I am delighted to endorse the Bishop of Sheffield’s wholehearted support for Saint Matthew’s Carver Street Appeal. It is my privilege as Provincial Episcopal Visitor and Assistant Bishop in the diocese to provide St. Matthew’s with sacramental and pastoral care and during my association to see it go from strength to strength in its mission and outreach.
At the centre of this mission is the daily encounter with Jesus Christ, made present in the Mass and preached through word and sacrament, an encounter which takes place around the altar – the heart of the church. In the proposed project, we see a bold and ambitious plan to make the church fit for that encounter in the 21st century, continuing its proud tradition of Anglo-Catholic worship which feeds the missional life of the parish. In realising this project, the church will continue to be at the heart of the community it serves, fit for purpose, forward looking, and confident in its tradition.
The parish has had, and continues to have, a strong presence in, and ministry to, the heart of the city, a place where faith, hope, and charity combine to show the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all faiths and none.
I am constantly amazed to see the many and various ways in which St. Matthew’s seeks to serve its community and I am excited to see where this next phase of development will lead. This project will enhance the parish’s contribution to the diocesan mission of renewal, release and rejuvenation, in the name of Jesus Christ, and increase its already impressive outreach programme – all for the greater glory of God and the building up of His Kingdom.
My prayers for you all, and may Our Lady of Carver Street, St. Matthew, and all the Saints pray for the bold realisation of this project!
The Right Reverend Glyn Webster
Bishop of Beverley