Hi ,
this week we hear the baptism of Jesus. And as we contemplate his life changing experience, we too are invited to contemplate God's ongoing work in our own lives, and what we are being called into.

Journeying with you, Dion

Sunday 9th January

In person @ 9am

Today Revd Trevor McCraken presides and preaches, it is great to be able to welcome Trevor back to the parish.

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

Communion will be offered from the communion rail, with wine and grape jouice in individual cups.

A "My Vaccine Pass: is required in all Traffic light settings.
Online Services will be available each week.

Online @ 10am

2022-01-09 - Baptism of Jesus

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premier here: or click the button below

    Our Money Our Story

    Coming February 2022

    Our Money Our Story
    We all have a money story, whether we recognize it or not. Perhaps we are living from a story of fear or shame. Or a story that the church is dying and no longer relevant. Or a story that our actions won’t have an impact. Or a story that we don’t have enough. Where might God be speaking a new narrative into the limited ones we have told ourselves?

    This series invites us to discover and tell our money stories in light of God’s money story of liberation and justice. This series encourages us to transform our stewardship practices into more full expressions of who we are and what we believe.

    This theme is intentionally direct—it invites us to name exactly what we’re talking about and not skirt around it. To speak of money is to invite tension into the room. We so quickly want to avoid it. It’s time to reframe this. Money and possessions are one of the most common topics in scripture, and Jesus talked about money more than faith and prayer. Our money story, therefore, is a spiritual story. Thinking about God’s money story should be liberating, inviting, and transformative.

    As we begin the year, we invite you to remember, release, reimagine, and restore your money stories so that you can write the one God is calling you to live into.

    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.

    Bereavement Notice

    It is with sadness that I inform that Jim Brown, husband of Marion Brown passed away on the 24th December. A Service was held on the 31st December at North Shore Memorial Park. Jim and Marion spent many years as much loved and valued members of our Mainly Music group and our congregation before moving their worship closer to their home in Albany. Please uphold Jim and Marion's family and friends in your prayers at this time.

    Stay in the loop

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    These group recommence in February.


    9th January 2022

    Luke 3:15-17, 21-22


    God, ever present; closer than breath; disclosed in prayer. Let us know your presence, strengthen us to serve you, and guide us in your service. 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.

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    Word for Today
    Our Daily Bread

    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


    Happy Birthday to Hamish Smith for the 11th 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:

    Regular Information

    Worship for Jan 2022

    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 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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