St Matthew Garage Sale 30th September

Thank you to helpers, donators and supporters of St Matthew Garage Sale at 45 Rototuna Road, Rototuna on Saturday 30th September. Several hundred dollars were raised to assist with St Matthew bathroom upgrade.


Reformation 500 News from St Matthew

Reformation 500 Commemoration Events

The movie: Luther (2003)

On July 19 the biographical movie depicting key events in the life of Martin Luther was screened at the Tivoli Theatre in Cambridge with a full house present. Light refreshments were served prior to the screening of the movie. In the movie Joseph Fiennes played the role of Martin Luther, a 16th century monk who led the Christian Reformation and opened up new possibilities in exploration of faith. The film began with his vow to become a monk, and continued through his struggles to reconcile his desire for sanctification with his increasing abhorrence of the corruption and hypocrisy pervading the Church's hierarchy. He was ultimately charged with heresy and had to confront the ruling cardinals and princes, urging them to make the Scriptures available to the common believer and lead the Church toward faith through justice and righteousness.

Thank you to all who attended to share fellowship and the movie. We have heard that the movie is still being talked about.

Friends of Hospital Chaplaincy Concert:

This annual concert  at the Chapel of Christ the King at St Paul's Collegiate began with a 6 minute presentation on the Reformation 500 theme by Pr John Davison from St Matthew Lutheran Church. An hour and a half of high quality musical items in a variety of genres followed the presentation. There was something to appeal to everyone with instrumental, choral and solo items.

Still to come:

Sharing our Stories : From Conflict to Communion

The history of the Catholic Church, the time of the reformation and the history of Catholicism in New Zealand presented by Sr. Carmel Walsh.

Connecting the beginning of the Lutheran Church at the Reformation with the existence of the church in New Zealand today by Pr. Jim Pietsch.

St Matthew Lutheran Church

27 Abbotsford St., Hamilton

Thursday 26th October (Supper provided)


Ecumenical Service : From Conflict to Communion

Bringing people of diverse Christian religions together to celebrate the Reformation and the Grace of God. Led by Bishop Steve Lowe (Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton) and Pr John Davison (St Matthew Lutheran Church, Hamilton)

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday 27th October


Reformation 500 Conference

A series of workshops, presentations, exhibitions and other events exploring the nature and impact of the Reformation on our communities. Engage in a dialogical process that enriches understanding of the ongoing significance of (re-)formative ideas and practices in religion and society.

Meteor Theatre and St Peter’s Cathedral 

29 – 31 October 2017.

Reformation 500 Celebration

An evening of celebration introduced by Bishop Mark Whitfield (Bishop of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand).

Enjoy the music of Bach, the events and impacts of the Reformation as we commemorate 500 years of change.

Featuring:         Ÿ   Tim Carpenter and young organists from St Paul's Collegiate

Ÿ   Dr Norman Franke

Ÿ   Hamilton Community Gospel Choir

Chapel of Christ the King

St Paul's Collegiate

77 Hukanui Rd., Hamilton

Saturday 4th November

7:00pm – Koha


Martin Luther (1953) Screening

The original classic of Luther's life which was released in 1953 and nominated for an Acadamy Award. 105 minutes long in black and white the movie traces Martin Luther's life from a guilt burdened monk through the monumental events which led to his break with the Roman Church. There will be Supper and a short Quizz after the movie.

St Matthew Lutheran Church

27 Abbotsford Street

Whitiora Hamilton

Saturday 18th November

7:00pm – Koha