Get involved at Saint Matthew's

Music Ministry

Adult Choir strives to lead spirit-filled congregational singing at the 9:00 a.m. service and sings a wide variety of choral anthems, ranging from Renaissance polyphony, music from the Sacred Harp tradition and spirituals, to contemporary sacred choral works. The choir sings at festive services throughout the church year including Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve, and Holy Week. Choir rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. August-May and year-round on Sunday mornings at 8:20 a.m.

Rachel Salemi:

Children’s Choir is an opportunity to give the children of Saint Matthew’s a creative outlet to praise God through song. Kindergarten – 4th graders learn vocal technique and music skills while imparting the musical heritage of our faith.

Rachel Salemi:

Handbell Choir provides inspirational music at the 9:00 a.m. service and other festive services year-round. The goal of handbell choir is to give glory to God and provide a worshipful experience for parishioners. Experience reading music is helpful but not necessary. The work of the handbell choir is a team effort; rehearsals are the first and third Saturdays of each month from 2-4 p.m.

Rachel Salemi:

State of Grace Band provides music for the 11:00 a.m. service, drawing on a variety of styles from the praise and worship genre. The goal of the band is not to be a performance, but to encourage parishioners to sing, worship, and connect with God. This band includes members who sing, play bass, acoustic, and electric guitar, drums, and piano. 

Dave Hecker:

Family Ministry

Sunday School is offered from 10-10:50 a.m. for children ages 4 to 6th grade. They meet to discover and explore their faith led by teachers who model Christian values inside and outside the classroom.

Amy Trias:

Children’s Chapel is for ages 5-7, and they are invited to participate during the 9 and 11 a.m. church services. The children experience worship through many of the same methods as adults to prepare them for “Big” church. They listen to the Gospel, sing, pray and practice church traditions.

Amy Trias:

Youth Group’s purpose is to bring students into a relationship with Jesus Christ and one another. We provide strong leadership to mentor and guide youth through spiritual formation and the challenges of teen years. Youth Group meets the 1st Sunday of the month from 12-2:45 p.m. for “Ministry Sunday”; all other Sundays we meet from 1215-2:15 p.m. Youth Group is for 5th-12th graders. Third and fourth graders meet the 1st Sunday of each month, 12:15-2:15 p.m. Grades 5-8 offer other community outreach, programming, and random acts of kindness.

Kadi Strong:

Peanut Butter & Jesus:  High School Students meet from

12-2:30 p.m. the 1st Sunday of every month to prepare and deliver over 200 sack lunches to the homeless in central Phoenix. Teens have the opportunity to interact with people who live with far less. This ministry teaches them to look for needs in their communities where they can show Christ to others.

Kadi Strong:

Saint Matthew’s Nursery is a safe, bright environment with a warm and caring staff of professionals and volunteers. The nursery is available Sunday mornings from 8:45 a.m. –12:10 p.m. for newborns to age four.

Amy Trias:


Service and outreach

Daughters of the King
Saint Matthew’s DOK chapter is the largest in Arizona. Daughters are committed to prayer and care for others. Saint Matthew’s DOK members are involved in a variety of activities at Saint Matthew’s including Altar Guild, Choir, Offering Prayers before the Services, Outreach Programs and many more.

Jane Albin:

Faith Community Nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the care of the spirit as well as the promotion of holistic health and prevention or minimization of illness within the context of a faith community. 

Helen Amena, RN:

The Wellness Committee assists in the planning of health programs to be presented to the faith community and brings ideas of what may be of interest to the community.

Helen Amena, RN: 

 Emergency Preparedness Team provides the congregation with resource materials to assist in the preparation of emergency situations, train members in procedures (such as First Aid, CPR & AED), and support other communities, should they require assistance, in an emergency.

Steve Abel:

Pastoral Care

Healing, Intercessory Prayer and Laying on of Hands team participates in Christ’s healing ministry and asks Jesus to walk among us healing what is broken in the human condition (mind, body, spirit). Saint Matthew’s offers prayers for healing on the first Sunday of the month following each service.

Shirley Duffy:


Pastoral Shepherds and Visiting Eucharistic Ministers: provide pastoral care representation and coordination in our services and facilitate in-home communion to those who are unable to attend church. This is another way of taking the church to our community.

Kim Brown:

The Prayer Shawl Ministry makes prayer shawls, blankets, and quilts that are offered as a tangible assurance of our loving prayers to individuals experiencing illness, loss, or stress. Shawls or blankets are made for children to be given at their Baptism and Youth at the time of their graduation. Anyone who can knit, crochet or quilt is welcome to join this ministry that meets 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.Shirley Duffy:

Hospitality Ministries  

​​Coffee Hour is provided on Sunday at 10 a.m. to nourish our Parish with great food and fellowship. Coffee-hour teams serve throughout the year for two weekends approximately every 2-3 months.

Olinda Willis:

Matt’s Café provides coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate during the 10 a.m. hour each Sunday.

Pam Garbett:

Saints in Action, Funeral Reception Committee serves our Parish when it comes time to have a reception following a traditional funeral, the celebration of life, or memorial service at Saint Matthew’s.

Shirley Duffy: 

Newcomer Ministry is a ministry of all the members of our church. Our committee is dedicated to making Saint Matthew’s a welcoming and hospitable community to all visitors and new members of our church.  The ministry team includes ushers and greeters and individuals who are open to hosting get-to-know-you events for newcomers.

Rev. Hank Tuell:

Worship Service

Acolytes carry the candles, cross, and scripture and assist with offerings during Sunday Services. Acolytes should be at least nine years old and willing to serve at least one Sunday a month.

Darlene Abel:

St. Matthew’s Altar Guild’s members serve God and the community by prepare the church for all services and clean up following the services.

Choppie Lewis:

Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) serves the Chalice to the congregation during the services and leads the congregation in prayer. LEMs typically serve once a month or as needed and must be a confirmed Episcopalian.

Darlene Abel:

Lectors read the Word of God to the congregation during the services to bring people into a closer relationship with God.  Lectors typically serve once a month.

Darlene Abel:

The Vestryis the elected body of parishioners who govern our church policies and programs. Vestry members are elected to a three-year term. New-member elections are held at our annual meeting held in January or February.

            Fr. Dominic Moore:

The Buildings and Grounds committee is composed of the Junior Warden, Parish Administrator, Sexton and other capable lay leaders. This committee maintains the church physical plant and makes improvements to the campus.

Fr. Dominic Moore:

The Finance committee is composed of Parish Administrator, Treasurer, a Vestry liaison, and other members of the church with backgrounds in finance, administration, accounting, investing or other relevant skills. The committee reviews monthly statements, tracks spending and expenses, guides the annual budget process, and offers insight on long-term strategic and financial planning.

Fr. Dominic Moore:

The Outreach committee is composed of a Vestry liaison, clergy, and members of the church interested in Outreach ministries and projects. This committee plans community service opportunities within the church, builds partnerships with other non-profit organizations in the East Valley, and disburses funds to worthy causes.

Jennifer Downey: 

The Stewardship committee includes the church’s Office Administrator, a Vestry Liaison, and members of the church. This committee educates the church about the spiritual practice of giving, plans stewardship-related events, supervises all aspects of parish fundraising, and initiates planned giving opportunities.    

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​​Saint Matthew's
Episcopal Church

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Episcopal Church