Who We Are
St. Matthias and St. James the Apostle – the blend of new and historic, contemporary and traditional, prayerful and socially inclusive and progressive. A place to find companions with whom to sing, to dance, to weep and to work.
A sanctuary for prayer and healing; a centre for community and social action; the heart of Jesus in the world.
We acknowledge that the land on which this church is built is the land traditionally used by the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and Neutral People. Today we recognize the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation as holding treaty rights on this territory. We also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge and philosophies of the Indigenous People with whom we share this land and these waters.
We are an amalgamation of two Anglican churches. We share a commitment to living the good news that demands inclusivity, restoration of peace, actions that bring justice, and a belief that this world is our Eden, awaiting our awakening as the Body of Christ.
To learn more about our building and history click on Church-History.
Our Priest-in-Charge and Spiritual Teacher is The Reverend Canon Trudy Lebans, our Organist & Choir Director is Robert Foote, and Owen Bloomfield is the Music Director for the 9:15 am Contemporary Family Eucharist. Learn more about our leaders and other people helping to keep our community strong on our page About the People.
What are we all about?
- Enlightenment that leads to transformation of ourselves and the world.
- Evolution in thinking and understanding that we may be who we are.
- Emergence in Christian understanding.
- Engagement with our neighbours in making justice, peace and building holistic communities.
What do we do?
- We Gather – to sing, pray, listen, speak and share bread and wine.
- We Disperse – to do and bring the presence of God into the world through our working, playing and living.
- We Share and Work Together with our Neighbours – to protect our environment, to clean up our green spaces; by sharing food with others through the provision of local produce and participation in community celebration suppers.
- We Meditate – alone and in groups.
- We Talk and Discuss – the meaning of life, love and God.
- We Partner with Others – to bring about change in our city and the world — The University of Guelph Ecumenical Chaplaincy, Kairos Guelph ,The Good Hearted Women, the LGTB community, other Anglican churches in Guelph, as well as other faith traditions.