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.
Latest Online Service: 22 November
Family Christingle Services
A letter and survey to all families who would like to be involved in Christingle this year. Please return the form by 29 Nov.
Foodbank Seasonal Activities
Collection of Christmas Treats – i.e. chocolates, biscuits, large bottles of drink (non- alcoholic). Deadline Friday 18 December
“Reverse” Advent Calendar – For every day of advent, place an item from our shopping list in a box/bag and in the New Year drop it off to us
Support Redhill Foodbank with Co-op Membership
We’re delighted to announce that the Foodbank is one of three causes in the local community which Co-op Members can select to support between now and 23 October 2021. Read more
Worship & Prayer During Lockdown
We will not be able to worship together in the church during the period of this second lockdown, but the church will be open for Private Prayer and our online Sunday Services will continue. Private Prayer times are listed in the right hand column of this page.
Cards For Good Causes Online Shop
Unfortunately the Cards For Good causes Christmas shop will not be open at St. Matthew’s this year. However you can still support a range of charities by purchasing your cards, wrapping paper, calendars etc. through the CFGC website.
Rev Helen Cook appointed Team Rector of Limpsfield & Tatsfield
Our former curate will take up her appointment in the coming weeks. We all wish Helen every blessing in her new ministry and we thank her for all she has contributed to the life of St Matthew’s. We will be inviting her back for one final Sunday with us as soon as circumstances allow.
To aid with Foodbank storage two portacabins and a storage container will be in place at the top end of the car park for the foreseeable future. This will inevitably restrict car parking and we apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
The Foodbank continues to be in heavy demand and donations are dropping. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated
Before donating, please check:
News Article: Winter Night Shelter Support Volunteers Needed
We are appealing for 10-20 special volunteers who will provide support to guests by taking them to private accommodation and working closely with the staff team to help them weigh up their options and sustain a tenancy. Training will be provided. Read Article
News Article: Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey visits Foodbank
“I feel uplifted and humbled by this extraordinary work. What strikes me is the wonderful family atmosphere at the Foodbank, which is run in an extremely efficient way – it is very impressive. Surrey has always been good at volunteering and this Foodbank demonstrates peoples’ willingness to help others.” Read Article
Face Coverings Compulsory in all Places of Worship
Face coverings have been compulsory in all places of worship since Saturday 8 August. This applies for private prayer and public worship. Exemptions apply. Read full message
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
Bishop’s Pastoral Letter
A pastoral letter from the Bishops of the Diocese.
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
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.
Morning & Evening Prayer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pray your request at the next service.
Prayer App chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer