Faith & Fellowship - Christian Education at St. Matthew’s
On designated days, bring your coffee with you to the chapel at the First Avenue end of the church for a Chapel Chat session. These start at 11:30 am, last about 45 minutes and feature a presentation (usually by a parishioner) on a timely topic. Speakers leave lots of time for questions and discussion. Recent topics have included contemplative prayer, and, on Remembrance Sunday, the profiles of three of the 48 men of this parish who died in the First and Second World Wars.
“Conversations” is an opportunity to meet on Sunday between the 8:00am and 10:00am services to discuss that Sunday’s Lectionary readings. Archbishop Barry Curtis leads the group and together we seek to better understand the readings and to relate them to our lives in this modern world. “Conversations” is usually held in 6 week blocks several times a year. We meet in the church hall beginning at 9:00am and finishing at 9:45am. Coffee and tea are available. Come for the whole series or just join us for a single Sunday. Please consult the Sunday Bulletin and the “Pulse of the Parish” for notice of future “Conversations” series.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
EFM is a course in theology for lay people. It is a four-year part-time study programme designed to teach people to think theologically, develop a personal systematic theology and increase their knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. Please let the office know if you are interested in joining an EFM program.
Lenten Adult Bible Study
Each year during Lent there is a Bible study lead by a member of the clergy. Look for news of the Bible Study in the Sunday Bulletins as Lent approaches.
Meditation sessions are held on Monday evening at 7:30pm and Wednesday at 12:15pm in the Chapel. Both groups are part of a worldwide organization called the World Community for Christian Meditation. (http://www.wccm.org/). Most groups follow a simple format: a brief recorded talk by Fr. John Main the founder, Fr. Lawrence Freeman the current leader or by another teacher. After the talk, the group meditates in silence for 20 - 25 minutes, generally using a prayer word or phrase and then closes with a simple prayer. Sometimes people linger to discuss the talk or other aspects of the practice. The weekly group is a wonderful way to support a daily practice or just take time to sit in openness to God's presence. We at St. Matthew's are very fortunate to have our beautiful chapel for our gatherings and to have a priest in our parish to encourage us on this path. For more information contact Susan Rayner at (613) 233-8380 or speak to the Rev. Prof. Kevin Flynn. The meditation sessions usually run weekly from January – June and September – December but please consult the Sunday Bulletin for current information on the sessions.
Occasional Adult Learning Events
From time to time, adult learning events are planned. Look for more information about other events in the Sunday Bulletin and the “Pulse of the Parish”. View the Files & Resources page.
Our members open the main doors at St. Matthew’s Monday to Friday between 11:30 and 1:30 inviting the community at large into our beautiful church. In doing this, we hope to provide our neighbours with a time and a place for quiet reflection and rest in their busy day. Many Open Doors volunteers also appreciate this quiet time in the church while extending hospitality to the community. For more information please contact Jane Oulton 613 236-7608.
Trinity Wall Street National Theological Conference
The Trinity Wall Street National Theological Conference has been offering thought provoking speakers on diverse topics for over forty years. Recent conferences have had renowned theological speakers such as Joan Chittister, Rowan Williams, Elizabeth Johnson and Stanley Hauer was, as well as speakers from other disciplines such as economics and evolutionary science. Fortunately, technology now allows the conferences to be streamed live to partner sites around the world so that people can participate in the conferences without having to travel to New York City.St Matthew’s has been a partner site for the conference for the last four years, usually in early winter. Please watch this space for further information.
SPARK our new curriculum, features a new, web-based curriculum with colourful class materials, a take-home leaflet, and lively crafts, songs, games and fun.
Electronic registration is now open. Just submit the “Request an Account” form, found on our Spark website http://stmatthewsottawa.sparksundayschool.org/users/register
Classes for children 3 to 11 years of age are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Sunday from 15 September. The program continues to grow steadily with around 55 children registered. And attendance is increasing as we welcome new families, and more children begin to attend more regularly.
We begin each Sunday by meeting at the back of the nave, ringing the church bell and then processing behind the choir to the chapel. In the chapel we have a short gathering time. Then we go downstairs for crafts and activities. We rejoin the congregation at the time of the Peace and share with them what we learned and show off the crafts we made together.
Our youngest members
Our senior class
There is a small area at the back of the church for the very young children and nursing mothers. Books and age-appropriate toys are available and a washroom is close by.
Boys' and Girls' Choirs
The Boys' Choir (aged 7 to 14) forms the treble section of the Choir of Gentlemen & Boys. The boys practice twice a week – 4.30 to 6.30pm on Tuesdays and 5.15 to 7.30 pm on Thursday.
The Girls' Choir is an integral part of the Women & Girls Choir. They practice on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. The Women & Girls Choir is responsible for one of the Sunday liturgies per month. They often combine with the Choir of Gentlemen & Boys for concerts and major festivals.
We welcome new choristers and offer a summer camp in late August to give boys and girls a chance to test our their skills.
Click here for more on choirs.
St. Matthew’s Anglican Teens (SMAT) range from ages 12-18. The youth group meets on the last Friday of every month, as well as during times of liturgical significance (like Easter). Every meeting is a little different, ranging from board games, movies, Bible studies, outings/field trips, outreach activities, and guest speakers. Our goal is to integrate the youth into the service, giving them opportunities to help out and understand what it means to be Anglican and why we do things the way we do them.
SMAT also provides opportunities for youth retreats and events where participants can interact with other Anglican youth throughout the diocese and across Canada.
If you wish to participate, contact the Youth Coordinator, Becky McCoy, at email@example.com
The Youth Group had a great visit to LaserQuest in February, 2017