Crimson Sound: Faraway Voices Print E-mail

Crimson_Sound_PoppySt Matthew’s Church, King Street, Hastings will present a commemorative concert,  "Crimson Sound: Faraway Voices”, on 17 June at 7.30 pm.

The concert will feature music, readings, poems, and photographs to tell the stories of those who fought in the battle of Messines 100 years ago.

Following on from the 2015 concert “Crimson Sound”, which explored the Gallipoli landing, mother and son duo Ann and Russ Kale have turned to the battle of Messines in 1917. “Messines and the surrounding battles sometimes fade a little in our remembrance of the First World War,” Russ says. “Gallipoli and Passchendale are rightly remembered for the scale of both New Zealand's courage and its loss. Messines was considered to be a victory for our forces, but even then it hit the local community hard, with dozens of Hastings men killed or wounded in the space of a single week.”   Read more...


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Sunday Services at St Matthew's

Each Sunday at 10am our services now has a different “flavour”.

The first Sunday is a straight forward Eucharistic service,

The second Sunday is a more contemplative and reflective style of Eucharist,

The third Sunday is a Sung service (high i.e. sung Eucharist with traditional hymns and anthem),

The fourth Sunday is a more relaxed all age service (using the Eucharistic prayer that the St Matthew's School children use at their services).



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, an Opportunity Shop and venues for art and craft groups, a preschool music group and many other activities run by various organisations.

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

Location: Cnr King Street South & Lyndon Road West, Hastings (see map


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