A Short Guide
The United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington
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Saint Matthew's Church, Worthington

Our aim is "To know God and to make Him known".

Take a look at our Service Schedule.

Saint Matthew's is a typical small village church dating back to the 12th century. If you would like to know more about its history then please read Harry Dane's "Saint Matthew's, Worthington, A Short Guide".

For nearly 800 years people have been worshipping God in this church and we are proud to add our prayers and praise to theirs.

You are assured of a warm welcome at our regular 10.30 am morning service. The friendly, informal atmosphere makes us more like a group of friends than a congregation. Children are especially welcome and we never worry too much about babies crying or toddlers wandering around during the services.

On Monday evenings our informal bible study group meets. Here we normally follow a short course of study on a particular theme and use the material to enter into lively discussion. We have even been known to enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst watching a video (I did say that it was informal, didn't I).

We also organise a range of social activities which include discos, fish and chip suppers, car boot sales, flower festivals and barbeques to name but a few.

If all this is not enough, we also enjoy regular joint services with Worhington Methodist Church and united services with the other churches in the benefice.


Situated half way between Newbold and Worthington is Saint Matthew's, Worthington, own cemetery (well, perhaps not exactly halfway but it is the dead centre!)

A rarity indeed as a church normally has a churchyard in which to bury its dead. A cemetery is usually associated with a council or local authority.

The Trustees of the Cemetery - the Priest and Churchwardens - welcome anyone to come and visit. To visit the graves of loved ones or, simply to come and visit.

With this in mind, we should remember that, although the church owns the cemetery, it belongs to us all. Due reverence to the dead and respect for other users forbids horseplay and undue hilarity, but the Cemetery is there for our use and recreation. It is a little known gem which, thanks to the hard work of David and Les has looked a picture.

There has been much in the press lately about cemetery abuse and desecration. Such behaviour is beneath the dignity of these pages. Besides, apart from the odd theft of garden equipment, we have been free from this scourge over the years.

As with most institutions, we are bound by rules. Cemeteries and churchyards are no exception. It should be borne in mind that, in a democratic world, rules are not generally put in place to cheat or deprive but are to protect and preserve what we have. Such rules are laid down by the diocese and are in accordance with certain parliamentary laws. A copy of the rules may be inspected on the fence to the right of the gate.

We hear how offence has been given by the use of artificial flowers and how even greater offence has been caused by throwing them away. The Trustees recognise that artificial flowers can appear every bit as good as the real thing. Perhaps the days of placing flowers to commemorate a visit rather than purely as decoration have moved on. It never has and never will be the intent of the trustees to cause any such offence. Artificial flowers will be removed only when they look like artificial flowers which have spoiled in the sun and rain. Just the same as real flowers. Please remember that the appearance of one grave can affect the appearance of another or even the whole cemetery.

A copy of the Cemetery Rules as they appear at Worthington:

The United Benefice of Breedon on the Hill cum Isley Walton and Worthington with Newbold and Griffydam

The Care of Worthington Cemetery

In order to maintain the good order of the Cemetery the cemetery trustees, ie. The Priest and Churchwardens, have implemented the following regulations which are in accord with the practice of the Diocese of Leicester.


  1. The care of a grave is the responsibility in the first instance of the family of the deceased.
  2. Authorisation in writing must be obtained from the Priest before any monument is erected, or an additional inscription is made. Such authorisation will not normally be given until 12 months after the burial to allow the ground to settle.
  3. The headstone may be polished or unpolished or of slate, but white marble is not permitted.
  4. To make mowing of the grass easier, mounds, raised kerbs, railings and the like are not permitted.
  5. Please ensure that dead flowers are removed from a grave; bins are provided.
  6. The only artificial flowers which will be permitted are Remembrance Poppies and Christmas Roses; all of which must be removed within 6 weeks.

Garden of Remembrance

  1. This area is consecrated and reserved for the burial of cremated remains which are interred loose under a turf.
  2. Such reverent interment of ashes does not constitute a grave and no permanent memorial eg. flower vase or wall plaque is permitted.
  3. A Book of Remembrance is kept in church in which names of the deceased are inscribed for which a small charge is made. The Book of Remembrance is open each day to show the name of the deceased on the anniversary.