Please note that Parish Office opening hours at the
moment are: Monday 9.30am till 1.00pm, Wednesday 11.30am
till 3.00pm, Friday 9.30am till 1.00pm
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
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
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.
Announcement of New
Director of Music
We are delighted to
announce our next Organist and Director of Music will be Mr Justin
Miller. Justin won the position in the face of strong competition.
He will begin his new duties in the New Year. Exciting times ahead!
A native of Michigan, Justin pursues a diverse career as an
organist, pianist, and conductor. He completed degrees at
Westminster Choir College in Princeton, USA, and the Cleveland
Institute of Music, where his teachers included Ken Cowan and Todd
Justin is currently Sub-Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral.
In addition to his duties with the Cathedral Choir, he is
Choirmaster of the Cathedral’s Voluntary Choir, which is both the
oldest cathedral voluntary choir in the country and the last one to
use only boy trebles.
Before arriving in
Worcester, he held various positions at Blackburn Cathedral, St
Albans Cathedral, Ripon Cathedral, and Winchester Cathedral. Whilst
completing his MMus, he was Director of Music at Christ Episcopal
Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where he conducted the church’s
choirs and administered the concert series.
As a soloist Justin has performed in numerous cathedrals; most
recently Winchester, Hereford, Truro, and Worcester. In addition to
his work as an accompanist, he has given performances of
Rheinberger’s second organ concerto with members of the Toledo
Symphony, and the Heights Chamber Orchestra.
Thinking of joining
us for worship?
You'll be very welcome!
the Times of Services
this month's Music List
this month's Worship Calendar
Information about forthcoming musical events
accompanied by event posters can be found
If you are located within the boundary of St
Matthew's Church, information about baptisms
and weddings can be found
Services Coming up
Information posters about special services
being held at
St Matthew's Church can be found
Celebrate an anniversary or remember a loved
one with flowers or by floodlighting the
the evening. Find out more
The St Matthew's Parish Centre, has
excellent facilities and is available to
hire at exceptional rates. Find out more
information about the Safeguarding of
Children and Vulnerable Adults at St
Matthew's, read our
Become a Friend of
St Matthew's Music
More information about becoming a friend of
St Matthew's Music can be found
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."