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 across the week. Our ministry to workers includes a mid-week church service for those who cannot meet on Sunday mornings. Our ministry to families includes a creche, young mum’s group, and a children’s church. Our ministry to youth and students includes small groups, youth groups and weekly young adults gathering on Sunday evenings. Our ministry to the area around the church building includes a short service on Sunday evenings that begins with a meal.
For people who are looking at recovering their Christian faith or for those who would like to find out more about Christianity, we run a four week course called the Good News Course that introduces the you to the person at the heart of Christianity – Jesus – and introduces you to some of the people who are part of St Matthews.
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 Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and that the bible reveals the story that makes sense of our world.
Our belief about the truth that scripture reveals has many implications for the life of our church:
- Because we believe that Jesus is the only way that people can be restored back to 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, our ministries engage with the different contexts (work, home, creation etc.) where we live out our daily lives and exploring how Jesus calls us to live in those contexts while we await His return.
- Because we believe that the 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, repentance and celebrating the Lord’s Supper are regular features of our gathered worship.
- Because we believe in the holy catholic church, 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 Matts is organised as a number of small groups which provide mutual pastoral care, fellowship, prayer and teaching. The leaders of each group are the first point of call for help. Overall our aim is to grow in our walk with Jesus and make new disciples
Some groups are weekly, some are fortnightly, and one group is for men only and another for women. There are parents and new babies group, a daytime group, a Sunday lunch and study families group, an emerging leaders’ group, a student group and a virtual email group. We also have a number of general home groups that are based on geography around the city.
Twice each year, groups follow Stu’s preaching through a book of the Bible.
At any time in the year, we can now offer on demand the ‘Good News’ programme, a four-week series to explore becoming a Christian.
We also have a number of resources available in the church office for small group leaders, just call in during our office hours.
To explore where you might fit in and enjoy full fellowship with St Matts through a small group, talk to Stu or Mary Crosson.
Ven Stu Crosson
Stu has been serving at St Matthew’s since January 2006 when he and Mary and their three boys Sam, Peter and Michael received a clear call from God (ask them about it one day) to come ‘home’ to the Mainland after a time in exile in Auckland!
Stu is passionate about preaching the grace and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ after being converted from a somewhat wayward lifestyle at the age of 28. He is committed to the raising up of Christian leaders to serve the church and to seeing God’s kingdom come on earth.
In his spare time, he pretends to be a lumberjack, tending trees on a few acres in Waihola. He is a broken down rugby player, hits a wayward golf ball and loves Van Morrison. He also still believes he can run faster than his sons (clearly this is no longer true!)
Since coming to Dunedin, Stu has been active in ministry across the whole church of Dunedin, taking a leadership role in the Combined Dunedin Churches. In 2013, Bishop Kelvin appointed him Archdeacon of Dunedin. (Stu is still working out what this means!)
Stu is also an avid reader. Click here to check out the books that Stu has enjoyed recently
Married to Katherine, Grant is very involved in St Matthew’s.
He runs our Men’s ministry, is our sound manager, not to mention being the Vicar’s Warden.
Grant is also kept busy with being the Otago field rep for Promise Keepers, as well as running his own business.
His three children love their sports, with his twin girls now playing college basketball in the USA.
His son Kinton is also very involved in St Matt’s life, being part of The Chapel leadership team, on the sound team, along with being a musician in our music team.
Ministry Leaders Team
Youth Group Leader