Farewell Service for our Vicar Print E-mail

It has been announced that The Reverend Helen Wilderspin is to finish as Vicar of St Matthew’s, Hastings on the 1st October.  To acknowledge and celebrate her valued ministry with us, a farewell service will be held at St Matthew’s Church, Hastings at 5pm.  All are most welcome to attend.


Priest-in-Charge Announced Print E-mail

A letter from Bishop Andrew Hedge to the parish of St Matthew's Hastings announces that, "the Rev’d Alister Hendery has accepted my invitation to be the Priest-in-Charge of the parish of St Matthew’s Hastings.  Alister will take up this ministry position at the beginning of February in 2018.

The Regional Dean in Hawke’s Bay, the Rev’d David van Oeveren will take up a locum position in the parish during the months of October 2017 to January 2018 to oversee the parish in the interim period between Helen finishing and Alister beginning.  This locum role will fit alongside David’s responsibilities as Regional Dean."


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 Eucharist with traditional hymns and anthem),

The fourth Sunday is a more relaxed all age service (using the Eucharistic prayer that the St Matthew's 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.  Waiapu Kids St Matthew's 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.

Location: Cnr King Street South & Lyndon Road West, Hastings (see map


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