Welcome to Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
We hope while you are here you will be nourished, welcomed, and sustained.  We consider St. Matthew’s a place of hospitality, peace, and renewal, where people can come to be fed

  • through worship and the sacraments;
  • through the care and compassion of our members;
  • through our welcome of the stranger in our midst;
  • through our service to the larger community of Hillsborough and the world. 

We invite you to be a part of the feast.

8:00 Holy Eucharist, Rite I in the church building. Nursery opens at 7:55.
Coffee and fellowship immediately following in the Fellowship Hall

9:15 Education Hour for all ages during our Program Year (September - May).  Nursery open.

10:30 Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the church building.  Nursery open. 
Coffee and fellowship immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.

(10:30 worship service includes congregational and choir music. Nursery services continue until 11:45.)


St. Matthew's celebrates  family activities on Sundays evenings during the regular church year (September through May).  Activities begin at 5:00 pm and include "Youth Group" for 6th through 12th graders, Children's choir practice, and various "themed" activities for the rest of the family.  On occasion, simple potluck suppers are shared by all beginning at 6:00 pm.




A service of Holy Communion is held at noon on Wednesdays in the church building. The liturgy is not elaborate, so the service itself does not last more than 30 minutes. It enables folks who work in Hillsborough (or who work or travel on Sundays) to attend a weekly celebration of the Eucharist. Should those attending service also wish to have lunch and conversation together following the service, we can explore ways to institute that practice.

Special Offerings during Lent

Wednesday evenings during Lent through April 9 —The Service of Evening Prayer will be offered at 6:30 p.m. 

Adult Forum Series on Fasting Sunday mornings at 9:15 through April 6h

Inquirers’ Classes on Sunday evenings through April 6 starting at 5:00  be

Lenten Contemplative Offering on Sunday evenings through April 13 starting at 5:00

Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule

Sunday, April 13: Palm Sunday

8:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist with Blessing of the Palms and Reading of the Passion

9:15 a.m.     Faith Formation: Palm Weaving

10:30 a.m.   Liturgy of the Palms with Procession; Holy Eucharist with Dramatic Reading of the Passion

Wednesday, April 16

Noon        Eucharist

Thursday, April 17: Maundy Thursday

5:30 p.m. Children’s Program

7:00 p.m. Soup & Bread Supper and Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 18: Good Friday

Noon Solemn Liturgy & Passion Meditation

Saturday, April 19: Holy Saturday

9:00 a.m. Solemn Liturgy in Memorial Garden, followed by the decorating of the church 

Sunday, April 20: Easter Day

7:00 a.m.   Easter Vigil; Holy Eucharist

9:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist, music led by the Junior Choir

10:00 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt.  All children invited.  Please bring Easter baskets.

11:00 a.m. Festival Eucharist, music led by the Senior Choir





St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle Concert: Sunday, December 1 at 4:00 p.m.

On Sunday, December 1, at 4:00 p.m., St. Matthew’s will host a concert celebrating the long awaited Christmas CD of the St. Matthew’s Women’s Singing Circle’s: “Venite Adoremus.”

The CD features familiar and not-so-familiar Christmas and seasonal songs including Andrea Moore Healy singing “O Holy Night” and Claire Wright singing “Gesu Bambino.”  Harpist Ericka Patillo accompanies many of the songs. 

The concert will be in the church with candles and twinkle lights.  Readings and poetry will be interspersed in the program.  A light reception will follow. Many CDs will be available for purchase!!

Please come and help celebrate their work.  CDs will also be available at FeST



FeST 2013

Saturday, December 7th: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 8th: Noon-3:00 p.m., followed by

Songs of the Season Concert: Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Songs of the Season: Bob Bedell, Curtis Stagner, & David Wilson give a concert at the conclusion of FeST and as part of Hillsborough’s Candlelight Tour.  Plan to attend this delightful concert.  You won’t be disappointed.


Nasher Museum Islamic Art Tour: Thursday, December 12

Doris Duke (1912-1993) known for her wealth and philanthropy amassed one of the nation’s largest private collections of Islamic art.  She housed her collection at Shangri La, a five-acre estate in Honolulu.  Her collections were diverse and encompassed a broad time spectrum from the pre-Islamic and medieval periods through the mid-20th century.  This exhibit is the first time works from her collection have come to North Carolina.

Our own Bruce Lawrence and miriam cooke will lead a tour of the exhibit on Thursday, December 12.  Join them for dinner at the café at 5:30 p.m. or come at 7:00 p.m. for the tour itself.  The Nasher is free on Thursday evenings.

There is a sign-up sheet in the Ruffin House on which to indicate your interest in attending. 


A Christmas Carol: Thursday, December 19 & Saturday, December 21

The church office has tickets for this annual Michael Malone & Allan Gurganus production.  This year it will be held Thursday, December 19 (7:30 p.m.), and Saturday, December 21 (5:00 p.m.).  Stop by the office during office hours.  Tickets are $15.


Heaven and Earth: A  Local Artist Exhibit, February 2 –March 2, 2014

St. Matthew’s Faith & the Arts will host an exhibition of art by members and friends of the parish that reflects the theme of heaven and earth.  The idea is inspired by a current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, “Heaven and Earth, Art of Byzantium from the Greek Collection.”  Works presented for our exhibit may take ideas from theirs, but are not limited to this interpretation, as long as the work(s) reflect the theme of heaven and earth. The exhibit will be hung or displayed at various locations throughout our property.

For further information and a prospectus please contact the church office.



Sunday Morning Schedule

8:00 & 10:30 am

In case of inclement weather...

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
PO Box 628 (for all mail)
210 St. Mary's Road
Hillsborough NC 27278-0628

 telephone: 919-732-9308
fax: 919-732-5457


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Sunday morning parking is available across from the church on St. Mary's Road, along the gravel driveway adjacent to Cameron Park School, in the Board of Education parking lot, in the lower parking lot adjacent to the Fellowship Hall, and in the Cameron Park School parking lot.

Handicap parking is available in the small lot adjacent to the church, in the lower parking lot adjacent to the Fellowship Hall, and along the back drive near the churchyard gates. 

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