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Situated close to the CBD of Hastings, St Matthews has been involved in the life of Hastings city for over 100 years. One of Hastings oldest buildings, St Matthews Church holds a Category One designation from the NZ Historic Places Trust.

At the heart of the parishs 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 Matthews Church shares its central city site with several other buildings used by the Parish and others. St Matthews Primary School, established in 1995, is a co-educational integrated school of over 120 pupils, from new entrant to Year 8. St Matthews 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 Matthews welcomes visitors and sightseers. The church is open most Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings, for Sunday Services and at other times by arrangement.

The parish is in the Diocese of Waiapu http://www.waiapu.com, part of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia - Te Haahi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Nui Tireni, ki Nga Moutere o te Moana Nui a Kiwa, http://www.anglican.org.nz, which inturn is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion http://www.anglicansonline.org/communion/index.html.

Use the links to find information about our services, our parish community and people, coming events and activities.

We invite you to share our faith journey. Why not come and visit us?

 

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Services onsite closed, services online available
Date Posted: Wednesday, 08 April 2020 03:16
Because of the emergency situation, no services will be held onsite at St Matthew's.  See our new More...
Sermons - See our new website
Date Posted: Wednesday, 08 April 2020 03:09
The Rev'd Alister Hendery's sermons are now available on our new website.  Many are available as More...
Sermons - January 2020
Date Posted: Sunday, 05 January 2020 00:46
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Sermons - December 2019
Date Posted: Sunday, 05 January 2020 00:44
Our Priest in Charge, the Rev'd Alister Hendery, is making available his sermons via this website. More...