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What to Expect When Visiting Us
    When are worship times?
  • During the school year (September - May), our worship times are:
    • Saturday nights at 6 pm
    • Sunday at 9 am

    Our summer (Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day Weekend) worship schedule is:

    • Saturday nights at 6 pm
    • Sunday mornings at 9 am

    We also have special service times during Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. More information on these worship times will be posted on the monthly calendar during those seasons.

    Where is St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Located?
  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is located at 766 West Wabasha, in Winona, MN. We are at the corner of 7th and High Streets.
     

     
    Where can I park?
  • We have ample street parking along Wabasha Street, as well as the side streets. There is also a small parking lot behind the church.
    What if I have a wheel chair or other special needs?
  • St. Matthew's Lutheran Church has handicap parking along High Street. Parking is also available directly in front of the church. We have an elevator on the High Street side of the church. We also have a handicap accessable restroom at the back of the church.

    Please ask for help if you need assistance with anything. Our ushers and our members will always be happy to assist you.
    How should I dress?
  • Be yourself. Come casual or dress up. We have no dress code. Many of our worshipers come in casual clothing, while others put on their Sunday best. We at St. Matthew's Church believe that God accepts us as we are and that God does not base our worship to Him on how we are dressed.
    What Does St. Matthew's Lutheran Church teach?
  • By our very nature we are all rebels against God. God answered our rebellion (our sin) with love. Jesus Christ lived a perfect sinless life for you (as a substitute for you and all people). Jesus also died on the cross to pay the penalty (which is death) for your sins and for the sins of all people. This foundational truth is emphasized by St. Matthew's in all of its programs. This is the central theme of our worship. We teach what God says in the Bible. You are encouraged to ask us, "Where is that taught in the Bible?" Every Christian pastor and teacher should welcome that question.
     
    What are worship services like?
  • Both our traditional and contemporary worship services focus on what God has to tell us in the Bible. Each service has several readings from the Bible, a sermon, 5-6 songs, and several prayers. As you enter the church, an usher should hand you a bulletin. The bulletin, also called a worship folder, contains the Order of Worship and lists events happening that week at St. Matthew's. The Order Of Worship helps you follow what is happening during the worship service. Several times the congregation (everyone) will stand to honor God, such as while the Gospel is read from the Bible. Most songs are sung by the entire congregation. Sometimes the congregation reads out loud from the bulletin. You may choose to stand, sing, and read, or not to stand, sing, or read. It is your choice. The contemporary worship features contemporary music, which usually includes guitars, piano, PowerPoint, and lead singers. Each service lasts about 1 hour.
    How will I know what to do during the worship service?
  • If you wish to participate in the service, just follow what is printed in the worship folder (bulletin) which is given to worshipers as they enter church. During a traditional service, the hymn books (located at each seat) are used for most songs. Most of our songs for the contemporary worship service are printed in the worship folder.

    Please feel free to ask any nearby person, "I'm new here. Can you help me?" We really desire to help our guests, including you.
    I really just want to come and watch, is that ok?
  • Absolutely. Everyone is welcome to simply come and watch, or to participate in the worship service. We are happy to have you as our guest.
    If I come, can I remain anonymous?
  • We absolutely do not ask our visitors to stand up and give introductions as some churches do. Our pastor, greeters, ushers, and other worshipers may greet you out of friendliness, but it is up to you whether you have an extended conversation with them. Many of our visitors come several times before they are comfortable enough to have a conversation.
    What about my children?
  • We always welcome children of all ages to join us for worship. It is always good to hear the cries of young children in church. But if you are a little embarrased by the noise of your children, we do have a "cry room" that is equiped with speakers and a window so you can still take part in the worship service.

    We also have a Children's Sermon and Chilren's Church twice a month where your child can go and hear a short gospel message from our pastor, but only if the child would like to. If not, they can hear the gospel message just fine from their seat next to you.
    What about the offering?
  • The offering is usually gathered after the sermon. If you are not a member of St. Matthew's, we do not want you to feel obligated to give an offering. Members gather their offerings in church because the Bible teaches that giving is an act of worship. The vast majority of our church and school ministry is carried out by what is given during our worship services.
    Am I required to take Holy Communion?
  • We celebrate the Lord's Supper on the 2nd and 4th weekends of each month. In keeping with God's Word, and as a confession of faith, we ask that only members of St. Matthew's, other WELS or ELS congregation members, or visitors who have spoken about communion with the pastor before worship, come forward to the Lord's Table.
    Do you have Sunday School or Bible Class?
  • Children are welcome to attend Sunday School. Sunday School begins at 9:15 am and lasts about an hour. The children meet in the school. We do not have Sunday School during the summer months (June-August). If you would like more information about Sunday School, call the church office at 452-2085.

    Bible Class is held every Sunday morning at 9:15 am and lasts about an hour. Please join us for donuts and coffee as we study the Bible. Our summer Bible Class (June-August) begins at 10:15 am and last an hour.