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.
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.