Hi ,
Today we give thanks that we are able to meet for on-site for worship at 8am and 10am. We will continue to have our online service at 10am in parallel for the forseeable future.

Please do not attend in-person worship if you are supposed to be isolating following a positive test result for yourself or a household contact, or if anyone in your home is experiencing any covid symptoms, or you are awaiting a covid test result; please instead join our online service.

With the changes the government have made to the law around the Covid protection framework, from Monday 4th April it is nolonger necessary for St Mary by the Sea to require a My Vaccine Pass for any purpose onsite, to either visit or volunteer, this includes St Mary by the Sea, the Hall, and the Community Shop.

We will still have up one small QR code for you to scan in if you wish. And we will continue to operate safely in RED onsite, this means:
  • Wearing a mask
  • Doors open for ventilation – so wear a jumper or bring a jacket
  • staying socially distanced, with the peace in sign language and a memorial meal
  • And Morning tea served seated at the tables
We would love to see you onsite when you feel safe to visit; and for those that continue to journey with us online, we appreciate the opportunity to worship with you.

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

This Sunday's theme is: Full to the Brim: “Brazen Acts of Beauty”.

Journeying with you, Dion

A reminder :- Church life @ Red looks like this.

Welcome Video
here is our Welcome Back video, explaining what life looks like at Red level
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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.
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    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premiere here: or click the button below
    There is no Zoom morning tea, now that on-site worship has resumed.

    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


    Holy Week Online Calendar.

    Starting on Palm Sunday, 10th April this 10-day calendar offers a short reflection and practical activity for you and your household during Holy Week. Designed for people at home as well as those who are ‘out and about’, each activity aims to reconnect whānau, wider family, and church communities after the dislocation of the last two years. Like and follow the diocesan Facebook page, 'A Journey to Easter' to receive the daily posts. This resource was created by members of the diocesan Ministry Formation Team.

    Wednesday 6th April

    Wednesday morning communion resumes this week.

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

    Thank you so much for your donation to the Ukraine Emergency Appeal.
    Your gift will help those forced to flee the violence to neighbouring countries and provide lifesaving medicines and medical help for those who are injured.
    Thank you for trusting us with your gift. Please continue to pray for the families in great need in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
    Please let us know if you need any information. Our Supporter Relations Team would be happy to speak with you. You can contact us by calling 0800 800 777 or emailing the team at
    God bless,
    Ian McInnes
    You're supporting:
    Ukraine Emergency Appeal

    A letter from Andrew Robinson @ Tear Fund.

    Wow! The Tearfund team and I are completely blown away by the incredible goodwill of people like you who have generously given to help the victims of the invasion of Ukraine. To say thanks, I made this quick video that tells you the three key ways you are making a huge difference for families devastated by the horrors of this conflict.
    No time for a video? No worries. In summary, your money is providing:
    1. Enough medical supplies to treat over 11,000 people.
    2. Emergency shelter for around 12,000 people displaced inside Ukraine.
    3. Support for refugees pouring into neighbouring countries and protecting them from exploitation.
      Thank you so much for standing with the people of Ukraine. Your tax receipt will be emailed in April, so you can claim back a third of your donations.
    Thank you so much for standing with the people of Ukraine. Your tax receipt will be emailed in April, so you can claim back a third of your donations.
    If you’d like to give an additional donation to Ukraine, we can make sure it is included in this year’s tax receipt if we receive it before March 31, 2022.
    On behalf of the people of Ukraine, thanks for being there for them in their time of suffering
    God bless,
    Andrew Robinson
    Disasters and Conflict Lead at Tearfund New Zealand

    Holy Week and Easter

    Holy Week reflections

    Full to the Brim – An Expansive journey

    On-site Monday 11th to Thursday 14th April, 12:00noon–7:00pm
    On-line Monday 11th April, 10:00am onwards

    Maundy Thursday

    Full to the Brim – Remembering Jesus’ last night

    On-site and on-line Thursday 14th April, 7:00pm

    Holy Friday

    Full to the Brim – A cup of sorrow

    On-site and On-line - Friday 15th April, 10:00am

    Easter Day

    Full to the Brim – an expansive life

    Waiake Beach - Sunrise lighting of Easter candle, 6:30am
    On-site - Traditional Communion, 8:00am
    On-line and On-site - Intergenerational Communion, 10:00am

    Stay in the loop


    3rd April 2022

    Isa 43:16-21

    THEME: Full to the Brim: “Brazen Acts of Beauty”.


    God, all love comes from you; Mary’s perfume on Christ’s feet, and his blood spent upon the cross, signal your extravagance. Warm our hearts with your love, deliver us from all meanness of spirit, and make us generous in all we are, 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

    Both of these can be collected from the Community Shop when paper copies are available.
    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 to Avril Nettleton for the 4th April. Many happy returns to you.

    Regular Information

    Worship for March 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

    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

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