Hi ,
this week in the beatitudes we look at:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Please join us Sunday at 10am on YouTube.

It looks like we will not be able to worship in person for quite a while. As the Covid19 outbreak becomes more contained, and as vaccination rates rise, and the government changes what we are able to safely do, we will update you with what we can as a faith community can do. For now the wardens and I think that the plan will realistically look something like this:
  • Continue YouTube/Zoom worship until towards the end of November
  • The possibility of small outside picnic style gathering (in step 2 or 3, sometime mid to late November? The government will advise when this is possible)
  • The possibility of some form of worship in St Mary by the Sea for Advent (maybe in step 3, or level 2. Maybe sometime late November/early December? The government will advise when this is possible)
Of course, all of this is our "best guess". As the government release new guidelines for how we are to safely live, vestry (our governance board) will meet to make decisions about what shape our faith life will take. For now our faith community journeys together online through:
  • YouTube - Sundays 10am
  • Zoom - Sunday after 10am youtube, Wed 10:30am Bible Study
  • Facebook - regular updates
  • Instagram and Twitter - inspiration
  • Weekly newsletter here
  • And the connections you have with each other
Please continue to reach out to each other.

And please be assured, that as your leadership make decisions, they will be decisions inline with the advice and requirements we receive from Government, the Ministry of Health and the Diocesan Office. We have much help to make sure we are safe and working to best practice.

For now, the best we can do is follow the Governments Health Advice, to safely isolate and get vaccinated.

The four in our family old enough to get vaccinated are now fully vaccinated. Getting fully vaccinated and encouraging those within our influence to get vaccinated, helps protect not only ourselves, but those too young or vulnerable to get vaccinated. Please get vaccinated for those around you. In Luke 10:25-37 Jesus reminds us to care for those around us. In the parable of the Samaritan, we are reminded to care for our neighbor; being vaccinated is how we can do that today.

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

    Worship Resource

    This week's beatitudes resources are focused on:
    ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

    Worship Road-Map

    The Covid 19 situation in Auckland and NZ is constantly evolving. We don't know what the future will look like, but it seems that this will be a realistic road-map for us:
    • Continue YouTube/Zoom worship until towards the end of November
    • The possibility of small outside picnic style gathering sometime mid to late November (with the option for prayer and scripture, but no communion or singing)
    • The possibility of some form of worship in St Mary by the Sea for Advent Sunday 28th November

    Karakia for our Climate

    cop26 vigil - poster SQUARE
    Karakia for our Climate is holding vigils during COP26 (31st Oct - 12th Nov) as Christians from around Aotearoa New Zealand pray for our global leaders, for the climate, for humanity, for God’s creation.

    The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, known as COP26 is a meeting of up to 200 world leaders and up to 30,000 delegates to drive ambition and action towards climate change.

    (This meeting is crucial because scientists say that the window to limit the global impacts of climate change—rising sea levels, deadly heat waves, and increased natural disasters—is rapidly closing. Some of the impacts such as sea level rise are already locked in for decades to come. There are just nine years to avoid even worse consequences of the climate crisis.)

    The impacts of climate change will affect us all, but it will most directly impact low lying island nations, the most vulnerable in our communities and future generations.

    Follow and find out more at

    There will be a series of vigils:

    Email to receive prayer resources via email and if you have any questions.


    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.

    Covid 19 - Level 3 Closures

      That means:
      Stay safe. Be kind.


      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:

      Alert Level 3

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

      That means:

      Level 3 pauses

      • Wednesday Service - CANCELLED (Bible Study online instead)
      • Mainly Music - CANCELLED

      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.

      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.

      Vaughan Park artist in residence Project

      The Artist in Residence project is a newly created programme in which a local NZ artist will receive a month’s fully funded package to stay on site at our Centre in Long Bay, Auckland. Accommodation, all meals as well as supplies needed to complete proposed projects will be covered. The final projects will remain the property of Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat & Conference Centre, featured on the grounds, with full credit to the Artist. The idea is to showcase the heritage, and various cultures that make up both Aotearoa and the values of Vaughan Park.

      Artist in resident key dates:
      Applications – now open
      Closing date – 22 October 4pm

      For more information email:

      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.

      Planning for return.

      When Mainly Music is able to return we would dearly love to have a supply of able bodied helpers to help with moving the chairs out of the way and then back afterwards. If you are able to volunteer half an hour of your time on a Thursday and / or Friday please get in touch with 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.
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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.

      UPDATE: THANK YOU to all who have donated so far – over $114,000 as at 27th September 2021.(this figure includes monies donated direct to Anglican Missions as well as the majority given via the Givealittle page) and we are aiming for a new goal of $150,000 (providing 15,000 vaccinations for vulnerable and poor communities). So please continue to make donations to the Givealittle page linked below. You can watch the Thank you video below.
      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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      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 for the 12th October to Sienna Rhodes, wishing you many happy returns and a wonderful birthday.
      Celebrations. Congratulations to Matthew and Tanya Smit, Jean’s eldest grandson and new granddaughter in law, who have been successful in obtaining a flight and accommodation in MIQ in November. Matt has been studying at Berkeley University and working with young adults as a phycologist in San Francisco for the last five years. They will be joining the rest of the family in Auckland on the 24th November (American Thanks Giving Day), and as Tanya is from the States, we will be celebrating with a roast turkey and pumpkin pie!

      Update celebration information here.

      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. Below is a link to a form you can use to add birthdays, anniversaries and other annual events that you would like to share at church. This form can be completed multiple times, (for example for every grandchild's birthday!). If you do not like forms you can always just email the office with the information in a letter and I will work from that. If there is a one off event that you would like to share in church please let the office know.

      Church Roll Update

      If you are unsure whether you are on the church roll or if in the last year you have changed address, phone number or email please either email the office to update your information or complete the form linked below.
      Many Thanks Debbie

      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:

      Sunday 10th October

      Theme: Poor in Spirit and those who Morn.


      Matthew 5:3-4


      God of the possible, and the impossible, when we come to you with questions and struggle with your answers, grant us faith in believing as we await the treasure from heaven, which is your faithful promise. 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

      Places to get support.

      At this time, with another round of Covid lockdowns to contend with, the stresses and social isolation this 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.

      Regular Information


      Online Worship when alert levels don't allow in person worship
      Wednesday - 10:30am - Zoom Bible study
      Sunday - 10am - YouTube worship with Zoom morning tea
      In person Worship when alert level allow
      - 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,

      St Mary by the Sea

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