Going to an Episcopal Church or any church at all for the first time may feel a little strange and intimidating. We want you to be able to relax and feel welcome and able to participate as you choose. Below is a guide to some of what you might expect if you come to a worship service at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church:

Relax, feel welcome, and participate as you choose.



Worship as Participating in Mystery

Have you ever read until the end of a good mystery novel only to find yourself shuttering when the 'who done it' character was revealed? You were so wrapped-up in the journey that the author took you on that you truly became a part of the story. At St. Matthew's we believe that worship is that same self-wrapping as we join in discovering the greater story of Jesus Christ, and there are some key things that we do that become revealing, life-shattering moments, Holy Baptism and the Holy Communion.

Holy Baptism

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).


In the waters of baptism we are lovingly adopted by God into God’s family, which we call the Church, and given God’s own life to share and reminded that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ.


The Rite of Holy Baptism can be found on pp. 297-308 of the Book of Common Prayer.



Holy Communion

"We thank you ... for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 366).


It goes by several names: Holy Communion, the Eucharist (which literally means "thanksgiving"), mass. But whatever it’s called, this is the family meal for Christians and a foretaste of the heavenly banquet. As such, all persons who have been baptized, and are therefore part of the extended family that is the Church, are welcome to receive the bread and wine, and be in communion with God and each other.


The Holy Eucharist can be found on pp. 316-399 of the Book of Common Prayer.



St. Matthew's Episcopal Church welcomes all who worship Jesus Christ, come join us.

At St. Matthew's our mission is to be a body of believers united in a common desire to love and serve the Lord. Our faith journey is to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God, as exemplified by the life of our Lord, Jesus Christ.


St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

214 College St., Henderson, Texas 75654



St. Matthew's