MISSION WITHIN

Please note, some groups may be canceled due to community health recommendations for COVID-19. 

Please contact the group leaders for more information.


There are various opportunities for you to get involved in the mission within the Saint Matthew community. From the process of spiritual growth and transformation to care for others—we are focused on the question, "What is my next step?"


To get involved in a group or class offered this season, contact any the leader of a group of interest listed below, or pick up any of the Next Steps group cards at the Saint Matthew Welcome Center in the lobby.


For more information about Next Steps groups or to become a Next Steps group leader, 

please contact Tami Gomez.


For more information about the Saint Matthew Foundation, please click here.


To reserve a meeting space at Saint Matthew, please contact Kathy Frattini to make arrangements. 

  • ALPHA

    Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.


    Please contact Kevin & Lynne Morgan for more information.

  • deeper devotion group

    sundays | 10:30-11:45am

    smlc red classroom

    This is an open community of people in all stages in the spiritual journey who share life together while seeking to deepen their affection for Christ and their understanding of how to "walk in a manner worthy of His calling." 


    We're studying a new book called, "Jesus Outside the Lines: A Way Forward for Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides" by Scott Sauls.  Polarizing, us-against-them discussions divide us and distract us from thinking clearly and communicating lovingly with others. Scott Sauls, like many of us, is weary of the bickering and is seeking a way of truth and beauty through the conflicts. Jesus Outside the Lines presents Jesus as this way. You can purchase the book here.


    Please contact Leslie Holst for more information.

  • DINE WITH NINE

    sunday | 4/19

    Dine with Nine is an opportunity to bring the Saint Matthew community together around brunch/lunch tables of nine. These casual potluck meals provide a welcoming place to share our stories and build friendships. Table hosts will open their homes, rotating guests each month. Participants will bring a dish to share and have the opportunity to meet people in the Saint Matthew community.


    Our next Dine with Nine event is on

    April 19th!


    For parents with children ages 1-5th grade, Dine With Nine will also be offered in conjunction with Parents' Day Out each month so families who would like to participate are able.  


    Please RSVP Here! 


    Please contact Debbie Kent for more information.

  • DIVORCE CARE

    varying times and locations

    Separation and divorce are tough. Too many decisions to make, too many emotions to navigate. If you are like most people who are contemplating or in the midst of separation and/or divorce, you may not have someone to speak with who understands what you're going through.


    DivorceCare groups meet all over the Bay Area and includes a DVD series for discussion on topics including: How to find help, facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial planning, new relationships, dealing with children, forgiveness- to name a few. Visit their website to find a meeting location and time that work for you.


    Please contact Harriette Heibel for more information.

  • THE EARLY RISERS

    WEDNESDAY | 7-8:30AM | SMLC RED CLASSROOM

    The Early Risers greet every Wednesday morning with reading God's Word and by asking for His direction and guidance to glean what He wants us to know. 


    The time is divided between directed Bible reading and prayer. The group is always open to new participants and invites anyone who wants to explore God's daily presence and the application of His Word in their daily lives to join. 


    Please contact Gwen Ross for more information.

  • GATHER GROUP

    3RD TUESDAYS | 12:30-2:30PM   

    SMLC GARDENSIDE ROOM

    Join your fellow Saint Matthew women for a small group gathering to discuss a mixture of articles, theological reflections, devotions and stories of comfort and challenge that help you grow in faith and engage in ministry and action.


    Please contact Elaine Stephenson for more information.

  • WOW (women of wednesday)

    wednesdays | 7pm | through 5/13

    SMLC green classroom

    Come and join WOW A dynamic group of women that offer you a safe place to come and meet new people and build relationships through bible study, where we can share our faith as we walk beside one another in our challenges, disappointments, fears, and joys.


    This session we will be studying Beth Moore’s Children of the Day. The New Testament believers carried the Spirit of God as they walked along the shores of Thessalonica, just as you carry that light today. Your circumstances and conditions are not coincidental in your journey. God's timing is impeccable. Join Beth on the Thessalonian shores as you face real crises, real medical diagnoses, real afflictions, real relationships, real doubts, real concerns, and real fears. Let the tide was your eyes with fresh vision. Don't let pride or timidity come between you and the presence of God. Press in tightly. This is your journey to the shores of Thessalonica where you'll write your name in the sand.


    Please contact Cathy Fuller or Donna Noonan for more information.

  • god, grace, & girlfriends

    Join fellow Saint Matthew young women to go deeper and do life together.


    Please contact Tami Gomez or Juliana Basil for more information.

  • GOLF & GROW: THE NINETEENTH HOLE

    FRIDAYS MONThly

    DIABLO HILLS GOLF COURSE

    Join your fellow Saint Matthew men for casual golf outings for all levels. We will meet at the Diablo Hills Golf Course in Walnut Creek once a month. Afterwards, we will enjoy some grub and a round at The Greenery to share our experiences.


    Please contact Gerry Long or Kevin Morgan for more information.

  • griefshare


    GriefShare is a 13-week program designed to assist those that have had recent losses using videos from grief experts and through meaningful discussion.


