The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew Rastrick

Our Mission

To serve the community in Rastrick and throughout the world as disciples of Jesus Christ. (RK 29Jan15)


We seek to do this:

Interior view of St Matthew's church during the Christingle Service 2010 with candles litby maintaining a worshipping community at St Matthew's to serve the needs of the people of our Parish and wider area





by providing the Rastrick Parish Centre, as a venue for all the people of Rastrick

by building up our links with the local schools in Rastrick.  Many of the schools visit the church for teaching sessions and for special events, such as carol services and thanks giving. The schools are visited regularly by members of the clergy and members of our Schools Liaison Group

by ensuring that the residents of the many old persons' homes  in the Parish  are visited regularly.

by supporting B.A.S.H. (Brighouse and Surroundings Homeless) through giving of time and weekly collection of food  and toiletries etc.


For many years we have supported the work of Testimony Faith Homes in Eldoret Kenya, which is now led by Daryl and Carol Green. John and Esther Green  from Testimony Faith Homes with friends from St Matthew's at the Parish CentreDaryl's father and mother, John and Esther  spoke movingly about their life and supporting outcast children in Eldoret on Sunday 29th May 2011 at St Matthew's Church.  Read John Green's blog. More news from Testimony Faith Homes on our news pages



Our Parish is linked with the Parish of Nyakiswa, in the Diocese of Mara in Tanzania. Information about the West Yorkshire and the Dales / Mara link can be found on the West Yorkshire and the Dales Diocese Mara Link  page.


We support CMS, the Church Mission Society through our  Link Member, Miriam Knowles, (go to Tanzania - Mim Knowles,  on the CMS website) who is living  in Tanzania with the local church. She is working as an Occupational Therapist, primarily with disabled children. Miriam's base is Neema Crafts, in the town of Iringa, but she will be developing the work to reach out to local village communities. Her vision is education and helping to dispel the stigma and closedness that surrounds disability. Follow Miriam on her blog  and read her newsletter. See News page


by supporting through the church tithed giving :

   The Children’s Society through our annual Christingle service and through regular personal giving.

 EveryChild  who work with vulnerable children in Cambodia, India, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania.

Us [United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel], who for over 300 years, have been sharing God’s love through practical action, and seeing lives transformed, throughout the world.

 B.A.S.H. (Brighouse and Surroundings Homeless) whose aim is to support homeless and vulnerably housed people in the local community via outreach and at the  drop-in centre at Central Methodist Church, Brighouse. 

Calderdale Drop-in Centre whose aim  is to enable vulnerable people who have a 'chaotic lifestyle' to access a drop-in on a weekly basis and collect a free food parcel, and gain support and guidance to enable them to move on from their current situation.

All We Can (formerly the Methodist Relief and Development Fund) whose new  initiative builds on its existing strengths in partnering with small local organisations, by working in collaboration with churches and offering training and support so that they can effectively respond to the needs of their local communities, throughout the world.

The Turning Point : Counselling Brighouse which exists to offer help to those who need someone to talk to - someone who will listen and understand, someone specially trained, someone they can trust.

The Mara Fund where our link Diocese of Mara in Tanzania supports projects such as  Water for Life, the Bunda Bible College, Issenye Secondary School, the Buhemba Rural Agricultural Centre and the Faraja Centre, a counselling and support service for those with HIV and Aids

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