St James, Mahora


St James Mahora

St James is a local shared ministry parish in Hastings Hawkes Bay.  It has a dramatic 1970’s church with an integral foyer and lounge.  It has a vibrant and caring congregation with an active community outreach.

Contact Details:

1024A Duke Street, Mahora, Hastings 4120
Sue Humphrey (Secretary)
Office: Phone 06 878 8980
LSM Priest: Rev Jan Tapper
Priest Missioner:  Rev Tim Barker
Deacon: Lynette Gordon


Sunday – 9.30am: music:  A blend of traditional and modern songs. Services include talented musicians who play the organ and piano, a duet of guitar and voice, plus CD’s occasionally.  Combined Services with St Peter’s on 2nd Sunday of each month.

Ethos: Use N Z Prayer Book. Friendly, welcoming parish with dedicated pastoral care team;  Eucharist, with a variety of other services throughout the year.  Children’s activity time is held during the service.  Regular family forums allow sharing of views.  Regular Prayer Group meets on Sunday at 8.30am.

Ethnicity: Pakeha, with some  Te Reo and a respect for bicultural reality of this land.

Welcoming area for children with toys and crafts at the back of the church; Christmas Eve Service for families and children.  Hard HAT’S runs once a week at St Matthews 3.30-5.30pm as a youth group outreach.

Social:  Morning tea after worship; parish barbecue, gala, mission breakfast.  Patronal festival celebrated.  On Good Friday “The Walk of the Cross” is shared with our Catholic neighbours.  Fellowship with St Peter’s.  Participate fully in the Hastings Anglicans Together (HAT’S).

Training:  Occasionally held after church.  Teaching and educational programmes via study groups and visiting Waiapu Clergy.  Parishioners encouraged to attend diocesan events.

Outreach: Food bank supplies; monthly men’s luncheon; monthly services at rest-homes; collectors for hospice and cancer appeals; lounge available for community hire.  Tai Chi on Tuesday mornings.  St James “500” Card Group every Tuesday evening at 7pm.

Highlights:  Maundy Thursday Service; Walk of the Cross; Easter Family Service; occasional Jazz Service; Patronal Festival; Children’s Christmas Service; Harvest Festival Service; Garage Sale, Christmas Raffles and Annual Musical Afternoon.