St. Matthew's offers Worship Services in English every Sunday at 2pm at Matteuksenkirkko Church in Itäkeskus near Metro Station
Do you ever feel like you’re not quite at home yet here in Helsinki? Are you looking for somewhere relaxed and easy-going where you can meet like-minded people? Would you like to get together for socialising, singing or just some shared contemplative silence in English? In Itäkeskus, we have just the place for you at St. Matthew's Church.
Our congregation welcomes you to St. Matthew's Church
At St. Matthew’s International Lutheran Church, we welcome you just as you are. Regardless of your age, creed or nationality, no matter how you choose to live your life, our door is always open. Come and say hello, meet new people, pause for a moment, and connect with God. Or if you prefer, you can grab a coffee, play ping pong or make some music.
Our Church staff and members share a vision for a people-centred community that embraces diversity and creates a safe place for people to explore their spirituality. What matters to us are the things that unite us and bring us together. People from all sorts of different religious backgrounds come here. Many of them don’t even know what their affiliation is. What we practice here is everyday ecumenism.
Everything we do at the St. Matthew's International Lutheran Church is shaped by the wishes, ideas, gifts and vision of the people who have come here from elsewhere.
Serving Helsinki area Christians in several languages
St. Matthew's Church is the home for several parishes serving Christians in several languages. On Sundays a Worship Service is provided in the Swedish language at 10 am, and in Russian language at 12 noon. Our English language Worship Service is at 2 pm. A shorter form of the Holy Mass is provided in the Finnish language on Fridays at 12 noon.
Our church building offers facilities for the St. Matthew's Community Center (Varustamo) and a Christian youth organization called Snellu. There is a daily lunch restaurant and various Christian and charitable organizations use the facility. The church offers a wide range of religious and secular services and events during the week, in several languages. Some of the activities coming up at our Church are listed here for you and you can tell the primary language of the event usually from the language used in the title of the event.
Christian services also available in other languages in Helsinki
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helsinki also offers services in Arabic, Chinese, Estonian and Russian. We believe that all people need not just a social network but also a spiritual community to sustain them. Our diversity is not just limited to language – the more international we are, the more we have to offer and the more enriched we become.
To find the locations, times and contact information for Lutheran religious services in these languages and more detail of other English language services throughout the Helsinki region, please see the Facebook pages of Colourful Church: Colourful Church in Finland
This listing below offers information on bilingual services held in some Helsinki parishes. Bilingual services will be held both in Finnish and English:
St Matthew's Church (Matteuksenkirkko) is located in Itäkeskus Helsinki, address is Turunlinnantie 3.
Telephone for the Sextant (Usher) on duty during Sunday church services is (09) 2340 7320
Our Church is located next to the Itäkeskus Metro station, on Stoa Square (Stoan aukio), opposite the Library (Itäkeskuksen kirjasto). Please note the Church main entrance is from the inner courtyard opposite this artwork of four blue pillars:
The church building is usually locked but doors are open for English Church Services on Sundays from about 1:45 pm to about 2:15 pm. There is a Sextant (Usher) on duty always on Sundays. Please ring the doorbell if the door is locked.