Although our doors remain closed temporarily, our hearts and minds remain open, and we regularly pray for all who are affected by COVID-19 – we want all of us to be safe.
Due to the uncertainty around the spread of the Coronavirus, the Bishop of Alaska continues to suspend all public worship services in our churches. The Bishop, and all of us, are monitoring the recommendations from the CDC and the State of Alaska, and are in frequent conversation about mitigation plans (reopening plans) that can be put in place after careful planning.
The Vestry has decided to resume in-person services. During the summer months we hope to be doing Mass on the Grass as long as the weather cooperates. When the weather is not so great we will go inside the Church with. Our beautiful building is old and has no air ventilation, therefore all indoor services at this time will require masks to be worn.
When we are inside for worship we are live-stream our services. Please join in our worship opportunities.
Love God, Love Your Neighbor...Practice Kindness, it's contagious... and... wash your hands. We will return to our regular worship when it is safe to do so.
We are grateful, at St. Matthew’s, to have parishioners who speak languages other than English.
Some of our Indigenous members have volunteered through the years to lead the Lord’s Prayer or the Nicene Creed, for example, in the language of their hearts – perhaps the first language they learned as babies…the language spoken in their homes…
Pre-Covid (and Post-Covid, we hope) we invite parishioners to pray in the ‘language of their hearts’ – which may be English, or Koyukon, or Gwich’in, or French, or Spanish, or... Hearing the familiar words prayed in a language other than our own, simultaneously, brings a sense of fullness, that enhances our worship.
THANK YOU to all who continue to support the life and ministries of St. Matthew's during this Pandemic challenge! With your generosity, we are able to continue our ministries of, among others, offering cold-weather gear to those who need, offer food for the hungry, upgrade our ability to offer live-streamed services 5-6 days a week, and offer support and 'connection to many in Fairbanks and beyond!
Stewardship is how we nurture St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and our worshiping community. It is how we carry forward a faith community that was given to us by those who came before, and that we are responsible for handing off to future generations. Click the button below to read the 2022 Stewardship Letter or you can simply click the pledge now button.