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2017 News & Events

Christmas Services
Christmas Services Sunday 17th December
6pm – Carol Service

Christmas Eve – Sunday 24th December
5.30pm – Children’s Crib Service
followed by sausage sizzle in the Hall
11pm – Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm – Midnight Mass

Christmas Day – Monday 25th December
9am – Christmas Holy Communion


Masses celebrated during Christmas week
Tuesday 26 December – 10am: Stephen, Deacon & Martyr
Wednesday 27 December – 10am: John, Apostle & Martyr
Thursday 28 December – 10am: Holy Innocents

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service
The Annual Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service was held at St Matthew's on Thursday 7 December – a highlight of the school's year! Over 550 students and adults attended! The preps were dressed as shepherds and angels. It was a very happy and fun occasion!

Working Bee
Our final working bee for the year will be held at 9am on Saturday 16 December (just in time for Christmas!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

A Vessel Special Effort!
Congratulations to Cliff 'Tig' Simmons who won the Vessel Special Effort prize of a return ferry ticket between Sorrento and Queenscliff!
A big thank you to all who supported our special effort!!

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The November - January edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish, including our 150th celebrations, and upcoming services and events.

Family Service
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 3 December at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Last Parish lunch for the year!
Our last Parish lunch for the year will be held on Sunday 3 December in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share. All very welcome!

Working Bee thank you
A big thank you to those who helped at our Working Bee on Saturday 25 November. Your efforts of tidying, weeding and pruning are much appreciated! Our final working bee for the year will be held on Saturday 16 December (just in time for Christmas!).

Empty Christmas Tree
Our Empty Christmas Tree is now up and waiting for you to place presents underneath!
Toys are needed for children aged 5 – 12 yrs. For teenagers please consider gift vouchers so they can choose their own gifts.
Dixon House requires them by Friday 8 December for distribution.

Notice of Annual Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of St Matthew’s Anglican Church will be held on Sunday 26 November at 11.30am.
All reports for the Annual Meeting need to be received by Sunday 12 November, please hand in to the Parish Office.

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 25 November at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Last Parish Lunch for the year!
Our last Parish Lunch for the year will be held on Sunday 3 December, in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share. All very welcome!

Parish Breakfast – Thank you!!
Thank you to those who attended our final Parish Breakfast for the year on Sunday 29 October! It was a happy bunch that sat down to enjoy breakfast and a chat. A big thank you to those who made our Breakfast possible.

St Matthew's 150th Items
St Matthew's 150th Anniversary Bags filled with offers of discounts from various Cheltenham shops. $10 each. Available from the Parish Office or after the services.
St Matthew's 150th Celebratory Wines (Chardonnay or Cabernet Merlot). $10 each. Contact the Parish Office.

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our next and final Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 29 October at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

All Saints Day
All Saints Day (1 November) is the day that we remember the myriad of Saints and Martyrs who do not have a designated day (such as we have for St Matthew, John the Baptist or St Margaret of Scotland). The day following is All Souls Day when we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ. We will celebrate All Saints Day and remember All Souls Day on Sunday 5 November where we remember the names of loved ones (who have died in the Lord) at the Altar.

Working Bee thank you
A big thank you to those who helped yesterday at our working bee. Your efforts of tidying, replanting, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated. The next working bee will be in late November.

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 21 October at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

We pawsed for the Blessing of the Animals!
Thank you to all who attended and invited people to our Blessing of the Animals. It was an opportunity for the animals to meet and greet and become 'very' acquainted! After a general blessing of the animals most took the opportunity to come forward around the Altar for an individual blessing and a prayer that companionship continue and they were then presented with their medallion and prayer card by Annaliese.
Many of those from the service then joined us in the Hall for a parish lunch which was appreciated by all, even the animals!!

Blessing of the Animals!
Blessing of the Animals posterAll pets great & small are welcome!
Sunday 1 October - Service at 12 noon followed by lunch in the Hall (animals are welcome to join us!).
Each animal will receive a personal blessing and a special medallion.
All animals must be brought in carriers or on leashes.
Tell your neighbours and friends. All welcome!


Parish BBQ
Our next Parish BBQ will be held on Sunday 1 October in the Hall after our Blessing of the Animals service.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share and remember that we will be hosting visitors from the Blessing of the Animals service
so please make them (and their pets!) feel welcome.

150 celebratory items!
As part of our celebrations for our 150th Anniversary we have celebratory wine and shopping bags with vouchers available.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these items please contact the Parish Office.

We are now 150!
Thank you to everyone who in any way has made this day possible.
Many people have been working for over 12 months and we give thanks for their dedication and good works!
To our visitors, thank you for helping us make this day the occasion that it is.

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Where did we come from?
In the early 1850's in the Cheltenham area, church services were held in two buildings, used on week-days as church schools. One of these was in Weatherall Road and the other in Silver Street. As of 1927 the church still owned the land in Silver Street.
Cheltenham was until 1867 part of the extensive Parish of St Andrew's Brighton. In 1867 a new district (parish) was formed (the site for the church having been chosen in 1865), with Cheltenham at its centre, embracing from North Road to Carrum and extending easterly to Spring Vale.
St Matthew's Diamond Jubilee Souvenir 1867-1927

A date for your diary!
Now is the time to start telling your family, neighbours and friends about our upcoming ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service
on Sunday 1 October at 12 noon! All pets great and small are welcome!
Each animal will receive a personal blessing and a special medallion.
The service will be followed by lunch in the Hall (animals are welcome to join us!).
All animals must be brought in carriers or on leashes.

Parish BBQ
Our next Parish BBQ will be held on Sunday 1 October in the Hall after our Blessing of the Animals service.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share and remember that we will be hosting visitors from the Blessing of the Animals service so please make them (and their pets!) feel welcome.

Working Bee thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our Working Bee on Saturday 26 August. It was a big job tidying the gardens in prepartion for our 150th Anniversary celebrations and your efforts were much appreciated.

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The August - September edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

1549 - The First Book of Common Prayer - Sunday 27 August
As part of our liturgical celebration for our sesquicentenary, we will travel back in time using various forms of the Eucharist.
The last in our series is the service known as ‘The Supper of the Lorde and the Holy Communion, commonly called the Masse’.
This will be used at both services on Sunday 27 August.

"Although a formal break with the Papacy came about during the time of Henry VIII, the Church of England continued to use liturgies in Latin throughout his reign, just as it always had. However, once Henry died and the young Edward VI attained the throne in 1547, the stage was set
for some very significant changes in the religious life of the country. And so a consultation of bishops met and produced the first Book of Common Prayer."
"The work of 1549 was the first prayer book to include the complete forms of service for daily and Sunday worship in English. It contained Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, the Litany, and Holy Communion and also the occasional services in full: the orders for Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, 'prayers to be said with the sick' and a Funeral service. It also set out in full the "propers" (that is the parts of the service which varied week by week or, at times, daily throughout the Church's Year): the collects and the epistle and gospel readings for the Sunday Communion Service.
Old Testament and New Testament readings for daily prayer were specified in tabular format as were the Psalms; and canticles, mostly biblical, that were provided to be said or sung between the readings."
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1549/BCP_1549.htm; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Common_Prayer#1549


Beef Burgundy Lunch
Sunday 27 August at 12 noon in the Hall – Cost: $15
Beef Burgundy followed by dessert; vegetarian option also available.
Please contact the Parish Office if you will be attending.
Bookings only – by Wednesday 23 August.
This is fundraising for our 150th – do join us!

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 26 August at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Invitation to St Paul’s Cathedral
The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral invites the congregation of St Matthew’s to Choral Evensong on Friday 1 September at 5.10pm when prayers will be said for our parish. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the premier church choirs of Australia and to once again enjoy the traditional language of the 1662 Prayer Book.

Thank you
Thank you to all who brought delicious fare for our ‘finger food’ luncheon on Sunday 6 August; and to our helpers.
We will have our traditional BBQ lunch on Sunday 1 October after our Blessing of the Animals service!

Parish Breakfast thank you
Thank you to those who attended our Parish Breakfast on Sunday 30 July and to those who made our Parish Breakfast possible.
We hope more of you will be able to join us at our final Breakfast for the year on Sunday 29 October!

August Luncheon!
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 6 August with a ‘finger food’ luncheon (sausage rolls, mini quiches, pies, spring rolls etc),
followed by desserts at 12 noon in the Hall. Gold coin donation.
Please join us, all very welcome!

Family Service
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 6 August at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

1662 service!
As part of our liturgical celebration for our sesquicentenary,we will travel back in time using various forms of the Eucharist. The third in our series is the service known as the 'Lord's Supper or Holy Communion' from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, This will be used at both services on Sunday 30 July.

"The Book of Common Prayer is always associated with the year of our Lord 1662, the year in which it was authorized for use by Act of Parliament. In ecclesiastical circles, among clergy and others, the book is often today called, in a kind of jargon or shorthand - ‘1662’." As originally set forth there was almost no congregational participation and various parts of the service that were originally intended to be regularly read fell by the way side. What I intend to do with our celebration is to use the service as it would have been experienced in an ordinary parish church. In that case there would be no hymns as very few hymns were allowed and there would have not been a gathering of clerks (priests) as there would have been in university college chapels or cathedrals or minsters.

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast will be held on Sunday 30 July at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Time flies!!
Tuesday 18 July marks the 10th Anniversary of Fr Ron's Induction here at St Matthew's as our Parish Priest!!
Congratulations and thank you!

Sausage Sizzle at DFO
Thank you to those who organised the Sausage Sizzle at DFO on Saturday 8 July and to those who braved the cold to cook, collect money and serve. To those who supported the effort, I'm sure you appreciated delicious snags.

First Communion
Please pray for those who are preparing for their First Holy Communion on Sunday 23 July and for those helping them prepare.
Please make sure you keep the date and time free so that you can welcome them into the communicant membership of our parish.
Do note – this is NOT Confirmation which now in most cases takes place when the person is closer to adulthood or late teens.

Sausage Sizzle at DFO
The parish is hosting a Sausage Sizzle at Tasman Butchers at DFO Moorabbin on Saturday 8 July.
Volunteers are needed, please contact Marlene Gale on 0414 813 710 if you can assist.
This is fundraising for our 150th. More details to come.

Sea Sunday – 9 July
On Sea Sunday churches all over the world come together to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them. The Mission to Seafarers needs your prayers and support for all merchant crews and their families on this day.

A prayer for Sea Sunday
O eternal Lord God, you alone spread out the heavens and rule the raging of the sea: be pleased to receive into your protection all those who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business in great waters. Make their voyages safe to their person and their goods, and be yourself their way and light till journeyings shall end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Midwinter Lunch!
Sunday 16 July at 12 noon in the Hall
Midwinter 2 course lunch – Cost: $20
Chicken & sparkling wine; vegetarian option also available.
Please contact the Office if you will be attending.
Bookings only – by Wednesday 12 July
This is fundraising for our 150th – please join us!

Working Bee thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our Working Bee on Saturday 24 June despite the predicted weather. It was a big job planting the trees and your efforts were much appreciated. The trees have made a considerable difference.

Family Service!
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 2 July at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Sunday 25 June – 1928 service
As part of our liturgical celebration for our sesquicentenary, we will travel back in time using various forms of the Eucharist. The second in our series is the service known asthe Holy Communion service from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, more correctly named as the Deposited Book of 1928. This will be used at both services next Sunday, 25 June.

This revision of the Prayer Book was basically the 1662 Book with additional newer versions of services, the use of which by Congregations was to be purely permissive. In July 1927 a Measure was passed by the Church Assembly (the predecessor of the General Synod) to authorize the use of a Prayer Book which had been deposited with the Clerk of the Parliaments - referred to in the Measure as 'The Deposited Book'. As the Church of England is an Established, or State, Church, approval by Parliament was required for this Book but it was voted down by Parliament in December, 1927. In spite of Parliament's rejection, use of at least some of the revised services in this book was fairly common in subsequent years.
http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/CofE1928/CofE1928.htm; https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/worship/texts/1928.aspx

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The June - July edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

Pie / Quiche lunch
As part of our fundraising for our 150th, there will be a 2 Course Pie / Quiche lunch on Sunday 25 June at 12 noon in the Hall.
Cost: $6. All very welcome.

Working Bee!
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 24 June at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!
Morning tea provided.

Soup Luncheon thank you
Thank you to those who stayed for our Soup Luncheon on Sunday 4 June. It was just the meal for a cold Sunday! A big thank you to those who made delicious soups, yummy desserts and to our dedicated helpers. We will have a finger food luncheon in August!

Sunday 28 May – 1969 service
As part of our liturgical celebration for our sesquicentenary, we will travel back in time using various forms of the Eucharist. The first in our series is the service known as A Service of Holy Communion for Australia, 1969 (Australia, ’69). This will be used at both services on Sunday 28 May.

On the website ' Anglican Eucharistic Theology', Brian Douglas comments that 'The service reflecting the modern liturgical movement in form and wording but also maintaining aspects of the 1662 BCP Holy Communion, presented realist concepts of Eucharistic theology. Overall...Australia 1969 represented a more realist shift in Eucharistic theology in the Australian Anglican scene.'

