1938-07 (July)

Category: Parish Magazines: 1938
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JULY 1938




My Dear Parishioners,

Synod, which meets this month in Wellington, may well prove one of the most memorable in thc history 0f our Diocese. At it the Bishop, supported by his clergy and lay representatives from every parish will launch the great Centenary Campaign in accordance with the decision of last Synod. All who care for their Church and all who would like to see Christian ideals permeate the community will find in this campaign a glorious call to vigorous action. This young nation calls aloud for a strong Church life that its soul may be found. The call to sacrifice for the sake of the spiritual basis of the life of New Zealand is one which will draw a response from all who want to see their country preserve its heritage and become increasingly the minister of God’s Blessing to mankind.

Your sincere friend and Vicar,  



A Wellington team of six, with the Rev. F. A. Tooley as leader, gave their messages at a great service in St. Matthew’s, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, 5th June. The sincerity of the messages given made a wide appeal and left an impression which will last for a long time. Tea followed in the Parish Hall. Here there was a happy spirit and many met the team members. Evensong was another great service, when the leader summed up the message of the team. Afterwards, the Wellington and Masterton teams had supper together.  

On Tuesday, 7th June, our Masterton team, consisting of Misses B. Coleman and J. Purcell, Messrs. K. Chapman and D. Carruthers, with the Vicar as leader, went out to Tinui. Here we were met by nearly 40 young men and women and our team gave their messages. It was a happy experience and the result was expressed by one Tinui speaker, who, at the end of the rally, said, “We’ve got to think it out and at our next meeting be ready to decide what we are going to do here.”

Sunday, 12th June, saw our team go to St. Mark’s, Wellington. At a rally service at 3.30 p.m. the team members all spoke. Then followed a very happy tea with the local Bible Classes. Evensong was a great service. Two of the team read the lessons, two gave 3 minute talks and the Vicar was the preacher. After the service supper was provided for the team. It was a  great day. The visit was appreciated and many kind things were said about the help given to St. Mark’s.

A thrilling and glorious service was held at St. Matthew’s at 3 p.m. on Sunday, 26th June, when rousing hymns were sung and a wonderful atmosphere made this service at which our team gave their message to a large congregation of people from their own town, a truly memorable one. It was no easy task to give their witness in their own parish, but it was most effective and inspiring.    



This is always one of the great outstanding events of the year. The Club has won for itself a great reputation for the excellence of its annual concert, and that reputation should be even enhanced by this year’s effort. A start has been made with the preparation, and a bright and varied programme will be presented. More about this next month. In the meanwhile, keep the date free. The concert will be presented in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, 10th August, at 8 p.m.




1        William Hartley Mouldey.

3        Peter John Blundell.

5        Elizabeth Phyllis Miller.

21        Henry Richard Carleton Holmes.

22        Jeanie Rachel Thompson.




3     Alan Wilfred Rigg and Betty Braggins.

4     Henry Oliver Bunny and Barbara Rita Kebbell.

Arthur Francis Light Mason and Jean Margaret Bennett.

6      Allan Bruce McMaster and Thelma Olive Dickason.

15    Hugh Campbell Pearce and Patricia Roberta Elizabeth Bunny.

18    Farrer Middlebrook and Eleanor Hope Dillon.

Terence Henry Falloon and Helen Joan Rutherford.

Cecil Francis Birch and Yolanda Jessie Elkins.

Norman Stuart McLachlan and Ivy Jordan Carle.

Vivian Norman Gray and Florence Marjorie Doris Joy.




22        James Herbert Foster Foreman.  



In these great days we want to play a worthy part, and to do that we want all the help we can get. Confirmation is not only revealing that we stand for the Christian ideal, it is a means of spiritual help in living the Christian life. It is desired that candidates should not be less than 14 years of age but no one is too old to be confirmed. The junior preparation classes will begin on Sunday, 24th July, at 4 p.m., in St. Matthew’s Church. Special classes for adults will be held later. Several have already handed in their names, and others who missed confirmation when they were young are urged to seizé this opportunity and give their names to thc Vicar. The Vicar will be glad to have also the names of candidates from thc country parts of the parish so that arrangements may he made for their preparation.



