I can't seem to get an answer to this question from my local parish. It has Vespers, but does not appear to have Matins. Apparently, they're two different things, and not two words for the same thing. (Yes, some of my questions might be south of stupid, but I'm all new and whatnot.)
When I first decided to switch to Orthodoxy from Catholicism, I attended a Greek church. I'm actually quite fortunate, in that my local area has several Orthodox churches--5, I believe. Possibly more, but no less.
I love this Greek church that I first attended, but half the services are in Greek, and me being new and not knowing anything about Orthodoxy or the Orthodox Liturgy, it made it very confusing for me. My plan was to change to an OCA parish that had services all in English, just to learn the ropes, and then go back to that Greek parish that is just amazing to me.
As I've said elsewhere, this particular parish--the OCA one--has communication and organizational issues: unanswered emails, emails answered a week+ later, me showing up for events that were moved or canceled because that information wasn't announced or updated on the website, etc. I can't deal with that. For one, I'm unemployed and can scarcely afford to run gas out of my car for no reason. Anyway, I found another OCA parish local, and will try them tomorrow morning.
I had asked that first OCA church, however, if they hold Matins. For over a month, their website was down. It finally came back up (I was grousing about it, not that they got it up because of that, but it's 2013 and I just found it very annoying--no parish info, calendar, schedule of services, etc. Any 12-year-old can get a basic site up in a day, and I'm 50 and have done it a few times myself.) The only question that was answered for me is that yes, Matins and Vespers are two different services. I thought all Orthodox churches held the same services, so it was odd to me to find one not offering Matins. I figured I was missing something somewhere. So I check out the site on this other OCA parish, and again, Vespers but no Matins.
Are Matins only offered at Orthodox churches of a particular jurisdiction? Do OCA churches not hold Matins?
I would attend Matins at the Greek church, but then I'd never make it to the OCA church in time for Liturgy. Or I could just stick with the Greek church until it starts making sense to me. I miss Matins, though I only attended a few times.