St Matthew, Bayswater

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St Matthews is a friendly and traditional parish church which welcomes people from all traditions – or none. Our services are distinctive within the local area for the use of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) at most services. We find it has a beauty of language that is hard to match and it helps us to engage with the beauty and holiness of God. 

Whilst the liturgy is traditional, the atmosphere is always friendly, welcoming, informal and inclusive and we hope this will be your experience also.   

We encourage children to experience our services in full or part and we offer a creche and Sunday School during our 11am service throughout the year.

We have a less formal midweek service to suit the busy Londoner, with food, a time to think together and a short act of worship on Wednesday nights at 7:15pm.

St Matthew's is an Anglican church built in 1882 in the heart of Bayswater, it has an imposing presense on the streetscape with its detailed front facade and one of the tallest spires in London

The church, a Grade II* listed building in Victorian Gothic Revival style, was built by John Johnson II, financed by John Derby Allcroft of Stokesay Court Shropshire. It was completed in 1882, replacing an earlier church dating from 1818, and was built to house the huge congregation that flocked to hear the then incumbent, Archdeacon Hunter.

Inside it is unusually wide (wider than Westminster Abbey) and very light due to the clerestory windows and pale stone. Other features include a pair of stained glass windows by William Morris and Co., designed by Burne-Jones and a large 1913 Walker organ.

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Rev William Coleridge
27 St Petersburgh Place
W2 4LA
(020) 7229 2192

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Holy Communion (BCP)
Short said service
Every Sunday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion (BCP)
Choral communion service for all using the Book of Common Prayer
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Book of Common Prayer
Morning Prayer (sung)
Traditional choral morning prayer
Every second and fourth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments
Holy Communion (Common Worship)
Traditional communion service using Common Worship for all
Every third Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Sunday School Refreshments Common Worship
All Age Family Service
Every fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
Shortened communion service following 11am morning prayer
Every second fourth and fifth Sunday at 12:15 PM for ¼ hour


Our midweek service is designed to suit the busy Londoner, with food, a time to think together and a short act of worship: either Holy Communion or a service of prayer
We run ekklesia during the term times.
Every Wednesday at 7:15 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly Refreshments
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Lessons & Carols
Our traditional Carol Services has readings from the King James Bible and beautiful music/carols from our robed choir you can join in with. Afterwards we will be having mince pies, mulled wine with Tombola, raffle and Christmas Stall, proceeds will go to Crisis at Christmas. Please join us!
Sunday 10th December 2017 at 6:00 PM for 1½ hours
Creche Christmas Carols Mulled Wine Mince Pies
All Age Communion Service & Christmas Lunch
Please join us for our family friendly Communion service followed by a wonderful warming lunch for only £5.
Sunday 17th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 2 hours
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mince Pies
Christingle Service
Please join us for our annual Christingle service in aid of the Children's Society. Bring your family and enjoy making a candle with sweets and fruit to illustrate God's gift of Jesus at Christmas. The service will be full of carols and fun, followed by tea and cakes afterwards.
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments Christmas Carols Mince Pies
Carols and Communion
We welcome you to join us at our candle lit church on the eve of Christmas. Enjoy our evocative service with beautiful music from our robed choir and organ.
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:30 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Carols
Christmas Day Service
Come celebrate with us the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly



(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass

Hall for Hire The church, the Choir Vestry and the Church Room are all available for hire and are suitable for many different events. The church is ideal for large meetings and concerts and can seat over 1000 people. The Church Room and Choir Vestry are available for smaller meetings and events. Contact : 020 7229 2192
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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 15761
Diocesan ID: 0211
Built: 1882
Architect: John Johnson
Style of worship: Traditional
Our Patron: Caroline Magnus
Archdeaconry: CHARING CROSS (236)
Benefice: Bayswater, St Matthew (23/011 R)
Parish Legal Name: St. Matthew, Bayswater (230048 )
CofE Church Info: (623048 23/48)
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This page was last updated on Tuesday 17th October 2017
St Matthew : St Petersburgh Place, Bayswater, London, W2 4LA

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