Mr. S. W. Smith, 10/-; Mesdames Harrison, Weston, Cleghorn, 5/- each; Mr. L, Hough, Mrs. Latimer, 4/- each; Mesdames Ward, T. Beetham, E. Magrath, 5/- each; Mesdames Cummings, Darvill, Wyatt, Moore, 2/6 each.  



There was a splendid attendance at the first Guild social afternoon for the season. Appreciated items were given and Mrs. J. T. Holland’s address was enjoyed by all.

On Tuesday, 7th June, the Girls’ Club entertained Miss L Carle, one of their most popular members, to a very happy gift evening in the Parish Hall on the occasion of her approaching marriage. A few days later, the Senior Club entertained Miss Carle and made a presentation to her.

The annual session of the Diocesan Synod opens in Wellington on Thursday, 14th July, in the Sydney Street Schoolroom.

As usual the annual dance of St. Matthew’s Tennis Club proved a very happy function. After supper, the Vicar presented to the winners the various trophies won during last season. A farewell social was tendered to Miss E. Dillon by the Wairarapa Scouts and a presentation made to her before her wedding. Miss Dillon had been associated with St. Matthew’s Cubs for nearly eight years.

On Thursday evenings, at 7.45 p.m., in the Common Room of the Parish Hall happy card evenings are held in aid of the Guild and Scout funds. All are welcome at these evenings.

We acknowledge with thanks, Missionary Fellowship, box and other donations from Mesdames A. J. Welch, Judd, Hope, Hosking, Cruickshank, Fletcher, Johns, Creed, Braggins, Andrew, Hutch, Woods, R. Beetham, Morrison, Perry, Lamb, Wickham,, McKay, Misses Francis, Robins, Persen, B. Vallance, M. Vallance, Rockell, Gray, Whitehouse, Maunsell, Morrison, K. Morrison, Booth, Messrs. G. Hyde, R. Pinhey, E. J. Rich, A. W. Seeley.

We are grateful to Mr. L. Sutton for the gift of' an electric heater for Upper Plain. This gift is appreciated by the Sunday School and at the services.

An inspiring service marked the Church Parade of members of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem on Sunday, 26th June. There was a good representation from St. John Ambulance, the Nursing Division and the Cadets.  

A very large congregation appreciated the glorious musical service of praise rendered by our Choir at Evensong on Sunday, 26th June. It was a reverent and worthy offering to God and a real help to all who were present.



The Epiphany Hall was crowded to the doors for the annual Sunday School concert. A great programme was presented and the children and their teachers are to be congratulated on the great success achieved. In the course of the evening a presentation was made to Miss Dillon from the Sunday School.

A very happy social evening, organised by the Ladies' Guild, was held in the Epiphany Hall on Wednesday, 23rd June. There was a good attendance, an excellent programme of games, items and dances was presented, a dainty supper was served and altogether the evening was a very happy one.

On Tuesday, 5th July, at 2.30 p.m., the Ladies’ Guild invite lady parishioners and their friends to a shilling social afternoon in the Epiphany Hall. An excellent programme is being arranged, afternoon tea will be served, and a very happy time is promised all when attend. Besides that, those present will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are giving practical help in the good work the Epiphany Guild is doing. The Vicar will speak on world affairs.



The greatest challenge and the most splendid opportunity probably ever presented to the people of New Zealand will be launched by the Bishop this month during Synod. 'l‘o mark the centenary it is proposed to build a worthy Cathedral in the capital city of the Dominion and to establish the Bishop Fighting Fund to strengthen the Church’s work and make possible the extension of that work in every corner of the Diocese. Already, it is clear that this campaign is catching the imagination of people and it looks as if we are on the verge of a response which will inspire the whole life of our nation. 

The campaign will be launched in Masterton at a great meeting to be held in the Opera House on Monday, 1st August, at 8 p.m.  His Worship the Mayor will preside and speak; the Bishop will launch the campaign and will be supported by a leading Wellington citizen.  Preparations for that meeting are well in hand. A splendid meeting of representative men set up a Citizens’ Committee with an executive of which the Mayor is chairman, Mr. H. M. Boddington secretary and Mr G.. W. Sellar treasurer. These citizens are already acting and they hope to be in a position at the public meeting to report a great response from lending citizens in the district.

