The interior of St Matthew's. Why not come and fill an empty seat?
The snows of 2013 brought this wonderful sight.
A total of 16 pilgrims visited the Holy Land in early 2016. The pilgrims, co-led by Fr Kevin and Fr Bertrand Olivier of All Hallows by the Tower, came from churches in London and Berkshire and one from Australia. They visited many holy sites, as well as St George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem where they are pictured, coming to an appreciation of what life is like for Christians there.
Ash Wednesday 2016 - this year we teamed up with Christ Church Spitalfields to offer Ashes to Go at the western end of the parish outside Shoreditch High Street Overgrounnd station.
It was the first of four ashes events - only one of them in church.
On Ash Wednesday 2015 a team from St Matthew's joined other Bethnal Green churches at the Underground station offering Ashes To Go at the other end of the parish. It was an interesting event, with people seeking to get ashed, or to give us a wide berth! Both events were done with permission from the Anglican clergy in whose parishes the stations lie.
A group of people from St Matthew's, ably led by inveterate walker Sr Judith, took part in the Christian Aid Walk around the City of London on Sunday May 12, 2016. Here are churchwarden Ingrid Doris, with inflatable headgear and her son, Lindon Wallace. They were among many who raised funds for the charity's work at home and abroad.
The Paschal Candle in 2015 was a collaboration between the children of the church, who suggested images - a robot, flower, bread and wine, house, people - and adult artists. Adey Grummet and Julia Leunge turned the ideas into reality.
We have a link with The Revd Therése Olsson of Linköping in Sweden. Therése came to us via St Saviour's Priory. On Sunday July 12, 2015 she was Chief Concelebrant at our Parish Mass. Later Therése and her party from Sweden adjourned to the Carpenters' Arms for a drink. (And two members of St Matthew's were interviewed by freelance journalist Zandra Erikshed.)
On September 1, 2015 St Fiacre's Day (he is the patron saint of cab drivers - see our Random Thoughts page) we inaugurated a drive past blessing of cabs. Small, but perfectly formed.
Churchwarden Ingrid Doris and Liz Grohowski at the reception for our guests from Holy Trinity Inwood during our 2015 Patronal Festivities.
On Monday July 11, 2016 Scott Egan surprised his wife Lisa by walking her into St Matthew's Church on the 24th anniversary of their wedding. Waiting for them were their children, Emma and Callum, and Fr Kevin and The Revd Erin Clark. After a service of Celebration of Marriage, in which Scott presented Lisa with new rings, the family went off to Paris for dinner in the Eiffel Tower.
A group of our young people - with their parents and friends - headed to Southend for the day in the August holidays. Hopes were high on departure.
Our August daytrippers refreshing themselves. And, of course, there had been fish and chips.
Three members of St Matthew's - Amaris O'Connor, Daphne Kamara-Laye and Ben Faulkner - were confirmed by the Bishop of Stepney in a joint service at St Barnabas, Grove Road on Sunday April 19, 2015.
Ben Faulkner with Adrian Newman, the Bishop of Stepney.
Helen Rudkin and Pippa Read from St Barnabas Church with our three young candidates at their Confirmation.
Church members were invited to the marriage of James Riley and Carlo Flores on May 9. The sun shone on a happy crowd. Photo Courtesy of Steven Carter Hewson.
Carlo and James asked for a mass to be celebrated at the reception. This dramatic image was captured by Steven Carter Hewson.
We recently received a number of 'historic' photograps. This one, of children in/on their hobby horses is in front of the Rectory in Hereford Street, and is dated 1959.
Photos from the Footpath, an interfaith project speaheaded by St Matthew's, delivered by Walk East in association with Oxford House, and funded by the Near Neighbours Fund, created a buzz in the area in November 2012. This image was captured by church member Matthew Shelley.
The church was once again a stall for our Harvest Festival in 2014. The service was led this year by our young people. Here are some of them setting up before the mass in which they did the readings and prayers, as welll as their usual serving.
The young people also led the Act of Remembrance in the servce, in which we remembered those who have served their country and died in conflict.
In late July 2012, we had a visit from Ian Stacey, the choirboy pictured blowing bubbles - we failed to ask him if he were a West Ham fan. The photo, with an accompanying articles appeared in the Daily Mirror on October 23, 1969.
News from Canada. We knew her as Jayne Boys, who was our Parochial Church Council secretary and flower lady. Jayne has moved to an ashram in Canada. Here is what we can report from there: 'Jayne Boys took an important step in her spiritual journey as she was initiated into the sacred order of sanyas by Swami Radhananda to become Swami Sukhananda. 'Sukha' means happiness and joy, the ease of entry into the ocean of the heart; 'ananda' means bliss.'
St Matthew's provided an East End welcome to the Revd Rebecca Barnes and Liz Grohowski as part of our Patronal Festivities in 2015. Here Mother Rebecca and Liz are pictured with church members and Fr Alan Everett, who organised the link between St Matthew's and Holy Trinity Inwood.
The Revd Erin Clark preached on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sunday August 14 (transferred from the Monday). After the service she led a group to Chois on Bethnal Green Road for a Rosary bead making workshop.
The team at work.
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