It was with great joy that it was announced this morning (Sun 3 September 2017) that the new vicar of St Mary by the Sea in Torbay will be the Revd Dion Blundell.  Here are some words from Dion:

"We are delighted to be coming to Torbay. For the last 11 years we have ministered to the community in Papakura. We have four energetic children, Daniel 11, Caitlin 9, Annalia 7 and Isaac 5.  We enjoy the normal family things.  We look forward to getting to know you and you us....
Our induction will be Thursday 25th January 2018, at 7:30pm.  Please join us then, as Papakura farewell us, and you welcome us."

May we all uphold Dion, Angela and their family in our prayers as they prepare to move to Torbay and join our community of faith. Let us pray, too, for their church family in Papakura who they will soon leave.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Welcome to St Mary by the Sea

We are a family-friendly Anglican church which tries as far as possible to involve all ages in our worship. Our Services are sacramental and liturgical in the Anglican tradition but in an informal way, with the active involvement of lay people in the leadership of worship. Our aim is a Service that is not only spiritually uplifting, meaningful and relevant, but also warm and welcoming to all ages.

We want our Passion for God, Compassion for People, (our Mission Statement) to become central in all that we say and do. Our desire is to meet the needs of our community with the love of Jesus.

We are part of the Diocese of Auckland, Archdeaconry of Hauraki.