Coronavirus Covid-19 Outbreak
Coronavirus Update 17 January 2021
St Matthew's Church Council has decided that in the light of current
Covid-19 situation the Church will close for communal worship
on Sunday mornings from Sunday the 17th January 2021.
Bishop Nick has replied to our request to close the Church:
" It is a wise decision. I duly grant the dispensation for the duration
of current restrictions. You are all in my prayers”
St Matthew's remains open for funerals, but
services will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
You are encouraged to make use of the NHS Covid-19 App
when attending funerals. The App can be downloaded here.
We request that you leave your contact details on the paper slip
provided for the NHS Test and Trace project.
Details of Opening Arrangements can be found in this link.
A warm welcome to St. Matthew's - a church that is both Anglican and
Methodist at the same time.
At St. Matthew's you will find a variety of worship reflecting the different
traditions from which we are gathered. All of them are based on
our belief that God is highly relevant to the modern world.
We seek to be open to new ways of experiencing faith
and understanding the Bible.
If you are looking for a church which is not dogmatic, rigid or
judgmental and which accepts people as they are, you are likely
to feel at home with us.
Vicar of Rastrick : Vacancy
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the
new Vicar of Rastrick :The Revd Michelle Petch who is to be
the Vicar of St Matthew, Rastrick (LEP) and
St John Rastrick in the Huddersfield Episcopal Area.
Michelle will be licensed on the 23rd February 2021 at 7:30pm
by the Bishop of Huddersfield at St John's church, Rastrick.
A Prayer for St. Johns and St, Matthews
Heavenly Father, we are Christ’s body, and your Holy Spirit is the head
of the Church. We commit to work together in harmony as two sister
churches, seeking to understand and to listen to one another.
Guide us through this interregnum so that we take wise decisions,
make inspired plans and grow, both in numbers and as Your disciples.
We look forward to the arrival of Michelle Petch in February to lead
and to guide us at this time. May Michelle and her husband Darrin
be blessed as they move to Rastrick, we commit to walking alongside
them to build up the church in Rastrick,
through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
Until the Revd Michelle is licensed, and in her place , for all Anglican
matters relating to the Church or Parish Centre please contact one of the
Margaret Brown Tel 01484 714533.
or John Mothersdale. Tel 01484 716092
For any specific Methodist matters, please contact
either Senior Church Steward Judith Kay Tel 01494 713929
or Revd Terry Keen Tel 01422 257763
email Revd Terry
St Matthew's is committed to the Safeguarding of Young People and
Vulnerable Adults. The Ecumenical Church Council has based its policy
on the Church of England's policies and best practice on Safeguarding.
St Matthew's policy is updated annually.
The Parish Designated Safeguarding Officer is Mrs. Jennifer Normanton,
Retired Priest with Permission to Officiate
For Revd Stephen's details please go to the 'Meet the Church Officers'
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