    For more on GriefShare, visit their website. Cost is $15 for the workbook.


    Please contact Linda Cole or Erick Onishi for more information.

  • HUBCAPS GROUP

    FRIDAYS | 6:30-7:30AM

    buttercup pantry

    660 YGNACIO VALLEY RD

    Join us at Buttercup Pantry as we come together to look at faith, learn about God's love, and gain understanding about who we are called to be in Jesus. We are an open and ongoing group and you are welcome to join us whenever you can make it!


    Each week we read and discuss a short text by various authors along with a Bible passage. This is followed by a time of sharing prayer requests. Periodically we also serve in various outreach opportunities. 


    Please contact Jerry Hanson for more information.

  • labor of love

    monthly

    Come design and create clothes for those in need- girls' dresses and shorts for boys. We meet once a month to sew, but you can also just cut out fabric, pin on trims, put in elastic, or iron. Join in this labor of love!


    We have supplies ready to go, but always need gently used sheets and pillowcases as well as any trims and fabrics you might have or wish to donate!


    Please contact Sue Lape for more information.

  • LEARNING TO PRAY THE SCRIPTURES:

    THE PRACTICE OF LECTIO DIVINA

    Learning to Pray the Scriptures is the practice of Lectio Divina. There are currently four closed Lectio groups at Saint Matthew. 


    If you are interested in joining the Lectio Divina community and creating a new group, please contact Tracy Delony.


    Please contact Lin Ashlock or Tracy Delony for more information.

  • lectio divina

    sundays | 3-4pm

    Join Saint Matthew women as we engage with scripture using this ancient practice. 


    Please contact Jen Pelosi for more information.

  • PIECEMAKERS QUILTERS

    THURSDAYS | 1:30-3PM

    zoom - contact for link

    The Piecemakers Quilters have been meeting at Saint Matthew for more than 20 years. The quilters gather weekly - stitching together quilts made with love, service to others, and to God. 


    Join your fellow Saint Matthew women for a small group casual gathering for women of all levels. You may work on your own project, or help make quilts and receiving blankets for the Layette Ministry.


    Please contact Sharon Mazanac for more information.

  • PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

    MONDAYS | 12-2PM

    SMLC RED CLASSROOM

    The Saint Matthew Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of knitters and crocheters who create beautiful prayer shawls - many including the triune stitch representing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The shawls are prayed over and given to those in need of feeling wrapped up in God's love, the abiding peace of Jesus, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. This casual group is for all levels. Beginners are welcome, and we will help guide you along. 


    Please contact Ann Dunn for more information.

  • PRISCILLA CIRCLE

    2ND FRIDAY | 9:30AM-12PM

    The Priscilla Circle is a women's small group that has been meeting for decades. They are currently studying Max Lucado's Chronicles of the Cross. 


    Please contact Barbara Crews at 925.933.5674 for more information.

  • MEN'S SCREWTAPE LETTERS GROUP

    SATURDAYS | 7:30-8:30AM

    SMLC GARDENSIDE ROOM

    Join us for a study of this C.S. Lewis classic!


    Please contact Jim Vandersloot or Brian Donohue for more information. 


  • TUESDAY SERVICE GROUP

    TUESDAY | 9:30-11:30AM

    SMLC RED CLASSROOM

    Join your fellow Saint Matthew women for a small group service gathering on Tuesday mornings. 


    On the second Friday of each month we provide a meal for YEAH, a year round shelter for 18-25 year olds. We also prepare snack bags to carry a person through the day. Our other service is organizing the all congregation Layette Ministry contributions for the County Hospital in Martinez. 


    Please contact Barbara Groenveld for more information.

  • visiting care team

    every other month

    The Visiting Care Team has a heart for showing Christ's love and compassion through visiting the sick, home-bound, and hospitalized Partners in Mission and friends of Saint Matthew as needed.


    This team meets regularly, about once every two months, for training on how to visit, to pray for our care partners and each other, and to offer support to each other around our visiting ministry.


    Please contact Kathy Fitterer or Tami Gomez for more information.

  • walk 'n' talk

    1st & 3rd saturdays | 9-10:30am

    SMLC courtyard

    Get to know your fellow Saint Matthew adults. Join us in a casual walk around our beautiful surrounding neighborhood. All levels of walkers are invited to participate.


    The 2020 Walk and Talk groups meets 1st and 3rd Saturdays, weather permitting. We will start are walks from various locations to be announced week of.


    Please contact Marty Campbell or Lisa Bell for more information.

  • WINE, WOMEN, & THE WORD

    WEDNESDAYS | 7-8:30PM

    concord

    Wine, Women, & the Word is a group of great ladies experiencing the joys of mid-life. Over the year are four studies and one summer event. This is a "not so small" group with book formats that make it easy if someone can't attend all sessions.


    Please contact Renate Schoenberg for more information.

  • women's small group

    MONDAYS | 4:30-5:45PM

    SMLC GARDENSIDE ROOM

    An adult bible study/small group for women, focusing on God's life-changing wisdom, compassion, and grace. We emphasize understanding and care for others as well as self-care.


    Please contact Ann Clausen for more information.