Parish of Greater Hastings

St Matthew’s church in Hastings is an architecturally and historically significant church building. A thriving parish school and childcare centre are located in the grounds and form an integral part of parish life.  St Peter’s is a friendly community with a strong sence of outreach and caring service. Supported by a team of worship and pastoral leaders including two priests, this parish seeks to develop a relevant ministry for community-minded people. Heretaunga Seniors activities and pre-school music are based at St Martin’s and an excellent newsletter Connections is available for faithful people who aren’t able to make it to worship.

PO Box 824, Hastings 4156

Archdeacon of Hawke’s Bay Cities / Vicar of the Parish of Greater Hastings - The Venerable David van Oeveren
Phone: 06 211 3457  or  021 470 337

Priest Associate: Rev'd Alister Hendery 
Ph:021 742 434

Administrator: Tracey Weston (Office hours 9am to 12 noon)
Ph: 06 878-9476 Fax: 06 878-9478

Worship: St Matthews
Sunday Eucharists, which are rooted in A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa, are normally held at:
8.00am (in the Lady Chapel)
Thursday: 10.15am: A said Eucharist
Messy Church: 
Normally on the Second Saturday of the month in the church hall from 4.00pm.
A variety of groups gather regularly within the parish.
These include:
Drop-in Art; Drop-in Craft, Women’s Afternoon Fellowship, Mens’ monthly lunch & Hard HATs Youth Group.

Worship: St Peters
Sunday – 9.30 am
Modern and welcoming: family friendly with bible centred devotional teaching and contemporary music relevant and meaningful for life in today’s world.

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.