church life

As part of the church family at St. Matthias, learning to follow Jesus more closely, we’ve found that getting involved in these four things helps us grow best as Christians. 

WORSHIP  meeting regularly with others in worship
JOIN    joining one of our life groups
SERVE  using the gifts God has given you to serve others
GIVE    discovering the joy of generous giving

We call them our ‘Marks of Membership’ and together they enable us to live our values of:


We offer a range of styles of worship service to help everyone find a place they feel at home in, from more formal to very informal café style worship. 
While most services are on a Sunday see here there are opportunities midweek too:

  • 9am Wednesday Holy Communion service
  • Morning Prayer at 9am on Mondays and Tuesdays on zoom
  • Messy Church runs monthly on a Tuesday afternoon

And if you cannot manage any of these, joining a home group or other life group gives opportunities to pray and worship with other Christians, as the bible so clearly encourages us to do – we’re not making the faith journey on our own!


We encourage everyone to join a ‘Life Group’ who meet together regularly outside of worship services.  Since we are quite a large community, its much easier to find friendship and to support one another in a smaller group.  Some meet just for food (!) or for discussion, singing, praying or bible study. 

Home Groups   Groups meet at a variety of times around the parish.  Contact the office for more details. 
Girls Allowed    Girls Allowed exists to deepen friendships and to support one another in their faith journeys.  They meet monthly for chat, quizzes, craft, walks, food.  All women welcome!
St Matt’s Gospel Singers   A community gospel choir for those who want to have fun with their singing.  Fortnightly practices on Wednesdays 7.15-9pm.
St. Matt’s Knits   A social group seeking to bless others whilst they knit, crochet and natter!  They meet weekly on a Tuesday lunchtime from 12-1.30pm.
Alpha  We run Alpha each year.  It's a small group course exploring the basics of the Christian faith - an ideal course for anyone joining the church or just wanting to find out more.

There are many ways to get involved at St. Matthias!  Whether you are happy in the kitchen or taking part with the music, there will be a place for you to join a team and develop the gifts God has given you – or
discover new ones!  It’s a good way to get to know each other too and there is no limit on how many teams you can join.

Some operate to serve the church family, others to serve and be good news to the local community.
If you’re interested in finding out more, please email

Prayer ministry  The prayer ministry team prays for anyone wanting prayer at our services and events
Coffee team   Great places run on great coffee adn we're no exception!  Could you help us offer coffee after services by joining this essential ministry?
Messy Church  Creative worship with lots of craft activities and a hot meal.  Meets monthly on a Tuesday beginning at 3.15pm  Aimed at children under 11 with parents and carers.
Pastoral Team   The pastoral team offer care to the church community by responding to acute pastoral needs.
Street Pastors   The team of Street Pastors support the nighttime economy in Torquay by offering practical help and support to vulnerable people.
Cleaning   We've got a team of wonderful people who help keep the church clean and tidy for all the things that go on during the week and on Sundays.  Newcomers always welcome!
Maintenance   Looking after a church building is a huge task.  We'd love to hear from you if you can help look after it with us.
Flowers   A creative team help decorate the church with flower arrangements through the year.
Worship teams  Join the team engaged with running the services - singers, musicians, setting up and clearing away, and the technical side of creating and running the audio-visual equipment.
Coffee Box   We meet once a month on a Saturday morning 10am - 12pm to offer free hot drinks and pastries to passers by, along with friendly conversation, in outreach to our local community.
Community Larder  As a church we support the Torquay Community Larder with donations of food for the food bank.
Welcome Teams   We would like everyone to have a warm welcome when they come to St Matthias.  The welcome team is a group of people dedicated to this task.
Ukraine Support Group   Meets every Wednesday from 9.45-11.45 for English language tuition, friendship and support.
Schools  Are you experienced at working with children and young people?  If so, why not think about joining our schools team?
Toddlers Group   Meets in the church on Tuesday mornings during term time for mums, dads, grandparents, childminders with children from babies to 4 year olds. 
Youth Team   If you have a passion for young people then please consider joining the team to help them grow as disciples of Jesus.
Welcome Space   The church is open on Wednesdays from 12-2pm to provide light refreshments, friendship and chat. 
Preschool   For more information see here
Eco Action Group A group focussing on how the church family at St Matthias can help to care for God's earth.
Friends of St. Matthias  See here for more information
Missions Action Group   A small group supporting missions at home and abroad with prayer and St Matt's tithe.


To be 'generous like Jesus' and for more information see here