About St. Matthew’s


We are a small congregation located in Covington, right in the heart of West Tennessee. On the National Historical Register, the church has served Tipton County since 1858 but has existed in several forms since the early 19th century.

St. Matthew’s  is a congregation of the Episcopal Church, which is part of the Body of Christ throughout the world, the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. “Episcopal” means “having bishops.” Just as the early Church had “overseers,” (epi-scopoi) we have bishops who provide for spiritual leadership, direction and oversight. We live our life together under the doctrine, discipline, and worship of an ancient tradition of Christians, and we are related to the Church of England and are a part of the 76 million member world wide Anglican Communion.

Our worship is liturgical, that is, it follows ancient forms, involving the whole congregation but using modern language. Consisting of scripture, hymns, sermon, prayer, and celebration of the Holy Eucharist (also called Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, or the Mass), our worship involves everyone. And, that is what “liturgy” means: the work of the people. Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to share Bread and Wine which he called his Body and Blood, in remembrance of his death, resurrection, and ascension. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me,” and so we do as he commanded, celebrating together the Holy Communion each Sunday.

We are part of The Diocese of West Tennessee, a judiciary division (like a synod, presbytery or conference) headed by a bishop in Memphis.

Join us for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.. and worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

All baptized Christians are invited to attend and to share with us in the bread and wine.

Regardless of your age, denomination or status, you are welcome here.