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Covid-Safe Public Worship
(Updated: 10 December 2021)

Let’s keep protecting each other

We’re so grateful for everything worshippers have done to help keep each other safe. Every time you’ve sanitised your hands, worn a face covering and kept a safe distance, it’s made a real difference. So from all of us, thank you for your support and co-operation. We all hope and pray brighter days are coming. But we want to reassure you that your safety remains our top priority.

Face coverings

Following the Government’s implementation of the Covid ‘Plan B’ worshippers are once again required by law to wear a face covering in places of worship. This must be worn by all unless you belong to one of the medically exempted groups, or are fulfilling an exempted activity. The mask must cover your nose as well as your mouth to be effective. There is now strong evidence that face coverings help both to reduce spread and provide protection from Covid.

Social distancing

Couples, households, and former ‘bubbles’ in particular may sit together if they wish. All others are asked to respect one another’s space, spread out, and take advantage of our spacious environment. Individual chairs remain available in the transepts.

Hand hygiene

Please use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter and leave church. As far as possible, we ask that you keep the touching of other surfaces to a minimum.

Toilet facilities

The church toilet facilities are available for use.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion is administered in one ‘kind’ only, standing, at the front of the nave as indicated in the service booklet.

Live streaming

Please note that Sunday morning services, and other occasional services, may be live streamed via this website and on facebook.

Sunday 23 January 2022 - 10:15am


Live Streaming of the Third Sunday of Epiphany Parish Mass


It is our intention to live stream the Third Sunday of Epiphany Parish Mass on our website and via our facebook page. Those that do not have a facebook account should be able to view the stream on our live stream page.



Live Streaming of the Second Sunday of Epiphany Parish Mass 


Our Baptism of The Lord Parish Mass was live streamed via facebook at 10:15am on 9 January. If you missed it, you can watch the service online now. If you would like to follow along with the service, please download the order of service PDF below to view online or print.


Welcome to the Parish Website for St Matthew's, Northampton.


Welcome to the Parish Website for St Matthew's, Northampton. We hope that you will find your visit both informative and interesting, a valuable resource in discovering more about the on-going life and activity of our Parish. Above all we hope that you will feel encouraged to come and see us in person.

We are an Anglican Parish Church, in the catholic tradition, whose primary purpose is to bring others to faith in Jesus Christ and to promote the Christian Gospel. We seek to inspire lives of committed service and, in all respects, live the implications of our faith within our contemporary setting.

We strive to be a welcoming community where worshippers enjoy a sense of belonging to a 'parish family'. Such a community is characterized by mutual respect and affirmation based on a recognition that, though unique, we are each created in the likeness of Christ.

We aspire to be outward looking, a witnessing community within our local setting for which we have particular responsibilities, and further afield. We do so through a well promoted pattern of prayer and worship, and through a wide variety of community-based activities that attract a broad cross-section of society.

  Thinking of joining
us for worship?

You'll be very welcome!
See the Times of Services
See this month's Music List
See this month's Worship Calendar

  Special Services Coming up

Information about special services being held at St Matthew's Church can be found here

  Weekday Scripture Readings

Step forward in your discipleship and join others in weekday scripture readings. Find out more here.

  Forthcoming Musical Events

Information about forthcoming musical events accompanied by event posters can be found here.

& Weddings

If you are located within the boundary of St Matthew's Church, information about baptisms and weddings can be found here.

  St Matthew's Parish

The St Matthew's Parish Centre, has excellent facilities and is available to hire at exceptional rates. Find out more here.

  Floodlighting of the Church

Celebrate an anniversary or remember a loved one by floodlighting the church for the evening. Find out more here.

  Become a Friend of
St Matthew's Music

More information about becoming a friend of St Matthew's Music can be found here. To signup or renew your membership, click here.


For information about the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults at St Matthew's, read our Safeguarding Policy

& Giving

To find out how you can donate to St Matthew's Church, click here.

  Data Protection & Privacy Information

For information about privacy and how we use store and process your information, please read Our Privacy Policy.

  Give Consent to Receive Information

If you would like to keep informed about news, events, activities and services, please complete and return our Consent Form.

A Sermon delivered at St Matthew's Church, Northampton,
5 May 1946

First published as Five Sermons by Laymen, 1946
Matthew 11.28. 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'


"When I came into this church for the first time in my life, which was yesterday evening - coming in by that South West door over there - I wanted to go down on my knees. For this is the sort of church which brings you to your knees. These soaring vistas of pale stone arches, the superb proportion of window to wall space, the delicacy of much of the detail from the profound, primitive simplicity of Henry Moore's Madonna and Child, to the lace-like tracery of this beautiful wrought-iron chancel screen, the way the genius of Holding, the architect, leads your eye to the high altar there below the flashing jewels of the East Window, that altar where the Greatest Mystery in the World happens Sunday after Sunday, and where, as we who try to be Christians try to believe, the Creator of the world, of the universe, of the trees and birds in the road outside, of the stones which Holding used to build the church, of the bones which help you sit upright in your seats tonight, where the Maker of our souls and minds, our very selves becomes present to hear our needs and answer our prayers in accordance with His Will - as I thought of all these things I did indeed want to fall on my knees and thank God for the beauty which man has made to the Glory of God in St Matthew's."

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More information about the John Betjeman sculpture by Martin Jennings can be found at

  Latest Covid-19 Information  
(Updated 10.12.2021)

To read the latest information about the Coronavirus and the impact it has at St Matthew's, please click here.

  All Age Services  

All Age Services at St Matthew's


More information...

Recorded Services

Watch service recordings via our website.

  The Choir of St Matthew's  

Are you interested in becoming a chorister? Watch our recruitment video.

  Armistice and Remembrance  

Respect and honour to those affiliated to the parish who fell during the two world wars in the period 1914-19 and 1939-45.



  Remember Kingsley's Fallen WW2 Heroes  

(Updated 04.09.2020)



St Matthew's Church has been appealing for information to bring the stories of over 40 World War Two heroes from Kingsley to life.





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Thursdays in term time from 9:45am to 11:30am. For more information click Here.

  St Matthew's Choir CDs  



Find out about the Choir's CDs
O How Glorious and My Lord has come - both still available!

  Guide Book  


Information about the new Guide Book can be found here.


What's New




11 January 2022




The music list for January is now available.



Music Lists





22 December 2021




January's edition of St Matthew's Mail is now available.



St Matthew's Mail




The December magazine is also still available.






Download St Matthew's Mail subscription form.








16 December 2021




January has been added to the Worship Calendar.



Worship Calendar






January has been added to the Weekday Scripture Readings



Scripture Readings




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