Parish holiday information

The Parish Office will be closed until Wednesday, January 16.

Clergy: For any emergencies please contact:

  • St Matthew’s:  The Reverend Stephen Kimberley, Vicar, phone 370 8589.
  • St Alban’s: The Reverend Merv Jones, phone 377 4709
  • St Andrew’s in the Paddock: the Reverend Liz Greville, phone 370 8274
  • Church of St Francis of Assisi: the Reverend Liz Greville (as above)

Children’s Ministry Office: The Children’s Ministry Office will be closed until Monday January 14th. For any emergencies please contact Brad via mobile.

Country Services: There will be no country services at St Alban’s, St Andrew’s or St Francis’ in January. Services will resume in February 2013.


Monday Combined Churches Prayer Meeting  Resumes 28 January 2013
Women’s Group  Resumes in March
Tuesday Prayer for Israel + afternoon tea  Resumes 5 February, 147 Black Rock Road
Wednesday Gardening Group  Resumes 9 January
Prayer for healing service  Resumes 9 January
Thursday Midweek Service  Resumes 3 January
Study Group with David Cole  Resumes in Lent
Saturday Raptorous Youth  Resumes 2 February
Men’s Breakfast  Resumes 2 February
Matt’s Place  Resumes 2 February
Women’s Breakfast  Resumes March
4Fs–Free family fun and food  3rd Saturday of month
Sunday Prayer for 10 am service  9.30 am in the Prayer Room
KidZ UnlimiteD  Every Sunday during 10 am service
Under-40s Bible Study  Resumes 13 January
Good Neighbour Sunday  Resumes 31 March

Bishop Justin joins the DIY team

Kia ora koutou katoa

Workers at Raetihi Parish Vicarage outside the vicarage
Workers at Raetihi Parish Vicarage taking a rest from their labours

Greetings friends and family, it has been a busy end to the year. I have just finished the prizegiving season with our schools. I joked with the Principals that I was running league tables judging each Principal’s speech for content, delivery and most of all length. I was once again impressed by the calibre and achievement of the young people in our schools. However it also reminded me of the Biblical principle “for whom much is given much is expected” – we are involved in education so that our young people can be formed and educated to take their place in creating a just world; reflective of God’s Kingdom coming on earth as it is in Heaven.

Raetihi Vicarage makeover

Raetihi Parish Vicarage makeover
Raetihi Parish Vicarage makeover

I managed to escape for a few days and join many others from the Diocese in Raetihi as we DIY’d the Vicarage. It was a great few days that had many Kingdom ingredients. There was at least 35 of us from all around the Diocese; 25 were young people, and it was intergenerational (even my Dad came from Melbourne). We worked hard and laughed a lot. It was a joy to see old ones pass on skills to younger ones – Chris Casey teaching teenagers to scrape and prepare window sills for painting, and then teach them good painting technique (not that I am saying that Chris is that old!)

We experienced amazing hospitality with phenomenal meals and enough baking to force a growing Bishop to consider a diet. People have been so generous in donating building materials. However even with this input, Alison from Raetihi informed me that they were rebuilding in faith; the giving income was less than the upgrade expenditure. We both agreed though, that God’s provision was always good for his projects (just in case you missed it, this was a subtle hint to consider donating a few dollars to help!!) When I reflect on our Diocese commitment to “being family” I thought this was a great example of the family in action. I came away energised and thanking God for the people of this Diocese.

Support and goodwill

I want to take this opportunity as the year grows to an end to just say how much I have appreciated the support and goodwill we as a family have experienced as we have started this new season of ministry. I am still humbled daily by people’s grace and encouragement as I grow into this calling.

Ted Dashfield mentioned in despatches

I finish this Advent news with a few words I received from Archdeacon May Croft reflecting on her attendance at an Evensong at St Matthew’s, Masterton; a celebration of Reverend Ted Dashfield’s 60th anniversary of being Priest.

“Ted’s address was wonderful …he has a way with words and can be quite profound. He ended by saying something like ‘… oh just one more thing … it’s all about Jesus you know and how we relate to him … who we think he is.’”

May you relate deeply again to Jesus this Advent.

+Justin, Jenny, Luca, Jesse and Maya

Christmas in Masterton

Noel candles

Christmas in Masterton

Services at Masterton Anglican Churches
and in the country churches at Fernridge, Bideford and Tauweru 

Sunday, 16 December 2012
Church of St Francis of Assisi, Bideford 
7 pm, Carols by Candlelight, with Eucharist

Church of the Epiphany, High Street 
7 pm, Remembrance Service

St Matthew’s, Church Street 
7 pm, Nine Lessons and Carols Service Sunday,

Sunday, 23 December 2012 
St Andrew’s in the Paddock, Fernridge 
10 am, Eucharist for the fourth Sunday in Advent

St Matthews, Church Street
7.30 pm, Carols under the Stars

Christmas Eve 
Church of the Epiphany, High Street
7 pm, Christingle Children´s Service
11.15 pm, First Mass of Christmas, with carols

