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Notice: Kate, our Parish Administrator, has moved on to pastures new, and while we wish her well in her new job, we are currently relying on a few volunteers to man the fort until we find our new Administrator. The Parish Office will still be closed on Wednesdays, but there will be someone to answer your telephone and email messages on other weekdays.

 
     
 

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.
 

  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.

 
  Weekday Scripture Readings
 
 

Step forward in your discipleship and join others in weekday scripture readings. Find out more here.

  Special Services Coming up
 
 

Information posters about special services being held at St Matthew's Church 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.

  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.

  Floodlighting of the Church
 
 

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

  Become a Friend of
St Matthew's Music
 
 

More information about becoming a friend of St Matthew's Music can be found here. To signup or renew your membership, click here.

  Safeguarding
Information
 
 

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

  Stewardship
& Giving
 
 

If you would like to donate to St Matthew's you can now do so through our BT My Donate account. Find out more here.

  Data Protection & Privacy Information
 
 

For information about privacy and how we use store and process your information, please read Our Privacy Policy.
 

  Give Consent to Receive Information
 
 

If you would like to keep informed about news, events, activities and services, please complete and return our Consent Form.

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
 

 
  Advent &
Christmas 2018
 
 
 

For important information about Advent & Christmas this year, please click here.

 
 
  Monday to Saturday Services during the winter months  
 
 

For important information about Monday to Saturday Services throughout winter, please click here.

 
 
   
 

Lord Lieutenant Launches
St Matthew’s Music Foundation
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Events celebrating the 125th birthday year of St Matthew’s. Read more...

 
 
 

 
 
 

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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
 
 
 

 
 

Information about the Choir’s 2015 CD (still available) can be found here.

 
 
  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

 

 

 

22 November 2018

 

 

 

Lord Lieutenant Launches St Matthew’s Music Foundation

 

 

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7 November 2018

 

 

 

Kingsley’s WW1 heroes

 

 

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25 September 2018

 

   

Celebrating St Matthew’s 125 – Local brewer leads the way

 
 

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  What's New  
 

 

5 December 2018

 

 

 

The music list for December is now available.

 

 

Music Lists

 

 


 

 

19 November 2018

 

 

 

December has been added to the Weekday Scripture Readings.

 

 

Scripture Readings

 

 


 

 

 

December has been added to the Worship Calendar.

 

 

Worship Calendar

 

 

 

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