As a Christian community on an exciting journey of faith, we strive to follow God’s loving ways by growing spiritually, reaching out to all and seeking truth and justice.
The first church, for the Lewisporte Mission, was a log cabin which was constructed in 1876, the same year of settlement and served the Methodist community as Church, Sunday school, and Day school. Then in 1903, Lewisporte became a separate charge, had its own resident minister and a new church was built on the present site of the Loyal Orange Lodge. Due to its boggy conditions, at the time, the congregation deemed this second church to be unsuitable and a new church was built very close to our present building and opened in the Spring of 1916.
In 1925, the Methodist church of Newfoundland entered into a Church Union and became a part of the United Church of Canada. In 1957, our church was officially given the name "St. Matthew's United Church." Due to a significant growth in our congregation, it was decided that a new church building was needed.
And on March 15th., 1964 St. Matthew's celebrated the official opening and dedication of our present church.
St. Matthew's United Church has played a very important role in the life of the Town of Lewisporte. Its past has been one of continual physical and spiritual growth.
OUR STAFF , BOARD & COMMITEES
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM REV. PAULA GALE & DEREK WHITE, CHAIR OF BOARD OF MAN AGEMENT
Lewisporte Pastoral Charge, The United Church of Canada
October 14, 2021
Dear Friends in the Porterville and St. Matthew’s Church Families,
The words of Joshua 3: 4 remind us in these ever-changing times that we must look to God “…so that (we) may know the way (we) should go, for (we) have not passed this way before.” At a joint teleconference meeting of the Boards of Session and Management on October 13, 2021, we recognized the Public Health regulations now governing faith-based organizations in the province. As of October 22nd, to enter either St. Matthew’s or Porterville United Churches, you must be able to present proof of vaccination, the “vaccine passport” established by the province of NL. Children under 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccination, are allowed admittance when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
This means that, in order to attend Sunday worship, a funeral, a wedding, a meeting, or any event happening in the church, all those eligible over the age of 12 must be doubly vaccinated (or have proof of medical exemption, which would show on one’s vaccine passport). We are in full support, as we have been since the beginning of the pandemic, of the province’s efforts to keep all of us as safe as possible, though it saddens us greatly as followers of Jesus to have to do what he told us to never do, and have to turn away those who are not vaccinated. We hope and pray that these measures are what we need to do for a time so that, as a province, we can get to a place of greater safety for all.
If you have trouble getting access to your passport online, if you call the church office, Christine will be able to help you. To help speed the process along for worship on the 24th, we are asking any who are planning to attend to pre-register by coming in to the church office in the week as we do have to scan your passport QR code and check ID for the initial time. This will cut down on having to do that at the door the morning of the 24th. With your permission, we will then be able to add you to our list of those who have been verified. No personal health information will be held and you will not need to be scanned each time you come after that initial time.
We are still required to mask at all times and practice social distancing while in the building. That leaves our seating capacity at 72 so pre-registration for Sunday worship is still very important as we have now been at or near capacity some weeks. Singing during worship will stay at the level it has been in recent months.
We will now be offering our Sunday morning worship services Live on our church Facebook page at 11am each week as an outreach for those, who for many reasons, are not able to be physically present in the sanctuary. We know these are uncertain, disappointing and fearful times for many and we encourage you to reach out to Reverend Paula for pastoral care or to Chair Derek for further explanation of this new policy if you feel the need. We have not “been this way before” but, with our eyes fixed on God, we will get there, together.
Grace and peace,
Derek Rev. Paula
Mr. Derek White, Chair Reverend Paula Gale,
NEW OIL TANK
The oil tank at the church has to be replaced by October of this year. If anyone would like to make a donation towards
the cost of the new tank, they can either place donations in the celebration flower (next to the collection plates) or if you would like to give a donation in memory or in honor of a
loved one, place an envelope in the collection plate or drop
it off at the church office. Thank you.
Sunday Morning Worship with Rev. Paula Gale - In Person Worship & Facebook Live.
Sunday, October 17th.
To join our service please call to register on or before 4:00pm. Thursday October 14th. Masks are still required for the full service. You may also view the service through Facebook Live.
Vaccination Passport Requirement - October 22nd., 2021
As of October 22nd, to enter either St. Matthew’s or Porterville United Churches, you must be able to present proof of vaccination, the “vaccine passport” established by the province of NL. Children under 12, who are not yet eligible for vaccination, are allowed admittance when accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
Please read the letter under the "NEWS" section from Rev. Paula Gale and Chair of the Board of Management, Derek White.
NEWS & EVENTS
HOW TO DONATE
Your donation to the Life and Ministry of St. Matthew's United Church is greatly appreciated.
You may contribute in either of Three ways
Simply place your gift in the Collection Plate during our worship service. You may make cheques payable to St. Matthew's United Church. Please ensure that you identify the ministry that you wish to donate to. Envelopes may also be dropped off at the church office.
St. Matthew's are now able to accept E-Transfers through our email address email@example.com
Pre-Authorized Remittance, or PAR, allows you to support our church through an automatic monthly withdrawal from your bank account. Please consider PAR, if you wish to make regular contributions throughout the year. PAR is a convenient way to support both the church and M&S.
Being able to count on regular donations means increased financial stability for the times when you are away.
For more information please contact our Secretary at
the Church Office.
St. Matthew’s United Church, Main Street, P.O. Box 67, Lewisporte, NL A0G 3A0
Office: (709) 535-2629 • Fax: (709) 535-2689 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 9a.m. - Noon, 1p.m. - 4 p.m
Friday 9a.m. - 1p.m.
Minister: Rev. Paula Gale 709-884-6356
Minister Emeritus: Rev. A.G. Elliot
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