Who Are We
We are a community of friendly people, seeking to faithfully live out the mission that God has called us to. We are actively involved in the area surrounding the church in outreach, service, and prayer, but our congregation includes people from all across the city who are seeking to follow Jesus and join him in what he is doing in this city and around the world.
Our Anglican heritage is a significant part of what shapes our life and ministry. We start our week in worship together on Sunday mornings, where we gather together to hear from God’s word, respond to His Spirit in praise, worship, and love, and support each other in prayer and acts of service. From there, we gather together in small groups in homes around the city during the week. Our ministry to families includes a creche and a children’s church. Our ministry to the area around the church building includes a short service at 5:30pm on the first Sunday of each month that ends with a free meal.
For people who are looking at recovering their Christian faith or for those who would like to find out more about Christianity, we are happy to have someone work with you.
Go here to find out more about what we do at St Matthew’s. Go here to find out more about the vision of our Church.
What We Believe
We believe that the bible reveals God to be one but also the Trinity – Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit – and that the bible reveals the story that makes sense of our world, its creator and how God reaches out to us.
Our belief about the truth that scripture reveals has many implications for the life of our church:
- Because we believe that Jesus Christ is the only way that people can be connected with God, we are committed to sharing this good news with people who have yet to respond to it. We do this by engaging with the area around Hope Street, equipping members of our community to share the good news with others, and supporting various ministries that share our commitment to proclaiming Jesus.
- Because we believe that following Jesus means continuing the task of proclaiming this gospel in word and deed to the ends of the earth, we are committed to mission. We understand all Christians to be called to be missionaries, but that some will be called to do this overseas. Therefore we support various people who work overseas and various overseas missions agencies.
- Because we believe that the bible is the authoritative word of God, hearing from God’s word is a central practice whenever we gather together.
- Because we believe that being a follower of Jesus includes all aspects of our lives, we aim for our ministries to engage with the different contexts (work, home, creation etc.) where we live out our daily lives, exploring how Jesus calls us to live in those contexts.
- Because we believe that the Holy Spirit is active in followers of Jesus we seek to provide opportunities for people to minister to each other out of the gifts that the Spirit has given them.
- Because we believe and know that we still struggle with sin, regular features of our gathered worship are repentance and celebrating the Lord’s Supper (communion).
- Because we believe the church encompasses many denominations, we actively participate in the life of the Anglican diocese of Dunedin and in the Combined Dunedin Churches group, and we support the work of the Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship (TSCF) and Student Life on campus.
How To Connect
St Matthews is led by a team which comprises a Priest-in-Charge and Vestry made up of people mostly elected by the congregation to their roles.
In addition, there are others who are appointed to lead certain ministries, who are not on the Vestry. These are leaders of the Children’s’ Church and Missions.
Barbara and Francis Noordanus
People's Warden and Synod Representative
Dutch and Cathy Gunther