100 years celebrated

Hilda Payne, members of Evensong Choir and members of congregation

A special Choral Evensong on Sunday, 22 September 1913, marked 100 years since St Matthew’s moved from the corner of Queen Street and Church Street, to its present site.  The second St Matthew’s church, dedicated on St Matthew’s Day, 1913, was damaged and subsequently demolished following the 1942 Wairarapa earthquake. The present church was dedicated in April 1958.

The Order of Service included most of the hymns, psalms, canticles and readings used at the Service of Dedication of the Second St Matthew’s Church in 1913.

Reverends Ted Dashfield and Stephen Kimberley discuss final details for the service

Clergy Ted Dashfield and Stephen Kimberley discuss last-minute details before the service.

Evensong Choir sits attentively

Evensong Choir sits demurely listening to the Reverend Ted Dashfield’s opening remarks

Clergy sing a hymn

Clergy enjoying a good sing during one of the hymns.
Left to right:  Reverends Stephen Kimberley, Liz Greville, David Lacey, David Cole

Members of the Evensong Singers in good voice

Evensong Singers take the lead in the hymns

Dan Rodda reads the first lesson

Dan Rodda reads the First Lesson

Vicar's Warden Edwin O'Hara reads the second lesson

Vicar’s Warden Edwin O’Hara reads the Second Lesson

Hilda Payne conducts the anthem

Hilda Payne conducts the Evensong Choir singing the anthem

The Reverend Ted Dashfield gives the address

The Reverend Ted Dashfield gives the address

Reverend Stephen Kimberley, with the Reverend David Lacey in the background

The Reverend Stephen Kimberley, with the Reverend David Lacey in the background

April Bamford leads the intercession

April Bamford leads the intercession.

Ngaire and Joyce Montgomery take the offertory

Joyce and Ngaire Montgomery take the offertory

Reverend Stephen Kimberley gives the blessing

Vicar Stephen Kimberley gives the Blessing

Choir processes - 1 Choir processes - 2

Ted Dashfield and Hilda Payne thank the choir after service

The Reverend Ted Dashfield thanks the choir.

Organist Barbara Anderson, Ted Dashfield with the Evensong Choir

Organist Barbara Anderson, with the Reverend Ted Dashfield and members of the Evensong Choir

Evensong Choir on chancel steps

Evensong Choir on the chancel steps.

Hilda Payne, Ted Dashfield and Barbara Anderson with Evensong Choir

Hilda Payne, the Reverend Ted Dashfield and Barbara Anderson lined up with the choir for a photo.

Further information

The Order of Service for the Evensong on 22 September 2013 is available here (pdf).

Further photographs are available here.

Overview of history of St Matthew’s Church is available here.