Situations Vacant – are you ready for a role at St Matthew’s?

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  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.

If you think one of these roles might suit you then please click here to get more information or get in contact with Rev Helen Hancock at as soon as you can.

Get your dancing shoes on for our Ceilidh!

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.

BIG Screen Weekend – Thank you

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.

THiS Team Service

150 adults and children enjoyed worshipping together this morning at our Annual Team Service at St George’s.  Apologies if you came to St Matthew’s for a service and you found the doors closed.  We’re back as usual next Sunday.

We enjoyed great hospitality, a puppet show, singing, fishing, scratching our nose with our toes and other activities and ideas which helped us to focus on being in God’s team.

Our prayers were written on parts of the body to remind us how we are all different but all important and all come together as the body of Christ.  Here is what all our prayers put together looked like . . . .


Christingle workshop breaks all records!!!

Our most efficient ever Christingle-making workshop ensured that we got the job done in well under an hour this year.  Thanks to all those who came to help.

Everyone welcome tomorrow for the service at 3.30pm.

Service of Remembering and Thanking – Sunday 5th November

This Sunday all those who would like to remember those whom they have loved and lost (however long ago) are invited to a short service preceded by refreshments.  Please feel free to come along from 4.30pm with a service at 5pm.   As part of the service you will be invited to light a candle in memory of those whom you wish to remember and we will read out the names of those whose funerals we have been involved with over the last year.


In a busy world it is the opportunity to spend a short time in grateful appreciation  of those close to us and to thank God for their memory and contribution to our lives.  You’ll be very welcome.

Our AwayDay

We had a great AwayDay the Saturday before last and here’s the photo to prove it.  You may think looking at this that we aren’t very good at spelling but everyone is smiling and all were glad to be there.



With an 81% return rate of feedback forms and all positive (but with some helpful suggestions for improvements)  we are confidently looking forward to our Away Weekend next year 12 – 14th October 2018.   More details to follow soon.

A special thanks to the Discipleship Team who organised the day, our guest speaker Rev Stephen Kuhrt and our friends at Christ Church New Malden where we held the day.