Serving the Community at

St. Matthias




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We seek to empower our members of St. Matthias Episcopal Church to carry out various ministries inside and outside the church. The joy you receive is very satisfying when you actively participate in the spiritual life of the church. All that we do is aimed at serving God and His children and preserving His creation. Whatever your talents, interests or passions, we invite you to find your place at St. Matthias and the work we do.

Community Ministry
St. Matthias is a long-standing and valued institution in the historically Black East End neighborhood.  We have recently revitalized our collaboration with the East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association (EEVS) in two ways:
1) Food Outreach Ministry: St. Matthias’ congregants are providing non-perishable food and personal hygiene and sanitation items on a routine basis to the East End/Valley Street – St. James AME Church Free Food Pantry on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Drive and Hildebrand Street in East End.  The pantry serves East End’s low income residents as well as many of Asheville’s unhoused population.







2) Nutrition Hub Ministry at Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park and EEVS Community Garden:  Volunteers from St. Matthias’ and our friends at the Church of the Red Door are participating in monthly work days at the historic Edible Park and new Community Garden.  Both the Edible Park and the Community Garden are key components of the Stephens-Lee Recreation Center’s Nutrition Hub, which are intended to address food insecurity in the community.  


Father Jim at Edible Park                                                    Volunteers versus Invasive Plants



Reader/Intercessor  •  Chalice Bearer  •  Altar Guild • Usher  •  Choir Member  •  Prayer Team  •  Eucharistic Visitor



Homeless Ministry (Room at the Inn)  •  Christians for a United Community  •  Church of the Advocate (dinners)


Fellowship/Pastoral Care

Provide for Coffee Hour •  Host Concert Receptions •  Help with meals at special events •  Help plan fellowship activities •  Visit with shut-ins





Work with Children & Youth

Children’s Chapel •  Assist with Youth Activities •  Service Projects •  School Supply Collection  •   Annual Stone Soul Picnic  •    Confirmation  •  Acolytes



Plan/Lead the Adult Forum  •   Commission to Dismantle Racism  •   Cursillo WNC  •   Recovery Commission  • Episcopal Church Women


Buildings and Grounds

Join Parish Workdays •  Help Clean our Church •  Join the Grounds & Gardens Team Wednesday evenings at 6 PM




Office Work  •  Finance Committee




St. Matthias’ Members VOLUNTEER in these Agencies:

(AA) Alcoholics Anonymous  •  (ABCCM) Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry  •  Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers  •  Arts for Life  •  Big Brothers Big Sisters  •  Blue Ridge Orchestra  •  Books for Good  •  Christians for a United Community  •  Church of the Advocate  •  Consider Haiti  •  Diocese of WNC Recovery Commission  •  Episcopal Peace Fellowship/Loving Food Resources  •  Hearing Loss Association  •  Highland's Episcopal Haiti Dental Project  •  Lake Louise Preservation Association  •  Manna Food Bank  •  Men's Prison Project  •  Mountain True  •  Partnership for Pastoral Counseling  •  Pisgah Legal Services  •  Room at the Inn  •  Sanctuary WNC  •  Self Help Credit Union  •  (SCORE) Service Corps of Retired Executives  •  Special Olympics  •  Steadfast House



Link for the Buncombe County Community Engagement Center:

St. Matthias’ Volunteers have sown some 3,000 anti-COVID face masks for distribution by Manna Food Bank




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