Hi ,
this week in the beatitudes we look at:
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you
and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

This week Jesus starts to sum up his teaching, and he reminds us that we will be misunderstood at times, we could even be persecuted; and so he gives us a blessing to cope with this. He reminds us that we stand in line with a long history of misunderstood people, like the prophets before us. God has a way that God wants to live, and Jesus has just outlined this. The reality for us is that while it is God’s way, to bring love and justice for all, not all people want to live this way. So take heart, take Jesus’ blessing and carry on with the call to live God’s love.

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

    "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you
    and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven,
    for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
    Here is something to work through "mid-week" or you might like to print off the colouring in from it.

    Annual General Meeting 27th November 2021

    The current level of Covid brings uncertainty and makes it hard to plan much in life, but we do still need to ensure that we have a plan for our parish for the next year and a leadership team in place to over see this. In light of this we will be holding our AGM on Saturday the 27th November, at 4pm. This will be an on-line AGM.

    Nominations for vestry, synod and warden will take place. Nominations can be completed via the link below.

    Items for the agenda, 'General Business' can be added via an email to Dion at Emails need to be received no later than 9am Wednesday 10th November for inclusion in the published reports. Due to the AGM being on line this year, vestry have agreed that we will NOT be able to take General Business items from the floor.

    Ministry Reports, could all ministries who would like to submit a report for the AGM please submit these to the church office via email to as soon as possible but no later than 9am Wednesday 10th November. Sorry, but no extensions to this time frame can be given.

    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

    Stay in the loop

    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:

      Sunday 7th November

      Theme: Blessed are you when...


      Matthew 5:11-12


      Compassionate God, you love the widow and the orphan, the poor and the marginalized; you provide for us in our hour of need, make us willing to share what we have received, giving even the smallest gift with great love, as an act of generous worship to you. 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

      Vaccination FAQ

      Are you wondering if you should get vaccinated? Do you know someone who is hesitant? Here are some resources that might help.

      "I find it's quite useful for people who are on the fence, instead of asking them why aren't you getting it done? Say why is it that you're only halfway towards it? What is it that makes you think about wanting vaccination? And then discussing the positives rather than the negatives." - Dr Alistair McLean

      If you haven't yet had your first vaccine then please talk to your medical practice and ask your questions now. NO question is daft and no worry too small; it is important that you get answers to your concerns so you can make informed decisions. Please don't sit on the fence and wait. The time for action is now so we can all get back to doing what we love whilst knowing that we are protecting those around us that we love.

      If you had your first vaccine on or before Supper Saturday you are now able to get your second vaccine. Please arrange to get your second vaccine now. Call your medical provide to ask any questions you might have.
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      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

      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.

      Getting Ready For Christmas with a

      Pre-Advent Reverse Calendar.

      I would like to tell you all about what we are doing as a family and invite you all to join in. I am sure you are all aware of the typical advent calendar where you open a door a day and get a pretty picture and/ or a treat. This year we have decided to organise our own reverse pre-advent calendar. The idea came from the fact that for a lot of charities they need the extra donations at the start of December so they can distribute to their need in time for Christmas so, by doing a pre advent calendar we are ready with our donations before the Christmas rush.

      We have taken 4 bags, (now you know what to do with all those online shopping bags), one for each week and over the course of the 4 weeks 31st Oct - 21st Nov we aim to place 7 'gifts' in each (one each day). These bags are then donated to what ever charity we have selected. You could choose to do all the bags to the same charity, or you could choose up to 4 different ones. My family all get a say in what charities we support and we tailor our giving to the charity and our resources. It can be collecting 7 long life food items for the City Mission, pet treats for the SPCA or putting 7 gold coin donations in a bag to donate. Do what-ever appeals in your household.

      I would love it if the congregation would join with us in this venture. If you decide to do your own reverse advent calendar please share what you are doing and how you are finding the experience with me via an email to the office, I would love to share this via the newsletter. If several of us pick the same charity we could arrange a date to collect all those donations together at the church to assist in delivering them.
      Below is the reverse calendar as built by my youngest.

      countdown to christmas

      Countdown to Christmas by Kereru Publishing.