Then the Vestry had a splendid special meeting to consider the Church’s organisation. Every detail was considered and the Vestry feel that everything will be in readiness when the campaign is launched. Mr. A. Owen Jones was appointed secretary of the Church’s Committee and Mr. H. A. R. Dunderdale the treasurer.

Many helpers to be known as Bishop’s Helpers, will be needed. The Vestry want every parish organisation to be represented, so they invite all the members of every organisation  in every part of the parish together with all others interested to meet in the Parish Hall, on Tuesday, 5th July, at 7.30 p.m.. That should be a great meeting of preparation.

Excellent literature is being prepared in Wellington. This will be distributed after the public meeting by the Bishop’s Helpers.

With the Citizen’s Committee so enthusiastic and with the Church’s organisation doing their part Masterton is going to play a worthy part in this thrilling and glorious venture. We can all help to get at crowded hall for the Opera House meeting on Monday, 1st August. True, the Opera House holds a lot of people, but such is the interest, we shall see it filled. 

Another important final preparation for the public meeting will be the Church services the day before, i.e., on Sunday, 31st  July. All who can are asked to join in worship that day.  A Pastoral Letter from the Bishop will be read, special prayers will be offered and the addresses will concern the great effort to which God is calling us all.



The Rev. E. J. Rich (Vicar), Church Street, Telephone 1096.

The Rev. T. V. Pearson, 1 Victoria Street. Telephone 1502.

Student-assistant, Mr. V. W. Joblin, 31 Worksop Road. Telephone 2231.



Messrs R.E. Maunsell and J. Ninnes



Messrs E. J. Coleman

E. Hale

W. L. Hunter

G. Hyde

A. G. Jones

C. R. Mabson

W. Penistone

P. G. Ramsay

R. G. Russell, and

W. E. Vowell


Lay Readers--

Messrs F. H. Dunderdale

V. W. Joblin and

J. F. Jaine



Mr A. Miller Hope.



Mr Wm. C. Mann



Messrs A. O. Jones and

P. G. Ramsay.


Hon Secretary--

Mr A. O. Jones


Sec. of Envelope System of Giving--

Mr V. H. Heath, 185 Dixon Street.


Hon. Treasurer--

Mr H. A. R. Dunderdale, Perry Street.


Sec. Magazine--

Miss R. Robinson, 66 Essex Street



Mr G. F. Knapp, 79 Pine Street


St. Matthew’s School for Girls--

Principal, Mrs. Max Cleghorn, B.A.




July 10—Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

St. Matthews:

8 a.m. H.C.;

11 a.m. Mattins and Sermon, Scout Parade;

7 pm., Evensong and Sermon.


Church of the Epiphany:

9 a.m. H.C.;

7 p.m.. Evensong and Sermon.


Upper Plain: 7 p.m. Evensong


July 17--Fifth Sunday after Trinity.

St. Matthew’s:

8 a.m. H.C., Corporate Communion Bible Classes and Girls’ Club;

11 a.m. Matins and Sermon;

7 p.m. Evensong and Sermon


Church of the Epiphany:

7 p.m., Evensong and Sermon.



1.45 pm, Evensong and Sermon.



2.45 pm, Evensong and Sermon


St. Alban’s, Taueru

9.30 am, Sunday School

10 a.m., H.C.


June 26--Sixth Sunday After Trinity

St Matthew’s

8 am, H.C., Corporate Communion Sunday School Teachers;

11 a.m., Matins and Sermon;

7 p.m. Evensong and Sermon


Church of the Epiphany

7 p.m. Evensong and Sermon


Public Hospital

4 p.m., Service and Address


Upper Plain

9 am, H.C.


July 26--Tuesday. Vestry Meeting, 7.30 pm


August 7 --7th Sunday after Trinity

St Matthew’s

8 am, H.C.,

11 am, H.C. (Choral) and Sermon,

7 pm, Evensong and Sermon.


Church of the Epiphany

7 pm, Evensong and Sermon


St Alban’s, Taueru: 2 pm Sunday School

2.30 pm Evensong and Sermon.

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St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Masterton, Parish Magazine--1938-07 (July)