A Welcome from the Vicar
(Priest in Charge)
As I am writing this during the lockdown brought on by Covid, I will begin several years before Covid arrived to join our community (and every community).
Since arriving at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church to supply (celebrate the Eucharist with the community as they had said goodbye to their last priest the week before) one dreary Sunday in the first week of January several years ago, I have been amazed and delighted by the welcoming spirit of this community. That Sunday was dreary outside but the Spirit was very bright, cheerful and present inside the folks gathered and welcomed me warmly, as they do all who visit here. I was hooked. There is a wonderful, though small, mix of families with young children, older children, and children with children, in this congregation along with never married and widows. We come form many different backgrounds, genders, and races, some have been here a very long time and joined with us shortly before the shutdown. The young children are few, but fully welcomed and engaged in the community and in the service. Our youngest little fellow, all of five years old, is full of energy and greets everyone with same regardless of age, gender race or size. Our eldest members are grateful for a hug or a high five from him, and anyone else too. Together we reach out beyond our doors by collecting food for Crisis Control Ministries; knitting and crocheting prayer shawls and blankets given freely to those who ask; knitting and crocheting scarves, mittens, and gloves for school children each year who would be cold without them. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and everything else whenever we are able.
Lest you fear that we are too perfect a community for you, I will mention that we are a gathering of human beings complete with our gifts, our blessings or faults, our joy, our sorrows, and our pains. We hope that you might come and join with us when we are once again able to gather together. In the meantime check out our website and our Facebook page. Join us via Facebook live on Sundays at 9am. If that is too early on a Sunday for you, feel free to join with us by checking out the video of the service.
A brief note about me. My husband, Edwin, and I met and married in Maryland, and served three churches in Maine before coming to NC in 2004. We each have three siblings and we have three amazingly wonderful grown kids and six wonderful grandkids.
The Rev’d. Frances Cox