This Anglican Church began in Henry Farm when the Rev. Paul Morley gathered a few neighbours together to celebrate Holy Communion in their homes. A portable church was erected, and the first service was celebrated on September 13, 1964. (The portable is now a parish hall for St. James the Apostle, Sharon, ON). Five years later the permanent building containing the sanctuary for St. Matthew the Apostle, Oriole was erected, and the inaugural service was held on January 25, 1970.
The building complex was completed in two stages, with the Christian Education Building to the east being constructed first, followed by the main sanctuary area. The complex is of concrete block and brick construction with asphalt shingled roofs.
The Christian Ed area is comprised of a Fellowship Room, Welcome Room, office space, washrooms and kitchen. The Fellowship Hall is air-conditioned to accommodate the Montessori School, which operates throughout the school year. A fully equipped nursery and exterior play area are provided. The Fellowship Hall is used on a regular basis by Alcoholics Anonymous and other community groups. The Welcome Room has recently been renovated and is used for smaller gatherings. The kitchen is fully functional and is equipped with a stove, refrigerator and microwave oven.
The sanctuary is uniquely designed with the altar centrally placed with seating arranged on three sides. The pulpit, organ and choir are located on the west wall. A stained glass skylight surmounts the altar cross, and stained glass clerestory windows surround the altar area. Wooden resonance wall panels represent the congregation’s ethnic diversity, and wooden pews accommodate one hundred and eighty people. At each of the four corners of the sanctuary, a room is located for meetings and storage purposes. The sacristy is conveniently positioned behind the sanctuary, and a roomy narthex, complete with storage cupboards and kitchenette, is located to the east entrance to the sanctuary. The sanctuary is wheel chair accessible only from the north entrance door.
On the lower level beneath the sanctuary are found the choir room, a large Hall, two church offices, washrooms and ample storage areas. The Lower Hall is used for parish functions, weekly services by the Beulah House of God, the Kumon School and for the St. Matthew’s monthly clothing sale. These areas are not wheel chair accessible.
|The Rev. Lisa Newland
2014 – Present
|The Rev. Canon B. Lennon
2006 – 2013
|The Rev. Canon Greg Physick
1988 – 2005
|The Rev. Paul Morley
1964 – 1988