Rector’s Message

The Rev. Dr. Eric Kimball Hinds

For over 150 years, St. Matthew’s has been a beacon at the center of San Mateo – an Episcopal Church and a K-8 Day School.  While our beautiful Church, school and grounds are temporarily closed—it is my hope that you will have to opportunity to explore our website and learn more about our community. 

We are a Church rooted and nourished by a rich Episcopal tradition.  One that values the comfort of liturgy, preaching excellence, congregational diversity all while working through the challenges and complexities of the modern world.  Today we face the health and economic challenges of the Covid-19 virus while working to offer virtual ways to provide connection and a sense of community.

Our Sunday services are live streamed at 10:00 am PT from The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew Facebook Live webpage. You will also find a wealth of content posted to our website including videos of: Children’s Chapel Storytime, weekday Morning Prayer services, and organ and bell tower music.

We want to meet you where you are in your spiritual journey and hope that your online visit with us will be rewarded by discovering a place of welcome, beauty, joy and prayer.

Blessings,

Organ and Bell Tower Music

Livestream Church Services

Morning Prayer and Sunday services are livestreamed online while shelter-in-place orders are in effect for San Mateo County. You can join our parish as we participate in Sunday services together live at 10:00 am PT. Morning Prayer services will premiere live at 9:30 am PT Monday through Friday. Here are a few ways to watch the livestreams:

The service bulletin and Ivy Leaf for Sunday services are available here, then click on the service date desired. All videos will also be available on this website after the live video concludes. Videos are best viewed on Chrome and Safari web browsers.

News & Updates

Join the #ECSMprayerbook Social Media Campaign!

In the May Tau Cross Newsletter, Rector Eric Hinds talked about the centrality and inspiration of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) in Episcopal worship. In that spirit, we are starting a #ECSMprayerbook social media campaign so everyone can share a picture of their own BCP at home! Simply use the hashtag #ECSMprayerbook in your Facebook or Instagram post or email Ming Lacey your photo for her to post on St. Matthew’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

To kick off the campaign, here is a picture of Rector Eric Hinds’ oldest American Book of Common Prayer that he owns. It was printed in 1863 according to the form of the the original 1789 BCP (the very first American BCP). The book was either given as a gift or simply engraved on the clasp for Nellie Carter and dates to October 10, 1865.

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Programs & Services

Music

St. Matthew’s choirs include: an adult Chancel Choir with four soloists, Children & Youth Choirs, and a Bell Choir. Every Sunday Service is accompanied by traditional organ music.

Children & Families

The Children’s Ministry includes faith formation for children of all ages and Children’s & Youth Choirs. The Fellowship Parents Group hosts workshops and events for parents and families.

Outreach

St. Matthew’s contributes to the full community life of San Mateo with volunteer hours and financial contributions. Outreach ministries include the Thrift Shop, Laundry Love and Home & Hope.

Tau Cross Newsletters

Don’t miss any church services or activities with the Tau Cross, our monthly e-newsletter. The Tau Cross was first published in the spring of 1962. It has become an essential communication for all those interested in learning more about the vibrant life of our parish. We encourage parishioners near and far, neighbors and friends to stay in touch with the Tau Cross!