Current Status of Church Re-Opening
"While we share the desire of many other churches in the province to physically gather in-person to worship our Heavenly Father, we are not adding our voice to petitions of the Premier. The well-being and safety of all our parishioners and the communities we serve is uppermost in our hearts and minds as we carefully plan for the eventual reopening of Ontario’s many Anglican churches. We will be taking a cautious and measured approach in the days ahead, in consultation with medical experts and the leaders of our dioceses, including our executive officers, chancellors, and liturgical officers."
St. Matthew's New Priest
Effective July 1st, Rev. Philip Stonhouse will be St. Matthew’s new priest-in-charge. Rev. Philip currently serves as St. Bride's, Clarkson associate priest, where he and his wife, Mary Anne, have been for the past three years. We give thanks to God for God's continued provision and care for St. Matthew's, especially during these uncertain times. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the wardens should you have any questions.
Rev. Stephen Blackmore
As announced during Holy Week, Rev. Stephen Blackmore is moving to Church of the Resurrection in Hamilton. His last day at St. Matthew's was May 31st. We remain deeply grateful for Stephen and his ministry with us during the past nine years. He will always have a special place in the hearts of St. Matthew's. We look forward to properly celebrating Stephen, Lauren, Jonah, and Seven at a later date when we are able to gather physically as a parish. Special thanks to Rev. Merv, who shepherd us through the month of June with help from our ministry team and staff.
From Your Warden Team
As we move through these very unusual times, we are praying for our St. Matthew’s community, and that you will all keep well. We have weathered many things together, and together we will get through this.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the office via email or telephone should our ministry team be able to assist you or your family in any way.
Be well and stay safe.
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A Message From the Office
We are still “open for business” – just differently. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
In accordance with government restrictions regarding non-essential businesses, the church building is now closed. But we know that the St. Matthew’s community is essential, and we remain vibrant through online services, telephone outreach, and the many caring ways we all are reaching out to each other.
The office is operating remotely during its regular business hours of Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Your emails and telephone messages will be answered during office hours. Please continue to check our website, saintmatts.ca, for updates and information about the different ways we can all stay connected.
Please consider joining our virtual buddy system to pray for and check in with each other during this time of social isolation.
We're suggesting that individuals or households find a ‘buddy’ from the church that they will connect with on a daily basis (through a phone call, e-mail, text, etc.). They will also commit to saying a prayer for this person each day.
This is a way for us to remain in touch with each other during this period of social isolation, it will strengthen our spiritual bonds through prayer, and may help foster new relationships in our community. It will also hopefully help us to quickly become aware of any potential challenges members of our community are facing. If you become aware of such a challenge, please let Rev. Stephen know as soon as possible.
Closed Until Further Notice
St. Matthew's is closed until further notice, based on Public Health and Diocese recommendations. Our prayers are with all of you. Please stay in touch here, or via email, or phone.
Sundays Starting at 10 am
No Coffee Hours or Meals & March Messy Church Cancelled
St. Matthew’s is staying up to date with COVID-19 and doing our best to care for each other and the vulnerable in our community. Per guidelines from the Diocese, we have suspended social gatherings that include food. This means there will be no coffee hours or meals before or after any services, or during meetings, classes, and other gatherings at St. Matthews until further notice. Our wardens continue to monitor all updates on COVID-19 from Public Health and the Diocese to ensure that we are doing all we can to be safe.
After careful consideration, March Messy Church has been cancelled.
On March 2, the Right Reverend Andrew Asbil issued a letter advising parishes on liturgical practices during the COVID-19 outbreak. He requests that all parishes suspend the sharing of the common cup at celebrations of the Eucharist. In addition, the Diocese recommends people "share words and smiles only, not handshakes or hugs, during the Exchange of the Peace."