Hi ,
what a difference a week can make. We are back in the Red Traffic Light, as we wait to see the impact of the Omicron variant of Covid19. We have our video below explaining what RED is like. Next week we start a new series Our Money Story, details below.

Last week we heard Jesus lay out his mission plan; he claimed a prophecy of Isaiah. This means radical social change and engineering, and Jesus' home town can't stomach the idea of change, so they try to kill him. Family violence was alive in the time of Jesus, as it is today, and it is as repugnant then, as it is now.

Today we see Jesus' first miracle in Luke's Gospel as he walks through a mob of family intent on killing him.

Journeying with you, Dion

Support Tonga

Loud Shirt Sunday

hawaiian shirt
Wear a loud shirt to worship this Sunday, and bring a donation to support the rebuilding of Tonga. You can donate online here: through Anglican Missions.

Return to learning

This week we bless those returning to learning; our students, teachers and staff. Come as we bless each other for the new year of learning and exploration.

Sunday 30th January

In person @ 9am

This week is our last 9am service. We move next week to 8am and 10am. The Wednesday service also resumes at 10am.

Because of the return to Level Red we will do a Memorial Meal instead of communion, this along with morning tea will be safely served at the tables.

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

Online @ 10am

2022-01-30 - Miracle of the crowd

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

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

    Be Prepared for Covid-19

    Whilst we all have to wait and see what the impact of Omicron will be here in New Zealand, we know that this current out-break of Covid is unlike anything we have experienced before. The Government have produced a web page giving advice on how to make a plan for you and your family over this period. This can be accessed by searching- Be Prepared for Covid -19
    Included on this page is a printable checklist to help you and you family. If you would like St Mary by the Sea to be part of you readiness planning please let us know.

    Buddy Families

    SMbtS Buddy Family

    Life at Red @ St Mary by the Sea

    Can we at St Mary by the Sea be a buddy family to you?
    Do you need someone to:
    1. Call and check on you
    2. Pick up your prescription
    3. Pick up your click & collect grocery shopping from Countdown Browns Bay
    Please be in contact with Debbie at the office, or 09-473-8180 so we can arrange support for you
    Welcome Video
    Here is our Welcome back video to remind everyone what church life at Red looks like.

    Our Money Our Story

    Starts next week...

    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.

    Stay in the loop

    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    These group recommence in February.


    30th January 2022

    Jer 1:4-10 - 1 Cor 13:1-13 - Luke 4:21-30


    Loving God, your loving purpose and mercy exceed all imagining. Remove from us any narrowness of mind or heart that limits your grace, and strengthen our will to follow wherever you may lead us. 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

    Now open Tuesday - Saturday inclusive 10am to 4pm. Please note: The shop will be closed this Tuesday 1st Feb in the morning for staffing meeting.

    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Community Shop. Our trading figures for December was just over the $10,000 which is spectacular under the conditions. Let us hope that 2022 us a more stable environment in which to operate the Community Shop. 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.

    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:
    On 15 January the underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted leading to significant ash falls across Tonga and triggering tsunami waves. While electricity and mobile phone networks have been re-established on the main island of Tongatapu, communications with the outer islands are intermittent. The Tongan Navy has reported major damage in the Ha’apai Islands. Waves were estimated to be 5-10 metres in height and reaching 500 metres inland. The needs on the ground will be significant, especially in the northern more isolated islands. Pending assessments, the damage could include contaminated water and food supplies as a result of ashfall and damage due to inundation.
    Emergency Response
    Anglican Missions is working with The Anglican Diocese of Polynesia to replenish prepositioned relief supplies located at four Anglican churches in Nuku’alofa, along with assisting in a response and recovery project based on needs assessments from our communities in Tonga. They will provide regular updates on their website as well as on Facebook and Instagram.


    Congratulation to everyone who sat exams in 2021 and has received their exam results in the last week. 2021 was a year with its own unique and massive challenges, to participate in any form of assessment in those circumstances is a testament to your tenacity and commitment. Congratulations to you all .
    Best wished to all those students who will be changing schools or classes in the coming weeks, we wish you all the best for this new adventure.

    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. If you do not require your donation added to your tax receipt please write "NO TAX" on the receipt.


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    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080
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    Susan Haslam

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    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

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    Chris Waddingham,
    Jenny Cheer,
    Robert Stewart,
    Connie Strong,

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    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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