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This week we continue our series of why we do intergenerational ministry and worship. Our focus this week is Making Room (theology of accommodation).

When a person is ordained a deacon, or priest, there is only one thing we pray for, for them, and that is for grace. We ask for God’s grace to grow in them, so that they can fulfill God’s call on their life. And I can say that that is true for me. It is only with God’s grace that I can minister. And when I get things wrong, and a relationship struggles, it is because of a lack of grace on my part. Grace is critically important.

This week we look at a concept that Angela and I have come across in our Intergenerational studies called: “A theology of accommodation.” Which is a way of saying that through grace, we offer people a space, or we offer them hospitality, or we receive hospitality. Grace works in us so that we can be with people who are different to us. We are called together by God. And God calls different people together. We aren’t all the same. So we have to make accommodation, or space for each other. And the key in all of this, is the person with experience, or power, or position, is the person first called to accommodate. It isn’t for the new or inexperienced person to accommodate, it is for the experienced person to do this. As our responsibility and authority increase, so does the responsibility to accommodate. It is a position of being humble and not putting ourselves first. May God’s grace grow in your life, so you can journey alongside those who are different to you.

Journeying with you, Dion.

Intergenerational Focus

A four-week journey

This series reminds us of our call to be an intentionally intergenerational community. It is set in the context that intergenerational gatherings happen on a regular basis but that there is more we can do to seek connection with one another, to nourish and support each other in our faith journeys and to be community.

The key themes are:
  1. Why We Journey Together
  2. Upside Down Kingdom
  3. Making Room (theology of accommodation)
  4. Celebrating Life Together

    Online YouTube Podcast

    Goes live on Sunday at 10am, here: or click the button below

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    Wednesday afternoon online study group meets at 12:30pm on zoom. The invite for the study is here:

    Baptism Today.

    Sunday 25th July, 12 noon

    Adrian Kerner is getting Baptised, Sunday 25th July at 12noon after service at Waiake Beach. Please come along and support Adrian as he makes this faith step.
    quiz night

    The BIG quiz night is on.

    Unfortunately we were unable to hold this event last year due to Covid restrictions but this year we are holding the St Mary's tearfund BIG quiz night.
    Saturday 21st August. See Mark van der Ham for more details. A great fun night for all ages. Come alone, come with your family, friends or neighbours but make sure you book your slot to come to this great event.
    get one give one

    Anglican Missions Get one- Give One Campaign.

    Get-one. Give-one is an Anglican Church wide (and soon to be New Zealand wide) campaign! Already over $6500 has been raised!
    In being thankful for the availability of vaccines in our country, we are aware that many people are not so fortunate. The Get one. Give one. Campaign aims to protect and support the poorest and most vulnerable.
    When you get your Covid-19 vaccine, please consider donating $10 so that one of the world's most vulnerable can get theirs. $50 covers a family of five and $100 covers two families!
    Supporting the 'Get One. Give One.' campaign is simple.
    Donations are being directed through Givealittle, rather than through Anglican Missions.
    Lets pass our gratitude on because Covid -19 won't be over until it's over for everyone.
    • Spread the word with family, friends and your workplace. This is a chance for families, workplaces, schools and churches to mobilise together to make a world wide difference.
    In New Zealand the Covid vaccine is Free to everyone aged over 16.

    Covid Vaccinations.

    The Covid vaccinations are progressing for those in Group 3. Group 3 covers those people aged over 65 or with an existing medical condition that would leave them more at risk should they catch Covid. If you would normally qualify for the Free Flu Vaccine this likely includes you. If you are unsure if this applies to you, or you have questions about the vaccine and your medical condition, please speak to your General Practitioner or Healthline. They are the best place to get information and to advise you. Information from states:

    If you’re over 65 and live in the Auckland or Northland regions, you’ll receive your invitation to book a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, 18 June. All invitations to Group 3, including people with underlying health conditions, will be issued by mid-July.

    You’ll receive a text or an email from NMF Immunisation bookings inviting you to book your appointment. If you belong to a GP clinic that is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations, you may also receive an invitation from them too. You can click on the link in the text or email to make your appointment. The invitations are issued automatically, so you don’t need to do anything until you receive yours.

    Group 4 will start from 28 July.

    The above website gives more information on getting your vaccine and who to call if you have not received your invitation. Anyone who might find travel difficult will be pleased that the Albany Vaccination clinic is now open for bookings.

    Mainly Music

    Mainly Music returns next Friday 30th July at St Marys. Arrive ready for a 9:30am start to music and actions. If you know of a local family with pre-schoolers please recommend this group to them. It is a great way for parents and carers to spend quality time with their pre-schoolers and, as importantly, get to have some quality adult company. This group is open to all families with pre-schoolers. $4 donation per family asked. Mainly Music runs during school term times during Covid level 1only.

    Able bodied helpers URGENTLY required

    Mainly Music is a great mission, it runs school term only on Fridays at 9.30am. It provides an educational quality time for careers and pre-schoolers. We need volunteers to move all the chairs to the side of the church so we have an activity space for the families. If you are able to help move chairs Thursday, to set up, or on Friday at about 10:30am, after the session, please call Meg Norton 473 8444.
    A5 shop moved

    Community Shop

    Welcome to our new Community Shop. The Community Shop has relocated further down Inverness Rd to a larger brighter building that allows us to hold more stock on premises. Although the physical address of the shop is 38 Clyde Rd the entrance-way is on Inverness Rd just up from the ASB bank, (next to the Japanese restaurant. The Community Shop took just over $8,100 for June, a great total in our new location. Expenses need to be deducted from this.