Everyone wear RED!
The liturgical colour for Pentecost Sunday, 4 June, is red.
This signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit descending on us as it did on the apostles that day.
So remember to wear red (or flame colours) for Pentecost as we celebrate this glorious feast day.

Gifts of Harvest
Thank you to those who prepared the church for our Harvest Festival today and to those who brought gifts of ‘harvest’. We know the gifts will be gratefully received by those who benefit from your generosity.

June Soup Luncheon!
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 4 June with a soup and crusty bread lunch (followed by desserts!) in the Hall at 12 noon.
All very welcome to join us.

Everyone wear RED!
A big thank you to those who braved the chilly morning and helped yesterday at our working bee. Your efforts are much appreciated!
The next working bee will be held on Saturday 24 June.

Working Bee
Our next working bee will be held on Saturday 13 May at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Harvest Festival
Now that the celebration of Holy Week and Easter Day gives over to the Easter season, please remember that in a few weeks we will be celebrating Harvest Festival on Sunday 21 May.
A reminder to start collecting non perishable items so that on the day our display (and therefore our offering to God) will be even greater than last year’s excellent effort. As the majority of the items offered are delivered to Dixon House perhaps you could consider goods that will be suitable for this form of outreach.

Parish Breakfast – Thank you!!
Thank you to those who attended our first Parish Breakfast for the year on Sunday 30 April. It was a happy bunch that sat down to enjoy breakfast and a chat. A big thank you to our team of dedicated helpers who made our Parish Breakfast possible.
We hope more of you will be able to join us at our next Breakfast on Sunday 30 July!

On the road to 150...
What services did they use in the Old Church?
Well, they would have been from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and later perhaps from the Deposited Book of 1928.
And do you remember the very THIN booklet that introduced us to Australia 69?
As a lead-up to our 150th celebrations we will revisit these services on the last Sunday of the months as we move towards September.
But in reverse!
28 May – 1969 service
25 June – 1928 service
30 July – 1662 service
27 August – 1549 service (a service unfamiliar with most of you!)

Parish Breakfast
Our first Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 30 April at 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Thank you
A big thank you to all those who prepared our Church for our Holy Week and Easter services and who organised refreshments on Good Friday –
we would like to thank Coles Southland for their generous donation which enabled us to buy the hot cross buns and Easter eggs.
Bishop Paul has written to thank the parish for its welcome and to say how much he enjoyed the service on Good Friday and the opportunity to preach and afterwards to meet some of the congregation.

Easter Special Effort!
The lucky winners of our Easter Special Effort are...!!!
1st prize – Margaret Henry (St Francis & Op Shop volunteer)
2nd prize – Barbara Duncan
3rd prize – Gina Labozetta (Op Shop volunteer)
4th prize – Jill Cornwell (Op Shop volunteer)
Congratulations to all and a big thank you to everyone who supported our Special Effort!

Holy Week and Easter Services
The most important week in the Church year and an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of Christ and then prepare for the glory of Easter.
Even though the world will treat much of it as a holiday please remember it as a holy time.
Also note that Bishop Paul Barker will be visiting our parish for the first time on Good Friday at 12 noon and will join us for refresments after the service.

Holy Week & Easter Services
† 9 April – Palm Sunday †
8am & 10am: Blessing of Palms and Procession

† Holy Week Weekday Services †Easter Services
Mon 10 April: 10am Eucharist
Tues 11 April: 10am Eucharist & 7pm Eucharist
Wed 12 April: 10am Eucharist

† 13 April – Maundy Thursday †
7pm: Eucharist of the Last Supper

† 14 April – Good Friday †
10am: Walk of Witness starting at the Church of the Open Door
12 noon: Devotions – Bishop Paul Barker preaching
followed by hot cross buns
2pm: Stations of the Cross

† 16 April – Easter Day †
8am: Lighting of the New Fire & Eucharist
10am: Easter Eucharist

Palm Sunday thank you!
Thank you to George H and Mary who donated palms and to George W for helping to collect and deliver them;
to Julie, Claire and Val for making our palm crosses and to Julie, Rob and Claire for decorating the Church with palm branches.

Palm Sunday 2017
Walk of Witness – Cheltenham Combined Churches
14 April – Good Friday
10am – Church of the Open Door, Cnr Charman Rd & Nepean Hwy,
proceed to Charman Uniting Church,
proceed to Pioneers Presbyterian Church,
proceed to St Matthew’s Anglican Church,
proceed to Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church.

Thank you!
Our thanks to Joan Leslie, Val Fielder and Georgie for our Simnel Cakes for Mothering Sunday on Sunday 26 March.
Everyone found them delicious!

Making of Palm Crosses
Please join us on Saturday 8 April at 9am in the Parish Office to make palm crosses.
We will provide the palms, instructions and a lovely morning tea! Helpers most welcome!

Family Service
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 2 April at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Mothering Sunday
As is our custom we will bless and distribute Simnel Cake at both services on Mothering Sunday – 26 March. This is of course an opportunity to bring your mother to church or indeed someone in your community who is a mother as we give thanks for the mothering we have received in and through our Mother Church.

Working Bee
Our next working bee will be held on Saturday 25 March at 9am (weather permitting!).
This is our opportunity to tidy up the grounds around the church in preparation for Easter.
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Parish BBQ!
Our next Parish BBQ will be held on Sunday 2 April in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is 1 March, please bring your palm crosses in time to be burnt.
Services on Ash Wednesday will be held at 10am and 6pm – Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes.

Lenten Bible Study
To assist in your planning and as a preparation for Easter there will be a mini bible study following the Wednesday 10am Mass in Lent.

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The March - April edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

150th Anniversary Celebrations!
150th Events This year the parish of St Matthew's Cheltenham celebrates 150 years of Witness and Service in Cheltenham!
Please click on the poster to view the events which will be happening throughout the year.
More information on each event will be available closer to the date but in the meantime mark these dates in your diary!

Our next event will be held on Sunday 9 April following the 10am service
- Bake Sale




World Day of Prayer
Philippines – 'Am I being unfair to you?'
Friday 3 March at 10.30am Southern Community Church of Christ, Cheltenham.
All parishioners, friends and neighbours welcome.

Family Service
Our next Family Service will be held on Sunday 5 March, at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Our Family Service is held on the first Sunday of each month. Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Help with Ministry
Four of the local nursing homes in Cheltenham are visited on respective Fridays each month.
The parish is seeking volunteers who could give an hour of their time on a Friday (even once a month) to assist in this important ministry.
Please contact the Parish Office if you feel the call to this important and rewarding task.

Pancakes!
We will enjoy pancakes on Sunday 26 February at around 9am in the Hall in recognition of Shrove Tuesday.
We hope you can join us!

St Valentine's morning tea
The Valentine's Day morning tea and special effort, which was held on Sunday 12 February, raised $164 towards the 150th Anniversary funds.
Prizes and winners of the special effort:
Wine – Rosa, Chocolates – Dell, Flowers – Claire.
Thanks to Marlene for baking the delicious scones and to all who supported and helped make this a special morning.

Thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 11 February. Your efforts of tidying, replanting, watering, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated!
The next working bee will be held on Saturday 25 March at 9am.

St Valentine's morning tea

As part of our fundraising for our 150th Anniversary, there will be a special morning tea (to celebrate St Valentine's Day) on Sunday 12 February
in the Hall after the 10am Mass. Cost $2 per person. All very welcome!

Working Bee
Our first working bee for the year will be held on Saturday 11 February at 9am.
The gardens are in need of a tidy up so please join us! Morning tea provided.

Candlemas
On Sunday 5 February we will celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple – commonly called Candlemas – when by tradition the candles used in worship will be blessed at the 8am BCP service and the 10am Family service. If you have a particular candle that you use as a votive you may wish to bring it on the day so that it may be blessed.

First Parish BBQ for the year!
Sunday 5 February in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. All very welcome!

Family Service
Our first Family Service for the year will be held on Sunday 5 February, at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our
Sunday School! Our Family Service is held on the first Sunday of each month. Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Please note…
Fr Ron is on leave from Tuesday 3 January to Tuesday 24 January (inc). If you require a priest during this time please contact Fr Andre Hassing
or one of the Wardens. Fr Andre will be taking the services on Sunday 8, 15 & 22 January.
The Parish Office will be closed until Wednesday 25 January.

A reminder

During the month of January there will be no organist and choir and no weekday services; there will be no morning tea after the 10am service
until February.

2016 News & Events

Christmas Special Effort Winners!
The St Matthew’s Christmas Special Effort was drawn on Sunday 18th December during our morning tea, and the lucky winners are...!!!
1st prize – Kath Daly's grandson, Zach Lowe
2nd prize – Adair Stagg
3rd prize – Graham Whitehead
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort!

Christmas & New Year
The clergy and staff of St Matthew’s and a great start to the New Year.
May this ‘holy day’ season be a safe time for you all.
Thank you for all your cards and greetings.

Christmas Services
Christmas Services Sunday 18th December
6pm – Carol Service

Christmas Eve – Saturday 24th December
5.30pm – Children’s Crib Service
followed by sausage sizzle in the Hall
11pm – Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm – Midnight Mass

Christmas Day – Sunday 25th December
9am – Christmas Holy Communion


Masses celebrated during Christmas week
Monday 26 December – 10am: Stephen, Deacon & Martyr
Tuesday 27 December – 10am: John, Apostle & Martyr
Wednesday 28 December – 10am: Holy Innocents

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The December - January edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

Please note…
The Parish Office will be closed from Christmas Day until late January.
During the month of January there will be no organist and choir and no weekday services; morning tea following the 10am service will resume in February.

Working Bee thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our Working Bee on Saturday 17 December and to everyone who has helped over the year.
Your efforts have made the church grounds look neat & tidy as we approach Christmas!
The next working bee will be on Saturday 11 February.

Empty Christmas Tree
Thank you to all those who left presents and food under our Empty Christmas tree for Dixon House. Many of our gifts this year were contributed by the students of Cheltenham Primary School who brought their gifts down in a few trips, so a big thank you to the school.
Goods were delivered during the week so a big thank you to our helpers!

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service

On Thursday 1st December we again held the Annual Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service and it was wonderful to see (and hear!) over 500 people in the church! The preps were dressed as shepherds and angels. It was a very happy and fun occasion!

Working Bee
Our final working bee for the year will be held at 9am on Saturday 17 December (just in time for Christmas!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Wardens & Parish Council members
Wardens:
Sue Polites (Vicar’s Warden), Julie Johnston & Phil Whelan (People's Wardens).
Parish Council:
Harold Daly, Glenys Foreman, Marlene Gale, Debby Howard, Rob Johnston & Andrew Napier.

Last Parish BBQ for the year!
Our last Parish BBQ for the year will be held on Sunday 4 December, in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share.

Notice of Annual Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of St Matthew’s Anglican Church will be held on Sunday 27 November at 11.30am.

Thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 19 November. Your efforts of tidying, replanting and pruning are much appreciated!
Our final working bee for the year will be held on Saturday 17 December (just in time for Christmas!).

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 19 November at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!
Please note the change of date, a week earlier than previously stated due to the Pets Market.

Consecration of our new Bishop
Parishioners are invited to the Consecration of our new Bishop (for the Jumbunna Episcopate), the Rev'd Dr Paul Barker.
Saturday 12 November at 10.30am in St Paul's Cathedral.

All Saints Day

All Saints Day (1 November) is the day that we remember the myriad of Saints and Martyrs who do not have a designated day (such as we have for St Matthew, John the Baptist or St Margaret of Scotland). The day following is All Souls Day when we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ. We will celebrate All Saints Day and remember All Souls Day on Sunday 6 November where we remember the names of loved ones (who have died in the Lord) at the Altar.

Family Service with Sunday School
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 6 November at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Parish Breakfast
Our last Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 30 October at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

We pawsed for the Blessing of the Animals!!
It was great to see such numbers at our Blessing of the Animals on Sunday 2 October – an opportunity for the animals to meet and greet and become 'very' acquainted! A number of our usual congregation also attended and were surprised to hear the human visitors joining in so well with the hymns and the prayers. After a general blessing of the animals most took the opportunity to come forward around the Altar for an individual blessing and a prayer that companionship continue and they were then presented with their medallion and prayer card. Many of those from the well attended service then joined us in the Hall for a parish lunch which was appreciated by all, even the animals!!

Blessing of the Animals 2016

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 15 October at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Patronal Festival thank you!
Patronal Festival 2016 By all accounts our celebration last Sunday of the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the 'new' church
was a wonderful occasion.
It was a pleasure to have Bishop Paul with us and due to the work of many the day was most enjoyable. Thanks to our Organist and Choir, those who assisted in the worship, readied the church and hall
and who brought food, served and cleaned up.
Now for the 150th!!




A date for your diary!
Blessing of the Animals poster Now is the time to start telling your family, neighbours and friends about our upcoming ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service
on Sunday 2 October at 12 noon! All pets great and small are welcome!
Each animal will receive a personal blessing and a special medallion.
The service will be followed by lunch in the Hall (animals are welcome to join us!).
All animals must be brought in carriers or on leashes.


