Our Mission

The mission of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is to know Christ and make Him known through the power of the Holy Spirit by devotion to Christ, fellowship within the church, and revelation of God's nature in word and deed. Today, members of St. Matthew's consider themselves to be part of a "sent community," commissioned to spread the gospel in our community and beyond.

Read more here on how we live out our mission every day, in Richmond and around the world - Missions at St. Matthew's

Our Long Range Plan

Goal 1: To develop the congregation’s Biblical knowledge and application in Christian living through education for all ages. - Discipleship at St. Matthew’s 

Goal 2: To provide intentional care for all persons and groups at St. Matthew’s to enable them to grow as disciples of Christ. - Fellowship at St. Matthew’s 

Goal 3: To provide opportunities for members of the congregation to share their time, talent, and treasure in local community outreach. - Outreach at St. Matthew’s

Goal 4: To make visible the mission and ministries of St. Matthew’s, as we seek to fulfill God’s purpose as a church. - Missions at St. Matthew’s 

2016 Theme: Growing the Family of God

By Rev. Chuck Alley, Rector

This year’s emphasis at St. Matthew’s is to live up to our calling to be the household of God.

As the character of a household reflects the nature of its head, we are seeking to attain a fuller understanding and nearer approximation of God so that we might corporately be his image in the world. Our goal is not to exist as a historical artifact pointing back to the beliefs and practices of earlier generations. Rather, we are striving to be an active presence of God as a Twenty-first Century community living in a Twenty-first Century world. To do so, our strategy is to provide an attractive alternative to the atomistic, lonely, and often hostile environment that has become typical of our world. This alternative is based on building relationships that will provide meaning and corporate identity to individuals.

With our guiding metaphor being the family or household, these relationships are shaped by mutuality and interdependence manifested through care, nurture, and charity for one another—in the church, the community, and the world. This creates an experience of belonging and an environment for spiritual, emotional, and intellectual growth.

The primary activities leading to such growth are the study of the Bible, Christian discipleship for all ages, and service to others—both in the church and the world.Our 2016 theme is articulated by the following statement.Growing the family of God by:? Providing a place for people to belong;? Nurturing one another as family; and,? Nourishing spiritual growth through the Word of God, discipleship, and service.

St. Paul’s words from his Letter to the Ephesians (2:19-22, NRSV) serve as our Scripture focus for the year.

19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually] into a dwelling place for God.

Yours in Christ,