Hi ,
this Sunday we enter into Jerusalem with Jesus. The story tells us that Jesus entered into Jerusalem on a donkey. This was a way of saying: "I come in peace." Kings waging war would ride a horse; kings coming in peace would ride a donkey. And the people waved palm branches to welcome him; they laid their cloaks on the ground; they knew that this was a special moment. And they yelled Hosanna, which means "save us." It is almost certain that they were yelling Psalm 118:25, which says:

We'll ask the Lord to save us!
We'll sincerely ask the Lord
to let us win.

Often though, we simply say the original word hosanna.

We are reminded though, that while the crowd cheered Jesus on, through the waving of branches and the laying down on cloaks to welcome him into Jerusalem, in five days time, that same crowd shouts: "Crucify him." So today we pray for strength to remain faithful to Jesus.

Journeying with you, Dion

Keeping you safe in Red

We will continue to have our online service at 10am in parallel for the forseeable future.

Please do not attend on-site 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-19 symptoms, or you are awaiting a Covid-19 test result; please instead join our online service.

With the changes the government have made to the law around the Covid-19 protection framework, it is no longer necessary for St Mary by the Sea to require a My Vaccine Pass for any purpose on-site, to either visit or volunteer, this includes St Mary by the Sea, the Hall, and the Community Shop.

We 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 physically 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 on-site when you feel safe to visit; and for those that continue to journey with us on-line, we appreciate the opportunity to worship with you.
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Holy Week

Holy Week reflections

Begin Monday on-site from 12 noon to 7pm daily until Thursday. The reflections will be available on-line from 10am . A email with a video of the on-line reflections will come out Monday 6am.

Maundy Thursday

Our in person service begins at 7pm.Our on-line service goes live, Thursday 7pm. An email with the on-line link will come out Thursday 6am.

Holy Friday

Our in-person service begins at 10am. Our on-line service goes live, Friday 10am. A email with the on-line link will come out Friday 6am.

Easter Day

There are three on-site options: 6:30am at Waiake Beach, and 8am & 10am at St Mary by the Sea. Our on-line service goes live, Sunday 10am. A email with the on-line link will come out Sunday 6am.

All services will also be published to YouTube (button below) and our Website

    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.

    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 13th April

    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


    10th April 2022 Palm Sunday

    Luke 19:28-40
    Psalm 118:1-2,19-29

    THEME: Full to the Brim:


    God of saints and sinners, these palms will dry and fade, and shouts of ‘hosanna’ will change to ‘crucify’. Forgive our treachery, grant us faithfulness to follow Christ. 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 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:

    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.

    Many thanks also to our band of about 30 volunteers who staff the shop, manage it and generally keep it going. Several of these folk are not actually members of our congregation but give their time and talents, nevertheless. It is great to see items, saved from landfill being used by their new owners while providing our takings. Recently we have found a contact by whom we can send goods to Tonga, especially electrical goods that we not permitted to sell. Our takings for March were about $8,000.
    From Fay.
    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 Auriel Andrews for the 14th April. Many happy returns to you.

    Regular Information

    Worship for April 2022

    Sunday - 8am - worship from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - Intergenerational worship
    Sunday - 10am - Online YouTube worship

    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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    Connie Strong,

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    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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