Sunday 8th December 2019
Second Sunday of Advent

Communion Service at 10:30am

Theme: The Second Sunday of Advent

Lead: Izzy

Readings: Psalms 72, Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12

Talk: Phil Burgess


Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen

Please join us for a cuppa after the service


Sunday 15th December 2019
Third Sunday of Advent

Nativity Service at 10:30am

Theme: Nativity

Lead: SRS Leaders

Readings: Psalms 146:4-10

Talk: Sandra


Matthew 9:37-38
Then he said to his disciples "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field".


  • for us here.
  • for wisdom, discernment, and clear vision to realise what God has called us to be and do.
  • for all those who will receive one of our Christmas cards
  • for those who join us during one of our various Christmas events.
  • for all of our Christmas services and events.
  • 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 church members:
    Joyce, at Bakers Court Nursing home;
    Christy's Mum, for full recovery;
    Johnson, for a full recovery after brain surgery;
    And Elsbeth - who's daughter is mentally unwell, we pray for a full recovery & the restoration of a loving relationship.
  • for all those who are ill whose names are not mentioned.
  • for the lonely and the bereaved at home.
  • for the upcoming election.
  • for persecuted Christians all over the world and all those who are marginalised and faced with injustice.
  • for all the victims of the recent global catastrophes - earthquake, drought and flood.
  • for the victims and casualties of the London Bridge terror attack.
  • for the Church worldwide.
  • for peace in our world.
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  • for the ministry at Westfield.


There is an important meeting with Bishop Peter for all churches on Monday 9th December at All Saints Church West Ham 7:30pm. Church members to save the date.

Monday: SRS 6pm.

Morning prayer: this week 9am on Wednesday.

Wednesday: Toddler Group 10:30am-1pm.

Wednesday bible study and prayer: meet in Church at 8:00pm.

NOTE, Group 4 will be responsible for hospitality in December: Novelette, Marvia, Alice G, Jacquie D, Sandra O, Adabel, Toby, Abbas, Agnes O, Dave E & Carmel.

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

A BIG thank you to SRS and team and all who sang at Westgate on Monday.

TODAY: Christmas meal for the whole church 1:30pm at the Sportsman Stratford. More info from Sue R and Marvia.

All members to distribute the Christmas card advertising our seasonal services and events to friends and neighbours.

Third party reporting site: thank you to Pearla for offering to volunteer, could a few more please step forward

If anyone has any bean bags or a small two seater settee in good condition that they are looking to get rid of please can they consider donating to church.

Sunday 8th December 2pm: Barking Area Youth Synod at Ascension Church Baxter Rd, E16.

Sunday 8th December 5:30pm: prayer at Westfield - all welcome

Christmas Journey at Highway Church Romford Rd E15. Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th Dec 8:30am - 3pm. See notice board for details.

PANTO AT THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD: see notice board for details

Julia Murphy , now Julia Lewis, invites everyone to blessing of marriage and commissioning of ministry at All Souls Langham Pace, W1B 3DA. 2.30pm Saturday 18th January.

Could all members submit a list of events for the coming year to be entered on the 2029 Year Planner. Please put forward your dates and events by 29th December

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.

  • Carols At Westgate; Monday 2nd Dec 6:15pm.
  • Westfield Carol Service; Thursday 12th Dec 6:30pm.
  • Nativity Service; Sunday 15th December 10:30am (Involving SRS).
  • Carol Service; Sunday 15th December 6:30pm.
  • Christmas Eve Service; Tuesday 24th December 11:00pm.
  • Christmas Day Service; Wednesday 25th December 10:30am.
  • New Year's Eve Service; Tuesday 31st December 11:00pm (at St Saviour's).

See Christy if you are interested in confirmation or baptism in 2019

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