ST. MATTHEWS ANGLICAN CHURCH
A letter from Father Blakelock-
"A quick story for you...
My wife and I were in the Denver International Airport the first week of October 2019. We were expecting to catch our return flight to Pittsburgh that day- as were many other people. However, there was a computer glitch with our plane which resulted in that aircraft being grounded. It was interesting to see how people dealt with this disruption in their plans.
As we waited, God gave me a revelation. "We all just want to go home." We want to be with our family, be with those who love us and whom we love. We recognize that our lives are a journey, and it is a blessing to not go it alone, to belong to something bigger and more important than ourselves.
This parish is a gathering of individuals. We are not perfect, but together we are learning to follow Jesus. We are not who we used to be, but the Holy Spirit is transforming us to be more like Jesus. Indeed, we wrestle with our sins and struggle to be faithful to God. Although we are different in a multitude of ways, we are united by a common bond- Jesus.
If this brief introduction speaks to your heart, then I would invite you to find your seat here. There is always room at God's table.
We hope that you will be blessed by your visit to our parish. And we hope that this website will be informative in your search for your spiritual home.
God Bless you,
Fr. Doug Blakelock
Serving the Johnstown Community
St. Matthews Anglican Church stands as a beacon of faith in Johnstown. We are a place of prayer, peace and joy to all who join us. Our community is richly diverse, with people of different ages and backgrounds coming together to worship and serve together. We welcome all individuals seeking God’s love and our doors are open to every soul seeking to welcome Jesus into their heart.
We believe that the Old and New Testaments of the Bible together are the inspired Word of God, which contains all things necessary for salvation. The Bible holds authority in questions of God and humanity over all other traditions, arguments,decisions, and values.
We believe that there is One God who exists eternally in three Persons- Father,Son, and Holy Spirit. We also believe that Jesus Christ is completely God and is also completely human.
We believe that salvation is in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone. As all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God thereby all are in need of a Savior.
We believe that those who are called by Christ to be His disciples are the Church. Trusting in His saving grace, equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we are sent into the world for the sake of others-so that others may come to the saving knowledge and love of God in Christ Jesus as well.
Our identiy is based on Holy Scripture, the historic Creeds of the Church, and the Anglican 39 Articles of Religion. We are orthodox in faith. Our worship is liturgical and sacramental. Our teaching and preaching are biblical, Christo-centric and Spirit-filled. Our mission is to make disciples of Christ where ever and whenever we are.