About Us ....
We are a long-standing Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) between the Church of England and the Methodist Church. St Matthew's is one church family, worshipping and working together to the glory of God and his Son, Jesus Christ.
There is more information about the St Matthew's L.E.P. in Section 7 of the History of St Matthew's. St Matthew's features in the Wikipedia article about the Methodist Church in the section on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
St Matthew's is part of a United Benefice with the Church of St John the Divine, Rastrick and is within the Diocese of Leeds in the Deanery of Brighouse and Elland.
St Matthew's is also part of the Calderdale Methodist Circuit, sharing our Minister with Central Methodist Church, Brighouse and Clifton Methodist Church within the Yorkshire West Methodist District
We share one bread and wine in the Eucharist.
We look to the working of the Holy Spirit amongst us, in building up the kingdom of God.
Our pattern of worship draws from the traditions of both our parent church bodies.
Through Baptism new church members are recognised by both the Church of England and the Methodist Church. Confirmation is similarly recognised by both parent churches.
If you wish to contact us about a Baptism, Wedding or Funeral, please click this link.
We look to our sponsoring body, the West Yorkshire Churches Together (WYCT) for guidance. Our church is administered at the local level by our Ecumenical Church Council, which meets monthly during the first week of the month.
We have regular house groups and nurture groups as advertised, as well as seasonal ones for Lent.
Annually, we mark Battle of Britain Sunday and Remembrance Sunday which the local RAF Association attend. Sadly in 2017, we received notice that the Rastrick branch of the RAF Association had been disbanded, as a result of falling numbers. We will miss their dignified presence at and contribution to our worship on these special occasions.
We also work closely with the Rastrick Group of Churches and Churches Together in Brighouse and Rastrick. The other Rastrick churches include Upper Edge Baptist Church , New Road Independent Family Church and Rastrick Community Church