Welcome To St Matthews

St Matthew’s Anglican Church, serving the areas of Panton Hill, Hurstbridge and St. Andrews

We are a Christian community situated in the north east of Melbourne on the edge of the Yarra Valley. We are made up of people from all walks of life, people who live locally and people who travel from afar. We gather to worship God and desire to follow the ways of Jesus. 

COVID-19 Service Details

Everyone who is fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is welcome to join us in-person after QR Code Check-in at any of our regular or special services. If you would like to contact us about service details, please email StMattsPantonHill@gmail.com

Important update to our COVID policy and Procedures for Christmas and January 2022 services at St Matthews Church Panton Hill

Recently the parish council were asked if we would be willing to allow unvaccinated people to attend our services, particularly the Christmas Day service.

We have met to consider this issue recognising that there are many concerns that this might raise, along with a desire to accommodate those who would want to attend.

We are aware for example, that some of our parishioners are quite vulnerable due to their age and pre-existing health conditions. There are others also within the parish employed in situations where they work with extremely vulnerable people who are concerned with the possibility that they might contract the virus and then transmit it to those they care for.

The diocesan policy permits parishes to have mixed worship services in a communication released on 15 December. It has also highlighted that parishes have the right to establish their own protocols and standards to reflect their local concerns and needs. The overarching view expressed by Archbishop Philip Freier is that parishes seek the full unity of all people in all services and to accommodate all as far as practical.

In response to our desire to respect these concerns and accommodate those whose vaccinations status is uncertain, we are instituting the follows procedures.

(i) All people must register their attendance at a service by using the QR code. This will be located outside the front door of the church.

(ii) All must show their vaccination certificate or tell the COVID marshal that they are not vaccinated.

(iii) Those who are unvaccinated must agree to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before they enter the church and undertake this test while sitting in their car. The result of this test must then be shown to the COVID marshal before they will be allowed to enter the church. The parish will provide this test free of charge at this stage.

(iv) The wearing of masks will be mandatory for all people attending the service.

(v) The mask may only be removed to take communion at the front and replaced before returning to your chair. Those participating in the worship by reading, singing etc, can remove their mask to facilitate their ministry and clear speaking.

(vi) The building will be well ventilated by opening the windows and doors.

(vii) There will be face masks available for anyone who forgets to bring one with them.

We encourage everyone to come early as this will allow enough time to check in and if necessary, undertake a Rapid Antigen Test. We hope that this will allay any concerns you might have and also allow us to promote the unity of the Spirit and to be able to welcome those want to attend irrespective of their vaccination status.

Recently the parish council were asked if we would be willing to allow unvaccinated people to attend our services, particularly the Christmas Day service.

We have met to consider this issue recognising that there are many concerns that this might raise, along with a desire to accommodate those who would want to attend.

We are aware for example, that some of our parishioners are quite vulnerable due to their age and pre-existing health conditions. There are others also within the parish employed in situations where they work with extremely vulnerable people who are concerned with the possibility that they might contract the virus and then transmit it to those they care for.

The diocesan policy permits parishes to have mixed worship services in a communication released on 15 December. It has also highlighted that parishes have the right to establish their own protocols and standards to reflect their local concerns and needs. The overarching view expressed by Archbishop Philip Freier is that parishes seek the full unity of all people in all services and to accommodate all as far as practical.

In response to our desire to respect these concerns and accommodate those whose vaccinations status is uncertain, we are instituting the follows procedures.

(i) All people must register their attendance at a service by using the QR code. This will be located outside the front door of the church.

(ii) All must show their vaccination certificate or tell the COVID marshal that they are not vaccinated.

(iii) Those who are unvaccinated must agree to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before they enter the church and undertake this test while sitting in their car. The result of this test must then be shown to the COVID marshal before they will be allowed to enter the church. The parish will provide this test free of charge at this stage.

(iv) The wearing of masks will be mandatory for all people attending the service.

(v) The mask may only be removed to take communion at the front and replaced before returning to your chair. Those participating in the worship by reading, singing etc, can remove their mask to facilitate their ministry and clear speaking.

(vi) The building will be well ventilated by opening the windows and doors.

(vii) There will be face masks available for anyone who forgets to bring one with them.

We encourage everyone to come early as this will allow enough time to check in and if necessary, undertake a Rapid Antigen Test.

We hope that this will allay any concerns and also allow us to promote the unity of the Spirit and to be able to welcome those want to attend irrespective of their vaccination status.

3 Worship Services

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)

Traditional Communion Service
St Matthews in Panton Hill (Chapel)

8:45am every Sunday

575 Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Rd, Panton Hill VIC 3759

Contemporary Family Service
St Matthews in Panton Hill

10:15am every Sunday

Fortnightly Kids Church

575 Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Rd, Panton Hill VIC 3759

Interactive Service
St Andrews in St Andrews

6:00pm, last Saturday of the month

15 Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, St Andrews VIC 3761

Please note that due to current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, services inside the St Andrews Church are temporarily suspended.