St Martin’s in the Close, Rathkeale College 
7 pm, Christmas Eve at St Martin’s

St Andrew’s in the Paddock, Fernridge 
8.30 pm, “Midnight” Mass

St Matthew’s, Church Street 
11 pm, Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day
Church of the Epiphany, High Street
8 am, Holy Communion
9 am, Dawn Mass of Christmas

St Andrew’s in the Paddock, Fernridge 
9 am, Joy to the World – Christmas Day celebration, with Eucharist

St Matthew’s, Church Street 
9 am, Family-focused celebration with Holy Communion

Bishop Justin: the hitchhiker’s guide to living dangerously

Ordination 2012, Wellington Cathedral

The 2012 Diocesan Ordination Service was held in Wellington Cathedral on Saturday, 24 November.

Nine deacons were ordained to the priesthood, and one to the diaconate.  (See list of names of those who were ordained here.)

Live dangerously

Bishop Justin’s sermon – enthusiastically endorsed with laughter and applause – asked the 10 new ordinands to live dangerously, to live adventurously. And the outreach benefits of hitchhiking.   Great listening!

Ted’s 60th anniversary Eucharist


The Rev’d Ted Dashfield celebrated Eucharist in fine style at 8 am, on Advent Sunday, 2 December 2012, 60 years exactly since he celebrated his first Eucharist – at this very altar – in 1952.

The beautiful Meredith stained-glass windows formed a backdrop to Ted as he celebrated.  The text – from Matthew 5:16 –  that flows across the bottom of the windows, seemed to sum up Ted’s wonderful ministry perfectly:

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven

Tinui joins in


The Rev’d Steve Thomson points to the photo of a young Ted Dashfield

A large contingent of Tinui people joined members of the Dashfield family, Masterton and other Wairarapa parishioners for this special service.  Tinui’s Priest-in-Charge, the Rev’d Steve Thomson, produced a photo collage of the first eight vicars of Tinui, including a dashing, youthful, Ted Dashfield. He talked about Ted’s role as his mentor: “Preparation, Steve. Preparation.”

Ted, in turn, described Tinui as his “spiritual home”.

History recalled

Ted’s address was a walk through his career, from the influence of Wanganui Collegiate head, F. W. Gilligan, to being part of J Force (occupation of Japan, immediately after the Second World War).

Those who interviewed him as a prospective candidate for ordination included former St Matthew’s Vicar, (then) Archdeacon E. J. Rich.

Marriage to the lovely Helen Berney was followed by a stint in England and Ted was offered the Parish of Tinui. He accepted “by return post.”

Tinui loved Ted and Ted loved Tinui.  An up-hill-and-down-dale parish, spanning 80 miles from end-to-end (and most of it on gravel roads) kept Ted more than fully occupied.  And, if meeting the pastoral and liturgical needs of such a widely spread congregation wasn’t enough, he also found time to get St John the Evangelist, at Homewood, and St Peter by the sea at Castlepoint built as well.

Four years at Carterton (which also involved another huge building programme which Ted didn’t mention) was followed by an invitation in 1969 to be (much loved) Headmaster of St Matthew’s Collegiate School for Girls.  This was followed by stints at various other Anglican schools.

He was looking for a fresh challenge in 1983 when Bishop Edward Norman asked him to “fill in” for six months at Tinui. This brief appointment stretched to six years.


Soprano Katherine Sprowson sings Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus
during the Administration

At a time in life when most clergy are happier in a comfy armchair reading the Church Times, Ted continues to make a huge contribution at Choral Evensong and 8 am Eucharists at St Matthew’s, as well as supporting children and youth activities. He can often be spotted at St Andrew’s in the Paddock.  Forward thinking, supported by a life of prayer, loved by both young and old throughout the parish, Ted offers a style of ministry leadership as relevant today as it was forty years ago, when he was in his prime.  Actually, he still is in his prime.


Heads together: the Rev’d Ted Dashfield, former Headmaster of St Matthew’s Collegiate School for Girls, with another former principal, Erik Pedersen. 

Here’s to you, Ted.  We’re looking forward to the 70th anniversary!

More photos from the big day are available here.

Ted Dashfield’s Diamond Jubilee – the photos

The Rev'd Ted Dashfield
The Rev’d Ted Dashfield at the conclusion of the 8 am Eucharist to mark 60 years since his ordination

In possibly a first for St Matthew’s, not one, but three photographers (Caryl Forrest, Bruce Levy and Judy Wagg) were busy at the 7 pm Choral Evensong on Advent Sunday, 2 December 2012, when Anglicans across the Wairarapa, together with members of the Dashfield family, joined together in a triumphal service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Rev’d Ted Dashfield’s ordination to the priesthood, in 1952.

Caryl Forrest also photographed and wrote about the 8 am Eucharist here.

All the photos from the great day are available here and here.