Ministry at St Matthew's under the Revd William Trevelyan (1884 - 1907)
These aims were described by the Revd William Trevelyan at the end of his ministry:
‘The clergy, whose work it has been to build on the foundation laid by those who came before them, have always, with however many mistakes and blunders, tried to keep before them three aims:
1. To be always finding fresh stones for God’s building – the Temple of the Holy Catholic Church. In other words, that their work should be of a missionary nature. They must go out ‘into the streets and lanes of the city and compel them to come in’. They must never rest content unless they are carrying out their Lord’s command to ‘seek and save that which was lost’.
2. To be always laying deep foundations. No building can ever grow high into the air which has not very deep and solid foundations. To lay them may be dull and tedious work, and when it is done it does not make any show; but all the real success deepen people’s faith in their Lord, and to see that there is no scamped work, no unreal repentance, but an honest surrender of life to Him’.
3. To be continually ‘building up’ the faithful – and that involves patient, steady work. It does not of necessity imply that there will be large congregations or vast numbers of communicants, bit it will mean a great deal of patient care for individual souls, young and old.’