Welcome to St Matthew's Church

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


St Matthew's Church Christingle Service

As last year you may be wondering when our Christingle service, in support of the Children's Society, will be. The answer is that we have decided to hold it in the new year, on the feast of Candlemas, which we will keep on Sunday 2 February. Candlemas, which marks the presentation of the child Jesus in the temple, is the 'official' end of the Christmas cycle. In the Gospel for the day we hear how Jesus, 40 days since his birth, is recognised as the Light of the World. In some traditions, this is the day on which candles are blessed. It seems good, then, to bring together our celebration of Christ's birth with the candles of Christingle.

The service will be at St Matthew's at 4:30PM on Sunday 2 February 2020.

Children's Society Logo
All welcome.


Find Us

Conduct Statement

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Mission Statement: Sharing the love of Jesus with all through friendship, prayer and service

The following Code aims to support St Matthew’s Employees, Groups and Volunteers by actively considering and implementing the following principles:

  1. Compliance
    a. Accept the Mission Statement and objectives of St Matthew’s Church and work and act in an appropriate manner at all times
    b. Carry out roles to the best of your ability
    c. Follow and comply with the Policies and Governance of St Matthew’s Church
    d. Be mindful in the use of resources to demonstrate responsible environmental

  2. Confidentiality
    a. Respect people’s right to personal privacy
    b. Treat information in an appropriate confidential manner

  3. Integrity – All Individuals are entitled:
    a. To be treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity
    b. Experience no bullying, harassment or victimisation
    c. Encounter no form of unfair discrimination
    d. To be valued for their skills and abilities

  4. Leadership
    a. Provide an example that you would wish others to follow
    b. Use wisdom, good judgment and common sense when dealing with others and making decisions
    c. Challenge unacceptable behaviour
    d. Act with openness and accountability

  5. Communication
    a. Proactively communicate any information that would benefit others and improve the church experience

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The Big Welcome Project

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

Our plans will enhance the church building for the present and future generations.


If you wish to discuss how you can support the project please e-mail fundraising@stmatthewschurchstretton.org.uk

IF you would like to donate to this project, please follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/stmatthewschurch-thebigwelccome

Stephen Edwards


Events & Services

Mon 27 Jan 2020  Today

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bell Ringing Practice

Wed 29 Jan 2020  

9:15am - 4:15pm  Parish Office Open
9:30am - 12:00pm  Church open for Coffee!

Thu 30 Jan 2020  

10:30am  Holy Communion

Fri 31 Jan 2020  

2:00pm  Praise and Play

Sun 2 Feb 2020  

9:00am  Holy Communion
10:30am  Holy Communion
4:30pm  Christingle Service

Coffee Morning

Community Coffee Morning
Every Wednesday

Our next Community Coffee Morning will be:

9:30am Wednesday 29 January 2020

St Matthew's Church

Singing Kettle


Our next Singing Kettle will be:

2:00pm Thursday 27 February 2020

Church Hall


St Matthew's Church takes its duty and obligation to protect all extremely seriously. We have adopted the national Church of England's robust procedures and guidelines. You can find out more about the national policies and procedures at www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding.
If you have any safeguarding concerns or issues of a safeguarding matter then you can find useful contact information at www.chester.anglican.org/social-responsibility/safeguarding”