|Our Strengths are
|St. Matthew's is known as
the "smaller" United Church within the growing town of Richmond
Hill. We encourage our members to become a family in God's
love. Members find good friends in the pews of this congregation.
Our Strengths are Fellowship, Outreach, Music.
St. Matthew's United Church started in a portable classroom in
1957. The first activities of St. Matthew's took place in Walter
Scott Public School in Richmond Hill during the summer of 1956 when a
church vacation school was organized. The response resulted in
the formation of a Sunday School.
On the last Sunday of September 1956, the first church service was held
in one of the portable class rooms at Walter Scott School. For
several Sundays the services were conducted by the Rev. C.A.
Myers. In the spring of 1957, a portable building was erected on
a five acre site on Crosby Ave., where our church now stands.
This site was purchased by the Toronto Home Mission Council of the
United Church of Canada. The Rev. E.E. Pugsley was appointed as
the supply minister.
A service of Constitution was held by the Presbytery of York on Oct.
29th, 1957 when the congregation was officially recognized as a self
governing congregation within the United Church of Canada. The
Toronto Home Mission Council arranged for the settlement of the Rev.
William Patterson to be the first minister of our pastoral
charge. He was inducted on Feb. 14, 1958 and he continued to
serve the congregation until 1963. The Church Building Fund was
started in 1958 and construction proceeded in 1960.
In 1979, in response to the desperate plight of the refugees forced to
flee from Vietnam, a Refugee Sponsorship Fund was established.
The first family arrived in November. In May, 1980, an additional seven
persons were sponsored. In July, a co-operative sponsorship with
St. Mary's Anglican Church was undertaken and the two churches began a
12 year sponsorship for these families.
In 1989, the church decided to begin another major project: affordable
housing. The project was approved and construction began in the
spring of 1990. Twenty-three units now share our property and
provide a comfortable, yet affordable place to live. During the
construction, renovations to the church itself were also done doubling
the size of the church Hall and adding a secretary's office, minister's
office, music room and nursery.
In 1988 the church added hand bell choirs after hearing a concert
performed in our church. Now the church boasts three octaves of
hand bells and 3 octaves of chimes.
We continue with a strong focus on outreach activities that support
many good causes. They've included the following: the Richmond
Hill food bank (since 1986), Treasures ( a non-profit second hand store
which provides a place of work for people finding their way with mental
illness), Yellow Brick House, Leeder House, Richmond Hill Hospice, and
J.O.B. Works (a program offering counseling and job search assistance
to those unemployed or underemployed.). Ecumenical Development
Corporation (OIKO Credit), Pueblito Canada, and Foster Child Program of
St. Matthew's is an active, perhaps small, church but is known for its
friendliness and working together for a better community. For a
detailed history click here.
To Contact us:
333 Crosby Avenue, Richmond Hill
ON L4C 2R5
(Crosby Ave. is between Bayview Ave. and
Yonge St. north of Major MacKenzie Ave.)