Welcome to Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
We hope while you are here you will be nourished, welcomed, and sustained.  We consider St. Matthew’s a place of hospitality, peace, and renewal, where people can come to be fed

  • through worship and the sacraments;
  • through the care and compassion of our members;
  • through our welcome of the stranger in our midst;
  • through our service to the larger community of Hillsborough and the world. 

We invite you to be a part of the feast.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Christian Formation Offerings 2014-2015

Children’s Programs

Nursery Children five and under are invited to stay in childcare with one of our two Nursery Attendants, Lovie Watson and Katie Boling, and a lay nursery volunteer.  Care is provided Sunday mornings from 7:55am-11:45am as well as during special services such as the early Christmas Eve service.  If you have questions, please contact the nursery parent liaison, Sarah Smylie.

Godly Play is a Montessori based curriculum offered for pre-K through 2nd graders, and led by Anne Kenyon, Aurora Toennisson, Kathleen Clark, Keri Harrison, Laura Benton, Mary Paisley, Sarah Tiani, and Tara Zychowicz.  New this year, parents will drop off their children outside the Godly Play classroom at 9:15am rather than the choir room.  A teacher will meet the children outside the classroom and lead them into our sacred space for a story, response, and feast.

Growing in Christ is offered for 3rd-5th graders, led by Kelly Hopper, Jennifer Jordan, Chris Peterson and Howard Rhodes.  Each class begins with a short child-led worship service before moving into the Growing in Christ lesson.  Both the service and lessons are designed to provide children with an interactive experience in learning and leading Episcopal liturgy.  

Youth Programs

Youth Sunday School is offered for 6th-12th graders weekly in the Youth Room from 9:15-10:15am led by Jeff Hopper, Michael Wood and Lindsay & Katie Efland.  Youth follow the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, which draws lessons from the Bible readings appointed for each Sunday.

Youth Group is moving to weekly meetings this year!  All 6th-12th graders are invited to come out on Sunday evenings in the Youth Room from 5:00-7:00pm. This fall, the youth will address topics such as the practice of Christian hospitality towards the marginalized, addiction and recovery, and exploring our Episcopal identity. Starting in November, youth will participate in monthly Evensong (led by the Young People’s Choir) on the first Sunday evening of each month at 5:00pm.   Other youth events include fall and spring retreats, Advent and Superbowl parties, and the annual Youth Service in the Spring.

Faith Formation for the St. Matthew’s Family

This intergenerational worship and learning experience is open to all members of the St. Matthew’s Family one Sunday per month at 9:15am in the Fellowship Hall.  On these Sundays, all other 9:15am programs (except for the Adult Bible Study) are suspended so that everyone may participate.  New at Faith Formation this year, David Arcus will teach music that can be practiced and implemented at home such as table graces and evening prayers.

Faith Formation Fall topics include:

September 21: St. Matthew’s Day

October 5: St. Francis Animal Blessing

November 2: All Saints’ Day

November 30: Advent Wreath Making

Sunday Morning Adult Forum

9:15-10:15, Fellowship Hall

Margaret Brill, Alissa Case & Brooks Graebner, coordinators

  • September 7: Sacramental Liturgy as Christian Formation with Fred Edie, Associate Professor the Practice of Christian Education at Duke Divinity

  • September 14:  Sacred Music as Christian Formation with David Arcus and Mary Rocap

  • September 21: Faith Formation – St. Matthew’s Day

  • September 28: Emma Wilson, Ross Parham, and Taylor Brewer Share Experiences at Diocesan Summer Programs

  • October 5:  Faith Formation – St. Francis Animal Blessing

  • October 12, 19, 26: Series on Addiction and Recovery led by the Health & Wholeness Committee  

  • November 2:  Faith Formation – All Saints’ Day

  • November 9, 16, 23:  Series on Issues of Poverty in Orange County led by the Social Ministries Committee

  • November 30: Faith Formation – Advent Wreath Making

  • December 7:  Christmas Hymnody with David Arcus & Brooks Graebner

  • December 14:  The Spirituality of W.H. Auden

  • December 21:  A Dramatic Reading of “For the Time Being” led by Carl Edwards

  • December 28:  No Adult Forum

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study

9:15-10:15, Cooke-Lawrence Room

Charles Thomas & Jack Troxell, Facilitators

The Adult Bible Study is currently reading and discussing the Gospel of Matthew.

Music Programs

Voice for Life

This is a parish-wide, inter-generational music curriculum for churches and choral programs established by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Voice for Life can be presented within our choral programs but may also be offered independently of choir. There are five, color-coded levels of instruction, and the RSCM offers certificates and even ribbons for participants who successfully complete each level. Participants can work in groups or individually on their own time, using workbooks which offer information and exercises in a step-by-step fashion. Everyone, regardless of prior musical experience, is encouraged to sign up for these classes. Look for flyers and the sign-up sheet, and direct any questions to David Arcus.

