St Matthew's Church

Stretton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 4NT
Vicar: Revd Alan Jewell

"Sharing the love of Jesus with all through friendship, prayer & service"

Welcome to St Matthew's Church, Stretton!

Our church building is on Stretton Road, just opposite the Park Royal Hotel. We are part of the Church of England Diocese of Chester and our parish covers Stretton and parts of Appleton. We are linked to St Cross Church, Appleton Thorn, just down the road.
Sunday services are usually held at 9.00 AM, 10.30 AM, and 6.30 PM. (These times vary occasionally, so please check weekly notices or contact us to check.) We also have a midweek communion service on Thursdays at 10.30 AM. If you want to call in to have a look at the church, the best time is usually on a Wednesday morning when we are open for coffee.
On Friday afternoons, we hold our Praise & Play service. This is aimed at children not yet at school and their parents and other carers. You can expect singing, a bible story, craft activities and a drink and a snack.
We have a church school, Stretton St Matthew's Church of England Primary. The school holds services in church each half-term and the church provides a weekly assembly. For details of admissions, please see the school’s website.

Events & Services

Sun 9 Aug 2020  


Re-opening our churches for Public Worship

As you know, following guidance from the government, the Church of England has now allowed churches to re-open for public worship, when local circumstances permit.

St Cross Church has now held a service at 9.15 AM on two consecutive Sunday mornings (5th and 12th July). We have had a brief and simple act of worship with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place. These have been appreciated by those who have been able to attend.

St Matthew's PCC has been looking at what we can do to resume public worship and we propose to open St Matthew's for a service of prayer at 10.45 AM on Sunday 26 July.

A few points:

  • A risk assessment will be in place, using a template provided by the Church of England.

  • Numbers will be limited to 30 adults, and people will need to inform Churchwarden, Michelle Gwillim that they are planning to attend. (Children may attend with their parents.)

  • In the event of more places being requested than we can accommodate, people will be added to a waiting list and given priority for the next service. Those who find they are unable to take up a place are asked to let us know.

  • The churchwardens will need names and contact numbers of those attending in order to support 'track and trace'. This information will be held for 21 days.

  • The toilet will not be available.

  • The service will be a form of daily prayer with no congregational singing.

  • A printed sheet with the service on will be available in church, and worshippers will be asked to take these away with them.

  • At the moment, face coverings are not mandatory, but this may change.

  • Seating and traffic flow will be indicated by signs so that worshippers maintain distance from one another (other than those in their own household).

  • People will be asked to leave the church a row at a time, maintaining distance.

  • Those who are unwell will be asked not to attend.

Posted 20th Jul 2020

Online Services

Wednesday at 7.30pm
Short Reflection with Linda - live on Facebook

Friday 2.00pm
Praise & Play -live on Facebook

Sunday 10.45am
Morning Worship -live on Facebook

Posted 20th Jul 2020



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Posted 12th Apr 2020

Eric and Kylie explain the Big Welcome project

Video by Jim Fitzpatrick

Please join us in redeveloping our church building to create a space where:

  • Families and people with access needs, & the wider community are better welcomed
  • Friendship and fellowship flourish over a cuppa
  • Community and church groups gather for activities and meetings
  • Local people and visitors come together in an uplifting and comfortable space for
    Sunday and special services (baptisms, weddings and funerals)
  • Schools have an improved experience during services and visits

If you wish to discuss how you can support the project please e-mail using the link below

IF you would like to donate to this project, please follow this link

Stephen Edwards

Posted 12th Apr 2020