Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus. Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place as a way of preparing the community for the coming of Christ. During Advent we sent out our nativity figures of Mary and Joseph on their faithful donkey to visit our local community. < Photographs >
Fr Philip Chester, priest-in charge St Mary le Strand
There was a Mass at St Mary le Strand on Sunday 7th December, when Fr Philip was licensed as priest-in-charge by The Ven Dr William Jacob, Archdeacon of Charing Cross in the presence of Sir David Brewer CMG JP, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. < Photographs >
Partnership with St Mary le Strand
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres, KCVO
A partnership between St Matthew’s Westminster and St Mary le Strand has been blessed by the Bishop of London who sees it as a creative way by which the life and mission of both churches can be strengthened. This is an exciting opportunity that offers much to us all. < Photographs >
Patronal Festival 2014
On 21st September we celebrated our Patronal Festival at a Solemn Mass. The preacher was Fr Matthew Catterick, Vicar of St Saviour's Pimlico. < Photographs >< Sermon >
As part of the Just Westminster Festival, we held a reception and art exhibition in the church and Lydia Bauman, our artist in residence, gave a fascinating lecture about "Faces of Faith" in art. < Photographs >
Pilgrimage to Walsingham
Over the bank holiday weekend clergy, congregation and friends from St Matthew's went on the annual pilgrimage to Walsingham. Raymond Baudon took a few photographs. < Photographs >
Alleluia! The Lord is Risen!
Our Easter celebrations start in the early morning, lighting a fire and the Easter Candle. The candle is brought into the dark church, the light of Christ is proclaimed. Joy breaks out; we renew our baptismal promises, and share the new life of the first Easter communion. < Photographs >
Palm Sunday 2014
Our procession through the streets of Westminster in celebration of Palm Sunday. < Photographs >
Community Mass, June 2014
On 1st June we celebrated another hugely successful Community Mass with children from the school, Junior Church and congregations taking an active part. < Photographs >< Sermon >
Fr Robin Crawford: Requiem Mass
The Requiem Mass for Fr Robin Crawford was held at St Matthew's on Saturday 8th March. < Photographs >
Mary Brown as Joyce Grenfell
Mary Brown gave a spectacular performance of Joyce Grenfell monologues in January 2014. The evening was a very successful fundraiser for the church, so much so that the show had to be moved from Trevelyan Hall to the church in order to accommodate everybody. < Photographs >
Community Mass, January 2014
On 26th January we celebrated our Community Mass with contributions from many of the children who attend church and a dynamic and challenging sermon from our Pastoral Assistant, Ross Meikle.
On Monday 21st October, we hosted the first of what look likely to be a hugely successful series of talks by Lydia Bauman, our artist in residence. Lydia is an art historian as well as artist, and works as a lecturer for the National Gallery, NADFAS, Martin Randall Tours and others. < Photographs >
In May, we enjoyed an evening celebrating the extraordinary variety of talents within our community. Performances included a clarinet duet from Katie Hasler and Kate Barlow (pictured), songs from Maria Gayle Rogers, Edward Barlow and Rebecca Feeney, a dramatisation of the early history of St Matthew's by Jane Kennedy and Fr Peter Hanaway, and poetry from Tamara Katzenbach. Photographs >
The launch of Anglican Catholic Future took place on Thursday 18th April at the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch. The celebrant was the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, and the preacher Fr Peter Groves, Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, Oxford. Photographs >
Our series of Lent Talks were on the subject "Why I am a Christian" and our guest speakers were Tim Livesey (pictured), Canon Jane Hedges, Bishop Graeme Knowles, Jonathan Aitken and Edward Barlow. Photographs >
Patronal Festival, September 2012
The Right Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely, preached at the Patronal Festival on September 21st. He concelebrated the Mass with the Right Revd Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln and the Right Revd David Hamid, Bishop in Europe. >> more pictures >> sermon
Christopher Lowson, a great friend of St Matthew's Westminster has been enthroned as the new Bishop of Lincoln in a service at Lincoln Cathedral. More than 2,000 people were invited to the service to watch him become the 72nd Bishop of Lincoln. He replaces the Right Reverend Dr John Saxbee who retired in January. A short BBC news item can be seen here.
Memorial for Fr Gerard Irvine
Solemn Requiem Mass A Solemn Requiem Mass was held on Saturday 1st October for Fr Gerard Irvine, former Vicar of St Matthew’s (1969-1986). The Archbishop of Canterbury celebrated, and Fr Martin Draper preached. The new memorial plaque to Fr Gerard was unveiled.
Tamara Katzenbach was licensed as a Lay Reader by the Bishop in September 2011 to serve at St Matthew's. Tamara has been training for three years for this ministry, and we welcome her warmly to this new role in our community. < Photographs >
Reception for Friends
Mary Brown as Joyce Grenfell, Photograph: Toby York
The Friends of St Matthew's met in the drawing room of the house and were unexpectedly treated to a wonderful performance by Mary Brown as Joyce Grenfell. Mary's monologue, drawn from Grenfell's poems and parts of "The Nativity Play", was truly convincing, very funny and at times moving. More photographs here.