Young People’s Choir (YPC)

St. Matthew’s is launching an enhanced choral program for interested parish children from third through tenth grades. The Young People’s Choir (YPC) will meet weekly on Sunday afternoons from 4 until 5, beginning September 7. Sessions include singing techniques, learning music, and working on Voice for Life materials. Beginning November 2, rehearsals will conclude with Evensong, which will be open to the public. In addition to young participants in the program, we need parents to be involved to assist with safeguarding and to assist in the program in various ways. Look for flyers or see David Arcus for more information about how adult parishioners can help with YPC.

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir of St. Matthew’s is open to all interested singers from eleventh grade and up. As before, it will sing for most Sunday 10:30 Eucharists from September through May, using a wide range of repertory. Choir will resume with the first rehearsal on Wednesday, September 3, and its first service of the program year on September 7. Look for more information on the flyer, and sign up if you’re interested in joining. Look for information about open rehearsals in September, and contact David Arcus if you have additional questions.

Fall Book Study

7:00pm Thursday evenings (October-November)

Lisa Frost-Phillips & Laura Benton, Facilitators

The fall book study group will read and discuss of Marcus Borg’s Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power – And How They Can Be Restored.  Meetings will be held in the Cooke-Lawrence room on October 23 & 30 and November 6 & 13.  Brooks are available for purchase through the Purple Crow Bookstore.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

6:30 p.m. Monday evenings (September-June)

Hugh Tilson, Mentor

A four-year course of study and reflection for lay people, to deepen their engagement with core theological subjects and to strengthen their sense of ministry in daily life. Classes begin on September 15. Enrollment required.

8:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church building. Nursery opens at 7:55.
Coffee and fellowship immediately following in the Fellowship Hall

9:15 Education Hour for all ages during our Program Year (September - May).  Nursery open.

10:30 Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church building.  Nursery open. 
Coffee and fellowship immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.

(10:30 worship service includes congregational and choir music. Nursery services continue until 11:45.)


St. Matthew's celebrates  family activities on Sundays evenings during the regular church year (September through May).  Activities begin at 5:00 pm and include "Youth Group" for 6th through 12th graders, Children's choir practice, and various "themed" activities for the rest of the family.  On occasion, simple potluck suppers are shared by all beginning at 6:00 pm.




A service of Holy Communion is held at noon on Wednesdays in the church building. The liturgy is not elaborate, so the service itself does not last more than 30 minutes. It enables folks who work in Hillsborough (or who work or travel on Sundays) to attend a weekly celebration of the Eucharist. Should those attending service also wish to have lunch and conversation together following the service, we can explore ways to institute that practice.






The Honey Dewdrops Thursday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Honey Dewdrops are Kagey Parrish and his wife Laura Wortman.  They are a wonderful young duo from Charlottesville- full of mountain soul, both plain and plaintive, with a finely tuned harmonic balance of instrument and voice.  In short, they are well worth seeing. Tom & I first saw them at the Ocrafolk Festival in 2011. We’ve seen them three times now; each time containing moments of pure serenity.  Here is a link to one of my favorite songs of theirs:  “Fair Share Blues”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ocPMtv0Gns; their website is: http://www.thehoneydewdrops.com/.

Check them out; I’m sure you will be impressed.  Tickets (or reservations) are $15 and available from the office.  I hope you can come.

--Mary Rocap

David Arcus Recital

Faith & the Arts Sunday, September 28, 3:00 p.m.

Parish Musician David Arcus will give a demonstration and organ recital on Sunday afternoon, September 28. David will offer a recital-demonstration of our Hook & Hastings (1883) organ. The program is free and open to all. He will talk about and demonstrate how the organ’s different sets of pipes are used and combined, and will perform works by J. S. Bach, Robert Schumann, and Franz Liszt.

And coming Sunday, October 19:

Former lutenist to the Smithsonian Institution, Carver Blanchard returns to St. Matthew’s on October 19 for a Faith & the Arts recital Sunday afternoon as well as providing music at the 10:30 service that morning.  Carver brings to modern audiences the sparkling tradition of composition and arrangement for the lute that began in Renaissance Europe.  He has adapted spirituals, work-songs and other traditional music of the American South for performance with this classic and intimate instrument. By including new works of his own, he illuminates four centuries of musical and cultural history.






Sunday Morning Schedule

8:00 & 10:30 am

In case of inclement weather...

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
PO Box 628 (for all mail)
210 St. Mary's Road
Hillsborough NC 27278-0628

 telephone: 919-732-9308
fax: 919-732-5457


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Sunday morning parking is available across from the church on St. Mary's Road, along the gravel driveway adjacent to Cameron Park School, in the Board of Education parking lot, in the lower parking lot adjacent to the Fellowship Hall, and in the Cameron Park School parking lot.

Handicap parking is available in the small lot adjacent to the church, in the lower parking lot adjacent to the Fellowship Hall, and along the back drive near the churchyard gates. 

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