St. Matthew’s Offers 200th Anniversary High Tea

Photo by Linda Comins Preparing for the 200th anniversary high tea at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Wheeling are, from left, Donna Glass, chair of the 200th anniversary celebration; the Rev. Richard L. Skaggs, associate rector; Carole Bissett, coordinator of the high tea; the Rev. Mark E. Seitz, rector, and Robert Troeger, music director, who will perform at the event. The high tea, which is open to the community, will take place in the parish hall from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

WHEELING — St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., will hold a high tea from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, in celebration of the parish’s 200th anniversary.

The event is open to the community. Men, women and children may participate. Admission is free, but goodwill donations are accepted.

A tempting array of savory and sweet treats, along with tea, will be served in the parish hall. The tea will have an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, with special visits by Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.

Robert Troeger, music director of St. Matthew’s, will provide special music during the event.

Tours of the church will be offered. Guides will discuss the architecture of the building, which was erected in 1866, and share highlights from the history of the parish, which was founded in May 1819.

The high tea is the first in a series of public events being offered this year to mark St. Matthew’s 200th anniversary.

St. Matthew’s highly popular Independence Day Extravaganza will feature special guests and surprises this year. The free event takes place in the church’s nave at 11 a.m. on July 4. Goodwill donations will benefit Faith in Action Caregivers.

A Wheeling 250 community prayer service will be offered at St. Matthew’s at 4 p.m. on Sept. 9.

The event also commemorates St. Matthew’s 200th anniversary and Temple Shalom’s 170th anniversary.

The major anniversary-related festivities will take place in October. The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, will visit Wheeling on Oct. 5-6 to celebrate St. Matthew’s bicentennial.

Curry will speak on “The Way of Love” at a special community-wide event at WesBanco Arena on Oct. 5. Doors to the arena will be opened at 2 p.m. The program will begin at 3 p.m.

Tickets are required for this event. Tickets are on sale now at the arena box office and online at Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to charities designated by St. Matthew’s and the presiding bishop.

Curry, one of America’s most-respected religious leaders, is known to millions worldwide for delivering the sermon at the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, duchess of Sussex, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

St. Matthew’s also will serve as the host congregation for the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia’s annual diocesan convention to be held at Oglebay Park Oct. 18-20.

An anniversary concert, featuring St. Matthew’s parish choir, guest singers, orchestra and organ, will be presented at the church on Nov. 10. Andre Raphel, former music director of the Wheeling Symphony, is returning to the city to conduct this concert.


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