New St Matthew's website & more Print E-mail

Welcome to St Matthew's. Please be aware of the following:


This website is no longer being updated!    Please go to our new St Matthew's website -

The new website will keep up you up-to-date with parish news, access our Rev'd Alister Hendery's reflections, sermons, online services and other worship resources.  We hope to bring you videos of Alister's sermons. 



Along with the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand, we are in lockdown.  Sadly there will not be any services in our church until further notice.  However we can still worship and be together in other ways.  Two basic things to start with: Light a candle and pray at 7pm each Sunday.  Pause at 10am and say the Lord’s Prayer.  Others around the Diocese will join in doing this.


Website & facebook

Our new website gives access to the services and resources:

St Matthew’s Facebook page: username @stmatthewshastings

Email & Phone

We are working from home!

The Rev'd Alister Hendery: 021 742 434  and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parish Administrator Tracey: 06 878 9476 (Phone & Answer Phone)  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please let Tracey know of anyone not receiving our emails, so she can add them to the mailing list.


Bishop's Warden: Bruce Houghton 06 878 8548

People's Warden: Joyanne Hughes - on leave

Lay Synod Representative: Tim Anderson 027 273 4495

Vestry members: For contact details please see your parish magazine parish directory.


As Alister says -

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is contagious -

Also highly contagious is -

Common Sense, Kindness, Patience,

Love and a Postive Attitude.

Be a carrier of these qualities.

God bless you all and keep you safe – Be not afraid!


Sermons Update Print E-mail

The following are now available as Pdfs to download from our Lastest News pages, at the right:

  • January 2020
  • December 2019
  • November 2019
  • October 2019

New! You may now listen to sermons recorded during services:


Welcome to St Matthew's Print E-mail

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 and venues for art and craft groups, and many other activities run by various organisations.

St Matthew's welcomes visitors and sightseers. The church is open many weekday mornings, for Sunday Services and at other times by arrangement.

Location: 200 King Street South Hastings 

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Latest News

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
19 January 2020 Opening a Letter.  This morning we’ve read someone else’s mail. Admittedly, More...
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...