    A huge thank-you to everyone for all your hard work and long hours over the last weekend moving us into the new shop.
    trinity choir

    Holy Trinity Cathedral is forming a new Children’s Choir.

    Holy Trinity Cathedral is forming a new Children’s Choir. They are looking for children between 8 and 14 years of age who want to grow their talent for music and learn under the award-winning choral conductor, Rowan Johnston.
    As a Cathedral chorister you will learn to perform some of the greatest music ever written and develop your musical skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Now is your chance to be part of this exciting new group of young singers. CONTACT:- to request further information and an audition time. VISIT for more information.

    Cyber safety.

    Auckland Dioceses have made us aware of a scams currently targeting churches.
    People are emailed, apparently by the clergy, and asked for money to support a person in need. If you receive any email asking you for money, gift-cards or anything similar, please ignore it and delete it. It is recommended you report it to the Police and/or Netsafe. You will never be asked for money or gift cards via email. Please only give money to St Mary by the Sea, via online banking (details below) or EFTPOS at St Mary by the Sea.

    This is a timely reminder to all parishioners to be cautious of any email asking for money or gift cards. Auckland Diocese has a policy that clergy in the Anglican Church do not ask for funds directly in this way.


    If there is a celebration you would like added to our list or a one off event that you would like celebrated please let the office know. Email

    Church donations by Cheque.

    The BNZ, (the churches bank), will stop processing cheques from 30th June 2021. We are no longer be able to present cheques to the bank for clearing. Donations can be made via direct bank transfer, automatic regular payment or EFTPOS machine in church. If anyone would like information on any of these methods and how they work with your giving number please do not hesitate to ask. All of these options can be recorded against your giving number.

    Community Garden

    Are you interested in being part of the St Mary by the Sea community garden? For more information, see the information on the Welcome Desk, or talk to Clayton Christie at the 8am service, or Nannette Randall at the 10am service. There is an expression of interest form here, and a brochure here. and on our website here:

    Community Garden AGM. 1st August

    Please note corrected time for AGM.
    The first annual AGM, is scheduled to take place at 3pm (not noon) on Sunday 1 August 2021 at St Mary by the Sea, in the lounge.
    The provisional agenda is:
    1. Welcome
    2. Collection of Covenant Forms for 2021/22 from those wishing to continue as members of our community.
    3. Presentation of Financial Statement for 2020/21.
    4. Closing of Management Committee nominations.
    5. Voting.
    6. Verification of new Management Committee.
    7.General business raised by members.


      As the vicar at St Mary by the Sea, Dion will continue as chairman of the committee. All other management positions are up for election.
      These include Secretary, Treasurer, Co-ordinator and Facebook.
      Nomination forms will be available from Debbie in the office or on the credenza from Thursday 1 July, or you can request one by email from Dion.
      At this stage, Dianne Denman and Clayton have indicated that they will not be available for re-election.
      Could you please let Clayton know by Sunday 18 July 2021 if you
      1. intend to continue as a plot holder in our community.
      2. are able to attend the AGM.
      3. wish to receive a Nomination Form.
      4. wish to propose any item(s) for inclusion on the agenda (please itemise them!).
      vaughan park retreat

      Thursday 29 July, 6pm to Friday 30 July, 2pm

      Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, 1043 Beach Road, Torbay
      $140 per person includes over night retreat full catering and accommodation.

      Life's troubles can cause us to question God, or become angry and disappointed. This retreat provides a safe space for kōrero, talanoa, conversation, karakia, personal reflection and meditation. Led by Vaughan Park's chaplain, The Rev'd Sapati Tima. Read more and register click below.

      Prayer for Persecuted Believers

      I am a local Christian and run a small prayer group using information from Barnabas Fund, Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors and other organisations. We pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in nations where it is illegal for them to practice their faith, or even own a Bible, and also thank God for answered prayer.
      If you have a particular nation or people group on your heart please feel free to come and share, so we can join together in prayer.

      At present, we meet every second Monday of the month at Northcross Church, and start with refreshments at 7pm before we pray.

      You will be made very welcome, and for more information please contact Margaret Marriott at or 021 0242 2641

      Sunday 25th July

      Theme: Making Room (theology of accommodation)


      Joel 2:27-31
      Philippians 2:6-8


      Generous God, you show compassion to the hungry and needy, grant us the grace to share freely of our limited resources. Help us to value every contribution offered and to give and receive graciously of your love. For you are alive and reign with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

      Regular Information


      Wednesday - 10am - informal communion from NZ Prayer Book
      Sunday - 8am - formal communion from NZ Prayer Book
      Sunday - 10am - intergenerational worship with communion

      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.



      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.


      The EFTPOS machine prints 2 receipts, the first is your copy, the second is printed by selecting MERCHANTS COPY on the screen. This second copy should always be left on the appropriate clip on the notice board. With out the second receipt it is not possible to know what the money was intended for. For Church Giving, you can either keep the first receipt or place it in the DONATION BASKET to go up to the altar for the blessing. Please write your giving number or full name on the second receipt if you want the donation added to your tax receipt.


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      Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180
      Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


      Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270

      Priest Assistant

      Rev’d Jay Smith, 021 1045914


      Jean Coomer, 09 4780080
      Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207

      Synod Representatives

      Auriel Andrews
      Susan Haslam

      Vestry Secretary

      Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

      Vestry Members

      Bruce Rogers,
      Chris Waddingham,
      Jenny Cheer,
      Ryan Waddingham,

      St Mary by the Sea

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