Holiday Initiatives

Especially during the holidays, St. Matthew's supports a number of events focused on the local community, including:

Easter Basket Food Share Program 2021

St. Matthews is making Easter “baskets” filled with non-perishable food, toiletries and other supplies to distribute to needy families in our community.  It is sad to say but many families in Sterling and our surrounding communities worry about having enough food to eat on a daily basis. Your donated groceries and gift cards can provide real assistance to help those in need.

There are 3 ways you can volunteer to help:

  1. Make your own basket: Pick up empty shopping bags from St. Matt’s (optional), go shopping, then drop off your "basket" at the church on any Tuesday or Thursday (8am-4pm) between March 2nd and March 18th.  You can also shop online (i.e. Amazon, Walmart) and have groceries shipped directly to St. Matt’s.  The grocery list of requested items can be found below.

  2. Help pack baskets: Attend the packing event on Saturday, March 20th 9am-12pm by signing up for a shift on this website: SIGN UP TO PACK

  3. Help deliver baskets: Food bags will be delivered to families via local schools the week of March 22nd.  If you are able to deliver bags from St. Matt’s to one or more schools, please sign up here: SIGN UP TO DELIVER

For more information, please contact Darrell Breed at

Easter Basket Shopping List


Non-perishable foods

  • Canned meats (tuna, chicken, turkey etc.)

  • Dried beans (small red, black beans - dried goes further than canned

  • Cooking oil

  • Rice

  • Baby food

  • Maseca corn flour

  • Cereal

Toiletries & household items

  • Laundry & dish detergent

  • Bath soap

  • Steel wool pads

  • Disposable razors & shaving cream

  • Shampoo & conditioner

  • Plastic wrap (Saran or Glad wrap)

  • School supplies (pens & dry erase markers)

  • Disposable diapers

  • Tissues

Grocery store gift cards for perishables like meat, milk, fruits and vegetables

Annual Holiday Initiatives at St. Matthew's

Community Easter Egg Hunt

Each year we hold a community Easter Egg Hunt, complete with Easter Bunny, face painting, games, and 2 Easter Egg Hunts.

Community Thanksgiving Luncheon

Our community Thanksgiving luncheon typically serves over 300 people on Thanksgiving.

Holiday Star Tree

Each year we collect gifts for the Loudoun Community Holiday Coalition via the Star Tree (in 2017, over 500 gifts and 22 gift cards were collected from St. Matthew's families).

Community Sales

We hold a number of community "sales", including large yard sales in the spring and fall.  All proceeds go to support outreach efforts in our community.

How You Can Help

As the various holidays approach, keep your eye out for announcements made during church, the weekly service bulletins, and also the website homepage for opportunities to help. We welcome your support during the holidays and at any time during the year.


To find out more about the great work on the Outreach committee, please contact Miriam at the church office

Help Lead at St. Matthew's

If you would like to join the Holiday Initiative leadership team at St. Matthew's, please contact the church office at  We'd love to have you!