Sunday 11th November 2018
3rd Sunday before Advent
Remembrance Sunday

Communion Service at 10:30am

Lead: Rev. Sandra E

Readings: Psalm 62:5-12, Hebrews 9:24-end, Mark 1:14-20

Talk: Dave E


God, our refuge and strength, bring near the day when wars shall cease and poverty and pain shall end, that earth may know the peace of heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Please join us for a cuppa after the service


Sunday 18th November 2018
2nd Sunday before Advent

All age Service at 10:30am

Lead: Rev. Sandra E

Readings: Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-14; 19-25, Mark 13:1-80

Talk: Rev. Christy


  • for the bereaved, especially Rose. The lonely and sick: Edward, Jeff Fraser, Alice Howsen, Carmella Gerber and her son, Alphonso, Ann-Kathrin's mum, Margaret, Sandra W, Joyce Rogers, and all those whose names have not been mentioned.
  • for Mission opportunities as Advent and Christmas season approaches
  • for the Youths and Young Adults as they try to meet the demands of life as well as close the generation gap that exists in St Matthews
  • for Jade as she gets confirmed that she may grow in her faith
  • for persecuted Christians all over the world especially Asia and family in Pakistan.
  • for Theresa May and her team as they grapple with Brexit issues. And other world leaders to govern with Justice and compassion
  • for victims of violence and knife crime and for the families of those who have lost their lives.

Scripture for the Week: Mark 1: 14-15

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come", he said "The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news"

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Sunday 11th November: 10am: Prayer meeting in the prayer Room.

Sunday 11th November: Confirmation Service at St John's. 6pm. Please come and support Jade and family.

Monday 12th November: 6pm: Stratford Rising Stars

Tuesday 13th November: 7:30pm setting up for Toddler group. Come and help. Call Christy if you can.

Tuesday 13th November: Summit on knife crime Southwark Cathedral - how can Parishes can respond & prevention through outreach - and more.

Wednesday 14th November: 9am-10am Morning Prayer

Wednesday 14th November: 10:30am-1pm Toddler Group

Wednesday 14th November: 7:30pm: Bible study, St Matthews

Wednesday group at Louise's house Meet alternate Wednesday Speak to John W


Sunday 11th November: 12:45pm Post Confirmation meeting with Jade

Saturday 17th November: Diocesan Synod Chelmsford

Tuesday 20th November: 6:30-8:30pm Highway Vineyard Celebrates Faith in Schools

Tuesday 27th November: 7pm Neighbourhood Watch meeting at St Matthews Church. Come and highlight your concerns

Sunday 9th December: Christmas Meal: 2pm Ileen coordinating.

Monday 10th December: carol singing at Westgate and around the Parish. 6:15pm.

Thursday 13th December: carol singing at Westfield. 6:30pm

Friday 14th December: Civic carol singing at St John's church at 7pm.

Sunday 16th December: Candle Lit Service 5pm at St Matthews church

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Our Vision for St Matthew's

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.


  • Group 3 is covering November
  • Group 4 covers December
Some things to bear in mind for review & update:
  • Welcome visitors and new members. How did it go?. Any follow-ups for Christy?
  • Relationship being developed among group members: You need a lead person to facilitate this.
  • Setting up and Clearing
  • Serving tea and coffee and washing up
  • Comments for improvement


January 2019: Tuesday Evenings at St Johns Church New Way Course. Please pick up a leaflet from welcome desk.

Time to Share evangelism Course: Thursday evenings at St John's Church from 7:30-9pm Register now. It is free. Pick up a form from the welcome desk.

Mission Opportunity with New Way Night Shelter: Tuesdays St Paul's Church: Thursdays Forest Gate Methodist Church. For any referrals please speak to your Vicar.

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 1111 147

Giving is part of our call to discipleship. You can give and support the Church regularly by setting up a Standing Order for St Matthew's 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