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Welcome Newcomers

St. Matthew’s is an Episcopal Church, which means that we do not have a narrow, literal approach to the Bible. In all matters we feel that reason must inform scripture and traditions in order for us to find our way together as a faith community in modern times. We do not worship the Bible, we worship God in Christ and we welcome people from all faith traditions and backgrounds at worship and events.

FAQs

What makes St. Matthew’s special?
When you walk into St. Matthew’s Church you are entering a place where it’s OK to come as you are, who you are. While the worship style and interior of the church building appears somewhat formal, the message and people are warm, inviting, thoughtful and relaxed.  This is an Episcopal Church, which means that kids are valued, questions are encouraged, and diversity is honored. There is a Coffee Hour every week at 11:15 where everyone may enjoy company, a great snack table, and all the java you can handle. 

What kind of outreach happens?
Please visit our Outreach page for more information.

What is available for children?
Please visit our For Families page for more information.

Does St. Matthew’s have music?
We have great music in a variety of styles ranging from classical hymnody and anthems from our 20 voice choir, to a monthly Sunday service with guitars and young people leading the music. 

Is there a dress code?
Not at all. God wants you comfortable and dressed the way you want. Some folks wear a jacket and tie and some jeans and tee shirts. 

What “kind” of church is St. Matthew’s?
St. Matthew’s is an Episcopal Church, which means that we do not have a narrow, literal approach to the Bible. In all matters we feel that reason must inform scripture and traditions in order for us to find our way together as a faith community in modern times. We do not worship the Bible, we worship God in Christ and we welcome people from all faith traditions and backgrounds at worship and events. 

Do you have pastors or ministers?
The Episcopal Church has Priests who may be married or single, male or female, straight or gay. All qualified, faithful and well educated Christians who are ordained into the Church may serve as Priests. St. Matt’s has one priest and a number of non-ordained people who serve as volunteer outreach workers, pastoral care givers, technology experts, teachers, youth organizers and event planners. We feel everyone can find a form of ministry/loving service that suits them in this church.  Come and see. 

Do you have to be a member to get married, baptized, even buried at St. Matthew’s?
No. St. Matthew’s offers support and sacrament throughout the cycle of life. When you sense the need to connect or reconnect with the community of faith at important times of life. St. Matthew’s is here for you. 

Are non-Episcopalians and people with no religious background welcome at St. Matthew’s?
Yes. This church is here not to indoctrinate you but to encourage your spiritual journey with the teaching and spirit of Christ. All God’s children are welcome here. Come and See.