Frequently Asked Questions
Just show up and let God do the work. We'll do our best to make you feel welcome and at home!
We have Christians from many traditions at St. Matt's and all are welcome. Our traditional 11:00 AM service on Sunday is very close to a more traditional Roman Catholic service, and most of the prayers are very similar. Our contemporary 9:30 (Sunday) is more free-flowing and celebratory, as is our 5pm service on Saturday.
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ALL baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion at St. Matt's.
Some of us come in suits, others are in jeans and flip-flops. Wear whatever makes you comfortable - the important part is that you show up!
Grace and belonging are free. At our 9:30 AM service, we don't even pass a collection plate.
We are not going to tell you how to think or how to vote. It's not your politics that matter, it's you.
Check out our 9:30 AM service. With our informal structure, Children's Chapel, and live rock band, it's perfect for families - and anything but boring. If you like a more traditional style, our 11:00 AM service has an amazing choir and a Sunday School for kids of all ages.
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You're welcome at St. Matt's no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.
St. Matt's is a friendly congregation, where everyone knows you by name and you won't get lost in the crowd.
We were wondering the same thing - the name "Cameron Parish" has been on church materials longer than most folks in the congregation. Here's what we found on Wikipedia:
The Anglican church was the established religion of the Colony of Virginia from 1619 - 1776. Each parish in the colony was ministered to by a single minister and governed by a vestry usually composed of 12 local men of wealth and standing in the community. Parishes were created by acts of the House of Burgesses and the upper house of the legislature, the Governor's Council.
Cameron Parish was created by the General Assembly of Virginia in 1748 when Truro Parish was divided along Difficult Run. It included what is, at present, Loudoun County and the western part of Fairfax County. The parish was named for Thomas, Lord Fairfax, who was also 6th Baron Cameron. He was the lord proprietor of much of Northern Virginia during the colonial period, which he inherited through his mother's line, the Culpepers.
In 1763, the parish boundaries were adjusted to include all of Loudoun County, as it was then configured. In 1770, Shelburne Parish was created out of the western part of Cameron Parish. Thus, Cameron Parish's final boundaries included the Potomac River on the north, Bull Run on the south, Goose Creek to the west, and the Fairfax County line in the east.
The oldest chapel built in what would become Cameron Parish was originally a “Chapel of Ease for the comfort of the people above the Goose Creek," built in 1733 by the vestry of Truro Parish. It was a log structure near the Big Spring about two miles north of present-day Leesburg.
Other churches built were all also wooden structures and included Rocky Run Chapel, Broad Run Church, and Mountain Chapel. In 1773, the Sugarland Run Church, a brick structure, was built on a site in present-day Sterling.