What can I expect?
Setting foot into a new place can be daunting especially if you don’t know what to expect, but as the angel said to Mary, ‘Do not be afraid’. As you walk through the doors of St Matthew’s, you will be greeted by a friendly smile by one of our welcoming team who will hand you a mass booklet and direct you where to go. They are there to help, so please feel free to ask questions. Our Sunday morning services are just over an hour long and are followed by coffee at the back of church, which you are most welcome to join. This is a time of fellowship as we are able to chat to people and meet new members of the congregation after our worship. If you don’t want to stay for coffee, that is also fine, but do introduce yourself to Fr Naylor, the Vicar, who will be very pleased to meet you.
Try coming to church for a few weeks and see for yourself what it is like. You will find a warm and welcoming community and it will not take long for you to feel at home at St Matthew’s. We’d love to see you!
As Anglo-Catholics, we are rooted firmly in the Catholic Tradition in the Church of England. We see the Eucharist at the heart of our worship, which is very similar to that of wider Catholic Church. The words and prayers in our liturgy are the same, and the use of bells and incense creates a more profound and enhanced experience of worship.
By singing hymns, we are able to connect emotionally through the stories or prayers that lie in their text. The Homily (sermon) from priest encourages us to reflect on the scripture readings that we listen to and helps us to live out what we have heard in our lives.
The Sunday evening Mass (6pm) is said, with no hymns, making it shorter at around 35 minutes. Many people are drawn to this Mass as it is quieter and more intimate.
The weekday Masses (Tues-Friday 12.30 and Sat 09.30) are also said and are a great way to attend for the first time.
There are prayer groups that use the Rosary on Fridays at 12 noon in church or on Wednesdays at 9pm via Zoom. These groups are led by members of the congregation and are incredibly supportive. For more information, email Joyce or Jean.