Hi ,
we are excited to announce that with the government allowing gatherings of 100 people, we resumed in-person worship last Sunday. This Trinity Sunday the 7th June we meet at 8am and 10am. We will continue to offer online worship at 10am on YouTube while the need exists for this in level 2. We hope to see you online, or in person this Sunday.

Level 1 Excitement

It looks like we will be at Level 1 shortly. We have big plans. We're going to be doing a regular intergenerational games night so we can catch up and connect and next week we'll be starting a new worship and teaching series called "Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart". The last few months have been challenging in many ways and this will be a time to reflect and contemplate on the ways that our lives have been unraveled by circumstances and how God works to both challenge and transform us.

Welcome back video

Check out our welcome back video on YouTube
Welcome Video - first frame

In-person worship - St Mary by the Sea

We hold three in person worship services:
  • Sunday 8am communion
  • Sunday 10am communion
  • Wednesday 10am communion & Bible Study
For now, in level 2, none of these services are like they were before lock-down. While we can’t wait to get back to worship… we are being cautious. We have made changes that are in line with current best practice as described by the Covid-19 information produced by the NZ Government.

The key thing is that During Level 2 we’ll be maintaining social distancing and hygiene practices such as as:
  • Using hand sanitiser or washing hands when we enter and exit church, as well as when using the bathroom or serving food.
  • Signing-in via our contract tracing app (SimpleTrace) or the sign in sheet
  • Keeping distance between anyone who doesn’t live in our bubble. This means:
    • no hugging,
    • no kissing,
    • no shaking hands
  • Using sign language to pass the peace
  • Listening to music rather than singing. Singing has spread the virus overseas, so for now, no singing.
  • Sanitising furniture and high use areas between and after services.
We will be continuing to offer an online worship option for those who are not able or ready to be part of larger groups. We will review this once we see how many people are using this as their worship on a Sunday morning.

We ask that if you are sick or have any cold or flu symptoms including runny/blocked nose, cough, sneezing, temperature, sore throat, aches and pains, loss of smell that you stay at home until you are better. You can attend worship when you have been symptom free for three days. If you are concerned about your or your loved ones health, please contact your GP or Healthline 0800 358 5453
We look forward to seeing you on-line or in-person.

Dion and Angela.

Sunday 7th June 2020

Trinity Sunday

Today we remember that we worship One God, who we experience in three different ways. God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The key is that God values community and God works in relationship. We see that relationship through the way the Father and Son relate to each other, and their relationship with the Holy Spirit. The key in this is unity in diversity. May you fully experience God, as Creator, Redeemer and Giver of Life.

Peace, Dion.


Trinity - 7th June 2020

Gen 1:1-2:4a
2 Cor 13:11-13
Matt 28:16-20

Collect / Prayer for the day

Blessed Trinity, we know you as a community of love. Grant us such worship of you that we are transformed after your likeness; to be creative, caring, life enriching people. For you reign in the glory of the power that is love. This we ask through Christ our Mediator. Amen

Te Pouhere Sunday - 14th June 2020

Isa 42:10-20
2 Cor 5:14-19
John 15:9-17

Community Shop

Thanks to our Volunteers

Re-opened on Saturday 23 May 2020 at 10:00am. A special thanks to everyone who has helped out, to get us going again. It has been a big undertaking, and it is going great. Thanks.

Lunch Breaks

For the first few weeks, some of our volunteers are working right through the day. If anyone has a spare hour at lunch time, and could relieve for a short while, while we have a lunch break, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm

We look forward to seeing you there – keep safe from all the Team.
Help needed.

Online Worship Stream

We are live online with YouTube, Sunday 10:02am. If you join at 10:05, you will miss the first 3 minutes, just like if you turn up to church late. Join at 10:00am and you’ll have a two minute count down to the 10:02am start. If you miss out on the start, come back after 10:40 and you’ll be able to see the service from the beginning. The link to our YouTube Chanel is the same each week. Click the button below for the YouTube channel.

After Service Chit-Chat

There will be no Zoom ChitChat after the online service this week.

Worship Preparation

If you're meeting for worship online, how about preparing a space for worship? Create a special space for worship. What about when you turn the computer or TV on for YouTube, that you light a candle, get your bible, notebook, Pen and drink. Make this your worship space for the next 30 minutes.

