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Updated: 18 December, 2012
The Parish Church of
St Matthew Oxhey
Fr David Shepherd
Our main service each Sunday morning is a Sung Eucharist taken from Common Worship
Order 1. We celebrate God's presence in our everyday lives, bring to God our hopes
and fears, seek healing and wholeness, and find strength and encouragement to renew
our commitment to work for justice and peace in the world. This worship is the focus
of our shared life. Lay members of the congregation contribute during the service:
reading the epistles and psalms, leading prayers of intercession and assisting with
the distribution of Holy Communion.
Communicant members of other Christian churches are welcome to receive communion
or, if they prefer, to receive a blessing. To indicate you wish to take communion,
simply extend your hands when at the communion rail. Baptised children and adults
can be prepared to receive communion in a short series of classes.
Our page about The Eucharist will tell you more about the different parts of this
After the Sunday morning Eucharist, those who wish to can meet in the church hall
for refreshments and a chat. From time to time, we also have a sales table , the
proceeds of which go to charity.
Children and Young People
We want to include everyone in our worship of God at the Eucharist. Toddlers have
a selection of toys to occupy and amuse them in the south aisle. Happy infant sounds
lend joy to the occasion of worship, but anyone who needs to soothe a fractious child
can retire to the vestry for part of the time. The service is piped through via a
loudspeaker, so you will not miss any of the service.
The children from Young Matters, our Sunday School, join us in time to receive a
blessing at the altar when others receive communion. Our All Age Eucharist is held
on the third Sunday of the month. This inclusive act of worship is centred around
This is the first service on Sunday and is said. It is a meditative service with
readings, a short reflection and communion. Once a month we use the Book of Common
Prayer for this quiet act of worship.
On Thursday at 10 am there is Holy Communion. This is a quiet and prayerful service,
which some elderly members of our congregation find easier to attend than the earlier
9.30am service on Sunday.
There are also services for special occasions such as Ascension, Ash Wednesday and
during Holy Week.
Our Prayer Group will pray for particular individuals or situations, or by arrangement
will pray with anyone who wants this. There is generally someone available after
the Sunday morning service to pray in the Lady Chapel on an individual basis. Names
given to the vicar can be placed on the prayer section of the newsletter.
There are regular House Groups during Lent and an on-going group could be arranged
if a sufficient number were to be interested. Members of St Matthew's also join House
Groups of Bushey and Oxhey Methodists and Sacred Heart.