A warm, virtual hello from St. Matthias! We'd like to welcome you in person, too!

This Sunday, June 30th, parishioner John Jordan will speak at worship about the work being done in our partner parish in Rwanda.  His power point presentation will have video of their enthusiastic worship service and photos of our nursery schools and support for poor mothers.  After the service, at coffee time, John will show a 10min video of the wider scale of the work of Rwanda Rising including several personal testimonies from grateful beneficiaries.  See up close the power of God's work at our hands.

Our banner says we're "called to be the people of God wherever we are."  We also proclaim we're the people of God whoever we are. We warmly acknowledge that this is Pride Month, but we do not limit our welcome to a single month.  

The word "church" holds negative messages for some.  We acknowledge that, but we say, "St. Matthias genuinely and warmly welcomes everyone who comes through our door, without condition or limit. " If you see yourself in the rainbow banner or the abbreviation LGBTQIA2S+, please know you're particularly invited.  If you don't see someone who "looks like you" in traditional church leadership, then perhaps consider taking a role in St. Matthias leadership.   Welcome to St. Matthias!  

The friendly community of St. Matthias would be delighted to meet you in person.  And -- stay for a few minutes after worship for coffee or tea! Come as you are and know that "no experience is required":  many people are unfamiliar with "church" of whatever denomination and that's fine with us.  

Reverend Colleen continues to share her draft sermons.  We're also delighted to offer you draft sermons as shared by our guest preachers!  Remember ... each draft is similar to what we hear in person, but often missing late insights, chuckles and changes.  So ... take a look and then, come and listen for yourself!  Click here https://www.stmatthiasvictoria.ca/blog to read one, a few, or all!

St. Matthias shares with all Canadians our shared journey of acknowledgement and reconciliation.  History is complex,  and often painful to consider.   Respectfully, we acknowledge the legacy of the residential schools.  This is history that matters to each of us, whether our families have been here since time out of mind, for many generations, or whether we are "brand new" to Canada.  The journey of acknowledgement and reconciliation is our way to the future.  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 who or where we are. We are a church without walls.  Thank you for your virtual visit!  All are welcome here.