Getting to Know Each Other
We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at St Matthew a great one!
When & Where
St Matthew gathers for worship every Sunday at 8:30 AM for our Traditional Service and 10:30 AM for our Contemporary Service.
St Matthew is located at 5125 Cascade Road SE in Grand Rapids.
What can I expect?
HOW ARE THINGS DIFFERENT DURING COVID?
We’ve taken steps to make sure that we provide a safe and comfortable experience when we gather for worship during COVID. Seating is limited in both services with additional seating available in other parts of the building. In addition to limited capacities, we’ve blocked off pews or spaced out chairs to encourage safe social distancing.
Masks are required while in the building with two possible exceptions:
- Those medically unable to wear a mask. (We ask that you speak with an elder or usher to let us know.)
- Children under 8 years old are at the discretion of their parents.
We’ve also stopped passing shared items like offering plates (now located on a table as you enter the worship space) and stepped up our cleaning of commonly touched items like door handles.
We understand that not everyone is comfortable worshipping in the building yet and encourage those not ready to join us online for either worship service.
HOW LONG IS A ST MATTHEW CHURCH SERVICE?
WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?
Our services each last about 60 minutes. Both services include singing uplifting music, reading God’s Word, an encouraging and hope-filled message about Jesus that applies to our life today, and sharing the Lord’s Supper together. Song lyrics and prayers are projected on the screen so that you can sing along and/or engage with worship however you feel most comfortable.
Our Traditional Service uses classic hymns of the faith and draws on our rich heritage of music. Organ and piano accompany our singing and our historic liturgy shapes our worship gathering. This service is held in our sanctuary.
Our Contemporary Service is lead by the St Matthew band and features modern worship music from today’s songwriters as well as classic hymns done in a fresh way. This service is held in our Family Life Center.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We care more that you’re here than how you’re dressed, but most importantly, we want you to feel relaxed. You’ll find people dressed in lots of different ways – ranging from casual to more formal.
What about my kids?
We believe that kids should have a blast at church every single week – and at St Matthew, we make this a priority!
During worship at both services, children experience JAM: Jesus And Me. It’s a special time of worship and teaching just for them. They’ll start in worship with you and then be released before the sermon. It’s okay to go with them and check it out – in fact, we encourage it! They’ll return before the service is over to join you for prayer.