have been created and there may be one to suit you!
Each of them, in their different ways, will help to support the church and local community, use your skills (which may have got a bit rusty) and/or offer you new challenges and areas of interest. The time you spend working can be flexible and you will have the support of a friendly team, training where necessary and a fulfilling sense of purpose.
There is one paid role – the Parish Administrator – and the rest are all voluntary.
The Parish Administrator’s role is for 10 hours a week and could be flexible round school holidays. For a Job Description and Application Form please click on the links or email Rev Helen Hancock at email@example.com. Deadline for applications is midday on Monday 19th March.
The other three voluntary roles are:
(1) helping to set up a ‘Friends of St Matthew’s Church’ group with both local residents, businesses and other supporters
(2) fundraising for St Matthew’s Tower and Spire Appeal which needs to raise a balance of around £300,000 for urgent repairs
(3) becoming the Heritage Activities Co-ordinator for activities which will flow from our Heritage Lottery Fund grant. This will involve engaging a wide cross-section of the community with the church’s history and heritage (architecture, bells, stained glass, war memorial etc.) and helping organise training for volunteers.
Following the success some time back of our first Ceilidh we are planning another. It will be at the cornerHOUSE in 116 Douglas Road KT6 7SB. Come early with the children or come later for supper and stay on, or make a whole evening of it and enjoy it all.
Tickets are available after services or on the door on the night. Please do bring something for the Bring and Share Supper. Paying bar for drinks.
Many thanks to those who came to enjoy our BIG Screen Weekend whether to see the original ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ with live organ accompaniment or ‘I Daniel Blake’ or both! Tom Bell did a fantastic job at the organ accompanying the Hunchback of Notre Dame and we are so grateful to him as yet again we were wowed by his talent.
Your generosity raised over £1000 for the good causes chosen – Fircroft Trust and Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness.