Hi ,
This week in our series on stewardship we look at relationships and we think:
  • What relationships has God given me?
  • How am I nurturing them?
  • What is God challenging me about in the area of relationships?
  • And how may I help others with, in and through these?
Relationships require nurture and care just as anything else does. This week we are encouraged to reflect on our existing relationships with others and with God and make a commitment to the ongoing care of them.

We are better with other people. Life is easier when joys and difficulties are shared. We are called to be in relationship. So how do we ensure that our relationships are nourished and cared for?

We look forward this week to exploring this with you.

Journeying with you, Dion

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    The BIG quiz night is on.

    This year we are holding the St Mary's tearfund BIG quiz night.
    Saturday 21st August at St Marys church, start time 5:30pm
    Register your teams on-line now at the link below or in person on the night.
    The ideal size of team is between 4-6 people but do not worry if you don't yet have a team we will be forming teams on the night and can put solo players and couples into teams on the night. This is a family event so an intergenterational team will be advantageous and questions will cover all ages ranges. This is a fund raising event so …. If you don’t know an answer, 'Ken Clue' can sell you a clue for $1. If you are really stuck, well then Ken Clue can sell you the answer for $2.
    Ticket price is $10 adults and $5 children/ youth.
    Dinner. A Hot Dog Dinner and Ice Cream dessert is provide.
    A great fun night for all ages and a great opportunity to raise funds whilst having fun. Let's aim high and see if we can raise the $1,200. Come alone, come with your family, friends or neighbours but make sure you book your slot to come to this great event.
    See Mark van der Ham for more details.

    Mainly Music is Back

    Mainly Music returns is on Fridays, arrive for a 9:30am start to your movement and music event. A $4. donation is asked per family. 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. 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.

    Community Shop

    Our new Community Shop continues to do well and draw in the community and customers. Many thanks to all who support this venture. The shop had takings just in excess of $9,100 for the month of July. For those who have yet to visit the new shop, it is located further down Inverness Rd in 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. Go and have a look at our new shop.
    A5 shop moved

    Anglican Missions

    Get one- Give One Campaign.

    Get-one. Give-one is an Anglican Church wide and New Zealand wide campaign aimed at supporting access to the Covid Vaccine globally via the COVAX alliance. So far they have raised over $38,000 and every donation brings us closed to global safety from Covid.

    In being thankful for the availability of vaccines in New Zealand, 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 "We're only safe if Everyone's safe".
    In New Zealand the Covid vaccine is Free to everyone aged over 16.
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    COVID-19 vaccine update from the New Zealand Government (6 August, 2021)

    55-plus age group can book from today
    From today, people aged 55 years and over can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Anyone now eligible who hasn't already been vaccinated will receive an invitation by letter, text or email. Bookings can be made on or by calling the 0800 28 29 26 COVID Vaccination Healthline, 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

    People in other groups who are eligible and who are not vaccinated yet can also continue to book – there’s no cut-off and they won’t miss out.
    Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand will be able to get the vaccine. See the below table for predicted time table.
    Anyone finding travel difficult please know that the Albany Vaccination clinic is open for bookings and Vaccinations are available at many G.P's. Contact your Dr for more information on where to get yours.

    Invitation to blessing and ribbon cutting

    To mark the opening of the Little Library at Takapuna Methodist 427 lake Rd 12:30pm 17th Aug. RSVP by 10th Aug.

    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.


    Happy Birthday to Roylin Bailey who turns 21on the 18th August and to Judy Leitch who celebrated her birthday on the 20th August.
    Happy Wedding Anniversary to Alison and Peter Kevell who celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary on the 20th August.
    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

    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 Dianne Denman, 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 Presentation Talk

    Jake Clarke from Garden for Health has kindly offered to come and talk on Tues 17th August at 7.30pm in the crypt underneath the Church. Jake Clarke will be able to give lots of advice on the gardens covering areas such as drainage, soil building, carrots, natural pest control, companion planting, and composting. Jake runs a range of popular programs across Auckland, most of them fully funded by the Ministry of Health. They always have new projects under development, training staff development, design of health promotion or health education, development of new resources, or evaluation/research in the community.
    For more information please contact Nanette Randell.

    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 15th Aug

    Theme: Relationships


    Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Mark 12:28-34


    Holy God, grant us grace to receive you without resistance, fear or pride;
    that we might fully know that we are your people.
    May we truly love, not only our friends, but also our enemies,
    following the commandment of love.
    Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you,
    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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