Hi ,
this week we pause our in-person worship. More details below.

When we reflect on our journey through Our Money Story series, we can draw on our new understanding about what it means to remember God's money story, one of connection and invitation, one of enough. We have released our idea of money, wealth and status. We have explored reimagining money where we were challenged by the story of the widow and the command for Jubilee to change unjust things in our world that cause people to become more impoverished and to reimagine a different way. Now we come to restoration and we hear two stories, the final restoration of Jacob and Esau to one another after years of estrangement and Jesus appearance to the disciples where they caught an abundance of fish, shared a meal together and were instructed to "feed his sheep". We learn that ultimately faithful stewardship heals us as individuals
and helps us restore relationship with one another.

Journeying with you, Dion

Sunday 27th February

In person worship paused

On Wednesday 23 Feb Vestry meet, and have decided to pause in person worship this Sunday 27 Feb 2022, and revisit the decision next Wednesday 2 March 2022 when we have more information about the progress of the Omicron outbreak.

Emergency Medicine across the Auckland region is experiencing a surge in Covid cases attending hospital. There has been a serious shortage of staff due to the outbreak. It appears that the numbers of Covid patients is increasing in hospital.
Given that any risk of spreading Covid at worship can only be mitigated by not having worship on Sunday this week in person, we believe that the safer option is to opt for an online service. This will allow for ongoing planning once the severity and significance of this out break is understood.


    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premier here: or click the button below
    Please join us for morning tea on Zoom afterwards here:
    Click the link below, to download the mandala colouring in for the series, Our Money story

    Ash Wednesday - 7pm Wed 2 March 2022

    Combined Online Service

    Ash Wednesday 2022 will be online, this is a combined service with Albany Greenhithe Parish. Please join us online, on YouTube at 7pm. We will join together after the service on Zoom.

    You will need some ashes for the service. Please be in touch with Dion on 0211378624 to arrange for him to drop some to you, or to arrange for you to collect.
    After Ash Wednesday (around 7:30pm) there will be a gathering on zoom (link below) where we can chat with each other

    Wednesday 2nd March

    10am Communion @ St Mary by the Sea is paused.
    12 noon bible study, on Wed 2 March 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.

    Ministry of Health makes changes to COVID-19 case notification.

    People who test positive for COVID-19 will now be notified by a text message. This message will have links to information on self-isolation, how to tell others they have COVID-19, how to look after themselves, and what help is available.
    Those testing positive will also be asked to fill in a web-based form, to help the Government better prioritise help for those with the highest needs. They will now be required to inform their employer themselves.

    Contacts of COVID-19 cases will also be notified via text message. QR scans, Bluetooth and location of interest will continue to be used to identify contacts along with the cases’ own recollection of who they have interacted with, or where they have been.

    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

    Stay in the loop


    27th February 2022

    Genesis 33:1-17 - John 21:1-19


    There is no collect set for this Sunday.

    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. In January we took just over $6,700. Expenses have to be taken from this.

    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.
    Thank you for your donations to the Anglican Mission Tonga Response, we raised $425.00 for this during our recent collection.


    Happy birthday to Keith Hay who celebrates his birthday on the 6th March.
    Happy Wedding Anniversary to Bruce and Jane Rogers for the 1st March. Many happy returns and best wishes to you all for your special day.

    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 - KingsWay School is an interdenominational Christian School located in Red Beach and we currently have a vacancy for a Director of IT (non-teaching role). Do you seeks a permanent, full time position and who could possibly interested in this role and working in a Christian environment. See for more details

    Regular Information

    Worship for Feb 2022

    Sunday - 8am - worship from NZ Prayer Book (paused)
    Sunday - 10am - Intergenerational worship (paused)
    Sunday - 10am - Online YouTube worship
    Wednesday - 10am - Communion @ St Mary by the Sea (paused)

    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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    Rev’d Jay Smith, 021 1045914


    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080
    Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207

    Synod Representatives

    Auriel Andrews
    Connie Strong,

    Vestry Secretary

    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

    Vestry Members

    Bruce Rogers,
    Chris Waddingham,
    Jenny Cheer,
    Robert Stewart,
    Susan Haslam

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    PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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