Sunday 16th February 2019
2nd Sunday before Lent

All Age Service at 10:30am

Theme: 2nd Sunday before Lent

Lead: Christy

Readings: Psalm 136:1-9, Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 25:14-30

Talk: Carmel


Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person, that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Please join us for a cuppa after the service


2 Chronicles 7:14
"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land".

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  • for us here.
  • for wisdom, discernment, and clear vision to realise what God has called us to be and do as we go into 2020.
  • that we may be united in the services of God's Kingdom here at St Matthew's.
  • for our congregation to grow and for more members to be involved in the ministry of the church.
  • for new members to join us in Christ's mission.
  • for the youth, children, and young parents.
  • for church members:
    Joyce, who has been admitted into hospital at the moment;
    Christy's Mum, for full recovery;
    Johnson, for a full recovery after brain surgery;
    Alphonsus, Suzan's husband;
    Matthew, Alice's grandson who is not well;
    Louise, elderly and living on her own
  • for all those who are ill whose names are not mentioned.
  • for persecuted Christians all over the world, especially those in locations where they are killed in large numbers.
  • for the lonely and the bereaved.
  • for the homeless people, especially during the cold weather.
  • for peace in our world.
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  • for the ministry at Westfield.
  • and think about one person whom you will bring to Alpha Course this year.


Monday: SRS 6pm.

TODAY Sunday 16th February: Event Planning meeting after church 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Monday 17th February: 7:30pm - PCC Meeting

Monday 17th February: 6:30pm SRS

Morning prayer this week : 9am Wed 19th February

Wednesday bible study and prayer : meet in Church at 8:00pm. Theme Ephesians : join us, you will not regret it. This week we are studying EPHESIANS 3:1-13 MYSTERY OF GRACE

NOTE, Group 2 is responsible for hospitality for month of February : Sandra W, Sandra E, Jeff Freese, Sonia, Jacquie, Bevin, Susan, Rose, Chima, Coral, Celine and Jeff Fraser.

Our Prayer Ministers are : Isobelle, Rev Sandra, Carmel, Pearla, Naomi and Novelette

Return your completed form in the box provided : Volunteers required to help count money after church - see Izzy and Carmel

Going forward for 2020 : Thursday will be St Matthew's Prayer Day. A theme will be communicated each week. Please payer wherever you are and whenever convenient.

Monday 24th February : 6:30pm Inspire AGM

Tuesday 25th February : Shrove Tuesday with the Bishop at Chelmsford Cathedral

26th February : 9am - Ash Wednesday at St Matthew's AND service at 7:30pm in Westfield

06th March : 6:30pm Baptism preparation

TIME TO SHARE : Evangelism course at St John's weekly Thursdays at 7:30pm from March 5th to July 30th. Email or call/text 07973739604. Leaflets at back of church.

Saturday 07th March : 9am to 2pm. BARKING AREA VOCATIONS - Vocations Day at St Mary's Loughton, 201 High Road, See poster on notice board.

DIOCESE LENT COURSE LECTURES : Environmental and Climate Crisis: Thursdays 5, 12, 19 and 26 March, 2 April 2020 at St. Paul’s Church, Maryland Road, Stratford, London E15 1JL. All lectures run from 7:30pm - 9:00pm (refreshments from 7pm) see poster on notice board

Our Vision for St Matthews

We are a church centred on prayer, worship and scripture & committed to God and to each other. Jesus's example motivates us to love, care for and support those in our local community and the wider world. We welcome everyone into our community of faith and aim to encourage and inspire so that all may flourish and grow.

Sunday 22nd March : Mothers' Day and 29th March 5th Sunday & Feast day - shared lunch after service

Time out with God : We are planning to attend on 2nd March - please see the sign up sheet at the back of church. To book please call: 01277 365 398 (option 4) cost £22:00. Mulberry House is situated on the A414 (Chelmsford Road) in High Ongar, Essex.

See Christy if you are interested in confirmation or baptism in 2020

FAITH in SCHOOLS: Volunteer in many ways to share the Resurrection Story with Newham's schools. See Carmel if interested.

Joyce is now at Bakers Court Nursing home: 138, Little Ilford Lane. E12 5PJ

Please prayerfully consider joining the Prayer Ministry Team here at St Matthews. Necessary training will be given, open to all members. This is an important act of love and support we can give each other.

St Katherine House: 2 Butchers House E14. A chance for quiet and reflection: 2nd Monday of every month, charge of £20 includes lunch. Call 0300 111 1147

Food Bank: Thanks to all who have donated towards the food bank - some supplies have been sent to RAMP, some given to an individual. Please continue your donation of non perishable foods and also include personal hygiene items as this is equally important.

Giving is part of our call to discipleship. You can give and support the Church regularly by setting up a Standing Order for St Matthews Church. See Isobelle for information.

Facebook & Twitter: You can now follow what's happening at St Matthews by following us on Facebook & Twitter, keep yourself right up to date!

Visitors & New Members: Please sign our Visitors Book and collect a Welcome Pack.

If you would like to put any information on the notice sheet for Sunday, let Christy know in writing on the Monday prior.
Talk to Rev. Christy about: Baptism, Wedding, Bible Study and Volunteering. See Our Contact page for how to get in touch