Parish BBQ
Our next Parish BBQ will be held on Sunday 2 October in the Hall after our Blessing of the Animals service.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share and remember that we will be hosting visitors from the Blessing of the Animals service
so please make them (and their pets!) feel welcome.

Patronal Festival – Sunday 18 September
Blessing of the Animals posterWe are thrilled that +Paul who until recently was our Regional Bishop is able to be our Visitor for our Patronal Festival.
On this day we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Dedication of the 'new' church building.
Please note there will be only one service which is at 10am.
Make sure that this is marked in your diary as this will be an opportunity for us to thank +Paul for his ministry to us over the years. A 'finger food' lunch will follow the service - please bring a plate accordingly.
Please take this opportunity to invite family members, neighbours or friends.

Working Bee thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our Working Bee on Saturday 10 September.
Your efforts of tidying, replanting, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated.
The next working bee will be on Saturday 15 October.

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The September - October edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 10 September at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!
Please note the change of date, a week later than previously stated – this is due to the next Pets Market being held on 3 September in the
Parish Office car park.

Family Service with Sunday School
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 4 September at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

National Op Shop Week (21/8 to 27/8) – ‘Op till you drop!’
National Op Shop Week 2016 will take place from Sunday 21 August until Saturday 27 August. You can support our Op Shop in a number of ways.
• By doing a spring clean, decluttering your wardrobe and taking unwanted items. Remember, only items that you yourself would wear and use    should be donated.
• By visiting our shop and helping us to raise money by buying our items.
• By volunteering at our shop.

Thank You!
Thank you to all who brought delicious fare for our ‘finger food’ luncheon on Sunday 7 August; and to our dedicated helpers. We will have our traditional BBQ lunch in October after our Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday 2 October!

55 Years!
On Wednesday 3 August our Opportunity Shop (Cheltenham Opportunity Shop) celebrated 55 years of service! We thank all those involved.
Why not visit the shop and show your support to our team of volunteers and buy or donate goods while you are there!

Breakfast thank you
Thank you to those who attended our Parish Breakfast on Sunday 31 July. Also a big thank you to our team of dedicated helpers who made our Parish Breakfast possible. We hope more of you will be able to join us at our final Breakfast for the year on Sunday 30 October!

August Luncheon!
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 7 August with a ‘finger food’ luncheon (sausage rolls, mini quiches, pies, spring rolls etc), followed by desserts at
12 noon in the Hall. Please join us, all very welcome!

Pet's Market
Doggy Tea Breaks will be holding a Pet's Market at which stalls will sell various items related to pets and their needs.
The Parish will be running a sausage sizzle!
The market will be held on Saturday 6 August from 10am to 3pm in the car park behind the Parish Office - 161 Park Road, Cheltenham.

Family Service with Sunday School
Our monthly Family Service will be held on Sunday 7 August at 10am and includes fun activities for children in our Sunday School!
Tell your family, friends and neighbours! All very welcome.

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast will be held on Sunday 31 July at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Working Bee thank you!
A big thank you to those who helped at our Working Bee on Saturday 9 July.
Your efforts of tidying, replanting, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated.
The next working bee will be on Saturday 3 September.

Working Bee!
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 9 July at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!
Morning tea provided.

Sea Sunday - 10 July
On Sea Sunday churches all over the world come together to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them. The Mission to Seafarers needs your prayers and support for all merchant crews and their families on Sea Sunday 2016, which we will acknowledge in our services on Sunday 10 July.

Op Shop Donations Needed
St Matthew’s Op Shop is in need of more donations.
Donations can be delivered to the shop, providing they are good quality (items not stained, chipped or cracked).
The shop is unable to accept the following items: electrical goods, furniture, mattresses, cots, prams or strollers due to government regulations.
Please search your cupboards and encourage relations, neighbours and friends to search theirs.
Again articles must be in good, clean condition and remember: ‘if I would want to use it, the Op Shop can use it’.
For more information please contact the Op Shop on 9583 2993

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The June - August edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

Thank you
Thank you to all who attended our Financial meeting on Sunday 5 June and to those who stayed for our Soup Luncheon.
It was just the meal for a cold Sunday!
A big thank you to those who made delicious soups, yummy desserts and to our dedicated helpers.
We will have a finger food luncheon in August!

Breakfast Thank you
Thank you to those who attended our first Parish Breakfast for the year on Sunday 5 June! It was a happy bunch that sat down to enjoy breakfast and a chat. A big thank you to our team of dedicated helpers who made our Parish Breakfast possible.
We hope more of you will be able to join us at our next Breakfast on Sunday 31 July!

Family Service
Our next Family Service will be held on Sunday 3 July at 10am.
There will be fun children's activities in our Sunday School during the service.
All children are invited to join in!

June Luncheon!
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 5 June with a soup and crusty bread lunch (followed by desserts!) in the Hall at 12 noon.

Petition - Keep Good Friday free of football
Bishop Philip Huggins has set up a petition on change.org, asking the AFL to keep Good Friday free from football.
If you’d like to add your signature you can do this online by clicking the link below:
https://www.change.org/p/australian-football-league-afl-keep-good-friday-free-of-football

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 28 May at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Parish Breakfast

Our first Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 29 May at 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Stewardship – Weekly Offering
The new sets of envelopes are about to be distributed so if you currently do not contribute to our stewardship via the convenience of weekly envelopes you may like to do so! If this is the case please contact the Parish Office.

Everyone wear RED!

The liturgical colour for the Day of Pentecost, 15 May, is red. This signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit descending on us as it did on the apostles
that day. So remember to wear red (or flame colours) for Pentecost as we celebrate this glorious feast day.

Cheltenham Combined Churches – Pentecost Celebration
On Pentecost Sunday, 15 May, we are inviting members of all the Cheltenham Christian churches to join from 5pm at Our Lady of the Assumption Church to reflect on Pentecost and to join in the N.C.C.A’s week of prayer for Christian unity.
A light tea will follow. You are invited to bring a small plate of food to share.

Thank you
Thank you to those who prepared the church for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 8 May and to those who brought gifts of ‘harvest’.
We know the gifts will be gratefully received by those who benefit from your generosity.

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission is very appreciative of the support by parishioners and friends of the Lenten Discipline Canisters. A total of $$301.85 was donated this year. Our grateful thanks to all for your generous support.

Thank you
A wonderful celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the setting of the Foundation Stone on Sunday 24 April.
Thanks to those who were able to contribute to the wonderful morning tea.

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The April / May edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

Synod Reps
Please note we will be calling for the names of people who will be willing to be our Synod Reps for the next 3 years.
Meanwhile, please approach people to see if they are willing to serve in this ministry.

50th Anniversary!
Sunday 27 March marked the 50th Anniversary of the setting of the Foundation Stone of the 'new' church!
As this fell on Easter Day we will be celebrating this event with a mass of Thanksgiving at 8am & 10am on Sunday 24 April.
A special morning tea will follow the 10am service; please bring a plate.

Working Bee

Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 16 April at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us! Morning tea provided.

Lenten Discipline Canisters

The Parish Mission wishes to thank all who donated to Missions during Lent – please return any canisters that you have.
The final total and details of the distribution will be published as soon as all canisters have been returned.

Thank you!
A big thank you to all those who prepared our Church for our Holy Week and Easter services and who organised refreshments on Good Friday –
we would like to thank Coles Southland for their kind donation of hot cross buns.

Harvest Festival
Now that the celebration of Holy Week and Easter Day gives over to the Easter season, please remember that in a few weeks we will be celebrating Harvest Festival on Sunday 8 May.
A reminder to start collecting items so that on the day our display (and therefore our offering to God) will be even greater than last year’s excellent effort. As the majority of the items offered are delivered to Dixon House perhaps you could consider goods that will be suitable for this form of outreach.

Easter Special Effort!
The lucky winners of our Easter Special Effort are...!!!
1st prize – Pat Rossely
2nd prize – Marj Whatmore
3rd prize – June Martin
4th prize – Dorothy Gawthorne
Congratulations to all and a big thank you to everyone who supported our Special Effort!

Thank you!
Thank you to all those who collected palms, made our palm crosses and decorated the Church with palm branches.

Palm Crosses
If anyone has any healthy palm fronds they could donate for Palm Sunday, please contact the Parish Office.
Please join us on Saturday 19 March at 9am in the Parish Office to make palm crosses.
We will provide the palms, instructions and morning tea! Helpers most welcome!

Holy Week & Easter Services
Don’t wait for it to creep up on you! Put the dates for our Holy Week & Easter services (below) in your diary or on your calendar now!
Be a part of the whole experience.

† 20 March – Palm Sunday †
8am & 10am: Blessing of Palms and Procession
Easter Services
† Holy Week Weekday Services †
Mon 21 March: 10am Mass
Tues 22 March: 10am Mass & 7pm Mass
Wed 23 March: 10am Mass

† 24 March – Maundy Thursday †
7pm: A Celebration of the Last Supper - Eucharist with Foot Washing (foot washing optional)

† 25 March – Good Friday †
10am: Walk of Witness starting at the Church of the Open Door
12 noon: The Crucifixion of Our Lord - Devotions followed by hot cross buns
2pm: Stations of the Cross

† 27 March – Easter Day †
8am: Lighting of the New Fire & Eucharist
10am: Easter Holy Communion

Walk of Witness – Cheltenham Combined Churches
25 March – Good Friday
10am – Church of the Open Door, Cnr Charman Rd & Nepean Hwy,
proceed to Charman Uniting Church,
proceed to Pioneers Presbyterian Church,
proceed to St Matthew’s Anglican Church,
proceed to Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church.

Mothering Sunday thank you!
Sincere thanks to Pat Ashton and Joan Leslie for our Simnel Cakes for Mothering Sunday last week.
Everyone found them delicious!

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The February / March edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

ABM Lent Appeal 2016

Envelopes are available if you would like to donate to the ABM’s Lent Appeal.
You can also follow the days of Lent with ABM’s online calendar with a reflection, prayer and action for every day
http://alined.co/abm/abm-app/lentcalendar.html

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission, under the auspices of the Parish Council, is once again inviting parishioners to donate coins (preferably gold) for missions, using the canisters during Lent and returning them at the end of Lent. The canisters are available in the Narthex.
Please take one as you leave the Church. Thank you.

Working Bee
Our first working bee for this year will be held on Saturday 5th March at 9am (weather permitting!).
This is our opportunity to tidy up the grounds
around the church for Easter. Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Mothering Sunday

As is our custom we will bless and distribute Simnel Cake at both services on Mothering Sunday – 6th March. (If anyone can provide a Simnel Cake please let the office know). We will remember all mothers including the Mother of all mothers – Our Lady and we will give thanks for the mothering we have received in and through our Mother Church. This is of course an opportunity to bring your mother to church or indeed someone in your
community who is a mother.

Thank you…
Many thanks to all who came to our Pancake breakfast on Sunday 7th February between the two masses, and especially to Julie who prepared and cooked our yummy pancakes!! Also thanks to those who helped with setting up and cleaning.

Pancakes

We will enjoy pancakes on Sunday 7th February at around 9am in the Hall in recognition of Shrove Tuesday.
Due to this being the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday our normal Parish BBQ will not take place on this day.
We hope you can join us!

Candlemas
On Sunday 7th February, we will celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple – commonly called Candlemas – when by tradition the candles used in worship will be blessed at the 8am BCP service and the 10am Family service. If you have a particular candle that you use as a
votive you may wish to bring it on the day so that it may be blessed.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is 10th February, please bring your palm crosses in time to be burnt.
Services on Ash Wednesday will be held at 10am and 6pm – Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes.

Lenten Bible Study
To assist in your planning and as a preparation for Easter there will be a mini bible study following the Wednesday 10am Mass in Lent.
The study will be based on the year of Luke.

Please note…

Fr Ron is on leave from Tuesday 5th January to Tuesday 19th January. The Rev’d Margot Poole will be taking the services on Sunday 10th January and also on Sunday 17th January.
The Parish Office will be closed until Wednesday 20th January.

A reminder

Just a reminder that there will be no morning tea after the 10am service until February and there are no weekday services in January.

2015 News & Events

Christmas Special Effort Winners!
The St Matthew’s Christmas Special Effort was drawn on Sunday 20th December during our morning tea, and the lucky winners are...!!!
1st prize – Marlene Gale
2nd prize – June Mullens
3rd prize – Julie Johnston
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort!

Christmas & New Year
The clergy and staff of St Matthew’s and a great start to the New Year.
May this ‘holy day’ season be a safe time for you all.
Thank you for all your cards and greetings.

Christmas Services
Christmas Services Sunday 20th December
6pm – Carol Service

Christmas Eve – Thursday 24th December
5.30pm – Children’s Crib Service
followed by sausage sizzle in the Hall
11pm – Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm – Midnight Mass

Christmas Day – Friday 25th December
9am – Christmas Holy Communion




Working Bee

A big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 12th December. You have made the place looked loved as we approach Christmas!

Empty Christmas Tree

Thank you to all those who left presents and food under our Empty Christmas tree for Dixon House.
Goods were delivered in time so that they could be distributed to those in need so a big thank you to our helpers!

December Parish Lunch
Please note that due to our Annual General Meeting being held on Sunday 6th December (the first Sunday of the month), our December Parish Lunch will be held on the following Sunday, 13th December.

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service
On Tuesday 1st December we held the Annual Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service and it was wonderful to see (and hear!) over 530 people in the church! The preps were dressed as shepherds and angels. It was a very happy and fun occasion!

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service
Parish Breakfast
Our last Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 29th November at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Notice of Annual Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of St Matthew’s Anglican Church will be held on Sunday 6th December at 11.30am.

Christmas Special Effort!

Tickets for our Christmas Special Effort are available after each service. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
The draw will take place on Sunday 20 December during morning tea.

Empty Christmas Tree

A reminder to start buying gifts (unwrapped) and Christmas food so that they can be placed under our Empty Christmas Tree which will be up
on the First Sunday of Advent – 29th November.

All Saints Day

We are celebrating All Saints Day on Sunday 1st November. This is a day where we remember the names of loved ones (who have died in the Lord) at the Altar.

Working Bee

A big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 24th October.
Your efforts of tidying, replanting and pruning are much appreciated!

Blessing of the Animals - Thank You
A big thank you to all the animals who brought their owners to our annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday 4th October. It was a wonderful occasion and as usual the pets were very well behaved!
And thank you to everyone who supplied food, cooked food, served and cleaned up.

A date for your diary!
Blessing of the Animals poster Now is the time to start telling your family, neighbours and friends about our upcoming ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service
on Sunday 4th October at 12 noon! All pets great and small are welcome!
Each animal will receive a personal blessing and a special medallion.
The service will be followed by lunch in the Hall (animals are welcome to join us!).
All animals must be brought in carriers or on leashes.


Patronal Festival
We will celebrate our Patronal Festival, The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist & Martyr
on Sunday 20 September at both the 8am and 10am services.
A special morning tea will follow in the Hall after the 10am service. Please take this opportunity to invite family members, neighbours or friends.

Salt - Parish Newsletter
The September/ October edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here. It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events. A big thank you to those who contributed!

National Op Shop Week – ‘Op till you drop!’
National Op Shop Week 2015 will take place from Sunday 23rd August until next Sunday 30th August.
You can support our Op Shop in a number of ways.
• By doing a spring clean, decluttering your wardrobe and taking unwanted items. Remember, only items that you yourself would wear and use should be donated.
• By visiting our shop and helping us to raise money by buying our items.
• By volunteering at our shop.

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast will be held on Sunday 30 August at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Working Bee
A big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 22nd August. Your efforts of tidying, replanting, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated. The next working bee will be in early October.

August Parish Luncheon
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 2nd August with a ‘finger food’ luncheon (sausage rolls, mini quiches, pies, spring rolls etc),
followed by desserts at 12 noon in the Hall.
Please join us, all very welcome!

Thank you…
Fr Andre’s last Sunday with us is Sunday 26th July and we thank him for his time here while Fr Ron has been on Long Service Leave.
We also thank Archdeacon Barry Martin for taking the services for St Francis during this time.
Fr Ron will commence his ‘priestly duties’ as of Wednesday. We look forward to seeing him and hope he will return to us relaxed and refreshed!

We also thank Robert Heatley for being our Organist / Musical Director for the last few weeks while Marlene has been holidays.
We greatly appreciate his willingness to fill in.

50 Years Young
Achievements often go unnoticed through a variety of reasons not the least of which is modesty!
Saturday 20th June is the 50th anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Andre.  As he won’t blow his trumpet, I will! 
Fr Andre has been and is a much valued priest in this Archdiocese and in particular in this parish.  He is truly a man of God, a devoted servant, a person of integrity and humbleness with a deep pastoral heart.

We congratulate him on this wonderful occasion and pray that God
may continue to bless his ministry for many years. 

People needed…
If anyone would like to join the ministry of the Flower Guild please contact the Parish Office. This area of ministry would be much appreciated by the whole congregation and helps keep our church looking beautiful. If you are keen, but haven't had a go at flower arranging before, please do get in touch as one of the members will be more than happy to share their knowledge.

New edition of Salt!
The June / July edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish and upcoming services and events.

Working bee! – Thank you!!
A big thank you to those who helped on Saturday 13th June at our working bee. Your efforts of tidying, replanting, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated !!

Soup Luncheon – Thank you!!
Thank you to all who made delicious soups for our June luncheon on Sunday 7th June and to our dedicated helpers.
We will have a finger food luncheon in August!

Parish Breakfast – Thank you!!
It was wonderful to see so many people attend our first Parish Breakfast for the year on Sunday 31st May!!
The Hall was abuzz with people chatting, eating and generally sharing fellowship.
A big thank you to our team of dedicated helpers who made our Parish Breakfast a great success!
Tell your friends now about our next Breakfast on Sunday 30th August!

June Luncheon
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 7th June with a soup and crusty bread lunch (followed by desserts!) in the Hall at 12 noon.
All very welcome!

Working Bee
Our next working bee to tidy the gardens around the Church will be held on Saturday 13th June at 9am (weather permitting!).
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Carry on Nurse!
We give thanks to God that our very own Debby Howard was in the right place at the right time.
Her calmness, knowledge and above all her actions helped save the life of a train passenger who as it happens was also her neighbour.
Congrats on your quick thinking Debby!
Moral? Know your basic first aid and CPR.
To the congregation: you’re never too old to learn.

Op Shop Donations Needed
St Matthew’s Op Shop is in need of more donations. Donations can be delivered to the shop, providing they are good quality (items not stained, chipped or cracked). The shop is unable to accept the following items: electrical goods, furniture, mattresses, cots, prams or strollers due to government regulations.
Please search your cupboards and encourage relations, neighbours and friends to search theirs.
Again articles must be in good, clean condition and remember: ‘if I would want to use it, the Op Shop can use it’.
For more information please contact the Op Shop on 9583 2993

Parish Breakfast
Our first Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 31st May at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission is very appreciative of the support by parishioners and friends
of the Lenten Discipline Canisters. So far a total of $300.05 was donated this year.
Our grateful thanks to all for your generous support.

Everyone wear RED!
The liturgical colour for Pentecost Sunday, 24th May, is red.
This signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit descending on us as it did on the apostles that day.
So remember to wear red (or flame colours) for Pentecost as we celebrate this glorious feast day.

Harvest Festival thank you!
Thank you to those who prepared the church for our Harvest Festival on Sunday 17th May and to those who brought gifts of ‘harvest’.
We know the gifts will be gratefully received by those who benefit from your generosity.

Harvest Festival
Now that the celebration of Holy Week and Easter Day gives over to the Easter season, let us not forget that in a few weeks we will be celebrating
Harvest Festival on Sunday 17th May. A reminder to start collecting items so that on the day our display (and therefore our offering to God)
will be even greater than last year’s excellent effort. As the majority of the items offered are delivered to Dixon House perhaps you could consider goods that will be suitable for this form of outreach.

New edition of Salt!
The May edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish as well as some other interesting facts and questions! 

Commemoration of Anzac Day
As there seems to be no point in competing with Anzac Day as it is a most significant anniversary, our Anzac celebrations will be held the following day on Sunday 26th April at both services. One or two of the hymns and one of the prayers have been taken from the Service of Thanksgiving for the end of the Second World War.

Thank You!
A big thank you to all those who prepared our Church for the Easter services and who organised refreshments on Good Friday.
We would also like to thank Coles Southland for kindly and generously donating the Hot Cross Buns for our refreshments.

Easter Special Effort Winners!
The St Matthew’s Easter Special Effort was drawn on Palm Sunday, Sunday 29th March, during our morning tea
and the lucky winners were...!!!
1st prize – Margaret Bond
2nd prize – Alannah Azzi
3rd prize – Pat McAskill
Congratulations to all and a big thank you to everyone who supported our Special Effort.

Holy Week & Easter Services
Don’t wait for it to creep up on you! Put the dates for our Holy Week & Easter services (below) in your diary or on your calendar now!
Be a part of the whole experience.

† March 29 – Palm Sunday †
8am & 10am: Blessing of Palms and Procession
Easter Services
† Weekday Services †
Mon March 30, Tues March 31 & Wed April 1: 10am Eucharist

† April 2 – Maundy Thursday †
7pm: A Celebration of the Last Supper - Eucharist with Foot Washing

† April 3 – Good Friday †
10am: Walk of Witness
12 noon: The Crucifixion of Our Lord - Devotions followed by light refreshments
2pm: Stations of the Cross

† April 5 – Easter Day †
8am: Lighting of the New Fire & Eucharist
10am: Easter Holy Communion

Thank you!
Thank you to all those who collected palms, made our palm crosses and decorated the Church with palm branches (the Church looks stunning!).

Palm Crosses
If anyone has any healthy palm fronds they could donate for Palm Sunday, please see Fr Ron.
Please join us on Saturday 28th March at 9am in the Parish Office to make palm crosses.
We will provide the palms, instructions and morning tea! Helpers most welcome!

Working bee!
A big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 21st March, it was lovely weather for it! Your efforts of tidying, replanting, weeding and pruning etc are very much appreciated.

Simnel Cakes
Sincere thanks to Pat Ashton and Joan Leslie for our Simnel Cakes for Mothering Sunday on Sunday 15th March which everyone found delicious!

Working Bee
To prepare for Easter, a working bee wil be held from 9am on Saturday 21st March.
The hot summer has not been kind to a number of plants which will be removed and a general ’tidy up’ will be attempted!!
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Mothering Sunday
As is our custom we will bless and distribute Simnel Cake at both the 8am & 10am services on Sunday 15th March.
We will remember all mothers including the Mother of all mothers – Our Lady and we will give thanks for the mothering we have received in and through our Mother Church. If you would like to make a Simnel Cake please contact the Parish Office.

Next Family Service!
On Sunday 1st March we will hold our next Family Service at 10am during which the children will meet for discussion and activities in our Sunday School and then show what they have ‘discovered’.
So bring your family, friends and neighbours and join us for a time of worship and fun!

Bible Study
To assist in your planning and as a preparation for Easter there will be a mini bible study following the Wednesday 10am Mass in Lent.
The study will be based on the lections that are read at the Masses during the week.

Thank you…
Many thanks to all who came to our Pancake morning tea on Sunday 15th February, the earlier time of 9am worked well, and especially to Julie who prepared and cooked our yummy pancakes and those who helped with setting up and cleaning.

Ash Wednesday
Services on Ash Wednesday, the 18th of February, will be held at 10am and 6pm.
Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes.

Pancakes!!!
We will enjoy pancakes on Sunday 15th February at around 9am in the Hall in recognition of Shrove Tuesday.
If you would like to make a donation towards our celebration please put the money in a envelope marked ‘Pancakes’ and place it in the
Offertory Plate. We hope you can join us!

New edition of Salt!
The February / March edition of our parish newsletter, Salt, is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish as well a puzzle and some other interesting facts! 

Margot’s Ministry
The Rev’d Margot Poole has been a part of the ministry team at St Matthew’s for 4 years as of February– we congratulate her, give thanks for her
ministry and pray that she may continue her time with us.
At the moment she would welcome our prayers as she maintains ministry at St Agnes, Black Rock.

Lenten Bible Study
For those interested in a Lenten Bible Study there will be a meeting after the 10am service on Ash Wednesday.

Candlemas
On Sunday 1st February, we will celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called Candlemas. 
On this day we dedicate the ‘lights’ (candles) that we will use for worship during the year. If you have a particular candle that you use as a votive you may wish to bring it on the day so that it may be blessed.

First Parish BBQ for the year!
Our first parish BBQ for the year will be held on Sunday 1st February in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation. All very welcome!

2014 News & Events

Please note…
Fr Ron is on leave from Thursday 1st January to Monday 19th January. If you require a priest during this time please ring Fr Barry Martin
or one of the Wardens. Fr Barry Martin will be taking the services on Sunday 4th, 11th & 18th January.

Just a reminder that there will be no morning tea after the 10am service until February and no weekday services in January.
The Parish Office will be closed until Wednesday 21st January.

Christmas & New Year
The clergy and staff of St Matthew’s and a great start to the New Year.
May this ‘holy day’ season be a safe time for you all.
Thank you for all your cards and greetings.

Christmas Special Effort Winners!
The St Matthew’s Christmas Special Effort was drawn on Sunday 21st December during our morning tea,
and the lucky winners are...!!!
1st prize – Rosemary Van Buuren
2nd prize – Zach (Kath Daly)
3rd prize – June Mullens
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort and to those who donated the prizes.
Thanks to all who made our Devonshire morning tea such a success.

Devonshire Tea
Fundraising morning tea following the 10am service on Sunday 21st December. $5 per person.
Money raised will go towards the restoration of the Stained Glass Windows.

