Lead articles from St Matthew’s Matters (our monthly magazine) and other opinion pieces written by church staff.
Early Christians often gathered on the name day of a saint – usually the date of his/her death. Originally held at a shrine or gravesite, many of these gatherings eventually evolved into festivals in honour of the saint, thus becoming known as feast days. Churches, towns, and guilds all had patron saints and held celebrations …read the full article.
You may have noticed that the hangings in St Matthew’s Church have been changed and are now green. Look at the pulpit, the lectern and on the front of the communion table. In times of celebration these are changed to white and gold, in times of repentance or mourning we use purple, and for celebrating …read the full article.
Or is it? “Here we go again. Another Christian festival kidnapped and rebranded by the evils of the secular world. When are they going to let us worship in peace?” I can see where that sentiment comes from. The ‘world’ has indeed taken Easter, the most important Christian festival, and turned it into a world …read the full article.
A very useful tool to help us to pray Prayer booklet produced by Chris P’s housegroup
APCM booklet 2017
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find …read the full article.
Beginnings 1999 Licensing It is almost exactly 18 years since we came to Worthing. I came in the summer of 1998 after we had finished in Beirut to find housing. Basma was temporarily in Amman and came with Jack in September. We had 6 months of CMS deputation to do and then there was no …read the full article.
Is Gay marriage biblical? Introduction Issues concerning different sexualities are a major issue for all church groups. In recent years the argument has moved massively. In easy living memory gay sexual relations were illegal and opposed by the majority of the population. In my adult lifetime the change has been very rapid such that there …read the full article.
Dear Friends, By now I hope most of you have heard of our impending move. I announced it in church on 21st August and I know since then it has been forwarded around by various social media and even by conversation! So I hope this article is not a surprise. People have been asking (understandably) …read the full article.
Summer is upon us and finally the weather seems to have changed (at least as I write!). The sea is calm and some of us have even been for a swim. I have been thinking a fair bit just recently about the incident of Jesus walking on the water (which we find in three gospels …read the full article.