We welcome you home
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 the Helsinki International Parish Church in Itäkeskus earlier this autumn. 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 parish. Willis’s 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 parish football team.
Everything we do at the Helsinki International Parish is shaped by the wishes and ideas of the people who have come here from elsewhere. We also offer 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.
Activities in Helsinki
Mass in other languages
Sundays at 2 pm and 5 pm, Myllypuro Church, Neulapadontie 12
Sundays at 2 pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Turunlinnantie 3
Wednesdays at 6 pm, Temppeliaukio Church, Lutherinkatu 3.
Bilingual, Finnish and English worship service with Holy Communion. 27 October and 24 November at 10 am, Viikki Church
Sundays at 12:30 pm. Alppila Church, Kotkankatu 2
Estonian – Finnish
Every third Sunday at 11 am, Alppila Church, Kotkankatu 2
Sundays at 12:00. St. Matthew’s Church, Turunlinnantie 3
United Nations Day service on Thursday 24 October 2019, at 10 am, Helsinki Cathedral. The event is jointly organised by the UN Association of Finland, the Christian Peace Movement and Helsinki Cathedral Parish. It is an opportunity to offer prayers for peace, human rights and the international community.
English-language confirmation school will be held in summer 2020, but registrations accepted from the autumn onwards.
Bible study in English, on Wednesdays at 6 pm, St. Matthew’s Church, Turunlinnantie 3
Daily prayer in English on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:00 at Temppeliaukio Church, Lutherinkatu 3.
Bible Study Discussion Group in English and plain Finnish, 10 October and 14 November 2019 at 6 pm at Pihlajamäki Church, Liusketie 1.