St Matt’s is an Anglican Church, based in Widcombe, Bath.
Our desire is to Pursue God, Embrace Community, and Change the World
by living out the gospel of Christ.
We believe that God is continually making an invitation to all to experience His love and grace. So for us as a community, our invitation is simply for you to just come and be you. You don’t need to dress up. We won’t ask you for any money and you don’t need to be anything other than yourself. All are invited and all are welcome.
Please don’t imagine we have all the answers, but we certainly believe in, and have encountered, a God who does!
The most up-to-date information about services is always available from our church calendar.
With its strap-line “finding family, creating community”, our core belief at St Matt’s is not so much in doing church, but rather in being church. We look to increasingly bless Widcombe, the City of Bath, and beyond. In partnership with St Thomas à Becket, we aim to be a Christian community that reaches out, to invite people to encounter God’s grace.
In 2009, Tim Buckley, an associate Minister at Holy Trinity Combe Down felt led to start an Emerging Generation congregation centrally within Bath. Due to a growing relationship with the neighbouring Parish of Widcombe, who had a vacant church building on a central bus route to the University of Bath, HTCD arranged to rent St Matthew’s Church.
In September 2014, Revd Tim Buckley was asked if he would come to Widcombe as vicar. Widcombe Parish then adopted the evening congregation as a complementary expression of faith and worship, to the morning congregation meeting at St Thomas.
After nearly five years of God’s continued grace, the revitalisation of St Matt’s as a worshipping community has now become a well-known success story within Widcombe.
St Matt’s now hosts our increasingly busy parish admin offices. The building is in use most evenings and daytimes, housing ministries, mission and family life, feeling truly vibrant and alive.
St Matthew’s is a much larger church than St Thomas, built for the Victorians, to accommodate the growing population of Widcombe. On construction, seating was installed for some 1250 worshippers.
With its location high above Widcombe Locks, and its vast broach tower visible from across the city, along with its desire to welcome, bless, serve and be a spiritual home for many, St Matthew’s identity as a true light on a hill was born.
St Matthew’s is the largest church in Bath, with the exception of the Abbey, and consequently is an amazing venue for gatherings and events.