In the Spirit

January 08, 2000

Address: 1723 Westcliff Drive, Newport Beach

Phone: (949) 646-1152

Fax: (949) 650-9541


Web site:

Denomination: The Anglican Catholic Church

Year established: 1982


Service times: Sunday: Holy Communion at 8 and 10:30 a.m., Liturgy of the

word for young people, morning prayer with adult instruction and Sunday

school for youth of all ages at 9:15 a.m.; Tuesday: adult Bible study at

7:30 p.m.; Wednesday: noon Bible study and sung evening prayer at 6 p.m.;

Thursday: Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. followed by Bible study at 10:15

a.m.; Friday: sung morning prayer at 6 a.m.

Senior minister: The Rev. Stephen C. Scarlett

Pastoral staff: The Rev. Richard Stapp, deacon; The Rev. Joseph P.

Miller, assisting; Bob Blythin, David Brounstein and Bart Dellinger, lay


Size of congregation: 100 families

Makeup of congregation: A mix of all ages

Child care: Provided for all services and most other activities.

Type of worship: The worship services are traditional Episcopal from the

1928 Book of Common Prayer. The 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday services have

music and congregational singing. The choir sings at the 10:30 a.m.

service. The Sunday 9:15 a.m. service is sung morning prayer with an

extended period of adult instruction. The daily office of morning prayer

is sung on Friday at 8 a.m. The daily office of evening prayer is sung on

Wednesday at 6 p.m. The sung offices include seasonal hymns, psalms set

to Gregorian chant and sung canticles.

Type of sermon: Sermon topics generally follow the seasons of the church

year, which include Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost,

Ascension and Trinity. Typically the focus is on a scriptural text or

theme and how it applies practically to a Christian's spiritual life,

understanding and growth.

Past sermons: Past sermons are available at the church's Web site at

Welcome wagon: There is a guest book for visitors who wish to identify

themselves and for anyone who wishes more information about the church,

prayer or assistance from the church. The instruction at the 9:15 a.m.

prayer service is an ongoing adult/inquirers class. Newcomers are

encouraged to come and ask questions. Sunday school and Bible studies

during the week are open to anyone who wants to know more about Christian

faith and the church. St. Matthew's has periodic parish suppers. New

members are especially encouraged to attend to get to know others in the


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