Connecting on Zoom

All of our St Mary by the Sea Zoom meetings are at the one address.
The meeting ID is: 919 265 616
To dial in for Audio only, or if your computer doesn’t have a microphone, phone 09 884 6780, enter the meeting ID 919265616 when prompted.

Bible Studies

Our in-person Bible Study is Wednesday @10am. We first begin with a short informal communion service, where we look at the saint for the day. This week for our Saint, we remember the Martyrs of Uganda.
Our on-line Bible Study is Wednesday @12noon - Meeting ID: 919-265-616


We are currently at Level 2

Vestry have decided that the buildings limit during level 2 are:
  • St Mary by the Sea - max. 100 people
  • Hall - max. 25 people
At this stage during Level 2, worship will continue to be offered both in-person and online. This will be reviewed as the government release new guidelines. We expect to review this when Cabinet next review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and 22 June. We will let you know what impact their decisions have on us as soon aw we can.

Level 2 info -

Play it safe

These are the most important things that you can remember and do:
  • COVID-19 is still out there. Play it safe.
  • Keep your distance from other people in public.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces.
  • If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • Keep a track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen.

Controls at Alert Level 2

Alert Level 2 is not life as normal, some restrictions and other measures remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • We need to maintain physical distancing.
  • Only small, controlled gatherings will be permitted.
  • Physical distancing, hygiene standards and contact registers (where required) will make businesses safe.


Clergy can officiate at a funeral. But it would be a small gathering of no more than 100 people in total. If asked to officiate at a funeral in level 2, we can also offer the option of a memorial service at a later stage for a larger gathering when that is safe and possible.


Mainly Music remains closed. We are looking at resuming in term 3.

St Mary by the Sea

St Mary by the Sea is open at level 2 for prayer. We are not an open-public space, at this level we need to control the safety of our environment, so things will be a bit different to what you are accustomed to.
  1. We will be removing the common points of contact, like prayer lists and pens. We will not be distributing anything from the church, and we specifically aren't allowed to distribute paper.
  2. Access is available to the foyer and toilets. To access other areas you need to liaise with Debbie and Dion.
  3. If you wish to meet with Debbie or Dion, this will happen in the foyer.
  4. Solid surfaces will be regularly sanitised.
  5. Doors will be left open so that they aren't a common point of touch
  6. You need to "Sign-in" in the entrance after having sanitised your hands
  7. In level 2 you will need to call ahead, as the building is only open by appointment, please phone Dion or Debbie (numbers below)
  8. This will be reviewed as the government release new guidelines.

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Happy Birthday to Glenda George for Wednesday 10th June
Would you like to be on our celebration list? Email

Word of Today and Our Daily Bread

New copies are out. If you email Dion, he can deliver a copy to you.

The online versions are here:
and the youth version here:
Our Daily Bread:

Online Worship survey

Thanks for everyone who contributed to our online survey. We appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. This will help us shape our future together. Vestry have had a provisional look at the data, and we will dive into it in more detail. Would you be interested in seeing some results? let Dion know.

Survey Scout Cafe Voucher winners

Our winners were chosen by a random number generator. There was a voucher given to one person from each generation that entered the survey. The winners were: Jean Coomer, Christine Gilmore, Lester Newman, Shannone October, Gabriella Wilkinson. Congratulations. And thanks everyone for your feedback.

Church Life Survey

Every now and again, the Church Life Survey, releases a study about how Christian's experience faith and life. A survey for their next study is being released Friday 22 May here. and it focuses our experience under lockdown, in particular assessing the effectiveness of online services and other forms of support.

Faith 5

Faith 5 is 5 simple steps to help us nurture our faith. It is simple enough to be done multiple times a week.
1: SHARE your highs and lows
2: READ a Bible story
3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
5: BLESS one another
More info here:

Regular Information

Praying for Others

Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 278 1450 or Names can be sent at other times as required.

Roof Appeal

Extensive work to repair the roof has been done, have a look at the photos on the notice board to see why. Please donate to our roof repair fund. St Mary by the Sea, BNZ, Browns Bay Account# 02-0120-0047903-003 Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number and the word ROOF.


Vestry would like to encourage you to give to support our ministry. Giving and donations can be made to:
St Mary by the Sea
BNZ Browns Bay 02-0120-0047903-003
Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number.


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Debbie Rhodes, 094738180
Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:094738183 Mobile:0211378624 Home:094732270

Priest Assistant

Rev’d Jay Smith, 0211045914


Jean Coomer, 094780080
Susan Haslam, 094150073

St Mary by the Sea

PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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