to the Parishes of St Mary the Virgin, Stanwell and St Matthew, Ashford.
We stand within the Catholic tradition of the Church of England, seeking to respond faithfully to the Gospel message in our own age. We seek to be an inclusive and welcoming Christian community, imposing no conditions on those who come through our doors other than a willingness to be open to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.
We are under the episcopal care of Bishop Jonathan Baker SSC, Bishop of Fulham.
St Mary’s and St Matthew’s as part of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the body of Christ, seek to take seriously and act intentionally upon the mission Christ gave to that Church:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
The Churches of St Mary's and St Matthew's
are open for public worship and Pastoral offices
following government guidelines
response to COVID-19 update 21st of January 2022
COVID–19 Update from Standing Committee
Standing Committee wishes to reassert that access to God’s grace through the sacraments is of paramount importance. However, this does not negate the fact that the sanctity of life is one of the primary beliefs of Christianity.
As the Government is returning to "Plan A" as of the 27th of January 2022, the general principles of continuing to create a safe environment in places of worship and their ancillary buildings have been reviewed. The way forward remains to be a collective endeavour of all involved in the daily life of the Church. Preventative practices are still required, and this is important to ensure that trustees are seen to be discharging their Health and Safety duties. The Health and Safety Executive have issued new guidance for employers and organisations, and this makes clear that a duty to keep premises safe continues beyond the removal of "Plan B" COVID-19 legislation.
At present local figures are still well above the levels pre the Omicron variant, this means that attendance remains restricted due to some social distancing measures, hand sanitiser is to be used when entering buildings, temperatures will be taken, masks should be worn and you are asked to book tickets ahead of coming to mass, these can be found here.
There are many devotions on this website for those who do not feel it is wise for them to travel to church, these can be found here.
Morning and Evening Prayer are streamed each day, and you can find the links for these here.