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have you taken our worship survey and entered to win a Scout Cafe voucher? We close the survey next week, please take the opportunity to give feedback about how you have found connecting online.

Online Worship survey

Would you like to win a Scout Cafe Voucher? Tell us how your online worship experience has been. We have a short, anonymous multi-choice survey. If there is more than one person in your household, please ask each person to fill it in. Children will need help and we would love to hear their voice too. Click the link below:

Sunday 17th May 2020

Easter 7 - A promise to you

Today Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will work with them in a new and different way. The Holy Spirit will advocate for them, giving them the mind of Jesus, so that they can walk in his ways.
May you always be open to the Holy Spirit's guidance in your life, so that you too can walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Peace, Dion.

Online Worship Stream

We are live online with YouTube, Sunday 10:02am. If you join at 10:05, you will miss the first 3 minutes, just like if you turn up to church late. Join at 10:00am and you’ll have a two minute count down to the 10:02am start. If you miss out on the start, come back after 10:40 and you’ll be able to see the service from the beginning. The link to our YouTube Chanel is the same each week. Click the button below for the YouTube channel.

After Service Chit-Chat

There will be a Zoom ChitChat at about 10:35, at the end of our service here: The meeting ID is: 919-265-616 Have you missed catching up with someone? Let Dion know (message him on Zoom, or email him) and he can put you and your friend in a breakout room together.

Worship Preparation

We aren’t leaving our space for St Mary by the Sea this week, so how about preparing a space for worship? Create a special space for worship. What about when you turn the computer or TV on for YouTube, that you light a candle, get your bible, notebook, Pen and drink. Make this your worship space for the next 30 minutes.

Connecting on Zoom

All of our St Mary by the Sea Zoom meetings are at the one address.
The meeting ID is: 919 265 616
To dial in for Audio only, or if your computer doesn’t have a microphone, phone 09 884 6780, enter the meeting ID 919265616 when prompted.

Bible Studies

Wednesday @10am - Meeting ID: 919-265-616


We are currently at Level 2

For the next couple of weeks social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people, so we wont therefore be resuming worship at St Mary by the Sea for a while longer. We know that this will be disappointing to many people who have been looking forward to meeting for worship. In the meantime we encourage you to be safe and connect as you can, expanding your bubble and activities in a way that is safe and sensible for you. There are many ways we can continue to connect with others and with God. Kia Kaha and we are thinking of you all as we slowly recreate our lives. May we show wisdom and love. Our prayers are particularly with those who are sick and the kids who will be heading back to school next week. We'll be thinking of you.

Level 2


At this stage during Level 2, worship will continue to be offered online only. This will be reviewed as the government release new guidelines. We expect to review this on Tuesday 26th May 2020. Worship will be offered online on Sunday 31st of May, whether we can, or cannot meet in person. Vestry had planned for in-person worship, including new hygiene and cleaning regimes, arranging furniture for appropriate social distance and things like that. But at this stage, in-person worship is not possible. Vestry will continue to make plans for our eventual return. For now Be kind, Stay home, Wash your hands.

Online Worship to continue

We anticipate continuing to offer online worship for all of level 2, in some form for those for whom it is not safe to worship in person, even when in person worship resumes.

Bible Study

We will still have our Wednesday Zoom bible study group.

Community Shop

The Community Shop will re-open on Saturday 23rd May at 10am.


Clergy can officiate at a funeral. But it would be very small gathering of no more than 10 people in total, with no contact. If asked to officiate at a funeral in level 2, we can also offer the option of a memorial service at a later stage for a larger gathering when that is safe and possible. If the Funeral Director associated with the funeral registers the service with the Ministry of Health and otherwise complies with all Government funeral guidelines as announced on Wednesday 13 May 2020, a funeral of up to 50 people is possible.


Mainly Music remains closed.

Opening St Mary by the Sea

We are preparing to re-open St Mary by the Sea at level 2, on Monday 18th May. The building is open for prayer. The building is not open at this stage for public worship. Things will be a bit different to what you are accustomed to.
  1. We will be removing the common points of contact, like prayer lists and pens. We will not be distributing anything from the church, and we specifically aren't allowed to distribute paper.
  2. Access is available to the foyer and toilets. To access other areas you need to liaise with Debbie and Dion.
  3. If you wish to meet with Debbie or Dion, this will happen in the foyer.
  4. Solid surfaces will be regularly sanitised.
  5. Doors will be left open so that they aren't a common point of touch
  6. You need to "Sign-in" in the entrance after having sanitised your hands
  7. In level 2 you will need to call ahead, as the building is only open by appointment, please phone Dion or Debbie (numbers below)
  8. This will be reviewed as the government release new guidelines. We expect to review this on Tuesday 26th May 2020.

Other Offerings

ADJust continue their presentation of Daily Offices three times a day on Facebook

Bishop Ross offers Night Prayer on a Sunday evening on Facebook.

The daily offices from the Prayer Book are here: and the readings from the Lectionary to go with this are here:

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Happy Birthday to Peter Kivell for Sunday 17th May
Would you like to be on our celebration list? Email

Word of Today

The paper version of Word for Today, has run out. You can access it online here:
and the youth version here:

A book of Hours Update

Picture of the mountains in Isaiah 55:12
Thank you so much for contributions of nature verses for the Book of Hours I am making. I am always delighted to make a personal page for someone if you can send me a biblical nature reference that for you evokes the Glory of God. For those that don’t have facebook, the pages I have done already are:
  • Genesis 1 - the creation of the sea
  • Leviticus 23 - palm fronds
  • Deuteronomy 33 - ancient mountains
  • Kings 17- Elijah's ravens
  • Psalm 23 - quiet waters
  • Psalm 27 - the beauty of the Lord
  • Psalm 121 - I lift up my eyes to the hills
  • Proverbs 6 - gazelles and ants
  • Proverbs 13 - tree of life
  • Song of Songs 2 - season of singing
  • Isaiah 40 - they will soar on wings like eagles
  • Isaiah 41 - the fir and the cypress
  • Isaiah 55 - hills burst into song
  • Matthew 6 - the lilies of the field
  • John 12 - kernel of wheat
  • James 1 - wildflowers
For those who would like to see the work as it progresses
Stay safe and happy

Our Daily Bread

Going forward many of you will be missing your daily read of Our Daily Bread. This can be downloaded onto your phone or emailed out to you by subscribing at the following address

Faith 5

Faith 5 is 5 simple steps to help us nurture our faith. It is simple enough to be done multiple times a week.
1: SHARE your highs and lows
2: READ a Bible story
3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
5: BLESS one another
More info here:

Regular Information

Praying for Others

Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 2789074 or
Names can be sent at other times as required.

Roof Appeal

Extensive work to repair the roof has been done, have a look at the photos on the notice board to see why. Please donate to our roof repair fund. St Mary by the Sea, BNZ, Browns Bay Account# 02-0120-0047903-003
Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number and the word ROOF.


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.


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Debbie Rhodes, 094738180
Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:094738183 Mobile:0211378624 Home:094732270

Priest Assistant

Rev’d Jay Smith, 0211045914


Jean Coomer, 094780080
Susan Haslam, 094150073

St Mary by the Sea

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