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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.  

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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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