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Laying_foundation_stoneAn Invitation to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Today’s St Matthew’s.

Celebration Service - Sunday  (8 February at 10am)

Come and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of today’s St Matthew’s, Hastings.  The concrete addition to the church was dedicated on the 7th February 1915.

A Celebration Service will take place on Sunday 8th February at 10am followed by a Centennial Garden Party, olde fashioned picnic, fun and games in the church grounds. 

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‘Pro Deo et Patria’ by Kingsley Baird.Art Exhibition -  (Sunday 8  - Saturday 14 February)

An art exhibition is being held at St Matthew’s Church, Hastings, from Sunday 8th February until Saturday 14th February. This exhibition is part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the present day St Matthew’s and is the first exhibition of its type to be held there. The theme is “Discovering God through Creativity, Community and Connectivity”.

The exhibition will have a range of contributors, including some of our leading Hastings artists such as Richard Moorhead (watercolourist), Christine Pattullo (textiles) and the man behind Arts Hawke’s Bay - Ian Thompson (oil painting).

We are also delighted to exhibit work from internationally recognised sculptor Kingsley Baird. Professor Kingsley Baird is a Wellington-based artist and designer whose public works include the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at the National War Memorial of New Zealand, the Anzac Memorial in Canberra and Te Korowai Rangimarie - Cloak of Peace - at Nagasaki Peace Park.

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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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