Notice: Please note that Parish Office opening hours at the moment are: Monday 9.30am till 1.00pm, Wednesday 11.30am till 3.00pm, Friday 9.30am till 1.00pm


Notice: Please note that owing to the church being hired out on Saturdays 15 and 22 October, we will unfortunately not be open to visitors as normal on those dates.

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 in person.

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 of Christ.

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.

Announcement of New Director of Music

We are delighted to announce our next Organist and Director of Music will be Mr Justin Miller. Justin won the position in the face of strong competition. He will begin his new duties in the New Year. Exciting times ahead!

A native of Michigan, Justin pursues a diverse career as an organist, pianist, and conductor. He completed degrees at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, USA, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his teachers included Ken Cowan and Todd Wilson.

Justin is currently Sub-Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral. In addition to his duties with the Cathedral Choir, he is Choirmaster of the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir, which is both the oldest cathedral voluntary choir in the country and the last one to use only boy trebles.

Before arriving in Worcester, he held various positions at Blackburn Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral, and Winchester Cathedral. Whilst completing his MMus, he was Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he conducted the church’s choirs and administered the concert series.

As a soloist Justin has performed in numerous cathedrals; most recently Winchester, Hereford, Truro, and Worcester. In addition to his work as an accompanist, he has given performances of Rheinberger’s second organ concerto with members of the Toledo Symphony, and the Heights Chamber Orchestra.

  Thinking of joining
us for worship?

You'll be very welcome!
See the Times of Services
See this month's Music List
See this month's Worship Calendar

  Forthcoming Musical Events

Information about forthcoming musical events accompanied by event posters can be found here.

& Weddings

If you are located within the boundary of St Matthew's Church, information about baptisms and weddings can be found here.

  Special Services Coming up

Information posters about special services being held at
St Matthew's Church can be found here

& Flowers

Celebrate an anniversary or remember a loved one with flowers or by floodlighting the Church for
the evening. Find out more here.

  St Matthew's Parish

The St Matthew's Parish Centre, has excellent facilities and is available to hire at exceptional rates. Find out more here.


For information about the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults at St Matthew's, read our Safeguarding Policy

  Become a Friend of
St Matthew's Music

More information about becoming a friend of St Matthew's Music can be found here..

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."

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More information about the John Betjeman sculpture by Martin Jennings can be found at www.martinjennings.com


Thursdays in term time from 10:00am to 11:45am. For more information Click Here.

  The Choir of St Matthew's  

  St Matthew’s Choir CD:
O How Glorious


The Choir of St Matthew’s Church is pleased to announce the release of its latest CD O How Glorious. Read More...

  St Matthew’s Choir CD: My Lord has come  


Information about the Choir's 2013 CD (still available) can be found here.

  St Matthew's Guide Book  


Information about the new Guide Book can be found here.


Latest News




9 August 2016




Acting Organist and Director of Music








2 July 2016




Llandaff bound - we say farewell to Stephen Moore.








11 July 2016




Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2016








15-21 May 2016




Christian Aid Week – the week we love our neighbours








11 June 2016




Summer Fete 2016








2 February 2016



W. Ron Gates (1927-2016)



  What's New  

17 October 2016



November has been added to the Worship Calendar



Worship Calendar





2 October 2016




The music list for October is now available.



Music Lists





15 September 2016




Read about St Matthew's involvement with this year's Ride+Stride.



Historic Churches Trust Ride+Stride



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