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Rev Clay Nelson to leave St Matthew's - Sunday 6th July 2014

The Rev Clay Nelson has announced that he will be leaving St Matthew's to take up the role of Consulting Minister with the Auckland Unitarian Church from 1st September. more...

Beyond the Borders Conference taking Early Bird Registrations - Friday 30th May 2014

Don't miss the earlybird discount.  Register for the Beyond the Borders Progressive Spirituality Conference August 28-31 at the Community of St Luke's, Remeura.

Regarding baby steps General Synod took this week - Thursday 15th May 2014

Press release 15 May 2014 Small step welcome but people are more important than doctrine “Behind the church’s deliberations on same gender blessings are real people” says Rev Helen Jacobi, vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City. Rev Jacobi was reacting to news from the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Waitangi, 14 May, which adopted a structure and process to take the church forward on the issue of same gender blessings and ordination.  “While the General Synod is to be commended for taking a step forward, seen from the perspective of the people affected, those faithful gay and lesbian Anglicans wanting to be married more...

St Matthew's Urges General Synod to do the Right Thing...Finally - Friday 2nd May 2014

St Matthew's asks all who feel that is long past the time for the Anglican Church to fully include the LGBTI Communnity in the life of the church to sign this petition to General Synod. Please sign this petition: more...

New Tour of St Matthew's Now Available - Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A new tour of St Matthew-in-the-City that features many of the changes to the interior made in the last several years in 17 360 degree panoramas is available at

Vestry Comments on Process of Selecting the new Vicar - Monday 3rd March 2014

A statement from the St Matthew’s Vestry on the recent nomination process and appointment of a new vicar. Vestry met on 24 February 2014. This was the first meeting since the announcement of The Revd Dr Helen Jacobi as the new Vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City. Members of Vestry had received questions from the congregation about the appointment process and the appointment itself. Conscious of our roles as elected representatives of the congregation, all of these questions were put to Bishop Jim White, who attended the first part of the meeting. As a result of the discussions, and conscious of the confidentiality of the more...

Glynn Cardy Resigns - Monday 8th July 2013

Sunday, July 6th Glynn Cardy announced to the congregation he will be leaving St Matthew-in-the-City to accept a position as the minister at the Community of St Luke's Presbyterian Church in Remeura.  He acknowledges that it is a very strange thing to be moving to a sister communion within the Christian Church after a lifetime of worship as an Anglican, and 29 years of ordained service in this Diocese. Nevertheless he believes that this is the right move for him at the right time. He will conclude his ministry at St Matthew-in-the-City on Saturday 5th October. Initially this new position takes the form more...

Clay is off to Barcelona - Friday 28th June 2013

The Revd Clay Nelson and his wife Lynette are off to Europe before beginning a three month pulpit exchange from 1 August through 30 October at St George's Anglican Church in Barcelona.  The Revd Andrew Tweedy, Chaplain at St George's, and his wife Billie will be arriving 1 August to work in Clay's place.

An Introduction to Andrew & Billie Tweedy - Friday 28th June 2013

Dear People of St Matthew’s As the time draws near for Clay and I to swap pulpits, he asked that I might introduce myself to you.   I am British, home town Leeds; although I have lived in the south of England for many years I still follow rugby league and Yorkshire cricket  and am looking forward watching some rugby of either code in New Zealand! I married Billie nearly five years ago and moved to be the chaplain of St George’s in Barcelona.  Between us we have seven grown-up children and more...

House of Bishops warn clergy - Friday 19th April 2013

Anglican clergy have been informed that if they officiate at a same sex marriage their bishop will be "forced" to remove their licence.  Clay noted, "The irony that politicians were able to act on their conscience, yet Anglican clergy are not given the same freedom is not lost on us."  What this means for St Matthew's is that while same sex couples can hold their wedding at St Matthew's (previous law prevents us from discriminating), Glynn and Clay cannot be the officiant without losing their licence to be priests.   As has always been true, they can conduct a more...

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