Christmas Services
Christmas Services Sunday 21st December
7pm – Carol Service

Christmas Eve – Wednesday 24th December
5.30pm – Children’s Crib Service
followed by sausage sizzle in the Hall
11pm – Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm – Midnight Mass

Christmas Day – Thursday 25th December
9am – Christmas Holy Communion

Masses celebrated during Christmas week
Friday 26th December
Stephen, Deacon & Martyr – 10am Mass

Saturday 27th December
John, Apostle & Evangelist – 10am Mass

Empty Christmas Tree
A big thank you to all those who left presents and food under our Empty Christmas tree for Dixon House - a fabulous effort!

Working Bee
A big thank you to those who helped on Saturday 13th December at our working bee.
You have made the place looked loved as we approach Christmas!

Parish BBQ!
Our last Parish BBQ for the year will be held on Sunday 7th December in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share.

Christmas Special Effort!
Tickets for our Christmas Special Effort will be available from Sunday 30th November after each service and are $2 each or 3 for $5. Prizes will be a number of hampers. Start collecting your change!

Empty Christmas Tree
A reminder to start buying gifts (unwrapped) and Christmas food so that they can be placed under our Empty Christmas Tree which will be up
on the First Sunday of Advent – 30th November.

Parish Breakfast
Our last Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 30th November at approx 9am in the Hall. Come and enjoy a scrumptious
breakfast and enjoy good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Notice of Annual Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of St Matthew’s Anglican Church will be held on Sunday 16th November at 11.30am.

All Saints Day

We are celebrating All Saints Day on Sunday 2nd November. If you would like to have the name of a loved one (who has died in the Lord) remembered at the Altar on this day, please contact the Parish Office.

Nomination & Electoral Roll Forms
If you would like to nominate someone for Parish Council, Churchwarden or Incumbency Committee please fill out the nomination form.
If you are currently not on the Electoral Roll and would like to be please fill out the ‘Application for enrolment on Church Electoral Roll’ form.
Forms are available in the Narthex or contact the Parish Office. Electoral Roll forms need to be handed into the Parish Office by Wednesday 29th October. Nomination forms need to be handed in by Sunday 9th November.

Working Bee

Our next working bee will be held on Saturday 18th October at 9am to tidy the gardens around the Church.
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Blessing of the Animals - Thank You
Thank you to all the animals who brought their owners to the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday 5th October.
And thank you to everyone who supplied food, cooked food, served and cleaned up. It was a wonderful opportunity to welcome visitors.

Invitation to St Paul’s Cathedral
The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral invites the congregation of St Matthew’s to Choral Evensong on Wednesday 29th October at 5.10pm when prayers will be said for our parish. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear one of the premier church choirs of Australia and to once again enjoy the traditional language of the 1662 Prayer Book.

Blessing of the Animals
The Feast of St Francis
‘All creatures great and small’
Sunday 5th October
Service at 12 noon followed by a BBQ lunch in the Hall
Bring your pets for a service of blessing
Tell your neighbours and friends! All welcome.

Parish BBQ!
Our next Parish BBQ will be held on Sunday 5th October in the Hall after our Blessing of the Animals service.
Please bring a salad or dessert (or both!) to share and remember that we will be hosting visitors from the Blessing of the Animals service.

Patronal thank you!
Thank you to all who made our Patronal Festival a happy time of worship and fellowship over a scrumptious morning tea and special thanks to
Joan Leslie for our celebratory cake!

Patronal Festival
We will celebrate our Patronal Festival, The Feast of St Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist & Martyr on Sunday 21st September at both the 8am and 10am services. A special morning will follow in the Hall after the 10am service Please take this opportunity to invite family members, neighbours
and friends.

URGENT: Op Shop Volunteers Needed
St Matthew’s Op Shop needs more volunteers especially on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
The situation has taken on an urgency; one half day a month would help! You may also know of a friend or neighbour who could do likewise.
If you would like more information please contact the Op Shop on 9583 2993.

Op Shop Donations
St Matthew’s Op Shop is in need of more donations. Donations can be delivered to the shop, providing they are good quality. Please search your cupboards and encourage relations, neighbours and friends to search theirs.
As well as clothing (not stained) we require shoes, crockery and glassware (not chipped or cracked), kitchen items, books and toys. Again articles must be in good, clean condition and remember: ‘if I would want to use it, the Op Shop can use it’.

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast will be held on Sunday 31st August at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Thank You!
Thank you to all who brought DELICIOUS fare for our ‘finger food’ luncheon on Sunday 3rd August and to our dedicated helpers. We will have our traditional BBQ lunch in October after our Blessing of the Animals service!
Also a big thank you to those who helped at our working bee on Saturday 9th August. Your efforts of tidying, replanting and pruning etc
are very much appreciated.

Working Bee
Our next working bee will be held on Saturday 9th August at 9am to tidy the gardens around the Church.
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

August Parish Luncheon
We will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 3rd August with a ‘finger food’ luncheon (sausage rolls, mini quiches, pies, spring rolls etc),
followed by desserts at 12 noon in the Hall.
Please join us, all very welcome!

Winter Wonder Meal!
Thank you to all who made our Winter Wonder Meal such a success! To all who came for the meal and fellowship (preceeded by sherries in the Church); to those who donated food and/or cooked; to those who made possible the ‘Special Effort’; to those who set up, packed up, served and/or cleaned; and to Marlene Gale for a wonderful effort that raised $1,407 from the Winter Wonder Meal (includes $312 from the ‘Special Effort’). In addition, some very generous donations received from parishioners totaled $2,980, ensuring confidence in planning for the restoration of the stained glass windows and leadlighting.

Parish Breakfast - Thank you
Thanks again to our dedicated helpers who made our Parish Breakfast last Sunday
a great success. It was good to see our parishioners from both services catching up!
Tell your friends now about our next Breakfast on Sunday 31st August!

Winter Wonder Meal!
Come and join us for a special lunch in the Hall on Sunday 20th July at 12 noon.
Lunch will include a 3 course meal, coffee/tea and chocolates.
Cost is $20 and all money raised will go towards the restoration of the stained glass windows in the Old Church.
Bookings are essential and must be made by Wednesday 16th July.
Payment also needs to be made by this date – there will be collections on Sundays or you can pay at the Parish Office.
BRING your family and friends!!

Thank you
We would like to thank a number of people through whose efforts we have had some very successful days. First, we thank those who turned up for the working bee on Satuday 14th June, having braved the weather.
And thank you to those who by their efforts whether for the service or the supper made our Ecumenical Pentecost Service a success.
Special thanks to Megan who co-ordinated the Order of Service and the readers and to Claire who collated and printed the booklet.
Finally, to those who supplied the soup and dessert for our recent fellowship meal; such was the quality of the soups that there was very little left after the meal!

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission is very appreciative of the support by parishioners and friends of the Lenten Discipline Canisters. Along with the donations to ‘Miss Piggy’ a total of $504.20 has been sent to Anglicare for their Winter Appeal ‘to help us provide the little things – like clothes and food – that will make a real difference’.

That time of the year again!!!
Have you thought about the convenience of using envelopes as a means of remembering your collection. They enable you to put aside on a regular basis your thanks to God for what he has given you and even if you miss coming on a Sunday you can bring your envelope on the next Sunday or drop it into the Office. Thank you to those who have continued in the scheme but please prayerfully consider increasing the amount of your giving.
New pledge envelopes will be available for collection on Sunday 22nd June.

Hoy Day!!
The Friends of St Francis Fellowship Group will hold their Fundraising Hoy Day on Monday 30th June at 12 noon in the Hall at St Matthew’s.
Cost $6 for a basket lunch, Hoy games, lots of prizes and a time of much enjoyment and fellowship! All welcome!

New edition of Salt!
The June / July edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish as well as some puzzles and some other interesting facts! 

Pentecost – Everyone wear RED!
The liturgical colour for Pentecost Sunday, 8th June, is red. This signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit descending on us as it did on the apostles that day. So remember to wear red (or flame colours) for Pentecost as we celebrate this glorious feast day.

Cheltenham Combined Churches – Pentecost Celebration
Sunday 8th June the Cheltenham Combined Churches will meet together for a special Pentecost Celebration here at St Matthew’s at 5pm.
Please bring a plate of food to share.

Working Bee
Our next working bee will be held on Saturday 14th June at 9am to tidy the gardens around the Church.
Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission is very appreciative of the support by parishioners and friends of the Lenten Discipline Canisters. A total of $457.55 was donated this year. Our grateful thanks to all for your generous support.

Harvest Festival – Sunday 18th May
Now that the celebration of Holy Week and Easter Day gives over to the Easter season, let us not forget that in a few weeks we will be celebrating Harvest Festival. A reminder to start collecting items so that on the day our display (and therefore our offering to God) will be even greater than last year’s excellent effort.

Organ Fund
The organ did not rejoice in the Resurrection at Easter – in fact you might say it went the other way! As a consequence there may be others who
would like to contrbute to the organ fund to which a number have already generously contributed. Please put your money in an envelope marked ‘Organ Fund’ and place it in the Collection Plate or contact the Parish Office.

Thank You!
A big thank you to all those who prepared our Church for the Easter services and who organised refreshments on Good Friday.
We would also like to thank Coles Southland for kindly and generously donating the Hot Cross Buns for our refreshments.

Holy Week & Easter Services
† April 13 – Palm Sunday †
8am & 10am: Blessing of Palms and Procession
Christmas Services
† Weekday Services †
Mon April 14, Tues April 15 & Wed April 16: 10am Eucharist

† April 17 – Maundy Thursday †
7pm: Eucharist with Foot Washing

† April 18 – Good Friday †
10am: Walk of Witness
12 noon: Devotions followed by light refreshments
2pm: Stations of the Cross

† April 20 – Easter Day †
8am: Lighting of the New Fire & Eucharist
10am: Easter Holy Communion

Walk of Witness – Cheltenham Combined Churches
18th April – Good Friday
10am – Church of the Open Door, Cnr Charman Rd & Nepean Hwy
10.10am – Uniting Church
10.20am – Pioneer Presbyterian Church
10.35am – St Matthew’s Anglican Church
10.50am – OLA Roman Catholic Church

New edition of Salt!
The April / May edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish as well as some puzzles and some other interesting facts! 

URGENT: Op Shop Volunteers Needed
St Matthew’s Op Shop needs more volunteers especially on Thursday afternoons.
The situation has taken on an urgency; one half day a month would help! You may also know of a friend or neighbour who could do likewise.
If you would like more information please contact the Op Shop on 9583 2993.

Working bee!
To prepare for Easter, a working bee wil be held from 9am Saturday 5th April. The hot summer has not been kind to a number of plants which will be removed and a general’ tidy up’ will be attempted!! Helpers are needed so please come and join us!

Palm Crosses
If anyone has any healthy palm fronds they could donate for Palm Sunday, please contact the Parish Office.
Please join us on Saturday 12th April at 9am in the Parish Office to make palm crosses. We will provide the palms, instructions and a lovely morning tea! Helpers most welcome!

Mothering Sunday
As is our custom we will bless and distribute Simnel Cake at both services on Mothering Sunday – 30th March.
If anyone can provide a Simnel Cake please let the Parish Office know. We will remember all mothers including the Mother of all mothers – Our Lady and we will give thanks for the mothering we have received in and through our Mother Church.

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our first Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 30th March (Mothering Sunday) at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company! Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Parish BBQ!
Our next Parish BBQ will be held on Sunday 6th April in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Pancake Thank you!!!
Many thanks to all who came to our Pancake morning tea last Sunday and especially to Julie who prepared and cooked our yummy pancakes and those who helped with setting up and cleaning.

Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is the 5th of March, please bring your palm crosses in time to be burnt.
Services on Ash Wednesday will be held at 10am and 6pm – Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes

Bible Study
To assist in your planning and as a preparation for Easter there will be a mini Bible study following the Wednesday 10am Mass in Lent.
The study will be based on the lections that are read at the Mass.

Help with Ministry
Four of the local nursing homes in Cheltenham are visited on respective Fridays each month. The parish is seeking volunteers who could give an hour of their time on a Friday (even once a month) to assist in this important ministry. Please speak to Sr Margot or Fr Ron if you feel the call to this important and rewarding task.

Pancakes!!!
We will enjoy yummy pancakes on Sunday 2nd March during our morning tea after the 10am Mass in recognition of Shrove Tuesday.
We hope you can join us!

Op Shop Volunteers Needed
St Matthew’s Op Shop needs more volunteers. Please consider whether you can spare some time to give to this important ministry and venture of our parish. The situation has taken on an urgency; one half day a month would help! You may know of a friend or neighbour who could do likewise or a member of one of our partner churches. If you would like more information please contact the Op Shop on 9583 2993.

New edition of Salt!
The February / March edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish, including our Christmas Services, before and during Lent as well as a puzzles and other interesting articles! 

Candlemas / Presentation of Christ in the Temple
On Sunday 2nd February, we will celebrate the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called Candlemas.
As Christ presented as ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles’ so our minds go to the lights that represent the ‘Light of the World’.
On this day we dedicate the ‘lights’ (candles) that we will use for worship during the year.
If you have a particular candle that you use as a votive you may wish to bring it on the day so that it may be blessed

During January
Just a remider that there will be no weekday services or morning tea during January. These will resume in February.


2013 News & Events

Christmas Special Effort Winners!
The St Matthew’s Christmas Special Effort was drawn on Sunday 22nd December after our Carol Service and the lucky winners are...!!!
1st prize – Deb Polites
2nd prize – Elise (Dawn Toussaint)
3rd prize – Fred Petherick
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort and especially to those who donated the prizes.

Christmas Services
Christmas Services Sunday 22nd December
7pm – Carol Service, followed by refreshments in the Hall

Christmas Eve – Tuesday 24th December
5.30pm – Children’s Crib Service, followed by sausage sizzle in the Hall
11pm – Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm – Midnight Mass, followed by refreshments in the Hall

Christmas Day – Wednesday 25th December
9am – Christmas Holy Communion

Merry Christmas!
The clergy and staff of St Matthew’s wishes you all a happy and holy Christmas and a great start to the New Year.
May this holy day season be a safe time for you all.

Masses celebrated during Christmas week
Thursday 26th December
Stephen, Deacon & Martyr – 10am Mass

Friday 27th December
John, Apostle & Evangelist – 10am Mass

Saturday 28th December
Holy Innocents – 10am Mass

Empty Christmas Tree
A big thank you to all those who left presents and food under our Empty Christmas tree for Dixon House - a fabulous effort!

New edition of Salt!
The December / January edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish, including the visit of our Archbishop Philip and the Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service, as well as a puzzles and other interesting articles! 

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service
'Standing room only!’ and what an expectant and excited congregation gathered for the Cheltenham Primary School Annual Christmas Service on Thursday 5th December at 9.30am.  All the children were in fine voice and were accompanied by the organ and violin. The preps were stunning as shepherds, angels, wise men and star bearers and dozens of parents and grandparents glowed with pride! 
The Acting Principal Mrs Clark read ‘The Nativity’ whilst we viewed the illustration on the screen.  Sarah and Carl, the school captains, read the passages from Luke and we heard once again the importance of giving and the positive feeling that can accompany it. Mrs Clark thanked Fr Ron for the use of the church and his hospitality and two senior students presented him with a card and gift of thanks.
It is a wonderful time of remembering ‘the reason for the season’ and we wish all who joined us a very Happy and safe Christmas.

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service

Archbishop’s Visit!
A wonderful service to celebrate the Liturgical New Year and to re-hallow the Garden of Memory. The choir was in full voice (after weeks of preparation) and that encouraged the congregation to sing out!
Archbishop Philip and Joy enjoyed the opportunity to mingle at our morning tea (or early lunch) and when they were presented with a ‘garden
gift’ Joy took the initiative and invited all to an ‘Open House’ at Bishopscourt on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December (open 10am-4pm.
Donation: $10 Seniors: $8).
Thank you to those who set up, served and cleaned up thus making the task a little easier.

Patronal Festival 2013

Archbishop’s Visit on Sunday 1st December!
Sunday 1st December is the day when the Archbishop will visit us. His visit coincides with our new year festivities – Advent Sunday, but
because of recent events Archbishop Philip will have the task of the restoration of the Garden of Memory, part of which had to be used as an
industrial site due to the rebuilding of the damaged wall.
Please note and make sure you tell others there will be one service on that day – at 10am and that will be followed by a special morning tea.
Make this occasion widely known so that we may more fittingly welcome our Chief Shepherd in this Diocese.

New edition of Salt!
The October / November edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish, including the collapse of our wall, the visit of Bishop Paul and our Blessing of the Animals service, as well as a puzzle and other interesting facts! 

St Matthew’s Parish BBQ
Our next first Sunday of the Month BBQ will be held on Sunday 3rd November in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation.
All welcome!

Blessing of the Animals!
Our special service for pets on Sunday 6th October was a great success and it was lovely to see so many pets (and people!) meeting and enjoying the service and the lunch that followed.

Blessing of the Animals!
Blessing of the Animals poster The Feast of St Francis - ‘All pets great and small’
Sunday 6th October
Service at 12 noon followed by a BBQ lunch and refreshments
Bring your pets for a service of blessing
Tell your neighbours and friends! All welcome.


Patronal Festival – Thank you!!
Our Patronal Festival was a wonderful day of singing (thank you Choir and Marlene), of liturgy, of Sunday School, of visitors and of memories, especially amongst those who came particularly for the rededication of the St Stephen’s Memorial Garden. The weather sunned the rain away and the Bishop was able to conduct the service without hinderance. He and Robyn then joined us for a sumptuous morning tea which morphed into lunch and the Hall was abuzz with reminiscing. Our special thanks to those who organised the delicious food, served the same and cleared up afterwards and so contributed to a wonderful day.

Patronal Festival 2013

Parish Breakfast!
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast (and final one for the year!) will be held on Sunday 29th September at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Only one service - 10am Mass on Sunday 22nd September!
Remember, next Sunday we have only one service (10am) at which our Regional Bishop will preside for our Patronal Festival.
The transferred Memorial Garden of St Stephen’s will be rededicated and Bishop Paul will join us for morning tea.

Digging for treasure!!!
Have you unearthed all those recipes that over the years you have commited to memory?! We don’t need the memory but we do need the recipes!
It is planned to have the following categories:
- Appetizers
- Soups & salads;
- Mains, pasta & vegetable dishes;
- Desserts, cakes & slices.
The best recipes will be chosen and published in our new cook book which will be available for purchase later in the year.
There will also be a prize for the winning title of the cook book!
Contact the Parish Office for details!

Next Family Service!
Sunday School On Sunday 6th October we will hold our next Family Service at 10am during which the children will meet for discussion
and activities in our Sunday School and join the adults at the ‘Greeting of the Peace’ to show what they have ‘discovered’.
So bring your family, friends and neighbours and join us for a time of worship and fun!
The service will be followed by morning tea and BBQ lunch on in the Hall.

Remember Patronal!
Our Patron Saint is of course Matthew. Matthew the publican or tax collector – a position dispised by his fellow Jews yet Jesus chose him as one of ‘the Twelve’. His feast day of ‘birth into heaven’ is 21st September and as is out custom we celebrate it on the nearest Sunday (Sunday 22nd September).
This year we will welcome Bishop Paul to our festivities at the only service on that day – 10am. It will also be an occasion for him to re-dedicate the St Stephen’s Highett Memorial Garden after which we will entertain him at a scrumptious morning tea. It will also be an opportunity to congratulate him on becoming a grandfather for the second time!! (It’s a boy!)

Winter Special Effort Winners!
The St Matthew’s Winter Special Effort was drawn on Sunday 4th August at our Monthly Luncheon and the lucky winners are...!!!
1st prize – Steve Duggan
2nd prize – Margaret Bond
3rd prize – Elaine Bryant
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort and especially to those who donated the prizes.
More details in the new edition of Salt!

New edition of Salt!
The August / September edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish, the church as well some puzzles and other interesting facts! 

August Luncheon
Instead of our monthly BBQ we will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 4th August with a ‘finger food’ luncheon (sausage rolls, mini quiches, pies, spring rolls etc), followed by desserts at 12 noon in the Hall.
Please mark the list in the Narthex if you can contribute. All welcome!

Turn on your oven! Heat your stove top!
So what are your favourite recipes? Do you like to try new recipes? And would you like to share some of these recipes with the rest of the
congregation? Your recipe may find its way into our parish cook book!
It is planned to have the following categories:
- Appetizers
- Soups & salads
- Mains, pasta & vegetable dishes
- Desserts, cakes & slices
The best recipes will be chosen and published in our new cook book which will be available for purchase later in the year.
There will also be a prize for the winning title of the cook book! Please hand completed forms into the Office.
You may provide as many recipes as you like!

Soup Luncheon – Thank you!!
Thank you to all who made delicious soups for our July luncheon last week and to our dedicated helpers.
We will have a finger food luncheon on Sunday 4th August!

Guest Preacher on Sunday 14th July
The Rev’d Adrian Lane, State Secretary of BCA (formerly known as Bush Church Aid Society) will be the Preacher at both services on
Sunday 14th July. As BCA is a regular recipient of our mission giving, it will be good to hear of some of the work of this society.

Parish Breakfast – Thank you!!
Thanks again to our dedicated helpers who made our Parish Breakfast on Sunday 30th June a great success. It was good to see our parishioners from both services, a number of which were able to join us after a period of illness.
Tell your friends now about our next Breakfast on Sunday 29th September.

Wave of Prayer
The Mothers' Union Wave of Prayer will be held on Wednesday 17th July and will be incorporated in the 10am Mass.

Benetas - Living in good company (Latin translation)!!
Thirty-five parishioners appreciated the power point presentation by Jo Austin, Benetas Community Relations Co-ordinator on Wednesday 26th June. Benetas was established in 1948 when a small group of volunteers from the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne responded to an urgent need to provide care and support to older Victorians. It is a not-for-profit organization and each year supports over 4,000 older people to live fulfilling lives through their aged care homes, independent living and community services across Victoria.
Benetas Respite Services offer a range of programs from Day Care, Extended Hours Respite and Overnight Respite. They also provide Home services which are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, for domestic tasks such as housework and cleaning, clothes washing and ironing, shopping, cooking and meal preparation; assisting with exercise and activity programs, transport and escort to appointments, outings and activities, personal care etc.
Prior to Jo’s presentation, MU and AMS members and parishioners attended the Mass followed by morning tea in the Church, which we all enjoyed.

Parish Breakfast!
Don’t forget our first Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 30th June at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

July Luncheon!
Instead of our monthly BBQ we will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 7th July with a soup and crusty bread lunch (followed by desserts!) in the Hall at 12 noon after our Family Service.

Benetas Guest Speaker
PARISHIONERS INVITED - Bring a friend
Guest speaker from BENETAS
Mothers' Union together with the Anglican Men's Society invites you to come and hear the practical information Benetas has to offer.
Wednesday 26th June, following the 10am Mass, morning tea and talk will take place in the Church (which will be lovely and warm).
Everyone welcome.

New edition of Salt!
The June / July edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish as well a puzzle and some other interesting facts! 

Advance notice – the year of two Bishops!
Bishop Paul will be visiting us for our Patronal Festival on Sunday 22nd September. He has asked for one service to be held on that day throughout the parish to enable him to meet as many as possible from our three congregations. The service will commence at 10am and will be followed by refreshments. The same arrangements centres around the visit of our Archbishop Philip who will be with us for our celebration of Advent Sunday on 1st December. PLEASE PUT THESE DATES IN YOUR DIARY NOW!

Stewardship
Have you thought about the convenience of using envelopes as a means of remembering your collection. They enable you to put aside on a regular basis your thanks to God for what he has given you and even if you miss coming on a Sunday you can bring your envelope on the next Sunday or
drop it into the Office. Thank you to those who have continued in the scheme but please prayerfully consider increasing the amount of your giving as we approach that time of the year again.
If there are any parishioners who would like to become members of our Stewardship program please contact the Parish Office.

Please note…
There will be NO monthly BBQ / luncheon on Sunday 2nd June.
Some may wish to bring sandwiches or slice for a more expansive morning tea.

Everyone wear RED!
The liturgical colour for Pentecost Sunday, May 19th, is red.
This signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit descending on us as it did on the apostles that day. So remember to wear red for Pentecost as we celebrate this glorious feast day. There will also be Sunday School within the 10am service.

Sing to the Lord
Do you like to have a laugh occasionally? Do you like music? Do you like doing things with friends? CAN YOU SING?
Sounds like we need you in the choir!! As those of you who were at Holy Week and Easter services you will realise the importance of the choir and its dedication. We are searching for people who can join this ministry so please speak with our Organist Marlene if you feel so called.

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission is very appreciative of the support by parishioners and friends of the Lenten Discipline Canisters. A total of $429.15 was donated this year. Anglicare will be the recipient and at this time of the year such donations are very much appreciated. Our grateful thanks to all for your generous support.

St Matthew’s Parish BBQ
Our next first Sunday of the Month BBQ will be held on Sunday 5th May in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation.
All welcome!

Harvest Festival – Thank you!
Thank you to those who prepared the church for our Harvest Festival today and to all those who brought gifts of ‘harvest’ of whatever sort,
because as we thank God for his gifts we know they will be gratefully received by those who benefit from your generosity.

Harvest Festival – Sunday 28th April
What can we bring for Harvest Festival? Traditionally people brought fruit and veg from their gardens and it would be good to have some on display. However, charities no longer accept perishable goods because most of their clients are unable to process fresh vegetables. The best ‘gifts’ are packaged or tinned items as suggested by the Dixon House lists (please make sure that the use by date is current). These are more than suitable means of thanksgiving for that which God has given from the bounty of his earth.

Salt!
The April / May edition of Salt is available here.  It features articles about some of our recent events within the parish as well as some puzzles and some other interesting facts! 

Hoy Day!
The Parish Mission and St Francis Fellowship group are holding their next fundraising Hoy Day on Monday 29th April at 12 noon
in the Hall at St Matthew’s. Cost is $6 and includes a basket lunch plus lots of prizes and fun!
‘Hoy’ is a game similar to ‘bingo’ but playing cards are called and the winner calls out ‘Hoy’. It is very simple to play and lots of fun. So do come along with your friends – the more players the merrier!
We would love to see you – all very welcome!

Easter thank you!
A big thank you to all those who prepared our Church for the Easter services and who organised refreshments on Good Friday.
Congrats to those who were up in time for the Lighting of the New Fire – a most impressive and moving service.

Lenten Discipline Canisters
The Parish Mission wishes to thank all who donated to Missions during Lent – please return any canisters that you have. The final total and details of the distribution will be known in June.

Holy Week & Easter Services
† March 24 – Palm Sunday †
8am & 10am: Blessing of Palms and ProcessionEaster Services 2013

† Weekday Services †
Mon March 25, Tues March 26 & Wed March 27: 10am Eucharist

† March 28 – Maundy Thursday †
7pm: Eucharist with Foot Washing

† March 29 – Good Friday †
10am: March of Witness
12 noon: Devotions followed by light refreshments then Stations of the Cross

† March 31 – Easter Day †
6am: Lighting of the New Fire & Eucharist
8am: Easter Eucharist
10am: Easter Eucharist

Easter Special Effort!
Easter Prizes 2013 Our annual Easter Special Effort was drawn on Palm Sunday. It was another great success and a big thank you
to those on Vestry and our Fundraising Committee who donated eggs and rabbits for our 4 prizes as without these we wouldn't have these lovely prizes to raffle off and raise money!
Congratulations to our 4 winners:
1st prize - Fr Ron (how did he manage this?!)
2nd prize - Phil W
3rd prize - Gina L    
4th prize - Julie J
Total amount raised will be announced soon!
Thank you to all who supported this event and we look forward to the next one!



Palm Sunday thank you!
Thank you to all those who collected palms and decorated the Church with palm branches, the Church looked beautiful with so many branches! Also thank you to our dedicated team of palm cross makers who not only made crosses but enjoyed fun conversation and some special bakery treats!

Palm Sunday 2013

March of Witness – Cheltenham Combined Churches
29th March – Good Friday
10am – Church of the Open Door, Cnr Charman Rd & Nepean Hwy
10.10am – Uniting Church
10.20am – Pioneer Presbyterian Church
10.35am – St Matthew’s Anglican Church
10.50am – OLA Roman Catholic Church for conclusion with short service

St Matthew’s Parish BBQ
Our next first Sunday of the Month BBQ will be held on Sunday 7th April in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation.
All welcome!

Palm Crosses
Please join us on Saturday 23rd March at 10.30am in the Parish Office to make palm crosses.
We will provide the palms, instructions and a lovely morning tea! Helpers most welcome!

World Day of Prayer
Congrats to all involved for the way in which they organised and led the service for World Day of Prayer which we hosted on Friday 1st March.
It was good to be able to welcome a cross section of the local denominations, some of whom took part in the service. Thank you to those who supplied refreshments that enabled a valuable time of fellowship following worship.

Easter Special Effort!
Tickets for the Easter special effort are now available after the service!
Tickets are $1 each or 3 for $2 - there will be a number of prizes.
The special effort will be drawn on Palm Sunday, 24th March after the 10am Mass, at the morning tea.

Family Service!
We are grateful to those who brought children to our family service. This will occur on the 1st Sunday of the month and during the service the children will be engaged in activities centred around the readings for the Sunday. Our next family service is on Sunday 3rd March at 10am. A BBQ lunch will follow.

Lenten Bible Study
During Lent a ‘come at it cold’ Bible Study will follow the 10am Mass on Wednesdays. Such a Bible Study will be a chance to discuss the lections/readings of the day without preparation so that people’s initial and immediate thoughts are presented and shared.

Mothering Sunday
As is our custom we will bless and distribute Simnel Cake at both services on Mothering Sunday – 10th March. (If anyone can provide a Simnel Cake please let the office know). We will remember all mothers including the Mother of all mothers – Our Lady and we will give thanks for the mothering we have received in and through our Mother Church.

Bishops!
Remember last year was the year of the 2 Bishops!? This year is no different!! Bishop Paul (our Regional Bishop – our chief shepherd of the region) will visit us on Sunday 22nd September which will be the celebration of our Patronal Festival – St Matthew being our Patron Saint whose name the parish bears. We will begin the church’s new year with a bang when we will welcome our Archbishop, Phillip to the parish on Advent Sunday – New Year’s Day in the church’s calendar. We mention this now so you can put these dates firmly in your diary, making a commitment to be here and add to the celebrations.

Ash Wednesday
Services on Ash Wednesday, 13th February, will be held at 10am and 6pm – Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes.

World Day of Prayer - ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’
The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of all traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer on the first Friday of March each year.
Friday 1st March at 10.30am at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Cheltenham
As St Matthew’s is the host, please bring a plate to share after the service. The service is open to everyone and may be of interest to other friends
who do not normally attend church, so please pass the word around.

Family Service!
On Sunday 3rd February we will celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple – commonly called Candlemas – when by tradition the
candles used in worship will be blessed.
We will hold a Family Service at 10am during which the children will meet for discussion and activities and join the adults at the ‘Greeting
of the Peace’ to show what they have ‘discovered’. We hope all will stay for the Parish BBQ after the 10am service.
So bring your family, friends and neighbours and join us for a time of worship, fun and food!

First Parish BBQ for the year!
Our first-Sunday-of-the-Month BBQ for the year will follow our Family Service on Sunday 3rd February in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation. All welcome!

Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday
We will enjoy yummy pancakes on Sunday 10th February after the 10am Mass in recognition of Shrove Tuesday.

During January
There will be no weekday services or morning tea during January. These will resume in February.

Children's Crib Service
It was wonderful to see lots of children at our Christmas Eve Children's Crib Service. The children learnt about Christmas and participated in a number of activities, including some lovely singing! Below are some photos from the service.

Children's Crib Service

Christmas Services
Christmas Services Sunday 23rd December
7pm – Carols, followed by refreshments in the Hall

Christmas Eve – Monday 24th December
5.30pm – Children’s Crib Service, followed by sausage sizzle in the Hall
11pm – Carols
11.30pm – Blessing of Crib and Midnight Mass, followed by refreshments in the Hall

Christmas Day – Tuesday 25th December
9am – Family Eucharist

Merry Christmas!
The clergy and staff of St Matthew’s wishes you all a happy and holy Christmas and a great start to the New Year.
May this holy day season be a safe time for you all.

Evensong - 350th Anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer
Service of Evensong - Sunday 9th December at 5pm
BCP 350th Year To commemorate the 350th Anniversary of The Book of Common Prayer.
Join us as we sing the familiar chants and the evening hymns.
The service will be followed by light refreshments in the Hall.
Bring family and friends to join us on this special occasion!
Please mark this in your diary!

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service

We recently held the Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service and it was wonderful to see (and hear!) over 400 people in the church!
There was lots of singing as well as a couple of readings by the School Captains and Principal and the preps were dressed as shepherds and angels. It was a very happy and fun occasion! We wish everyone from the school and happy and safe Christmas.

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service
A message from our Organist … Evensong rehearsals
On Sunday the 18th and 25th of November and the 2nd and 9th of December there will be rehearsals for the Canticles and Responses for the Evensong on Sunday 9th December at 5pm.
We welcome all to stay after the 8am Mass or come early to the 10am Mass on those days to learn the pointing and melodies for these parts of the Service. This rehearsal will be held from 9.20-9.45am in the Church. If you intend to come, two rehearsals would be recommended.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Last Parish BBQ for the year!
Our last Parish BBQ for the year will be held on Sunday 2nd December, in the Hall around 12 noon.

Trivia Night!!!
Saturday 17th November
7pm for 7.30pm; $10 entry
St Matthew's Parish Hall, Nepean Highway access
BYO drinks and nibbles; Tea & coffee provided
Prizes for the winning table & spot prizes throughout the night! Please bring some gold coins in your pockets
Wonderful opportunity for family and friends
It is a fun night and a great fundraiser for the church so if you have never been to one do come along!!
Book a table or come in singles or pairs!
Contact the Parish Office on 9583 2205 to book!!

Blessing of the Animals - Thank You!
Thank you to all the animals who brought their owners our annual Blessing of the Animals service to celebrate the Feast of St Francis on
Sunday 7th October – your best effort yet!
And thank you to everyone who supplied food, cooked food, served and cleaned up. It was a wonderful opportunity to welcome visitors.
We look forward to next year's event and hope for some nice weather!

Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of the Animals The Feast of St Francis - ‘All creatures great and small’
Sunday 7th October
Service at 12 noon followed by a BBQ lunch in the Hall
Bring your pets for a service of blessing
Tell your neighbours and friends! Even if you don't have pets do come along!
All very welcome!


Working Bee
Our next working bee will be held on Saturday 13th October (weather permitting!) starting at 9am to tidy the gardens around the Church.
If you are able to spend some time helping during the morning it would be much appreciated. All welcome!

Spring Fashion Show!
Oxfam Australia – Cheltenham Group presents the 2012 Spring Fashion Show
Outfits courtesy of Suzannegrae, Southland
Monday 1st October at 11am in the Hall
Basket luncheon, donation: $12

Parish Breakfast!
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast (and final one for the year!) will be held on Sunday 30th September at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

For your diary – Trivia Night!
Our next Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 17th November. Please note this in your diary and remember to tell your family, friends and neighbours. It is a fun night and a great fundraiser for the church so if you have never been to one do come along!!
More details to follow.

Patronal Festival & Back to Church Sunday
We will celebrate our Patronal Festival on Sunday 23rd September. This occasion will be enhanced by the fact that it will be ‘our’ Back to Church Sunday. Please extend a welcome to family members, neighbours or friends etc.
A special morning tea in the Hall will follow the 10am Mass.

Art Chat – Cancelled
St Matthew’s Mission Group wish to announce that due to unforseen circumstances the entertainging ‘Art Chat’ by Denise Anderson on
Wednesday 29th August has been postponed until further notice.

September BBQ
Our next first-Sunday-of-the-Month BBQ will be held on Sunday 2nd September, in the Hall around 12 noon.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Gold coin donation. All very welcome!

Winners of St Matthew’s Winter Special Effort!!!
The St Matthew’s Winter Special Effort was drawn on Sunday 5th August and the lucky winners are...!!!
1st prize – Pat Rossely
2nd prize – Margaret Bond
3rd prize – Sandra Cooper
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort and especially to those who donated the prizes.

Art Chat!
Join us for an entertaining morning in the Old Church Lounge on Wednesday 29th August at 11am for an Art Chat featuring the life and times
of Norman Lindsay. Donation: $8.50 – includes morning tea

Parish Breakfast!
Don’t forget our next Parish Breakfast will be held on Sunday 29th July at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast prepared by members of the AMS & Mission Group and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All welcome!

St Matthew’s Winter Special Effort!!!
Tickets for our Winter Special Effort are now available after the 8am and 10am Masses. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. There are a number of hamper prizes to be won! The Special Effort will be drawn on Sunday 5th August at our Monthly Luncheon.

Anglicare – Dixon House
Lyn Elder warmly thanks our Parish for the wonderful support it gives to this very important ministry.
At present they are in need of the following items:
1 kg bags of sugar, plain flour and self-raising flour, small tins of fruit and 500/750ml bottles of oil.

Evensong at St Matthew's

Thank you to those who came, those who supplied refreshments and those who served the same. It was all very much appreciated, especially by those who travelled far.

July Luncheon!
Instead of our monthly BBQ we will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 1st Julywith a soup and crusty bread lunch (followed by desserts!) in the Hall at 12 noon.
All very welcome!

Evensong at St Matthew's

‘The Friends of Anglican Music Inc (FOAM) is an organisation founded in 1996 for the purpose of singing music that is peculiarly Anglican. FOAM has not been established to compete with the Royal School of Church Music. Rather, it supplements the RSCM's function by providing a purely Anglican area of operation. Neither has FOAM been established to agitate for the wholesale restoration of The Book of Common Prayer services.'

Evensong will be held under their auspices on Saturday 23rd June at 4pm at St Matthew’s Cheltenham
For those interested rehearsal will take place at 1pm
Please bring a plate for afternoon tea following Evensong

A Prayer Book for Australia
Prayer Book Here is an opportunity to own your copy of the Prayer Book. It is of compact size and the print is clear, the pages of fine quality paper with gilt edge and the most important thing of all – it’s the complete book – not a shortened version – with page numbers the same as its big brother (or sister). If you would like a copy please put $33 inside a named envelope marked ‘Prayer Book for Australia’ and either place in the plate during offertory or hand it in at the Parish Office.


Op Shop Donations Needed

St Matthew’s Op Shop is in need of more donations. Donations can be delivered to the shop, providing they are good quality.
The shop is unable to accept the following items: electrical goods, furniture, mattresses, cots, prams or strollers due to government regulations.
For more information please the Op Shop.

Everyone wear RED!

The liturgical colour for Pentecost Sunday, May 27th, is red. This signifies the fire of the Holy Spirit descending on us as it did on the apostles that day. So remember to wear red (or flame colours) for Pentecost as we celebrate this glorious feast day.

Cheltenham Combined Churches – Pentecost Celebration
On Sunday, 27th May, the Cheltenham Combined Churches will meet together for a special Pentecost Celebration at the Open Door Christian Church (cnr Nepean Hwy & Charman Rd) at 5pm.
Please bring a plate of food to share.

Stewardship
If there are any parishioners who would like to become members of our Stewardship program please contact the Parish Office.

June Luncheon in the Hall!
Instead of our monthly BBQ we will ‘celebrate’ Sunday 3rd June with ‘finger food’ (sausage rolls, mini quiches, pies, spring rolls etc), followed by desserts – at 12 noon. Please bring something to share.

Thank you!

A wonderful array of gifts of produce of all kinds which ‘framed’ the Altar display of bread and wine. Thank you to those who contributed in any way making our festival a significant occasion. Dixon House was overwhelmed but very grateful!! It is good that this ministry continues throughout the
year as we bring our gifts as part of the offertory.

On behalf of you all, I wish to thank those who prepared the church for our Harvest Festival. To all those who brought gifts of ‘harvest’ of whatever sort, ‘thank you’ because as we thank God for his gifts we know they will be gratefully received by those who benefit from your generosity. Fr Ron.

Harvest Festival
The Next Roster

Please let the office know as soon as possible if you will be away on any Sunday during the June – August period for roster duties or if you would like to be on the roster.

People needed…

If anyone would like to join the ministry of the Flower Guild please talk to Fr Ron or Sue Polites. This area of ministry would be much appreciated by the whole congregation and helps keep our church looking beautiful. If you are keen, but haven't had a go at flower arranging before, please do get in touch as one of the members will be more than happy to share their knowledge.

Lenten Discipline Canisters

The Mission Group is very appreciative of the support by parishioners and friends of the Lenten Discipline Canisters. A total of $437.60 was donated this year. The donation will be shared between Anglicare, AngliCORD and the Anglican Board of Mission. Our grateful thanks to all for your generous support.

Monthly Luncheon for May

As discussed amongst those at the April BBQ, we will meet at the Tudor Inn after morning tea on Sunday 6th May – there will be no parish BBQ in the hall. A few essentials to note – we need to sit at the tables assigned to us – this will preserve our fellowship. Each person is responsible for the payment of their meal and drinks. Note: Shop A Dockets mean a considerable discount in food prices but you will need to procure one from the supermarket or by downloading. Please write your name on the form in the Narthex if you are able to join us as we need to book tables.

Harvest Festival – Sunday 13th May

‘Say thank you, darling’ is a learning phrase taught to all children and we want the habit to be more than a ‘habit’ – second nature. Therefore, as adults we treasure the times when genuinely we can say ‘thank you’ and not the least of these times is when we speak with God.
Harvest Festival is an opportunity to give thanks to God for having ‘given us this earth to care for and delight in and with its bounty … preserve our life’. In so many cases today we don’t ‘grow’ our own food, we buy it from a shop or supermarket but here is an opportunity to give thanks for more than the food itself but also for the process by which it is our food. For example – a packet of frozen peas: we give thanks for the producer who prepared the ground, planted, watered, fed and weeded. For those who harvested the crop (remember ‘The Pea Pickers’ by Eve Langley?); those who transported the crop to the factory; the processors, the packers, the route to the supermarket, the stackers etc etc etc.
Sunday 13th May will give us the means whereby we bring our ‘gifts’ of non-perishable items for display and thanksgiving.
This will occur at both services on that day.

What can we bring for Harvest Festival? Traditionally people brought fruit and veg from their gardens and it would be good to have some on display. However, charities no longer accept perishable goods because most of their clients are unable to process fresh vegetables. The best ‘gifts’ are packaged or tinned items as suggested by the Dixon House lists (please make sure that the use by date is current). These are more than suitable means of thanksgiving for that which God has given from the bounty of his earth.
Fr Ron.

Dixon House Pantry Appeal

Could the following items please be added to the last request for groceries:
1kg packets of flour, 1kg packets of sugar, a variety of cereals 440g to 1kg packets and a variety of tinned vegetables 425g to 440g.

Easter Services

A big thank you to all those who prepared our Church for the Easter services and who organised refreshments on Good Friday. It was very pleasing to see that our services were well attended. Congrats to those who were up in time for the Lighting of the New Fire!

Parish Breakfast
Don’t forget our first Parish Breakfast for the year will be held on Sunday 29th April at approx 9am in the Hall.
Come and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast prepared by members of the AMS & Mission Group and enjoy good company!
Gold coin donation. All very welcome!

Easter Special Effort!

The Easter Special Effort was drawn on Palm Sunday and the lucky winners were...!!!
1st prize – Graham Whitehead
2nd prize – George & Jenny Wilson
3rd prize – Bill & Everill Jennings
4th prize – Iris Hughes
Thanks to everyone who supported our Special Effort and especially to those who donated the prizes.

New Edition of Salt

There is a new edition of Salt for you to read with an Easter theme and some puzzles! Click here to view it or find it on our Resources page.

Thank You!

Thank you to all those who collected palms, made palm crosses and decorated the Church with palm branches.

Walk of Witness – Cheltenham Combined Churches

6th April – Good Friday
10am – Church of the Open Door, Cnr Charman Rd & Nepean Hwy
10.15am – Pioneer Presbyterian Church
10.30am – St Matthew’s Anglican Church
10.45am – OLA Roman Catholic Church for Stations of the Cross

Anglicare – Dixon House Pantry Appeal

A big thank you from Lyn and John at Dixon House for our parish’s continuing support with regard to this appeal. Particular necessities at the moment are: 750ml bottles of vegetable, sunflower and olive oil, jars of jam and vegemite and cheese spreads.

Visit of Bishop Paul

It was wonderful that our Regional Bishop Paul and his wife Robyn were able to join us for worship last Sunday. It was not a special parish occasion but Bishop Paul was thrilled that we were celebrating Mothering Sunday (with Simnel Cake) as it took his mind back to his time of ministry in England. It’s good to know that our Shepherd (our Bishop) wants to be with us and worship with us in as it were ordinary time. Many thanks to all who organised our finger food lunch and once again left the place looking better than before.

Regional Bishop's Visit
Making of Palm Crosses

The making of palm crosses will occur this Friday, 30th March in the Parish Office at 10am.
Learn how to make crosses and teach others. Helpers most welcome!

Thank you

Thank you to all those who made and provided Simnel Cakes for Mothering Sunday last week!

Primate’s visit

It was thrilling to host the visit of the Archbishop of Brisbane and Primate, The Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall and his wife Christa on Sunday 11th March. Thank you to all who made a special effort to be at the 10am service including a goodly number of the Friends of St Francis and some returnees from 8 o’clock!! The Primate dedicated the new collection bowls and presided at Mass during which he preached on the Epistle of the day.

A wonderful meal followed – BBQ and salads with delicious desserts and some fine wines whilst our guests spoke to as many as they could and impressed all with their friendliness. Before they left we presented them with a BBQ memento – personalised aprons made by Joan and Don Leslie.
A big thank you to all who cooked, served, washed, dried and cleaned and left the place ‘better than before’.

Primate's Visit

The gift of collection bowls

The collection bowls which will be used as part of the Offertory each Sunday have been beautifully crafted on his lathe by Ron Purvis, a member of the Bayside Men’s Shed (with the encouragement of Keith Foreman). We give thanks to God for this gift and for Ron’s skill producing them from Silky Oak out of Phillip Island.

Stop Press, Stop Press !!!!
We recently received the wonderful news that we will be visited by our Primate – the Archbishop of Brisbane, Phillip Aspinall and his wife Christa. They will attend the 10am service on Sunday 11th March at which + Phillip will preach. They will join us for a BBQ lunch (parishioners please bring
only salads as desserts will be provided) before returning to the excitement of the Australia-wide Bishops Conference in Melbourne.
Why is this important?
Because + Phillip is the Chief Shepherd of ALL Anglicans in Australia. If we were in England it would be like a visit from the Archbishop of York!!
+ Phillip and Christa are eager to meet as many people as possible so make all necessary changes in your diary – this may not happen again!!

The Most Reverend Dr Phillip John Aspinall

The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall was elected as Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia on 9 July 2005. In this role he retains his position as Archbishop of Brisbane. Included among the tasks associated with being Primate are:
• Chair of the General Synod and of its Standing Committee (this Committee usually meets three times a year);
• Member of the meeting of national Heads of Churches;
• Member of the National Council of Churches of Australia and its Executive;
• Meeting with the Primates of other national Anglican Churches at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

He was installed as the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane on 2 February 2002. His previous appointment was Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide, in June 1998. He was ordained Deacon in 1988 and Priest in 1989, both in Tasmania. Archbishop Aspinall was born in Hobart in 1959, and is married to Christa, who is a medical practitioner.

The Archbishop gained the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tasmania in 1980, with mathematics and computer science as his major fields. His further education included:
• Graduate Diploma in Religious Education from the Brisbane College of Advanced Education in 1985.
• Bachelor of Divinity with Honours from the Melbourne College of Divinity in 1988, in systematic and practical theology.
• Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University, in the Faculty of Education, with the thesis title ‘Christian Education Reconsidered: Towards an    Ecological Future’.
• Master of Business Administration from Deakin University in 1998.

Dr Christa Aspinall

Dr Aspinall was born in Tasmania where she studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania and graduated 1982. She received a Graduate Diploma Family Medicine, from Monash University in 1995. She has held hospital positions at Royal Hobart Hospital and Royal Southern Memorial Hospital, Melbourne and has been a General Practitioner in Melbourne, Tasmania, Adelaide and now in Brisbane. Married in 1982, they have two sons Daniel born 1988 (a mechanical engineer) and Nathan 1990 (a conductor).

And there is more...
On Sunday 18th March, Bishop Paul will be the celebrant and preacher at both the 8am and 10am services. We will be celebrating Mothering Sunday and as we pray for Mary our Mother and all our earthly mothers it is a wonderful opportunity to bring our mothers to church and
worship with them. The 10am service will be followed by a finger food luncheon (parishioners please bring a plate of cakes or slices – hot food
and sandwiches will be provided) where you can meet and greet with the Bishop.

Easter Special Effort!

Tickets for the Easter special effort are now available after the Sunday services.
$1 each or 3 for $2 – there will be a number of prizes
The special effort will be drawn on Palm Sunday, 1st April.

Mothering Sunday

If anyone can provide a Simnel Cake for Mothering Sunday, 18th March, please let the office know.

Thank you!

We hope you all enjoyed our delicious pancakes at our morning tea on Sunday 19th February. It could not have been possible if not for the help in the kitchen by Julie and Sandra. Also thanks to those who helped with the setting up and cleaning.

Lenten Discipline Canisters

The Mission Group is once again inviting parishioners to donate coins (preferably gold) for missions, using the canisters, during Lent, returning
them at the end of Lent. The canisters are available in the Narthex. Please take one as you leave the Church. Thank you.

How time flies!!!

Do you realise that it is a year since the Reverend Margot Poole CHN began her ministry among us and although she now has the responsibility of the parish of St Stephens Highett, she is continuing her ministry to the people of St Matthew’s. We give thanks to God for her priesthood and
pastoral care and pray that her compassion and oversight will continue for a long time yet!

Bible Study in Lent
To assist in your planning and as a preparation for Easter there will be a mini bible study following the Wednesday 10am Mass in Lent.
The study will be based on the lections that are read at the Mass.

World Day of Prayer – ‘Let justice prevail’
Friday 2nd March at 10.30am
Southern Community Church of Christ, Chesterville Road, Cheltenham
The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. The service is open to everyone and may be of interest to other friends who do not normally attend church, so please pass the word around.

Our new Musical Director & Organist!
We welcome Mrs Marlene Davies as she prepares to continue the ministry of music as Organist and Choirmistress at St Matthew’s. She is no stranger to the congregation as she and her husband, The Reverend Reg Davies, are regular worshippers at 10am and Marlene has often played the organ for funerals. Click here to read about Marlene.

Please note …
Ash Wednesday is the 22nd of February, please bring your palm crosses in time to be burnt.

Farewell to our Organist and Choir Master

We give thanks to God for the very real ministry that Christopher Cook has brought to this parish as Organist and Choir Master. We wish him well as he leaves us and we pray that many will come to value his skill and enthusiasm for music.

Our new look website!
As we approach the 2nd anniversary of our website, we decided on a revamp – new look, new colours and new layout!
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Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service
On Thursday 15th December, the Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service was held here at St Matthew’s. It was wonderful to see (and hear!) nearly 400 people in the church! The prep students looked the part as they dressed up as shepherds and angels. It was a lovely start to the Christmas season and they were so well behaved. We wish everyone at the school a Merry Christmas!

Cheltenham Primary School Christmas Service