Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church

An Episcopal church in Sterling, VA
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church

Who We Are

Saint Matthew's is a church dedicated to knowing and sharing God's love.

What to Expect at Saint Matthew’s

Welcome. We encourage our visitors to take advantage of a visitor parking space located conveniently to the front door. Upon entering, you will be greeted and offered a bulletin which includes the order of the service and announcements.

Saturday 5:00 PM Service
This is a vibrant service with our very own live band.
If you are looking for a joyous family service with some of the best contemporary Christian music around, this is the service for you.

Sunday 8:00AM Service
This is a traditional service using Rite I from the Book of Common Prayer.
There is no music at this service.

Sunday 9:30AM Service
This is a vibrant service with our very own live band.
If you are looking for a joyous family service with some of the best contemporary Christian music around, this is the service for you.

Sunday 11:00 AM Service
The 11:00 service is a classic service with our fabulous Choir.
We use the classic liturgy of Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer.
It is wonderful to follow the traditions of the Episcopal Church with our heavenly Choir at this service.

As Episcopalians, we offer Eucharist or communion at each service. We believe that the Lord’s Table belongs to all God’s children. As such, all persons are encouraged to come to the altar rail. We welcome you to participate in Holy Communion if you are a Baptized Christian. If you would like to receive Communion, simply place one hand on top of the other, palms up, and the priest will place the host in your hand. You may then consume the bread or wait and dip in the smaller of the two chalices. Receiving only bread is considered full communion if, for any reason, you should choose to not partake of the wine. If for any reason you would prefer to receive a blessing, simply cross your arms across your chest and one of the priests will give you a blessing instead.

Peace - During each service we take a few minutes to share God’s peace with each other. This is a time to greet others around you and to pass the peace of God with greetings and hand shakes.

Dress Code - We are a come as you are church. It is more important for you to come to Saint Matthew’s to know and share God’s love, than to spend undue time fussing over what you are wearing. You will see people dressed in a full range of attire from shorts and t-shirts to suits and nice dresses. Typically, the 8 AM and 11 AM services are dressier, while the 5:00 PM and 9:30 AM services are more casual.

Child Care - Nursery service is available for all three Sunday services, and at the Saturday evening service.

Sunday School – Special programs for children of preschool and elementary age are offered year round at our 9:30AM and 11AM services. Please ask an usher for more details.

We also offer a variety of snacks and beverages after each Sunday service. Please join us in the Parish hall and get to know us better.

If you have any questions, please call or email the church office or stop any of us and ask. We want you to feel comfortable at Saint Matthew’s.

703-430-2121
[email protected]
www.stmtts.org

About Us

Denomination
Episcopal

Size
Medium

Plan Your Visit

Contact

Address
201 E. Frederick Drive
Sterling, VA 20164

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Leadership View all

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Rob Merola

Dear Friends, I am so glad you are considering worshiping with us at St. Matthew's. We think church is a great place to be! I mean, first of all: God is there. I know he's everywhere, but the point is, everywhere else we're usually too busy doing a hundred other things to give Him the focused, intentional, singular attention He deserves. Sure, I can worship God on a trout stream. But I don't. I'm thinking about big beautiful fish instead. Second of all, great people are there. The Beatles once described the world around us with this haunting line from the song Elanor Rigby: All the lonely people, where do they all come from? Pretty much everywhere, I think. Again, we're usually just too busy to fit quality relational time into our already over stuffed lives. Church asks us to rethink that. Every week it reminds us to slow down and love each other, and it gives us an important opportunity to do just that. Is it any wonder that churches are full of people who have developed life long, life giving friendships with one another? Third, somewhere along the line, there is usually some nugget of wisdom tucked in there that helps us live a better life in the week to come. I don't know about you, but I need constant reminders to keep the main thing the main thing. It's just too easy to forget what matters most, to be distracted, or to just pain drift through life. That's why I find the weekly reminders to realign myself with my highest priorities so tremendously helpful. There are lots and lots of other reasons, like the music. Or the donuts. Whatever--to my mind (and I guess you'd expect a priest to say this, wouldn't you?!) on Sunday morning, church is THE place to be! Faithfully, Rob+

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