Advent & Christmas in & around St Matthew's Print E-mail


Fri       8   1.40pm    School & Parish Service
Sat     9    4-6pm      Messy Church at St Matthew's - in hall
Tue   12    9.30am     St Matthew's Drop In Craft - final session for 2017
Wed  13  11.30am     St Matthew's Op Shop closes, re-opens 10am Wed 17/01/1818
                 5.30pm     Carol singing at HB Hospital Chapel
Fri     15   7.00pm    Carols at Maraekakaho
Sat    16    9.15am     Being Church workshop
Sun   17   7.00pm    Nine Lessons & Carols at St Matthew's
Wed  20   7.00pm    Carols at Kereru
12.00pm     Parish office closes for 2017, re-opens 9am Mon 15/01/18
Thur  21 10.15am    Final Holy Communion for 2017 - Resumes 8/02/18
Fri     22  10.00am     Remembrance Service at HB Hospital Chapel

Sun   24    6.30pm   Christingle Service
                11.00pm   Carol Singing
                11.30pm   Christ Mass
Mon  25     9.30am   Christ Mass

Sun 31      9.30am    Baptism & Combined Service at St Matthew's
(joined by St Andrew's)


Sun   8    10.00am   Combined service at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
                                  (No 8am service at St Matthew's)

Sunday Services in January - 9.30am (8am & 10am services resume 11/02/18)


Sun  4     9.30am     Service to Licence Priest-in-Charge, Rev'd Alister Hendery


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.


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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