The Churches of St Mary's and St Matthew's are closed,
but our Mission to Serve the people and Ashford continues.
response to COVID-19 prevention measures of the 19th of March 2020
For public safety, the Churches have closed. The Parish Clergy are continuing to offer the Daily Offices and the Mass on behalf of all who those who live within our parishes.
The Churches are acting in accordance with Government and Church of England advice since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Following guidance from the Church of England on the suspension of services and access to Church buildings, and updated Government information, the Churches are no longer accessible even for private prayer, this extends to clergy and laity alike. The Church of England will be regularly reviewing this.
We will seek opportunities to deliver our mission in a different way, including through digital media and continue to serve its community through online content.
Our Churches have been a sign of hope, for those who live within their boundaries, for many centuries. We are determined this will continue. As a community, we will keep praying for the needs of others, the local area and the world. The Christian faith is that, no matter what happens, we can trust in the love of God for us and share that love with one another.
A VERY WARM WELCOME
to the Parishes of
St Mary the Virgin, Stanwell
and St Matthew, Ashford.
We stand within the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, seeking to respond faithfully to the Gospel message in our own age. We seek to be an inclusive and welcoming Christian community, imposing no conditions on those who come through our doors other than a willingness to be open to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
We are under the episcopal care of Bishop Jonathan Baker SSC, Bishop of Fulham.
St Mary’s and St Matthew’s as part of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the body of Christ, seek to take seriously and act intentionally upon the mission Christ gave to that Church: