St. Matthew’s is the oldest standing church in the community. It is now a Grade A listed building.
The local folk-lore about the Ballaun stone, which was recovered from the neighbouring Shankill Graveyard, is that it is of Druid Origins ad the old church used it for Christian baptisms. Whether true of not, who can tell? But, generations have known it as“the wart stone” because of its alleged mystical powers to cure warts.
It is thought that not only is St Matthew’s the oldest church on the Shankill, but also the oldest Christian site in all of Belfast dating back to the first settlement in the area somewhere around 455AD
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The goal of our worshipping congregation today is to provide a sense of community and security.
St. Matthew’s is a brilliant church whose unique look and friendly congregation make it a perfect place to visit and worship.
If you would like to get involved in any aspect of our ministry please speak to any of the Ministry Team or Vestry. We are always looking for more leaders and helpers, as well as members to all our groups and organisations.
You can also contribute financially to support the church. Those attending worship are encouraged to take FWO –Free Will Offering—envelopes and to give something to God’s work every week. If possible we ask them to Gift-Aid their contribution.
One-off donations are also very welcome and we have an annual ‘Gift Day’ every Harvest.