Ash Wednesday



in Spartanburg & Gaffney

February 10

St. Matthew’s—12:00 and 6:30 P.M.

St. Christopher’s—6:00 P.M.

Advent—7:00 A.M., 12:15 P.M. (with nursery), 5:15 and 6:30 P.M.

Incarnation, Gaffney—12:00 and 6:00P.M.


St. Matthew's receives 2015 Robert Wood Johnson award

Fr. Rob Brown and the parishioners of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Spartanburg, have received the prestigious 2015 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Fr. Rob, representing St. Matthew’s, has worked with 39 other community agencies on The Road to Better Health Coalition since 2008.  The collaborative efforts of these 40 local agencies led to Spartanburg being chosen as one of eight cities in the U.S. for recognition in 2015.

From the Medical Supply closet project to St. Matthew’s Food Pantry, which addresses issues of food insecurity and nutrition for 11,000 people annually, St. Matthew’s strives to meet the immediate needs of the Spartanburg community.  The church has opened its doors to National Alliance of Mental Illness, Narcotics Anonymous, and Survivors of Suicide.  Fr. Rob was part of the team that initiated Spartanburg Shares, the medical equipment loan closet now a ministry of Church of the Advent. In 2014 the City of Spartanburg built a neighborhood pocket playground on church property.  In addition to these outreach programs, Fr. Rob saw a need for free medical care on the Westside of town. This led to an alliance with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.  St. Matthew’s members and VCOM interns staff the monthly clinic which provides free health care to anyone who asks.

When accepting the award on behalf of the parish, Fr. Rob reminded us that the award affirms the efforts of all who pray, work, and give at St Matthew's.

This video depicts the community-wide successes in healthy living for ALL Spartanburg’s citizens.

Lenten Study

The Rule of Benedict

Develop a Rule of life to Transform Your Life

Sundays, During Lent

10:15-11:05 A.M.

In the Conference Room

 February 21- March 20, 2016

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Sunday Morning Classes

Adults - Conference Room

February 14 - Ask the Priest

Come and meet Mother Mia

Parents of Children, Birth - 18 years - Kelley Room

Varied discussions on raising children

and managing a home

Youth - Grade 8-12 - Youth Room

Club 567 - Preschool Hall

How Do We Decide?

Godly Play - ages 4-4th grade

Bible Storytelling, crafts, music

Classes meet from 10:15-11:05am

Community Events

Check out these opportunities for learning and serving.

Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel

USC Upstate, February 16, 7:30 P.M.

WaterRock Institute Presents


Beyond Words:  What Animals Think and Feel,

an Evening with NY Times bestselling author and PBS host, Carl Safina


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

6:30 pm VIP Reception 7: 30 pm Keynote Presentation

USC Upstate Campus Life Center Ballroom


Tickets are available at Hub City Bookshop

and online at


$15  Keynote Presentation only

$55  Includes VIP Reception, hardback Book ($32) and Keynote Presentation


A Portion of the Proceeds will benefit the Spartanburg Humane Society


USC Upstate is located at 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC 29303


WaterRock Institute is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to life enrichment. Through engaged learning opportunities featuring outstanding presenters, particular focus is given to programs that foster leadership development, creative expression, and spiritual growth. WaterRock Institute also offers leadership coaching.


Diana Butler Bass, March 4-5

Central Presbyterian Church, Anderson

Sponsored by Anderson School of Theology for Laypersons

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution.



The Other Wes Moore

March 8, 6:00 P.M.

Cornerstone Baptist Church

Sponsored by Spartanburg County Foundation

Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, and social entrepreneur. He is committed to helping our nation’s youth overcome hindering circumstances.

His first book, New York Times bestseller The Other Wes Moore, tells a story of two boys born with the same name, similar circumstances, living in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other serves a life sentence for felony murder. 

Join residents of Spartanburg in reading The Other Wes Moore and mark your calendars for this exciting event that will offer a message of hope, inspiration, and challenge for our community.  


For more information on Wes Moore: Facebook: iamwesmoore

Twitter: @wesmoore1

Video: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry: ‘This is the Jesus Movement’

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers a Word to the Church

Posted by The Episcopal Church on Monday, November 2, 2015

Singing Rooster Coffee Available

Our latest Singing Rooster Coffee has been delivered and if you ordered coffee it is available to pick up this Sunday after each service. Your package will be marked and is also available in the church office.

Singing Rooster supports free trade in Haiti and $3 from each bag sold goes directly to the Bon Saveor School that our diocese supports.  You can order on the order form in the foyer at St. Matthew's. We must have your purchase amount before we can place the order.

Contact Bob or Peggy Ewing with any questions at