Hi ,
This week in Our Money Story series, the theme is "release" and we practice releasing shame, anxiety, guilt, greed, or anything that keeps us from freedom and wholeness. We release the elements of our money story that prevent us from fully living into God’s story. In Matthew, we see a man grieved to let go of his wealth. In Deuteronomy, we find the radical social mandate of cancelled debts, a communal release that is practiced for the good of all. Releasing is a spiritual practice that frees us from ourselves and liberates others.

Journeying with you, Dion

Sunday 13th February

In person @ 8am and Intergenerational at 10am

This week we return to 8am and 10am Services. The Wednesday service 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 for in-person worship. Online Services are available each week.

Our Money Story - Mandala

Click the link below, to download the mandala colouring in for the series, Our Money story

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

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

    Wednesday 16th February

    10am Communion @ St Mary by the Sea
    12noon Bible Study on Zoom here:
    booster poster v2
    The time between when you received your second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and when you are able to get your booster jab has been reduced from 4 months to 3 months. This means from Friday 4 February, people aged 18 or older can get their COVID-19 Pfizer booster 3 months after receiving their second dose of vaccination.

    Boosters lower the chances of getting very sick and being hospitalised from COVID-19 - including Omicron - and will help slow the spread of the virus.

    Book an appointment for a booster dose at or by calling the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.

    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
    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

    Life at Red @ St Mary by the Sea

    Welcome Video
    Here is our Welcome back video to remind everyone what church life at Red looks like.

    Our Money Our Story

    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 re-frame 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, re-imagine, 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

    There is an online Zoom Bible study on Wednesday at 12:00 noon here:


    13th February 2022

    Deut. 15:1-11 - Matthew 19:16-22


    God of transformation, you heal our troubled spirit; turn our hearts to follow your way of humility that we may find the blessing of new life; 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.

    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:

    Get One Give One Campaign Update.

    Our Get one. Give one. Campaign has been a great success. Thanks to the amazing support we received, both through the Givealittle page and direct to Anglican Missions, over 29,000 people in vulnerable parts of the world were able to receive vaccinations against Covid-19. The total raised was around $180,000.00!
    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.


    Happy birthday to Ray Ferguson who celebrates his birthday on the 18th February and to Annalia Blundell who turns 12 on the 19th February. Many happy returns to you both.

    Job Opportunity

    Anglican Diocese of Auckland created a Ministry Formation Team which started work on the 1st Feb. Led by the Diocesan Ministry Educator Rev’d Sarah Moss,the team has three main areas of focus
    1. Provide for greater cohesion across all areas of training and education with the Diocesan Ministry Educator having oversight of all aspects of training and education.
    2. Continue the high-quality training opportunities already provided.
    3. Establish a new role focussed on the development and delivery of enhanced lay training.
    The team is to includes roles specialising in ministry formation in the areas of Children and Families, Intergenerational Ministry, Youth, Young Adults, and Lay Training as well as the support of a full-time administrator. The Diocese are still recruiting for
    Children and Families Ministry Facilitator – 20 hours – the focus of this role is to support and resource the diocesan children and family ministry by equipping and encouraging leaders, both lay and ordained, to grow in their formation and leadership in the Anglican tradition.
    Ministry Formation Team Administrator – full time – will provide professional and efficient administrative support to the Ministry Educator and the team and be a link to the Administration Services team
    The full job advertisements are on Seek and we ask that applicants apply directly using the Seek links.

    KingsWay School currently has 2 support staff vacancies 1 for an ESOL (English as a second language) teacher aide and 1 as an Administrator to 3 Aps. Both job applications available on For more details contact the school direct. These are both permanent positions which may be suitable for someone who would enjoy working in a Christian school environment.

    Regular Information

    Worship for Feb 2022

    Sunday - 8am - worship from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - Intergenerational worship
    Sunday - 10am - Online YouTube worship
    Wednesday - 10am - Communion @ St Mary by the Sea
    Wednesday - 12:00noon - Online Zoom Bible Study

    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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