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The Prayer of the Church over the next few weeks

posted 18 Mar 2020, 11:28 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 18 Mar 2020, 11:39 ]

Dear Friends, 

The Prayer of the Church over the next few weeks 

After much prayer and consideration our archbishops and bishops have given us new instructions concerning the safety of all with regard to public worship. 

Our usual pattern of Sunday Masses 8.00 am and 10.00 am have had to be cancelled with immediate effect. However, as always our doors will be open and church will be open on Sundays between 10.00 am and 11.00 am for private prayer with the Blessed Sacrament exposed as a focus for our prayer. Do feel free to spend as much or as little time as you want in church. You may of course simply wish to remain at home and pray there. 

Our weekday pattern of  worship has also had to be suspended with immediate effect. There will be no public Masses on Monday to Saturday. 

I want you to be encouraged however knowing that the clergy will be saying Morning and Evening Prayer daily and that Mass will be offered daily (albeit privately) for the needs of the world, the church and our community. If you have particular people or concerns you want us to pray for, please email, telephone or call at the vicarage. The clergy very much want to keep in touch with you all at this time even if it is by modern channels of communication. 
Notices will be published on the Church doors with updates as happened during our building works last year. 

We will, as ever, be available for Funeral Rites, Weddings and Baptisms. 

These are extremely difficult days for us all. I’m sure that over the next weeks and months many of us will need to support one another in sad and tragic circumstances.

Be assured of our prayers, concern and support at all time and remember that we are always available.

With every blessing,

Fr John

Fr John Wiseman
Churchwardens, Fr I Anthony, Fr S Haworth

Christmas Fayre

posted 9 Nov 2019, 04:03 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 30 Nov 2019, 12:46 ]

A Christmas Fayre Weekend is being held on Saturday 14  December ( 10:30 am -4 pm) and Sunday 15 December ( 11.30 am - 2.30 pm ) in Church House. Lots of stalls, Secret Gifts, Craft Stall, Chocolate Tombola, Toy Stall, mouth watering refreshments and special guest appearance of Father Christmas who will be tying up his sleigh on Saturday 2 pm till 4 pm and Sunday 12 pm till 2 pm.

Don't miss the fun  and games

Christmas Dinner On Jesus

posted 9 Nov 2019, 04:01 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 9 Nov 2019, 04:02 ]

This is the third year we're supporting Urban Outreach in their project Christmas Dinner On Jesus.                                            They have already had a fantastic response this year but would would like us to pledge :-
  • 50 Bottles of Shloer
  • 100 Cans of Soft Drinks --- Sprite,Coke, Fanta
  • 100 Packets of large Sharing Crisps (150g)  
Donations can be left in Church.

Thanks for your support.


posted 7 Mar 2019, 16:07 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 7 Mar 2019, 16:08 ]

Messy Church

posted 27 Jan 2019, 14:09 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 17 Jun 2019, 08:14 ]

messy church

Why not come and join in a messy session? 
Where: St.Matthews Church House, Little Lever 
When: Saturday 14th Sept 2019 
Time: between 3 pm and 5 pm 
A session for adults to enjoy with their children 
All ages welcome 

Afternoon Tea Dances

posted 25 Jan 2019, 13:15 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 9 Feb 2019, 23:30 ]

Come and join in the fun at the Tea Dances held on the first Friday of the month from 2-4 pm in Church House. 
All welcome. 
See Dennis Hodson for more details.


posted 17 Nov 2018, 06:52 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 17 Nov 2018, 06:53 ]

Thanks to the hard work of Mark Brocklebank, Janet Sproat and those who assisted them in making a brilliant application to Viridor Credits for funding, we have been awarded from Viridor Credits £100,000!!! This will enable us to proceed with the next phase of the roof work on the South transept and Tower Roof and timber preservation. The work will begin in May 2019 with preparation work starting in January. The total cost of the project is around £280,000. With Viridor’s enormous help and money we have saved, raised and kept in restricted funds we are almost there. We do however need to fund raise to raise about £10,000 in order to complete the project and have funds to begin the next stage. £10,000 is only ten percent of the grant that Viridor have kindly given us. I am confident that as a congregation we will achieve that target. Please read the attached statement and make this good news widely known. Very many thanks.

Luncheon Club

posted 28 Oct 2018, 12:27 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 31 Jul 2019, 13:04 ]

Open to everyone.
Drop in for a chat and something tasty to eat on the following Fridays from 12 noon - 2.00 pm in Church House...
2019: 13th September, 11th October 8th November,13th December 2019.
2020: 14th February, 13th March.
All welcome.

Tuesday Coffee Shop

posted 11 Sep 2018, 10:02 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 11 Sep 2018, 10:02 ]

Held every Tuesday from 9 - 11.30am in Church House.
Drop in for a brew , a bite to eat and a natter. 
Take a break and enjoy the company of old and new friends. 

Quiet Time

posted 17 Jul 2018, 11:36 by admin saintmatthews   [ updated 17 Jul 2018, 11:36 ]

Church is open for quiet thoughts, prayers or reflection on Tuesdays 10.30 am - 11 am and Thursdays 9 am - 11 am.
If you would like to have a little quiet time to catch your breath and recharge your batteries away from the daily noise and bustle then come in, sit quietly, light a candle, gather your thoughts.

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