It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions.

Although we as the church community are desperately saddened that we will no longer be gathering together to celebrate God’s love and be strengthened in our faith by our worship and fellowship, we fully endorse and understand the need to do our best to stop the spread of Covid-19.

I will be writing a daily message of hope and encouragement as we all together go through this time of anxiety and even fear.

Revd Linda Fox will also be leading 'Worship at Home' Daily Prayers

We are also able to offer practical and pastoral support to the members of St Matthew’s and the wider community - please read our “Here for You” leaflet.

Let us remember always that our God is on his throne in heaven and he holds every precious human life in his almighty hands, so we are able to face these uncertain times without fear but with confidence in God’s goodness and his love. Let us all be united in prayerful concern for one another, seeking to meet the needs of others as well as our own needs, and acting always in the interests of this great community of Park Hill. May the Lord bless and keep us all.

Revd Simon Foster

For more information on the Church of England response please see here


The CofE also provide Daily Prayer resources - including a Daily Prayer App for Google (Android) and Apple 


The Diocese of Southwalk also has a number of useful resources on their website


We will be providing a video link to our Sunday morning services on this page at 10 am each Sunday so please check back here then!



For Young Church please see here



Our Reader Alison Radford has recorded a short talk for Mothering Sunday:






The Park Hill area of Croydon is a community of over 6,000 people living within walking distance of the town centre. Park Hill is a popular location for young professionals, families and older citizens alike.

We at St Matthew's are an inclusive people embracing the joys and challenges of being human with all our differences of race, gender, sexuality and social background. Our mission is to reach out and celebrate God’s unconditional love for the world with all people of our parish and with the wider community. As Desmond Tutu once said: "Christ, when he was lifted up did not say 'I draw some people to myself'. He said 'I draw all, All, ALL'.

Come just as you are.