Current situation

Thank you for using this online resource. There is fresh worship material on the website each week. Do download the welcome sheet to access the order of service and readings. We hope you will feel connected to other people and be able to worship God from wherever you are.

Although there are restrictions on gatherings, we are joined together in love and prayer – we may be apart but we’re never alone. If you need help in any way, do please be in contact with any of us.

At St Matthew’s, services restarted in July, with strict social distancing, face coverings and other precautionary measures. Numbers are limited, but if you would like to attend a service, please contact Linda Russell-Smith, 01962 853584. Please don’t just arrive and hope to be able to come in, as that won’t be possible. Over the coming weeks we want to find a way to include as many different people as we safely can.

Thoughts from Rt Revd Olivia Graham, Bishop of Reading, on how we should be during the coronavirus pandemic

  • Calm: the opposite will lead us to do things which might impact seriously on others – like panic buying
  • Caring: those who self-isolate (those in high-risk groups, or who have been in contact with the virus) need to know we care about them. Phone calls, messages, letters, cards, food left on the doorstep are all signs that we care
  • Considerate: let’s look out for one another and act collectively to prevent the spread. It isn’t just about me, it’s about us
  • And of course, Christ-like: let’s live hopefully, love generously and pray earnestly – and let’s bless each other by the way we behave