To make sure you can stay in touch with all we are doing at St Matthew’s during the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we have created this dedicated page. It will be regularly updated with any new information, resources, messages and reflections.
Whilst we cannot visit you in your own homes, we are on the end of the phone and ready to chat. We also have a team of volunteers who can make deliveries to your home if you are unable to get to the shops. We are ready to pray for you or any of your family and friends.
It is possible that within the next month our churches could partially open for personal prayer. So that we can plan for this, we would need to have stewards in church during any opening and I would be very pleased to hear from anyone who feels they might like to volunteer. Fr Andrew | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stripey Stork Update
(one of our mission charities this year) has seen an unprecedented increase in demand as a result of Covid-19. Although their warehouse is closed for donations a small team continues to work with our referral partners and they have helped an additional 860 families since lockdown began. Find out more
News Article: Fr Mick Explores the Scriptures in Weekly Blog
Are you ready to explore the Bible? This is a chance to engage with and to think about what is possibly the most important book ever written. Each week I will publish a post to my blog “Exploring the Scriptures”… Read Article
Thy Kingdom Come 2020
Download the free app for daily prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. Plus something exciting for the whole family to get involved in – A digital prayer adventure map with special augmented reality app is available to download here
Thank you to everyone who has been able to maintain their giving to our church during these past months. Even though we are not holding services we still have many expenses to meet.
Using The Church Building
The Vicar, together with one other, may now enter the church to record services. We will be doing this from 17 May, so that the actual celebration of the Eucharist will take place in St Matthew’s. We will continue to use other locations for other parts of the service.
Sunday Worship: Get Involved
We would love to have more church members taking part in our Sunday worship. So if you or your family would be interested in reading or leading prayers, do let Fr Andrew know. You will need to have the equipment to record your contribution.
News Article: Drive-thru food donation hub at Reigate Grammar
“This is a brilliant example of the local community coming together in a positive way to help those in need and I hope it will be a legacy after this crisis”… Read Article
Christian Aid Coronavirus Emergency Appeal
The usual activities to raise money – house collections, church collections, and The Big Brekkie, cannot take place this year, but the need for help across the world is greater than ever. Whilst we are confined to our homes, many people have no refuge and are in even more danger. Please donate today if you can.
News Article: SIAMS grades St Matthew’s School “Excellent”
Some good news for our local community to celebrate at this time! St Matthew’s School received the top grade of Excellent in all categories following the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)… Read Article
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting scheduled for 22 April has been cancelled. This means that the current officers remain in post until the meeting is held. The new deadline date for APCM’s is now 31 October and we will hope to arrange a date within this time frame as soon as restrictions are lifted
Reigate & Redhill Mutual Aid Group
Reigate & Redhill Mutual Aid Group is a local volunteer network setup to support those who may need help over the coming weeks and months. If you want to volunteer or find out more about them, please check their Facebook group or give Fr Andrew a call.
“Thank you for the many warm comments we have received about all that has been done so far. Do let me know if what we offer is not working for you.” Fr Andrew
Morning & Evening Prayer
Morning and Evening Prayer will be said by members of the staff team at 8.30am and 5.30pm respectively in our own home location. Maybe you might like to pray at the same time as us and thus feel we are together in a spiritual way. If you would like to follow exactly the same service as we do – there is an app you can install or a service of Morning and Night Prayer which may be helpful to use.
At these services, we shall be holding all our community in prayer, so please, if you have any particular matters you would like us to pray for, send a message through to me at email@example.com and we will pray your request at the next service.
Prayer App churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/
Reflections on Social Media
From time to time, there will be additional reflections posted on social media.
The Foodbank at St Matthew’s has been deemed an essential community service and remains open, and it is very busy. If you would like to get involved in some way, do contact me for a chat or an email exchange. You will understand that we can only continue by observing strict social distancing and so I’m afraid that it is not possible to welcome anyone into the building during Foodbank times (Monday/Wednesday/Friday 12pm-2pm), except those on duty.
Look through our web site and you will find our Day to day services and activities remain listed and whilst none of these can take place right now (apart from the Foodbank), we look forward to the time, whenever that may be, when normal service will be resumed.