Hi ,
we are excited to share the beginning of Lent with you. As we journey, the theme we are pulling out of the readings is Full to the Brim. We discover God's continuing faithfulness to us, and how because of God's provision and love, we are full to the brim.

Journeying with you, Dion

Ash Wednesday - 7pm Wed 2 March 2022

Combined Online Service

Ash Wednesday 2022
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

Lent Resources

Devotional Books

suitable for teens and adults.

Devotional Cards

suitable for all ages as a conversational prompt or personal reflection.

Wellness Wheel

This is a spiritual practice to help us head through lent with intent.

Gratitude Vessel

We a practicing Gratitude over Lent, through daily filling in a Gratitude Vessel, download it here.
Gratitude Vessel


A resource for household bubbles - it contains a weekly reflective activity based around the Sunday scripture and is suitable for all ages. You'll get all the special objects you will need plus all of the above.

Social Media

Watch our social media accounts for a daily prompt for reflection and prayer.

Shrove Tuesday/Pancake day

I thought I would share my super special recipe for amazing pancakes. This is the recipe that I have used the last few years as part of our "Pancakes to Ashes" service.

This recipe services 2 people and is easily doubled, trebled or quadrupled depending on the size of your household or the appetites within! If you have extra batter you could cook smaller piklet sized ones for snacks.

1 egg, separated
1 cup of milk
1/6 cup white/castor sugar (just use half a 1/3 measure, if you are doubling the recipe you'd use 1/3)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
butter or oil for frying.

Beat egg yolks, milk, sugar and vanilla together, add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until smooth. Stand for 15 minutes or longer in the fridge. Just before you want to use the mixture, beat the egg whites to soft peaks and fold in. Cook in a pan over a medium heat using butter/oil. Keep warm in a low oven. Serve with maple syrup, cream, jam, chocolate syrup, lemon and sugar, whatever your family traditions dictate!

World Day of Prayer

The world day of prayer is this Friday 4th March. This year is online at 10am and 7pm, click the links below.

10am Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 898 9290 7935
Passcode: 878470

7pm Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 880 6605 4423
Passcode: 415038


Happy birthday to Debbie Rhodes and Keith Hay. And happy wedding anniversary to Bruce & Jane Rogers.

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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Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180
Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm. Working from home whilst at Level Red.


Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270

Priest Assistant

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

St Mary by the Sea

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