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We welcome you home

10.10.2019, 11:10 /  updated 03.09.2020, 14:39
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.
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At St. Matthew’s 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’d prefer, you could grab a coffee, play football or make some music.

Kristian Willis was appointed pastor at St. Matthew's International Lutheran Church in Itäkeskus in the autumn of 2019. He has a vision for a people-centred community that embraces diversity and creates a safe place for people to explore their spirituality.

”At St. Matthews, 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.”

Following many years spent in Turku, Raasepori, Tanzania and the United States, Willis recently returned to his childhood home of Helsinki. During their family’s time here, his Danish mother and English father had made their home within the city’s first ever international church. Willis’ plans for the future include international confirmation classes and training for “isonen” junior leaders and communion assistants. He also has his sights set on an international church football team.

Everything we do at the St. Matthew's International Lutheran Church is shaped by the wishes and ideas of the people who have come here from elsewhere. The 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.

St. Matthew's International Lutheran Church has its own website at stmatthewshelsinki.com.

Activities in Helsinki autumn 2020

Mass in other languages

Arabic

Sundays at 2 pm and 5 pm, Myllypuro Church, Neulapadontie 12

English

Sundays at 2 pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Turunlinnantie 3

Bilingual, Finnish and English worship service with Holy Communion. 23 August, 20 September, 18 October, 15 November and 13 December at 10 am, Viikki Church, Agronominkatu 5

Chinese

Sundays at 12:30 pm. Alppila Church, Kotkankatu 2

Estonian – Finnish

Every third Sunday at 11 am, Alppila Church, Kotkankatu 2

Russian

Sundays at 12 noon. St. Matthew’s Church, Turunlinnantie 3

Other activities

English-language confirmation school will be held in summer 2021, but registrations accepted from the autumn onwards.

Bible study in English, on Wednesdays at 6 pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Turunlinnantie 3

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