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Your Fairfield neighbours wish you a warm Welcome!

Hello and thank you for visiting us online. We’d love to see you in person. In case you were wondering, we want you to know that we welcome you, wherever you may be on your journey of faith. We’ll be pleased to see you at our special events or at a worship service.

St. Matthias is like a family: we always have room for one (or ten!) more! And, family members sometimes encounter challenges. Our Rector (pastor, minister, priest) Bruce Bryant-Scott is on medical leave. Bruce and his family are in our prayers and hearts. Meanwhile, our larger Anglican family is supporting us with the help of Canon Bill Morrison (also a member of our parish) as our Interim Priest in Charge.

In many ways, we are still celebrating the Christmas story, remembering the Epiphany, when Jesus was revealed to three wise men or kings from the East. During this time, we appreciate the Light of the World — and remembering that each of us has our own relationship with the Divine. We are a congregation who respect this individuality, while feeling called to extend a hand of welcome to all our neighbours.

And – wait for it – soon we will start our preparations for the next “great time” in the Church year, the feast of Easter. We’re a sociable bunch, so we love to mark our preparations with a social touch. Please mark Shrove Tuesday (February 28) on your calendar and join us for a Pancake Supper.

Shrove Tuesday? Pancake Supper? What??? The Christian church as traditionally emphasized preparation for the “great times” in the Church year, and the season of Lent anticipates the feast of Easter. Traditionally Lent was a time of disciplined spiritual preparation, which included fasting and abstaining from rich or special foods.

Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras in many French-speaking areas) is the day before Lent begins. It became an opportunity to empty the cupboards of special foods, such as butter and eggs or meat. St. Matthias typically greets the season with a pancake and sausage supper. We’d love to see you; please call the parish office at 250.598.2833 to let us know you’re coming.

Curious about worship at St. Matthias? Generally, we celebrate our faith with the Lord’s Supper (Eucharist, Communion). The service includes readings from the Christian scriptures, hymns and anthems, prayer and preaching.

We’re an “all ages” group. So – bring your whole family. The first Sunday of the month is designed in particular as a family-friendly service. Other Sundays, our Godly Play children’s program, based on a Montessori approach to interactive learning, provides a warm environment where each child is greeted with respect and joy. But, if your children aren’t inclined to join Godly Play, we are used to children wandering about during the service. Relax and let them explore. We like everyone to feel at home.

We are an Anglican congregation, part of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia and we cherish that membership. Are you from another tradition? No matter: whether you stop in once, once in a while, or – decide to make St. Matthias your faith community, we welcome you.

As a community of faith, we are committed to serve our neighbours, near and far. When you visit us, we hope that’s how you’ll feel: that you’ve encountered a group of friendly, joyful welcoming folks.

We express our commitment to the love and teachings of Jesus Christ in many ways. We hope you’ll notice this commitment in how we use our facilities. Christ Church Cathedral Junior Kindergarten and Childcare is at the western end of our property. Next door, you will find Rogers Court, apartments for low-income seniors. On the lower floor of our community hall, the Threshold Housing Society office coordinates programs to provide transitional housing for youth at risk. (There’s a special recycling and bottle drive opportunity on the fourth Saturday morning of each month!)

Our goal is living faith in service. Have you ideas to share with us? Click on any of the contact buttons and give us your ideas! We’d love to hear from you. Keep up with us on our News and Events page.

We also have a Facebook page, filled with photos from our activities. Our Music Director, Jim Hill, has his own webpage with extensive information about music programs at St. Matthias, our choral scholars, and his own music programs. The site is at: http://themusicatsaintmatthias.com/

Thanks again for your visit! Come see us soon.