Well, doesn’t time fly? Can you believe that we are already part way through Lent with just over two weeks to go until Good Friday? Our Panto in February was a great success and we thank The Alternate Shadows for a fantastic, funny and family friendly performance which was very much enjoyed by all. We also had the first Table Top Sale of the year last weekend and once again, we send a very big thank you to all those that helped with the running of the event and that came along to support us.

We are currently running an “Adlent” event! We have a pew in the church for everyday of Lent (1 – 40) and each pew/day is a different item that we are collecting. All of the items we collect will be donated to the Medway Food Bank to help local families in crisis.

The items we are collecting are:

Long life/UHT milk

Powdered milk

Pasta and cook-in sauces

Washing-Up Liquid



Tinned potatoes

Tinned spaghetti

Sugar 500g (small packet)

Sponge puddings

Long life/UHT fruit juice

Evaporated milk

Rice pudding (tinned)

Tinned meat (e.g. ham corned beef)

Ready made custard (tinned)

Instant mash

Tinned fish

Packet soup (e.g. Cup-a-Soup)

Instant coffee

Gravy granules

Angel Delight


Table sauces (e.g. ketchup)

Nappies (sizes 4, 4+, 5, 5+, 6, 6+, 7)

Easter treats (bars of chocolate preferred to eggs)

Bath items (e.g. bubble bath)


Custard powder (packets)

Baby toiletries

Liquid soap/handwash

Shampoo and conditioner

Cat food

Male deodorant

Female deodorant

Baby wipes

Cleaning/anti-bac spray

Pasta and cook-in sauces

Stock cubes

If you would like to donate anything to our collection please bring it along to St. Matthew’s before Easter on either a Sunday between 10.30am and 11.30am or a Tuesday between 10am and 12pm.

We at St Matthew’s are a friendly and inclusive church in the heart of Borstal Village in Rochester. We meet together each Sunday to celebrate the love of God and to learn more about the divine goodness of Jesus Christ.

We have Communion and Services of the Word as well as Dementia Friendly services and events aimed to include our younger community members. Please click on the Church Services, Upcoming Events and Community links for more information.

You will find more information about Weddings, Christenings and Funerals by clicking on the relevant page above.  Christenings are generally held within our Sunday Communion Service. To speak to someone about any these services, get in touch with us via the Contact Us page and we will be pleased to help. Cleave Warne Hall is also available for private hire.  Please click on the Contact Us page for the relevant contact information for enquiries and bookings.

Although we are currently without a Choirmaster, we enjoy singing during services and are supported either by CD or the wonderful Markham Chesterfield playing the organ for us.

All are welcome at St Matthew’s, whether you are regular worshippers, new to the Christian faith or ‘just having a look’. Our worship takes place every Sunday morning at 10:30am. Our music ranges from traditional hymns to modern worship songs. We have colouring activities for children and young people are always made welcome. Tea and coffee are served after morning worship. We have some parking spaces round the back of church.

To contact St Matthew’s please see out Contact Us page.


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