Matthew's is one of the loveliest churches in western Canada. It has
the quiet dignity of the Anglo Roman, which stems from the Romanesque,
and the added grace of Gothic windows.
The Rose Window, a circular form of violet, rose and blues, surrounding two mystic figures is a focus for the eyes to come to the sanctuary. It was given by the family and George Broder, who gave a part of his farm land for the church.
The two small windows that flank the Rose Window in the sanctuary are of St. George on the north wall and Saint Michael on the South. These were given by Mrs. Coward-Robinson in memory of Arnold Coward and Helen Coward-Robinson.
The clerestory is the high part of the wall. There are no windows on the north wall because of the organ pipes. All of the windows in the clerestory are factory made but they're well chosen and unobtrusive in soft blues. There are two windows in the chancel.
little children to come unto me."
of David window
Continuing along the clerestory from east to west on the south wall and then across to the north wall, the windows are as follows:
Christ the King: in memory of Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Cochrane.
Faith works by love: in memory of Alice Chambers, beloved long time Sunday School Teacher.
St. Matthew: In memory of Edith Ellen and Alexander Whyte Goldie.
St. Andrew: in memory of James and Violet Wilson.
"Come unto me": The Alfred Robert Payne family memorial.
"This do in remembrance of me": in memory of Jennie Parkinson, 1957
"He is risen": in that memory of William Albert and Harriet Dougherty and daughter Lalia Charlotte.
The Dorcas Window: Women Auxiliary Jubilee thanksgiving memorial window - 1961.
Good shepherd: in memory out of the father of Gladys and Bernice Daly.
"My soul doth magnify the Lord": in memory of Helen Broder, widow of George Broder, 1861-1944.
The chapel was furnished by the Broder sisters in memory of their sister Grace. It was Grace Broder who started the Sunday School that grew into a church. The church was later replaced by St. Matthew's. There are three small windows in the chapel: Saint James, Saint Peter and Saint John.
These windows were dedicated with the chapel.
The north and south aisles under the clerestory. These small windows, arranged in pairs were not standard size or design. What to do with them was the question. In the Reverend Pilling's ministry a committee decided to honor outstanding events in the province of Rupert's Land. A series was planned and it was eventually completed after a considerable amount of research. Several of these windows were designed by Margaret Messer, a retired Art Teacher and member of St. Matthew's.
The series of windows span the four hundred year history of the Anglican Church in the Province of Rupert's Land, and of the events which marked the establishment of Grace Church and St. Matthew's Church.
The great English Admiral and friend of Drake, Sir Martin Frobisher was keeping out of sight while Philip the second of Spain was the setting what to do about Elizabeth I, so he took a run at the North West Passage. He happened to skirt that huge lonely land of Baffin. He entered one of the fiords and after he had sailed a long way he was sure he had found the passage. He was not equipped for long voyage, so he ordered his Chaplin, Robert Wolfall, to prepare a Thanksgiving service and turned for home. He never knew he had not found the North West Passage, but he gave Canada the first Thanksgiving north of the Rio Grande.
windows given by Les and Joan Bence in memory of their parents, Frank
and Ivy Bence and Clem and Maude Reid.
Window given by Joyce Cudmore in memory of her husband Ronald A. Cudmore.
The honorable and Right Reverend A.J.R. Anson, the first bishop of the Diocese, arrives at the new Canadian Pacific Railway station. He was met by the future Dean of the Pro-Cathedral, Qu'Appelle, Dean Sargent and many people of the Diocese.
pair of windows are given by Bernice Ambrosi in memory of her mother Dorothy
Cherpeta-Bowman and by Freda Laight and Rita Hosie in memory of the Laight
The dedication of the first Church in the parish, Grace Church, to the glory of God.
Memorial to Thomas Tutor, chorister and violinist by Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Evenson.
A Sunday School becomes a parish.
Consecration of St. Matthew Church
St. Matthew's is concentrated by Bishop Harding as church and community grow together.
Memorial to their parents by the Charlton family.
In memory of her mother, Emily Messer by Margaret.
Given to the Glory of God in the memory of Ann Zaremba by her loving husband John.
The Foray of the new addition
This window dedicated in 2000 upon the completion of the addition to the north side of the church.
It is dedicated to the memory of Gladys Harms by her husband Lyle.
brief history of
in the early nineteen hundreds Grace Broder began holding Sunday School
classes in her father's farm house. George Broder donated land and the
first wooden church was built on a sight which was located in front of
the present rectory. This was named "Grace Church" in memory
of Grace Broder. About 1915 a basement church began to be built on the
corner Winnipeg Street and 14th Avenue and was to be named St. Matthew's.
It was not until 1926, after a generous donation by an anonymous English
donor as a memorial to her only son killed in the war, that the present
building was completed.