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Hi [subscriber:firstname],
this is the Epiphany and we journey with the Wise Men, the Magi from the East, as they come to visit Jesus. Our theme is Home by another way. The story of Epiphany marks an end and the beginning. Leaving their home, the Wise Men embark upon a pilgrimage, seeking the glimpse of the divine in the Christ child. Being warned in a dream, the Magi choose a different direction to journey back home. This leads them away from Herod’s deception, manipulation, and harm. The Magi make a subversive choice to disobey Herod. They listen to God speaking to them through their dreams. As our own journeys continue, we remember we must sometimes make bold choices to choose a different way.

Journeying with you, Dion

Life at Orange level @ St Mary by the Sea

Welcome Video @ Orange
here is our Welcome Back video, explaining what life looks like at Orange level.
There are both in-person and online Services offered. Our Service structure reflects the Government and Diocese's guidance for us.

Services

Sunday 2nd Jan 2022 - in person 9:00am

We are grateful that we can hold in person Services. If all has gone to plan we will have changed to Orange in the traffic light system.

From the 2nd January to Sunday 30th January inclusive there is only 1 In-person Service a week on Sunday at 9am.

Communion/Memorial Meal will be offered as appropriate to the Covid restrictions at the time. All in-person Services will require a Covid Vaccine Pass regardless of what Traffic light Auckland is in.

Online Services will be available each week.

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premier here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ or click the button below

    Stay in the loop

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    These group recommence in February.

    Scripture

    2nd January 2022

    Ephesians 3:1-12 - Matthew 2:1-12

    Collect

    Eternal God giver of love and peace, you call your children to live together as one family; give us grace to learn your ways and to do your will, that we may bring justice and peace to all people, in the name of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God now and for ever. AMEN.

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    Word for Today
    https://www.rhema.co.nz/the-word-for-today
    https://www.lifefm.co.nz/wordforyoutoday
    Our Daily Bread
    https://odb.org/subscription/nz/#

    Community Shop

    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Community Shop. It has been an eventful year. We had a Covid lock down in February, moved to bigger brighter premises, re-fitted out the new shop and opened in record time and finally had to endured this latest lockdown and re-opened with all the accompanying restrictions. All of this has been manageable only through the good graces and hard work of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you!

    Thank you to everyone who shops at the Community store, with out you all this hard work would be to no avail. Your purchases not only help support St Marys Church but also go to providing financial support via food vouchers to local schools and to those in need in the local community.
    The Community Shop will close 24th December and re-opens 7th January 2022.
    Please remember that if you are having a sort out over the Christmas break and have a collection for the community shop please wait until we re-open to drop this off. No donations can be left at the shop whilst we are closed.
    community shop closing

    Celebrations

    Happy Birthday to Carol Henry and Susan Haslam for the 1st January. Wishing you many happy returns of the day.

    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: www.stmary.co.nz/garden

    Regular Information

    Worship for Jan 2021

    Sunday - 9am - worship from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - YouTube worship

    Praying for Others

    Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 278 1450 or prayer@stmary.co.nz Names can be sent at other times as required.

    Donations

    Online

    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.

    EFTPOS

    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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    Contacts

    Office

    Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180 office@stmary.co.nz
    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm

    Vicar

    Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270
    dion@stmary.co.nz

    Priest Assistant

    Rev’d Jay Smith, 021 1045914 jay@stmary.co.nz

    Wardens

    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080 vicarswarden@stmary.co.nz
    Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207 peopleswarden@stmary.co.nz

    Synod Representatives

    Auriel Andrews auriel@kinect.co.nz
    Susan Haslam ejhaslam@xtra.co.nz

    Vestry Secretary

    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073 vestrysecretary@stmary.co.nz

    Vestry Members

    Bruce Rogers, bj_rogers@xtra.co.nz
    Chris Waddingham, waddinghamchris@gmail.com
    Jenny Cheer, jmcheer@xtra.co.nz

    St Mary by the Sea

    PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
    www.stmary.co.nz
    office@stmary.co.nz
    Thanks for reading. See you soon!

    The St Mary by the Sea Team
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