Who we are


We are a small but mighty parish in the village of Buckhorn, Ontario about 20 kilometres from Peterborough. We trace our roots back to early days in 1896. But, in these days, we realize how important it is for our parish to discern new ways of being the Body of Christ in an ever-changing new world.

We are actively engaged in serving others — especially those in need — within the local community, the nation, and the world.

We invite you to find out more and to join us in our process of discovery.

Blessings and Peace to you!


A quick snippet of our history

St. Matthew’s Church first appeared as a frame building in 1896 on Lot 9, Concession 9 of Harvey Township. This lot had been deeded to The Reverend Francis Herbert Hartley by Sam and Marie Purser at a cost of ten dollars. Immediately after receiving the deed,  Hartley signed a mortgage for one thousand dollars held by Mrs. K. Demstoner of Peterborough. With these funds, St. Matthew’s was built. Prior to 1897, Services had been conducted by Hartley in a home known as the “Mission House”.

In 1998, St. Matthew’s Church amalgamated with St. Aidan’s Anglican Church which was an adjacent parish active for 98 years in Youngs Point. The windows, in the present church that are visible from Lakehust Road, were originally in St. Aidan’s Church. They were dedicated at the first joint Service of the new parish on 3 May 1998. Today, the parish is known by the name of St. Matthew – St. Aidan.

The best way to learn of the parish history is by visiting in person. We invite you also to consider engaging in the life of our parish as we grow on our journey of faith in reaching out to those in need. You will be warmly welcomed.

Please note: We would welcome any historical information about the St. Aidan Church to complement our record of parish development. If you have any such information, please email us.