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Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed!

This week we Celebrate the resurrection.

Please join us as we celebrate that death does not have the final word. Instead faith, hope and love endure as we witness to the resurrection of Jesus.

We continue to encourage the wearing of masks in ORANGE as an act of love towards others. More details about our response to orange, is below.

Journeying with you, Dion

Keeping you safe in Orange

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 ORANGE onsite, this means:
  • We encourage you to wear a mask
  • Doors open for ventilation – so wear a jumper or bring a jacket
  • The peace in sign language - with the option of physical sign of peace if the person you are exchanging the peace with is comfortable with that.
With the shift from RED to ORANGE it is no longer necessary to be physically distanced,or for morning tea served at tables. Soft chairs will once again be used. Communion will be served from the altar rail.

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 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, and communion 6:30am
On-site - Traditional Communion, 8:00am
On-line and On-site - Intergenerational Communion, 10:00am

    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 services

    There is no 10am Communion or 12 noon Bible study, on Wednesday 20th or 27th April.

    Stay in the loop


    17th April 2022 Easter Day

    Isa 65:17-25
    1 Cor 15:19-26
    Acts 10:34-43
    Luke 24:1-12

    THEME: Full to the Brim: An expansive life


    Alleluia, God Eternal; death cannot contain your glory, nor our mind confine this mystery. Give us faith’s insight, free us from all fear, and release in us the Risen 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

    Seasons for Growth AGM.

    Seasons for Growth programmes are a Ministry of the North Shore/Hibiscus Coast Anglican Parishes. They are having their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 11th May at 7.30pm at St Paul’s in Milford. Anyone is welcome to attend.
    Seasons for Growth AGM Flyer 2021
    Seasons for Growth is a grief and loss small group education programme run throughout the Auckland Anglican Diocese. The programme aims to strengthen the wellbeing of children, young adults and adults who are dealing with significant life changes.
    Who can join a group?
    Anyone who is living with the effects of change and loss can join one of our programmes. Many things can cause change: we can lose people we care about through death, relocation or separation; we can move to a new location; we can lose something we love; we can have changes in work-life within our family; and we can also have to process the impact of illness. Change affects everyone differently, as does grief. It’s the impact of the change, not the event itself that Seasons for Growth focus on.
    Volunteer at Seasons for Growth.
    Seasons for Growth North Shore and Hibiscus Coast are looking for volunteer Companions to facilitate school programmes
    To become a Companion, individuals participate in a two-day training program involving theory and practice and then are mentored by an experienced Companion. You would need to be available during school hours (2 hours a week for the 8 week duration of a programme), enjoy working with children, be open, friendly, committed and willing to learn. All training and support are provided
    If you are interested in becoming a Companion or to receive more information please contact Melody Bird, Co-ordinator & Companion Mentor
    For more information email Melody:

    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 $8,600.

    From Fay.


    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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    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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    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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