      Reserve your place Now.

      Drawing from traditions of Advent Calendars, Kereru Publishing (the same people that run Stroll for Soul) are present a short daily dose of inspiration delivered direct to your email inbox each morning. The resource is written by Caroline Bindon. Emails begin on Saturday 27 November 2021, and will arrive every day throughout Advent ending with a final email on Christmas Eve, or 6th Jan if doing 12 DAYS.

      If there is a demand for this resource St Mary's will purchase a group booking allowing registered individuals to be included in our group for FREE. If you would like to be included in our group booking for FREE please let me know so I order the right size group purchase. If you would like to join please email church office with Countdown to Christmas in the subject line from the email address you would like to register. Or include in the text the email you would like to register if different. Expressions of interest by 24th November please as I will purchase to the required number on the 25th.

      This year theme is for the Countdown to Christmas is RHYMES, RHYTHMS AND RITUALS. As our world continues to experience the disruption and challenges of the COVID pandemic our usual Christmas routines are yet again uncertain. Gathering with family and friends may not be possible this Christmas. The flavour this year is to offer soothing and comforting inspiration for these troubled times. Each daily email will draw from the rhythms and rhymes of one of the Christmas songs or carols from a curated playlist. A link to the song will be provided along with a short reflection, a little bit of interesting info about the song choice, and an idea for an experiential ritual to carry out in your own time and space.

      Also included in the Counting Down to Christmas resource are the following:
      LIGHTING ADVENT CANDLES - A PDF download for those wanting to light candles on an Advent wreath on each of the four Sundays. Each of the four weeks follow the traditional Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
      ADVENT BIBLE READING PLAN - A curated Bible Reading Plan will be provided with either weekly or daily readings covering the words of the prophets and the Christmas story as recorded in the gospels. This will also be in the format of a PDF download.
      And for after Christmas, 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS- The traditional period of Christmas is known as the twelve days of Christmas. This begins on 25 December, Christmas Day, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and ends on 6 January, Epiphany, where the celebration marks the revealing of Christ to the world.
      Our Twelve Days of Christmas includes the following:
      A worship outline and printable resources to hold an 'at home' worship experience on Christmas Day. If getting out to church or gathering with friends and family on Christmas Day isn't possible this year, then this resource will help you mark Christmas Day in an experiential and meaningful way.
      A playlist of 12 songs available to listen to or sing along with on Spotify or YouTube Music. Short written reflections are included, one for each of the 12 days between Christmas Day and Epiphany. These are each based on a song from the playlist.
      A few fun and festive ideas to mark Epiphany and hold your own feast and celebration in your own home.

      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:

      Magazines on-line

      Below are PDF links for the new Insight Magazine (Spring) , this is currently available on line. Once Auckland goes to lock down two physical copies of the magazines will be sent to the church for those who want one.

      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.

      Mainly Music is cancelled for now.

      For more information on Mainly Music please email Carol Henry on , she sends out email updates to those registered to the group. If you are able to volunteer some time on a Thursday and / or Friday when the group runs, 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.
      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.

      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.

      UPDATE: THANK YOU to all who have donated so far – nearly $120,000 as at 8th October 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.
      getone give one

      Ruth Pretty Christmas Cakes and Puddings.

      These are now available to purchase, with the Anglican Trust for Women and Children (ATWC). Please see the attached order form with details and prices to order a Ruth Pretty Christmas Cake and / or a Pudding, in supporting the work of the ATWC You can donate to ATWC and at the same time receive a delicious and beautifully boxed fruit cake and / or pudding, made by renowned chef Ruth Pretty. If you would like to order these delicious Christmas cakes and puddings, please complete the order form attached and email back to myself or you can order via our website Credit card payments can be accepted. If you have any queries please contact

      Invite to ATWC A.G.M on line

      You are invited to join the ATWC AGM on the 9th November at 2pm on zoom.
      Please RSVP to Maylene Tavita 0274102126 or email
      to receive the zoom link.

      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 belated birthday to Merv Corkin who celebrated his 89 birthday on the 31st October and to Meg Norton who celebrated her birthday on the 2nd November. We wish you both many happy returns.

      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:

      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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