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.
  Saturday 7 April 2018  


Our church clock needs a kick-start of funds – on Saturday 7 April at 11.00am there will be a short presentation about the clock followed by a demonstration of the bells and carillon. This will be very light-hearted; don’t stand outside wondering why the bells and carillon have gone bonkers and playing unseasonable tunes – come in and enjoy!

  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

& 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

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.


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

& 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.

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

  Lent & Easter 2018  

Information about Services and activities taking place in Lent and Easter can be found here.


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




16 August 2017




Dr John Bertalot becomes Organist Emeritus








6 July 2017




Summer Fete 2017








12 June 2017



Christian Aid Week 2017






Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2017








5 January 2017




Changing of the Guard





  What's New  


16 March 2018




April has been added to the Weekday Scripture Readings.



Scripture Readings






April has been added to the Worship Calendar.



Worship Calendar





14 February 2018




The music list for Lent and Easter is now available.



Music Lists





17 May 2017



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


Stewardship & Giving


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