St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania

What to Expect When Visiting

Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website. Please know that St. Matthew’s strives to not only provide a meaningful worship environment at every service, but to also extend a heartfelt welcome to all who walk through our doors.

Throughout these pages you will find out much information about our parish, our worship, and our community. Below are several topics that are commonly asked by visitors and newcomers. Listed below are details about several aspects that may interest visitors.  If your questions aren’t answered here or you would like further information, please do not hesitate to call the church office at 215-646-4092 or email the parish priest at rector@saintmattsec.org.

Worship Schedule

7:45 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite I Service (In-Person)
Historic service of the Anglican tradition using traditional language. There is no music at this service.

9:00 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite II Service with Contemporary Music (In-Person and Livestream)
Our most-attended weekend service follows the Rite II services (modern language) from the Book of Common Prayer. The contemporary music is led by our Arise Music Team.

10:30 a.m. – The Holy Eucharist – Rite II Service with Organ and Choir (In-Person and Livestream)
A classic Rite II service (modern language) from the Book of Common Prayer that is complemented by organ music and singing by our choir or selected vocalists.

As always, the primary goal is to gather in the safest way possible.  Please see here for guidelines and what you need to know about our limited in-person Holy Eucharist worship services. Please RVSP here for in-person services.

Want to receive Holy Communion but aren’t ready to return to in-person worship? We can help, see here.

Entrances and Parking

There are two main entrances and parking lots giving access to the church buildings. The upper lot, visible from Tennis Avenue and to your right as you enter the drive, provides handicapped access and is the most immediate way to the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. At the bottom of the main drive, the lower lot also provides direct access to the Sanctuary and our Nursery School.

Children

Children and infants are welcome at all services!

Sunday School and Forum

Each Sunday during the academic year, education opportunities are available from elementary school age (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) through adults in the Adult Forum.

Service Bulletins

Service bulletins for our worship services are available from an usher at the sanctuary entrance, which will help you follow the service. For those who might require assistance, large print leaflets are available as well.   After all our worship, you will see that some people like to greet the clergy at the central door to the lobby, while others depart by the side doors. There will also be greeters in the lobby, identified by red lanyards, that will be happy to tell you more about St. Matthews.

Fellowship

After the 9 am and 10:30 am worship services, there is a coffee hour in the Parish Hall from September through mid-June. Please join us for this weekly opportunity to greet one another and learn more about the people of our parish family.  St. Matthew’s also has larger and more festive gatherings throughout the year focusing on special occasions on the Church and secular calendars.

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