Story & Vision
We are a church that seeks to honour God through Word, Spirit and Sacrament.
- We want to delight in God’s Word.
- We want to be open to the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
- We want to know the grace of Christ as we gather around his table.
Marks of Mission
We are not perfect at joining in with God’s mission, but here are some of the ways we are engaging with him in his work:
1. Proclaiming the Gospel:
We hope that this comes through in all our services. We are engaging with teaching from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity in Whole Life Discipleship in seeking ways where we can impact the every-day environments in which we find ourselves.
2. Nurturing new Christians:
We hope people find us a very welcoming place. We like to try and care for and include new people in what we are doing. This also happens in our small groups, but we like to provide lots of chances for people to get to know each other via our social events.
3. Serving Our Community:
This is an important way in which we share the love of Jesus, as we seek to serve our communities. We run King’s Kids in St Matthews, to support local families. In partnership with St. Paul’s Children Centre, we run the Stay & Play in Stokes Croft, which seeks to support children and families particularly from Dove street flats. A team supports older people with companionship in Knightstone House in Kingsdown, and and we seek to support the elderly in our community through our pastoral care and contact. We are involved in supporting Changing Tunes, which supports the rehabilitation of prisoners through music, the Sisters of the Church in St Paul's in their mission to serve the homeless and certain mission partners across the world.
4. Challenging Injustice:
We are working on this with different groups supporting people in difficult situations. We also have a few members involved in the local political scene.
5. Creation Care and EcoChurch:
St Matthews gained the Silver EcoChurch Award in 2020. EcoChurch is a national Award scheme for churches of all denominations, and covers worship and teaching, buildings, land, community and global engagement, and personal lifestyles. St Matthew's has a wonderful wildlife garden, as well as a more formal garden for church events. Our commitment to Creation Care as Christian people is ongoing and integral to our mission and ministry.