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Sharing in Leadership

Our Governance

Our church has a governing Corporation comprised of two Wardens, two Deputy Wardens and the Rector. The Parish Council, made up of representatives of the congregation, meets monthly to share information and to make recommendations to the Corporation for review. We hold an annual Vestry Meeting in February at which members of the parish are asked to ratify proposals relating to our shared life as a church community, and to approve the budget for the coming year.

We belong to the Diocese of Niagara that includes approximately 100 parishes from Fort Erie to Orangeville and from Ancaster to Oakville. As Anglicans, we are led by our Bishop, The Right Reverend Susan Bell, and we are governed by the decisions of our Synod – a body made up of clergy and lay people representing all the parishes in the Diocese.

Rector: The Reverend Canon Susan Wilson

Wardens: Jim Blake, Jim Shephard

Deputy Wardens: Donna Jackson, Isabel Haslem

Treasurer: Ken Jeanes

Director of Music: Mark Himmelman

Parish Administrator: Clair Macaulay-Newcombe

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Our Volunteer Teams

At St. Matthew’s we believe that worship is the joyous responsibility of the whole community and not just the clergy. Many of our parishioners participate in the leadership of our services each week. God calls us all to diverse forms of ministry and we use our gifts in many different ways.

We invite you to consider volunteering in any of the following areas of ministry:

Choirs
We have two choirs at St Matthew’s; the chancel choir and the hand bell choir. The choirs lead the congregational singing and enrich our liturgies with the beauty and art of music. Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:45 and 6:30 respectively and volunteers are welcome.

Altar Guild
Parishioners are appointed by the Rector to prepare the altar and the sanctuary for Sunday worship and special occasions throughout the year. Flowers on the altar are donated by parishioners for special occasions such as anniversaries, weddings, or in memory of a loved one.

Red Carpet
Greeting is an important ministry of our church as we want all people to feel welcomed and at home. Red Carpet greeters make sure that visitors or new members are introduced and invited to share in our hospitality after the service.

Readers
Members participate in our worship by reading the Holy Scriptures. Twice a year a workshop is offered to assist people in their reading.

Prayers of the People
Members offer to God the prayers of the people on behalf of the parish on each Sunday morning.

Sanctuary Attendants
Members assist the clergy during the services by performing a variety of duties such as candle, chalice, or cross bearer. Team Leaders are responsible for teaching the other attendants.

Coffee Hour Hosts
Our ambassadors of hospitality encourage fellowship following the 8:30 and 10:30 services by preparing refreshments in the Fireside Room.

Team Coordinators
Each of the above teams has one or more coordinators who schedule and help train all the volunteers in their group. They make sure no task is left undone.

Lay Readers
Lay Readers are licensed by the Bishop to assist the Clergy and occasionally lead in worship, preach, and visit the sick or shut-ins of the parish.