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Notice: The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 18 July to Monday 25 July, reopening on Tuesday 26 July.

 
     
 
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.


Llandaff bound
 

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Moore, our Director of Music since 2010, has been appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Llandaff Cathedral. Stephen’s final Sunday with the Choir is 17 July. He takes up his new responsibilities in September.

We are delighted for Stephen. His richly deserved preferment was achieved in the face of stiff competition, and he follows in the footsteps of Robert Joyce's appointment to Llandaff in 1958. Stephen is now the first director of music at St Matthew’s to go directly to a corresponding cathedral appointment since David Ponsford in 1979.

Incidentally, so far as we are aware, this will be the first time that two siblings (Tom Moore is Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral) have served concurrently as cathedral directors of music in the UK.

Stephen has worked tirelessly for our Parish, greatly expanding his role, and has acquitted himself with considerable distinction. He has taken the musical life of the parish to new heights, broadened its appeal, delivered the quality of repertoire and performance for which St Matthew’s was formally renowned, and enhanced the reputation of our parish far beyond its bounds.

Thanks to his efforts, our well-respected musical life has become a point of numeric growth, as well as spiritual enrichment. We are indebted to Stephen for all he has achieved, and anticipate a bright future for him, and us.

We pray that God will continue to bless him in his future life and vocation.

 
  Thinking of joining
us for worship?
 
 

You'll be very welcome!
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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.

 
  Baptisms
& 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

  Floodlighting
& 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
Centre
 
 

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

  Important
Information
 
 

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

 
 
   
 
 

Five days of Music, Art and Literature
21-25 September 2016

 
 


For more information about the St Matthew's Music & Arts Festival
Click Here.

 
 
  Important Information regarding Changes to Services during August 2016  
 
 

Click Here for more information.

 
 
  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

 

 

 

11 July 2016

 

 

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2016

 

 

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15-21 May 2016

 

 

 

Christian Aid Week – the week we love our neighbours

 

 

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11 June 2016

 

 

 

Summer Fete 2016

 

 

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2 February 2016

 

   

W. Ron Gates (1927-2016)

 
 

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  What's New  
 

22 July 2016

 

 

August has been added to the Worship Calendar

 

 

Worship Calendar

 

 


 

  8 July 2016  

 

 

The music list for July is now available.

 

 

Music Lists

 

 

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