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Laying_foundation_stoneAn Invitation to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Today’s St Matthew’s – 7 & 8 February 2015

Early in 2015 St Matthew’s Hastings are celebrating the completion and consecration of the concrete extension to the church (consecrated on 7 February 1915).  

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God’s child, God’s mirror Print E-mail

Christmas-smIf the birth of Jesus happened this December, in Hastings, who would be the equivalent of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, the magi, the innkeeper?What is their role in our lives? Where would we place ourselves - as viewers or participants? And who would be the ‘Herod’, the people in power who might be scared of a vulnerable little child?

The God child reflects back to us the nature of our society. Some people have many things, some do not, some have advantages and the ability to find resources for themselves, other people do not.

What do we see in God’s mirror? Faced with the vulnerability, the starkness, the openness of the child within and without are we happy with what we see? The child reflects back our true selves, our true community. Forgiveness and love are part of this dynamic, acceptance and reconciliation seek us out, Jesus is not outside of our reality.  The answers are not obvious, maybe Mary and Joseph were   carried into the unknown not sure where they were going. The shepherds had no idea of what they were getting into. The magi had resources but no idea where they would end up. The angels and the innkeeper directed the participants and then left them to it!

We prepare as much as we can and then we let go. But that’s okay, Advent is upon us, God is with us, and we might be surprised where we end up and what we see in the mirror.

Blessings of the season to you all.

Rev’d Helen


Welcome to St Matthew's Print E-mail

Sunday Services at St Matthew's

Each Sunday at 10am our services now has a different “flavour”.

The first Sunday is a straight forward Eucharistic service,

The second Sunday is a more contemplative and reflective style of Eucharist,

The third Sunday is a Sung service (high i.e. sung psalm and Eucharist with traditional hymns and anthem),

The fourth Sunday is a more relaxed all age service (using the Eucharistic prayer that the School children use at their services).



Situated close to the CBD of Hastings, St Matthew’s has been involved in the life of Hastings city for over 100 years. 

One of Hastings’ oldest buildings, St Matthew’s Church holds a Category One designation from the NZ Historic Places Trust.StMs-exterior-Aug2011

At the heart of the parish’s witness and activity is the historic church whose wooden nave was built in 1886 with the reinforced concrete additions added in 1915.  Damage was sustained in the 1931 earthquake but restoration was undertaken, and the tower rebuilt to a reduced height.  More recent modifications provide an effective setting for liturgy and a frequently used venue for concerts and recitals.  

Within such a beautiful building, regular worship services are held on Sundays and weekdays.  Our style has a dignity appropriate to the setting but is, we trust, warm and welcoming to both visitors and regulars.

The historic St Matthew’s Church shares its central city site with several other buildings used by the Parish and others.  St Matthew’s Primary School, established in 1995, is a co-educational integrated school of over 130 pupils, from new entrant to Year 8.  St Matthew’s Early Childhood Centre provides preschool education in the nearby Canon Drake Hall.  In the large Parish Hall are located the Parish Office, an Opportunity Shop and venues for art and craft groups, a preschool music group and many other activities run by various organisations.

St Matthew’s welcomes visitors and sightseers.  The church is usually open most weekday mornings, for Sunday Services and at other times by arrangement.


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