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Our Priest in Charge, Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website.  Here is your opportunity to download a sermon as a Pdf file and read it at your leisure.

18 Feb 2018 - Lent 1

Lent 1 (year B) – Mark 1:9-15
The Lenten Sandwich

On the first Sunday in Lent we always hear an account of Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness. It sets the scene for the forty days of Lent. This year we get Mark’s version – but notice how brief it was. Mark describes it in just two verses, whereas Matthew takes eleven and Luke thirteen. Mark doesn’t tell us what the temptations were – there’s no mention of Jesus’ struggles or fasting, no description of the outcome. The account is so terse that we might be tempted to skim over it, but it’s a story packed with meaning – not only for Jesus, but also for us...

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14 Feb 2018 - Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday – 2018
The Most Honest Day
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Ash Wednesday is, perhaps, the most honest day in the church’s year. We are left with no illusions. Our masks are stripped off and we’re confronted with reality. ‘Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and follow Christ / be faithful to the gospel.’

Click here to download sermon - ASH_WEDNESDAY_2018.pdf

 

11 Feb 2018

11 Feb 2018  6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Embracing Lepers 2 Kings 5:1-14 & Mark 1:40-45
Two stories about two men suffering from leprosy

...Remembering that I need help and love, forgiveness and acceptance, often helps me to reach out to others in need – especially to those, who like the two biblical characters, are cut off from others. Just like you, I’m in need of healing. Like you, I need Jesus to reach out and touch me. And knowing that enables me, however imperfectly I may do it, to respond with the love that God immerses me in every day...

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Parish AGM 2018 Print E-mail

The St Matthew's Parish AGM will be held on Sunday 18 March following the 10am service.

Please give some prayerful thought to the nomination of people for the positions of People's Warden, Vestry Member, Synod Representative, Alternative Synod Representative and Regional Conference Member. 

Nomination forms are available at the back of the church.  Nominations must be seconded and also signed by the nominee.  A box is available at the back of the church for forms.  Nominations close 12 noon on Sunday 11 March 2018.

 
Messy Church Print E-mail

Messy-Church-logo-sm-108Our next Messy Church will be on Saturday 10 March, 4-6pm.  It is a two hourly get together with crafts & activities, a service and a meal.  Each session is based on a theme.

Messy Church is for all age groups! Children need to be accompanied by parents or caregivers.

Well done to all involved in our very first Messy Church, it was a lovely occasion!

 
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 has taken up a locum position in the parish during the months of October 2017 to January 2018 to oversee the parish in the interim period until then.  This locum role will fit alongside David’s responsibilities as Regional Dean.

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A change to parish stipendary ministry announced Print E-mail

A Letter from Bishop Andrew, read to the parishioners of St Matthew's Hastings at the services on 30 July 2017.

To the Parishioners of St Matthew’s Hastings,

Greetings and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

I send you my greetings  today and  regret that due to travel commitments to the Bay of Plenty I am not able to be with you in person this morning. I have arranged for the Rev’d lan Render to present this letter to you in his role as Priest Assistant to the Regional Dean in Hawke’s Bay and because Ian has been closely involved with the review process across the parishes of Hastings, Mahora and Riverslea.  

Read the full letter...


Sadly our financial circumstances mean a big change at St Matthew's and we have to farewell our full time Vicar, the Rev'd Helen Wilderspin on Sunday 1 October 2017.  

We pray for Helen at this difficult time, giving grateful thanks for her ministry with us, the strength and wisdom she has shown, especially over the last few months.   

We pray for God's gracious guidance for us all as we endeavour to understand the implications of the new model of ministry, for the decisions we make and the actions we take for the future of the parish and everyone involved in its life.  We pray for growth in faith, wisdom, commitment, inspiration, and love for each other as we seek to glorify God in all we do and are.

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