Hi ,
this is our last Season of Creation Sunday. Next week we start a series on the beatitudes.

Today we talk about mountain top experiences, when we feel very close to God. There can be a sense that when we are far up, away from the hustle and bustle of the world, that we really feel close to God. And this is not a new thing, it is not something that is just new today in a fast society; rather the bible records many mountain-top experiences, whether it is of:
  • Moses on the Holy Mountain with God
  • Jesus up the mountain at his transfiguration with the disciples
  • The feeding of the 5000
  • Elijah up on the Holy Mountain in the storm
  • or some other moment in the bible when someone felt close to God.
We all have these experiences at some point in time, if we allow ourselves to get close to God.

Journeying with you, Dion

    Online Worship

    Goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premier here: or click the button below
    We will then share morning tea and catch up with each other here:
    If you would like to talk with someone in particular, let Dion know on the day, or before hand on 0211378624 and he can put you in a breakout room together

    Alert Level 3

    St Mary by the Sea and the Community Shop remain closed.
    Worship continues online.

    That means:
    The Zoom and YouTube links are the same as we have used previously. Both of those links are below, and the link for morning tea and the bible study are the same. We will be publishing the Newsletter on Thursday at 11am as normal, and it will have this information in it again.


    You will have heard the Prime Minister ask over 65 year olds who are unvaccinated to stay home. Below is a link to "Book my Vaccine" where you can book a time. Angela, myself, Daniel and Caitlin all managed to be vaccinated at our local doctors "Torbay Medical" and it was very straight forward. You may wish to try your local doctor first, or book my vaccine below. If you have any concerns about the safety of the vaccine or your own health issues in relation to getting the vaccination, it is recommended that you talk to your GP who will be able to give you specific advice for your situation.
    - Dion
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    You can also book on the phone 0800 28 29 26

    90% Vaccination Target

    The NZ Herald and NZME have started a campaign to encourage at least 90% of New Zealanders to get vaccinated, for the safety of ourselves and our community.

    Bishop Ross

    Pastoral Letter 19 Sept 2021

    Sermon 12 Sept 2021

    Bishop Ross has offered a online sermon. I would encourage you to view it here:

    Day light savings

    Our clocks spring forward an hour on Sunday 26th September at 2am.
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    Worship Resource

    This week we have a printable colouring-in resource, to help you reflect on Season of Creation

    Season of Creation

    For the next 4 weeks we are looking at:
    1. Planet Earth - 5 Sept
    2. Humanity - 12 Sept
    3. The Sky - 19 Sept
    4. Mountains - 26 Sept

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    Wednesday afternoon online study group meets at 10:30am this Wednesday on zoom. The invite for the study is here:

    Online Worship Options

    During Covid19 there are a number of online options for worship

    Adjust - Daily Offices

    ADJust offer daily devotions online at 7:30am and 8.30pm here:
    This office is sourced from A New Zealand Prayer Book He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa which is available online at

    Bishop Ross offers Night Prayer

    Bishop Ross holds Night Prayers on Sundays at 7pm. You can watch it and download the prayers he will be using from his Facebook page here

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    As the paper versions of Word for Today and Our Daily Bread run out. You can access them online here:
    and the youth version here:
    Our daily bread here:

    More resources

    For personal prayer, Pray As You Go has a daily devotion, as well as prayer and meditation around different emotions, as well retreats for different times of the year based around the Ignatian tradition. Lectio 365 is another space which offers morning and evening prayers and other prayer practices. Both are available as mobile apps.

    Changes to Church Donations due to Covid

    Over the last 18 months, with the advent of Covid, a large number of our congregation have changed the way they make their church donation. Many of you have changed from cash in a giving envelop at the Service to using on-line payments (regular Automatic Payment or Internet Transfers). A big thank you to everyone for adapting to this change in giving method. By giving electronically in this way it enables donations to continue even when we are not able to meet in person. It provides us some financial stability when the hall hires and Community Shop income is not a possibility. We know that Covid 19 can causes a lot of financial and emotional stress and uncertainty for people. If you are able to continue with your giving at this time and you would normally give via an envelope in church please consider changing over to an on-line payment method. If you would like information or assistance to change to electronic giving please get in touch with the office or Dion and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have. All forms of giving can be attributed to your giving number for a tax receipt. Our bank account details are below in the contact field.

