To see a full list of the planned services for this
month please go to our
Services Coming Up
Covid-Safe Public Worship
26 July 2021)
accordance with the Prime Minister’s confirmation of
Stage 4 of the Government’s route map out of lockdown on
19 July, communal worship at St Matthew’s continues as
advertised without legal restriction.
Instead, and by local decision, we advise worshippers of
certain Covid-related measures intended to keep everyone
safe whilst at St Matthew’s:
We ask that a face covering is worn whilst in church.
Seating – couples, households and former ‘bubbles’ in
particular are now able to sit together if they wish.
All others are asked to respect one another’s space,
spread out, and take advantage of our spacious
environment. Individual chairs remain available in the
As far as possible, we ask that you keep the touching of
other surfaces to a minimum.
The church toilet facilities are available for use.
Holy Communion is be administered in one ‘kind’ only,
standing, at the front of the nave.
After the service we warmly invite you to join us on the
green for fellowship.
Please note that Sunday morning services, and other
occasional services, are live streamed via this website
and on Facebook.
Our Dedication Festival Parish
Mass was live
10:15am on 26 September. If you missed
it, you can
watch the service online now. If you
would like to follow along with the service,
please download the order of service PDF
below to view online or print.
Welcome to the Parish
Website for St Matthew's, Northampton.
Welcome to the Parish
Website for St Matthew's, Northampton. We hope that you will find
your visit both informative and interesting, a valuable resource in
discovering more about the on-going life and activity of our Parish.
Above all we hope that you will feel encouraged to come and see us
We are an Anglican Parish Church, in the catholic tradition, whose
primary purpose is to bring others to faith in Jesus Christ and to
promote the Christian Gospel. We seek to inspire lives of committed
service and, in all respects, live the implications of our faith
within our contemporary setting.
We strive to be a welcoming community where worshippers enjoy a
sense of belonging to a 'parish family'. Such a community is
characterized by mutual respect and affirmation based on a
recognition that, though unique, we are each created in the likeness
We aspire to be outward looking, a witnessing community within our
local setting for which we have particular responsibilities, and
further afield. We do so through a well promoted pattern of prayer
and worship, and through a wide variety of community-based
activities that attract a broad cross-section of society.
Thinking of joining
us for worship?
You'll be very welcome!
the Times of Services
this month's Music List
this month's Worship Calendar
Services Coming up
Information about special services
being held at St Matthew's Church can be found
Weekday Scripture Readings
Step forward in your discipleship and join
others in weekday scripture readings. Find
Information about forthcoming musical events
accompanied by event posters can be found
If you are located within the boundary of St
Matthew's Church, information about baptisms
and weddings can be found
The St Matthew's Parish Centre, has
excellent facilities and is available to
hire at exceptional rates. Find out more
Floodlighting of the Church
Celebrate an anniversary or remember a loved
one by floodlighting the church for
the evening. Find out more
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St Matthew's Music
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St Matthew's Music can be found
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information about the Safeguarding of
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A Sermon delivered at St Matthew's Church, Northampton,
5 May 1946
First published as Five Sermons by Laymen, 1946 Matthew 11.28. 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'
"When I came into this church for the first
time in my life, which was yesterday evening
- coming in by that South West door over
there - I wanted to go down on my knees. For
this is the sort of church which brings you
to your knees. These soaring vistas of pale
stone arches, the superb proportion of
window to wall space, the delicacy of much
of the detail from the profound, primitive
simplicity of Henry Moore's Madonna and
Child, to the lace-like tracery of this
beautiful wrought-iron chancel screen, the
way the genius of Holding, the architect,
leads your eye to the high altar there below
the flashing jewels of the East Window, that
altar where the Greatest Mystery in the
World happens Sunday after Sunday, and
where, as we who try to be Christians try to
believe, the Creator of the world, of the
universe, of the trees and birds in the road
outside, of the stones which Holding used to
build the church, of the bones which help
you sit upright in your seats tonight, where
the Maker of our souls and minds, our very
selves becomes present to hear our needs and
answer our prayers in accordance with His
Will - as I thought of all these things I
did indeed want to fall on my knees and
thank God for the beauty which man has made
to the Glory of God in St Matthew's."