Welcome to St. Matthew’s!
St. Matthew’s is a vibrant, welcoming parish of the Episcopal tradition located in Madison, Alabama. We love welcoming guests to our church, whether you’re just in town for the weekend or are looking for a new church home. We hope you will enjoy your visit with us!
The Holy Week worship schedule at St. Matthew’s for 2013 will be as follows:
- March 24th: Palm Sunday – 8:30am, 11:00am, 5:00pm
- March 25th: Monday – 7:00am
- March 26th: Tuesday – 7:00am
- March 27th: Wednesday – 7:00am
- March 28th: Maundy Thursday – 7:00pm
- March 29th: Good Friday - Stations of the Cross at 12pm (noon), Good Friday service at 7:00pm
- March 30th: Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil at 8:00pm
- March 31st: Easter Sunday – 8:30am & 11:00am, Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00am (no 5pm service)
This year during the season of Lent, we have the following events planned at St. Matthew’s:
- Evening Prayer @ 5:00pm every Wednesday during Lent.
- Lenten Noonday prayer, Lenten program & lunch @ 12pm (noon) every Wednesday during Lent.
- “The Second Half Of Life” Class at 4:00pm & 7:00pm every Wednesday during Lent.
St. Matthew’s will offer the Holy Eucharist and Imposition of the Ashes on Ash Wednesday. We will have three services on February 13th, 2013 – 7am, 12pm and 7pm.
As part of our process of expansion at St. Matthew’s, the Vestry has produced an Architectural Program and Budget providing some more details about the proposed new Christian Education building. It can be found on the Expansion and Planning page.
Please join us for worship at St. Matthews this Christmas season. We will have worship services tonight (December 24th) at:
5:30 PM Holy Eucharist with Children’s Presentation
10:30 PM Holy Eucharist
We will be publishing a new parish directory with updated photos very soon. Photo dates are November 27th thru December 1st. Click here to schedule your photo session.
This Sunday, October 7th, we will have the Blessing of the Animals service at 3:00pm in the garden at St. Matthew’s. Please bring any and all pets that would like a special blessing. Pets should be on a leash or in an appropriate carrier. You are welcome to bring pet food as an offering. It will be delivered to a local shelter.
The Diocese of Alabama has the full news report:
ROXBURGHE, SCOTLAND — A golf team made up of 15 priests and bishops from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada – including three from the Diocese of Alabama — has once again defeated the clergy team from the Church of England and the Church of Ireland in the bi-annual Cranmer Cup Golf Tournament.
Bishop Tom Ely of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, one of the co-founders of the tournament, served as the winning team captain. The tournament, loosely based on the Ryder Cup played by golf professionals, consists of five matches over a three-day period. The venue for the tournament alternates between the United States and Great Britain.
“While it’s fun to win, the greatest blessings come from the relationships we form with our Anglican colleagues,” said the Rev. Shawn Griffith of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. “The folks I met through this tournament I now consider among my closest friends.”
The Rev. Canon Mike Malone of South Carolina agreed. “The friendships are cherished, the spirit of the game is serious but not nit-picky, and occasional wretched shots are expected and smiled upon.”
The next Cranmer Cup tournament will be in North Carolina in 2014.
Participants from Alabama were the Rev. Steve Gruman, rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Madison, Rick Putman, priest affiliate at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Birmingham, and the Rev. David Meginniss, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa.
Be sure to congratulate Father Steve!
Starting on July 1st we invite each member of the parish, including the youth, to send in his or her own response(only one response per person, please). We just ask that you prayerfully consider your response and keep in mind the needs of entire church, both present and future. By having everyone fill out this survey we can get a better idea of how the parish recommends that our growth issues should be addressed. There are only eleven questions so it should take you less than ten minutes to complete. Your answers will be completely anonymous.
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8:30am - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
11:00am - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
5:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Contemporary
12:00pm - Holy Eucharist, Traditional
Visit our worship page for more information.
- Attention Newcomers! We will be hosting our quarterly newcomers party on Sunday after the 5pm service.
- Wing and a Prayer Men's Fellowship meets TONIGHT at Cricket's in Madison.
- Sr. High EYC will meet for worship at the 5PM service. Afterwards, we will go back to the West home for dinner and a movie.
- Pizza with the Padre tonight for Jr. High EYC in the Jr. High classroom, 6pm-7:15pm.
- Church Work Day tomorrow from 8:30am to 12pm. Bring your rakes, trimmers, gloves, and strong arms to get the church spruced up for spring!