Who are we?
People like you. Christians. We aspire to pattern our lives after the work and teaching of Christ. Our worship and personal piety conform to the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer and the Episcopal Church.
We go forth into the world, doing our best to engage with the work God has given us to do. It doesn't always appear miraculous, but the work is holy. In our workplaces, at home, in our neighborhoods, even at the grocery store, we are engaged in ministry and witness to the power of the risen Lord working in our midst.
The building blocks of ministry are our relationships. Here at St. Matthew's we strive to be a place of connection and support. We are nourished by word and sacrament, and it is vital that we have friends along the way with whom we can share our journey.
What to Expect
We approach corporate worship as something which is both a state of mind and something we do outwardly, with our bodies. This is why you may see some movement among those around you during a service, including standing, sitting, kneeling, making the sign of the cross, and bowing. There will also be times that the congregation will recite prayers and creeds together. If you are new to a tradition of worship such as this, we encourage you to participate without any concern for “getting it right.” After all, we want you to feel relaxed and comfortable so that you might fully experience God’s presence among us. Whether you are just visiting or are looking for a new church home, we welcome you and hope that God will be present to you in a special way while you are here and wherever life takes you.
Prior to coming to St. Matthew's, Rev. Charles McClain was Assistant to the Rector for Children and Family Ministry at St. Philip's Church in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville, TN.
He graduated with a Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South.
He is a lifelong Middle-Tennessean, and is deeply committed and connected to this place and its people. Music, poetry, photography and engagement with meaning-making and holy-noticing are his lifelong inspirations and passions.