St Matthew’s, Hastings
St Matthew’s, Hastings has an architecturally and historically significant church, a thriving parish school and childcare centre in the grounds, and all the challenges attached to being an inner-city parish in a provincial city. Worship is traditional and congregations tend towards the mature.
Ph: 06 878-9476 Fax: 06 878-9478
Vicar: Rev Helen Wilderspin, Ph 06 878 9476
Worship: Ordered and liturgical, using NZ Prayer Book, but nevertheless relaxed, welcoming and friendly.
Sunday - 8am (45mins): Small congregation in beautifully appointed Lady Chapel.
10am (65mins): larger congregation with choir, pipe organ, hymns and liturgy. Dance choir for special celebrations.
Thursday - 10.15am: traditional Communion in chapel.
Ethos: Relaxed broad Anglican but open to exploring faith and belief; shares with other mainline churches; regular combined services with Roman Catholics and Presbyterians.
Ethnicity: Mainly Pakeha but some younger families involved, including Maori, Malaysian and South African.
Children: Activity provided during 10am Eucharist. Interaction with school on site. Children’s dance group and choir being developed.
Social: Morning tea after 10am service, and regular congregational lunches. Afternoon Fellowship group meets monthly.
Training: Occasional study groups, seasonal quiet days and retreats encouraged.
Outreach: Parish hosts primary school and early childhood centre; op shop; weekly pre-school music and art and craft programmes.
Highlights: Advent, Christmas and Easter; patronal festival and occasional sung evensong and other celebrations; combined school and parish eucharist each term, Blossom Week lunchtime concerts; many other public concerts and recitals.