Welcome to the St. Matthew's Thorpe Hamlet website.
During the Corona Virus outbreak our website is the principal way we keep in touch as a whole community. Our worship will take the form of short films, and Zoom sessions. Zoom prayer meetings happen at 10.30 on Wednesday and on Sunday. You will need a link to them which you can get by emailing the vicar at firstname.lastname@example.org and links to the films are both on this page under news and the prayer and worship page, articles and podcasts we find interesting are in study materials, thoughts and reflections can be found on the blog and art from around Thorpe Hamlet or that has been important for people in our community can be found in the Rainbow Gallery and Community Scrap book.
If you would like to talk to the Vicar, my name is Patrick Jordan and my telephone number is 01603 494015. God bless you and be safe as we get through this difficult time together.
We are a Church that seeks to welcome everyone, sometimes that means adapting what we do in order to meet people's needs. We are happy to do that, so if you or your family have specific needs please let us know. We are an inclusive Church which means we are all welcome, whatever our gender, race or sexual orientation and with whatever needs we have. We are also a Recovery Friendly Churchcommitted to supporting people in their mental health and well-being.
Please find below the words that accompany the stations of the cross film and the video itself
We have filmed a short service that reflects the fact we can not meet together to receive Bread and Wine at St Matthew at the moment. You can print the words first if you wish to make the prayers your own, and then follow the video.
News from the Diocese
The Diocese of Norwich is producing a newsletter you can subscribe to hitting the eNews button.
There are lots of ways of keeping in touch with St Matthews, you can email us your prayer requests, or your offers of help. If there are things you need we will try and match you up with someone who you know, who can help. Alongside short films that are being prepared (quite a challenge as we can no longer leave our homes to film or enter Church.) we are trying to worship together on Zoom, do please contact the Vicar email@example.com if you would like to take part.
You can comment on our blog page, new blogs are going up each day, and you can pray with us, a prayer resources page will be on the website soon.
There will be an electronic book club, and our first book will be Viktor Frankl's "Man's search for meaning" a book about how we can cope with anything if we can find some meaning for ourselves in it. You can download a copy through amazon or ibooks, depending on what software you use.
Corona virus -Services cancelled (for now)
All groups and activities cancelled for now
We are sad to announce that all our groups and activities are now suspended. This includes our youth group, Playcafe, and extend exercise class. The building will be open for private prayer and prayers will be offered at 8.30am and at 5pm. We will be available by phone or email whilst our activities are suspended.
As of today (17th March) the Church of England has suspended all acts of public worship. That means there will be no services at St Matthews for the next few weeks. The Vicar will continue to pray each day in the Church and we are focusing our time and energy on supporting people by phone and online. For more information contact Rev Patrick Jordan the vicarage phone number is 01603 494015.
Youth Group gets arty.
St Matthews youth group has been using art to explore mental health and the Church as a safe place to talk about anything that may be concerning you and celebrating International Women's day.