Parish Organisations

> Sunday Fun Club

  • When: Sundays 10:30 (both infants and juniors)
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: (Infants) Mrs. Kathryn Louis & Mrs. Janet Hajnrych (01942 620321)
  • Contact: (Juniors) Mrs. Marian Brown (01942 228049)

St. Matthew's Sunday Fun Club welcomes all children over 7 years of age. We meet in the Parish Rooms from 10:30am. The aim of the Sunday Fun Club is to help the children to know the love of God through Bible stories and to relate the teachings to everyday life in the 21st century. To be loving and caring to their families and friends, regardless of colour, creed or race. To know something about the life of the Church and Parish of St. Matthew and to be full and active members of the Church through Confirmation. We enjoy parties, crafts, puzzles and outings as a part of our programme. Please visit Our Website for more information.

> Church Choir

  • When: Thursdays 19:00-20:00
  • Where: Church
  • Contact: Mrs. Sue Gordon (01942 214955)

St. Matthew's Choir regularly lead the congregation in worship week by week and also feature in special services more prominently. Annually, on Palm Sunday, the choir has performed a cantata based on the Passion of our Lord. Throughout Holy Week and particularly Easter Sunday the choir perform special anthems. Towards the end of June, we have "Music for a Summer Evening" whereby the choir sing special music. Rehearsals for Christmas start soon after the summer break, with the special service for St. Cecilia on the nearest Sunday to November 22nd. The Christmas Carols and songs are a most enjoyable feature of the Christmas season, especially in the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. We are always looking for new members, so if you feel that you could offer your services (you don't have to be as good as Pavarotti!) please don't be shy. We rehearse every Thursday evening from 19:00 but if you need further details please telephone Mrs. Sue Gordon on 01942 214955

> Rainbows

  • When: Tuesdays 17:00-18:00 and Fridays 17:15-18:30
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: Mrs. Jennifer Halliwell (01942 218334) or Mrs. Gill Marsh (01942 207723)

"I will do my best to love my God and to be kind and helpful" The Rainbow Promise.
Rainbow Guides are the youngest members of the Guide Association. A girl may become a Rainbow when she reaches her fifth birthday. At St. Matthew's we strive to stimulate the Rainbows in their development. They love drawing and playing games with simple rules. We try to teach them a sense of fair play. They love to hear stories, rhymes and jingles which help memory skills. At the age of seven, girls are old enough to become Brownie Guides and their experiences in Rainbows help to lay strong foundations for the future. Most importantly, Rainbows learn all these things by having loads of fun.

> Brownies

  • When: Thursdays 17:15-19:00
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: Mrs. Sandra Pollock (01942 215018)

We meet on Thursday Evenings in the Parish Rooms. Our meetings are varied and we have many activities. The girls work towards interest badges which sometimes mean guests come along to our meetings, e.g. First-aiders and the Police. On the second Sunday of each month we go together to the Church parade. The Brownies also enjoy special "Theme" nights, which could be anything from St. George's Day to a Pyjama party. A new programme called "Brownie Adventure" was launched in 2003 and we have all welcomed it with open arms. There are new uniforms and a "Promise Box" which a Brownie receives when she makes her promise in which to keep special things, certificates and badges etc. We enjoy venturing outside and exploring the outdoors and always have a trip out somewhere in the summer months. Should anyone wish to put their daughters name on the waiting list for any of the Girl Guide Organisations then you can by visiting Girl Guiding or by telephoning 0800 1 69 59 01. As all information is now on a database, Parents consent is needed therefore it would help the Leaders if you can put this information on yourselves. As and when a place becomes available you will be informed.

> Guides

  • When: Mondays 19:30-21:00
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: Mrs. Sheila Albers (01942 211625)

> Rangers

  • When: Alternate Tuesdays 19:30-21:00
  • Where: The Parish Hall
  • Contact: Miss Kim Fulton (07854 777454)

> Anchor Boys

  • When: Wednesdays 18:00-19:00
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: Mrs. Linda Roberts (01942 208688)

Anchor Boys is the first step in the adventure through the sections of the Boys Brigade. Boys from the age of 5 until 8 years old meet each Wednesday evening from 18:00 to 19:00 in the Parish Rooms. After collection of subscriptions we start the evening with a short prayer. We then sometimes play football and other activities. After a short game a drink of juice is served while the boys get their breath back. Games and craft activities follow. Depending upon the season we will make Easter gifts or Christmas cards etc. We have a mixture of boys some boisterous some quiet, but they all tend to join in the various activities and enjoy themselves. Sometimes we organise trips, and have been to Gulliver's world with the help of Parents and Family. In December we usually hold a Christmas Party. Towards the end of the boy's time at Anchor Boys there is a small workbook to complete in order to achieve the Anchor Boy Badge before being promoted into the Junior Section following their eighth Birthday. If your son is over five and you would like him to join please contact myself or any other leader.

