Hi ,Last night vestry met and decided to resume on-site Worship on Sunday the 3rd April at 8 & 10am. Online worship continues at 10am.

That same day, Sun 3 April at 11am we will have our hybrid SGM to receive our financial report, both online and onsite at the same time. Please join us online or onsite at 11am.

We are excited to continue our Lent journey with you. Our theme this week is Full to the Brim - Prodigal Grace. The word “prodigal” is commonly used to describe the son who squanders his inheritance. Yet, this parable (Luke 15:11-32) invites us to consider how God’s grace is also prodigal
—extravagant, lavish, illogical. This parable disrupts and expands our definitions of grace. And we see once again, that grace is not earned. It is God’s gift to us.

Journeying with you, Dion

Finance SGM

11am Sunday 3rd April 2022

AGENDA: Receive, consider and adopt the accounts.

MOVE that this Special General Meeting of parishioners adopts the unaudited annual financial accounts for Parish of St Mary by the Sea Torbay for the year ending 31 December 2021, as prepared by Trust Management and based on information supplied by this ministry unit; and notes these financial accounts will be audited as part of the diocesan consolidated accounts audit.

QUESTIONS: It can be hard to find answers to some questions from the floor, so please read the accounts, and if you have any questions, let the office know by Wednesday 30th March so we can give you a researched and considered answer. Feel free to ask questions from the floor too, and we will do our best.

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premiere here: or click the button below
    Please join us for morning tea on Zoom afterwards here:

    In person worship paused

    On-site worship continues to be paused for Sunday 27th March. Onsite worship resumes at 8am and 10am Sunday 3rd April 2022


    Lent Resources

    We have a range of resources below, these can be emailed to you, dropped off or posted. Be in touch if you would like some of them. - Dion


    Social Media

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

    Wednesday 30th March

    10am Communion @ St Mary by the Sea is paused.
    12 noon bible study, on Zoom here:

    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 March 2022

    Josh 5:9-12
    Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32


    God, faithful and loving, though we lose our way you seek us and call us back. Give us the courage to face our faults. Help us to repent, reconcile, and amend our ways that we may find our peace. 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, without 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 February we took just over $8,700. 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:
    March/April 2022 Magazine and Prayer Diary
    Free bi-monthly magazine Barnabas Aid includes news and features on the persecuted Church, along with updates on projects that we are supporting. It also contains a daily Prayer Diary that you can use to guide you in your prayers for our suffering brothers and sisters.
    Please contact your national Barnabas Fund office if you would like to receive Barnabas Aid magazine with Prayer Diary by post.


    Happy birthday Peter Hoffman for the 29th March and to Catherine Smith and Marion Corkin on the 1st April. Many happy returns to you all.

    Regular Information

    Worship for March 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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