Happy New Year!  In our church calendar,  we begin the year with the season of Advent, this year on November 27.  For us, the four Sundays of Advent provide an opportunity to reflect on the great wonder of God's abundant love for each of us.  You may notice that our liturgical colour shifts to blue, helping us focus on our theme of preparation and reflection.  Our Advent wreath includes 3 blue candles and 1 rose candle.  We'll start on "Advent 1" with the blue candle for hope; on "Advent 2," we'll add the blue candle for peace; on "Advent 3," we'll add the rose candle for joy; on "Advent 4," we'll light the blue candle for love.  When we celebrate Christmas, we'll light the white central candle to remember the birth of Christ.  

We invite you to join our in-person worship.  Come as you are and enjoy a warm welcome.  

  Come to worship at 10 am and stay for coffee afterward in the hall, to say hi!  

We are delighted to invite you to visit the current exhibit in The Chapel Gallery, featuring the work of Victoria-based artist Dale Roberts. The exhibit is open now through December 4th.  Please "click the link" for more information.   https://www.stmatthiasvictoria.ca/ministries/the-chapel-gallery/pages/current-exhibit-dames-divas-icons

 St. Matthias warmly and genuinely welcomes everyone who comes through our door, including anyone who sees themself in the rainbow banner or the abbreviation LGBTQ2IA+.  So, when we say we welcome you "whoever you are," please know that our welcome is without condition or limit.  

At St. Matthias we join with all Canadians as we reflect on the complex, often painful, history that is the heritage we share, whether our families have been here since time out of mind, for many generations, or whether we are "brand new" to Canada.   Respectfully, we acknowledge the legacy of the residential schools. We listen.  We grieve.  We honour.  We commit to action.  

The church is more than buildings and programs. We are the body of Christ present in this world no matter where we are. We are a church without walls.  Thank you for your virtual visit!  All are welcome here.