    Covid 19 - Level 3 Closures

    • Community Shop - CLOSED
    • Wednesday Service - CANCELLED (Bible Study online instead)
    • Mainly Music - CANCELLED
    • Sunday Service - online
    Until further notice, St Mary by the Sea and the Community Shop are closed.
    Worship moves online.

    That means:
    Stay safe. Be kind.


    Official Advice

    Please follow the official advice at the Government Covid19 website below:
    There are several locations of interest. Check the Ministry of Health website to find out where the times and locations of interest.
    If you have been at any of these locations of interest, please follow public health advice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    If you are sick, call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.

    Contact information

    Call Healthline if you have symptoms 0800 358 5453
    Need to talk? For mental health help, call or text 1737

    Auckland City Mission. Help in a time of Need

    City mission meal packing
    Requests for food parcels have doubled at the Auckland City Mission, on top of already increased demand due to COVID-19 last year. Teams are also checking the streets to see if any rough sleepers need food, housing or medical help. Read full report above. The Mission can't accept donations of goods or food at this time, but if you would like to help financially, donate here.

    Friends of Vaughan Park.

    Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre took a big hit last year from COVID-19 and has had to close its doors again during this lockdown, losing income that's vital to cover daily running costs. By joining Friends of Vaughan Park, you can help the centre catch up from the last lockdown and continue providing hospitality to the Anglican community and beyond. For an annual fee or one-off donation, Friends have access to benefits including Thankful Thursday, a monthly draw with tiered prizes. There are also opportunities for regular giving. Sign up here.

    Mainly Music is cancelled until we return to level 1.

    For more information on Mainly Music please email Carol Henry on , she will be sending out email updates to those registered to the group.
    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

    The Community Shop is currently closed and will remain so until Government advise changes. We would like to thank to all who support this venture. If you are having a clear out during lock down please remember that donations for the Community Shop can not be left whilst the shop is closed.

    Let's talk- Mental Health Awareness Week. A little chat can go a long way- Iti te kupu, nui te kōrero

    This week is Mental Health Awareness week and the theme this year is 'make time to talk'. For many people, when you talk about Mental Health their first thoughts go to mental illness or ill-health. But like physical health, mental health is something we all have and we need to look after it. There is no health without mental health.

    Good mental health boosts our physical health, creates resilience, helps us to feel happy, confident and secure. This years theme is all about valuing those connections we make via those small conversations we have in our daily lives. Valuing those conversations and making space for conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Whether it’s checking in with a mate, having a kōrero over some kai with family or saying hello to a stranger, a little chat can go a long way. This years theme high-lights the importance of those little, everyday conversations we have and the big difference they can make to our mental health. Over time, these small chats create meaningful connections, never underestimate the power of the smile, (even from behind a mask), a friendly wave and a kind word.

    At this time, with another round of Covid lockdowns to contend with, the stresses and social isolation can causes can make it harder to look after our mental health. Many people are doing it tough. We can tend to shy away from those difficult conversations, but it is OK to say you need help and it is OK to ask someone if they need help. If you or someone you know is in need of support The Mental Health Foundation has a range of resources and contacts available on (Click FIND SUPPORT at the top of the page)
    The Ministry of Social Development also has links to practical support and financial support available at his time.
    Stay safe, be kind and look after yourself and each other.
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    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.
    Funding to the Get one. Give one. Campaign has now reached over an amazing $100,000!! and rising. This means that at least 10,000 people can get a vaccine who would otherwise not be able to receive one.

    THANK YOU so much for your generosity. You will note that the Givealittle page shows a total of around $94,526, however our total of $100,000+ is made up of donations through Givealittle plus monies that have been donated directly to the Anglican Missions account.

    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.
    get one give one update

    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.


    Marking and celebrating milestones is more difficult in times of Lockdown but it is important to share and celebrate our good news and achievements at these times as well. 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:

    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 26th September

    Theme: Mountain


    Isaiah 65:17-25
    Psalm 48:1-11
    Romans 8:28-39
    Mark 16:14-18


    Holy God, in your economy the last will be first and the first will be last;
    help us to step aside, and grant us such humility that we may recognise and welcome all your children with open hands, warm hearts and generous minds, with your hospitality and grace. 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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    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,

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    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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