> Junior Boys' Brigade

  • When: Tuesdays 18:30-19:30
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: Mrs. Marian Brown

The Junior Section meets on Tuesday night from 18:30 to 19:30 and boys pay a weekly £1 fee to support the running of the section. There are two officers in the section; Marian Brown and Linda Roberts. Boys take part in a variety of indoor games and outdoor games during the summer when the weather is fine. Each week boys are encouraged to carry out achievements to help them qualify for badges. The achievements fall into five categories:

  • Adventure
  • Community
  • Interest
  • Physical
  • Spiritual

To qualify for a badge they must complete achievements under each of the five categories. There are six badges: white, green, purple, blue, red and gold. During the year there are numerous events and competitions that the boys can attend or take part in. There is a swimming gala, sports day, cross country run and 5 a side football for the energetic ones. Other events include a Bible quiz and reading competition, Christmas carol service, pantomime and Camelot day out.

> Boys' Brigade

  • When: Wednesdays 19:30-21:00
  • Where: The Parish Rooms
  • Contact: Mr. W. Harrison (01925 767051)

> Golden Years (Over 50s)

  • When: Tuesdays 14:00-15:30
  • Where: The Parish Hall
  • Contact: Mrs. Jenny Farrell (01942 228210)

> Women's Fellowship

  • When: Thursdays 19:45-21:00
  • Where: The Parish Hall
  • Contact: Mrs. Sheila Highton (01942 217754)

The Women's Fellowship provides the opportunity for the ladies of St. Matthew's to meet together to share fellowship, spiritually and socially. Meetings are held each Thursday at 20:00 in the Parish hall. The second Thursday in each month is Evening Hour, a devotional meeting with hymns, prayers and a talk by a guest speaker. On the last Thursday there is a service of Holy Communion in Church followed by tea and biscuits in the Parish Hall. The other Thursdays in the month provide a varied programme of talks, demonstrations, quizzes etc. Highlights of the Women's Fellowship year are a summer trip, a special Anniversary service at the beginning of November, the Christmas Dinner and the Carol Service, accompanied by Pemberton Youth Band. Members pay a weekly subscription of £1. Any profits are given, half to Church and half to Charity. We are currently establishing closer ecumenical links with ladies of our neighbouring churches. We extend a warm invitation to all ladies in the parish, to come and join our fellowship on any Thursday evening.

> Bowling Club

  • When: Ring for details
  • Where: The Bowling Green
  • Contact: Mr. Gordon Bennett (01942 223379)

The club now has approximately 100 members, some are social members but the majority play for one or more of the seven teams. We have a policy of encouraging younger members, several of whom are now being integrated into the adult teams. There is one all-male team and two mixed teams playing in the Churches League; two ladies teams play in the Ladies Church Unity League; two other all-male teams play in the Orrell League and the Pensioners League. We have a bowling green of which we are justifiably proud along with a members Pavilion and Visitor's Shelter.

> Craft Club

  • When: Thursdays 10:15-12:15
  • Where: The Parish Hall
  • Contact: Mrs. Barbara Jenks (01942 340424)

Craft Club is run 10.15 - 12.15 every Thursday in the Parish Hall. New members are always welcome!

> Pram Club

  • When: Wednesdays 13:00
  • Where: The Parish Hall
  • Contact: Mrs. A. Baker (01942 07738 375161)

We are a voluntarily run baby and toddler group, which is held on Wednesday afternoons from 13:00 to 15:00 in the Parish Hall. We have activities for all ages from babies until children start school. We serve coffee or tea for Mums, Dads and Grandparents. Orange or blackcurrant juice and biscuits are served for the children. At the end of the session we all sit in a large circle and do nursery rhymes.

> St. Matthew's Ramblers

  • When: Ring for details
  • Where: Ring for details
  • Contact: Mrs. M. Gregory (01942 217038)

For information please visit Our Website for more information.

> Highfield Cricket Club

  • When: See Cricket Club Website for details
  • Where: Highfield Cricket Club
  • Contact: Gary Speakman (07721 639970)

There has been a cricket club within Highfield since around 1880, originally playing off Enfield Street before moving to the current ground alongside the church in 1924. The ground is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful in the area, surrounded by trees and overlooked by the imposing St. Matthew's church spire. The cricket club has gone from strength to strength over its long history and now plays in the top tier of league cricket, just one level below the professional ranks. The club also has fabulous facilities which other Parish Organisations also use. These facilities have been largely self built by club members and financed through a combination of self generated funds and also grants awarded in recognition of its good work, especially with juniors. The junior section is strong with around 100 young members which, along with their extended families, brings additional vibrancy to the club. The club is very focused on its community and works closely with the Bar Fellowship to deliver a full programme of social events for that community. From around the end of April to mid September there is always something going on at the club with midweek junior games, midweek senior 20-20 games as well as a full weekend programme. We look forward to welcoming you.