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We are fortunate to be able to hold our regular 8am and 10am Services, however we maintain our 10am podcast if Worship in-person doesn't work for you this week.

This Sunday we have our Intergenerational Movie afternoon, all are welcome to attend. Our SGM for finances will be held in the church after the 10am Service on the 28th March. .

Our theme this week is Again and Again, we are Reformed. The prophet Jeremiah is given a vision from God of a potter who re-makes us. When we become a wobbly pot, God puts us back on the potters wheel and re-forms us into a pot again. And in today's reading from Jeremiah 31, we hear God's desire for us, that we will be his people, and he our God. In otherwords, that we will follow God's ways. And God says that his ways will be written on our hearts. God's ways will be such a part of us that following them will be instinctive, it will simply be what we naturally do, because God is such a part of us. And that is one of the Holy Spirit's roles in us. To help us live the ways of Jesus, so that we live and act as God would have us.


Again & Again

We are Reformed

Jeremiah 31:31-34 | John 12:20-33
We desire for God to write on our hearts so that God’s law can re-shape and re-form us from the inside out. Reformation is a journey of letting the old fall away for something new to emerge, of returning to God’s words over and over, of being drawn into the heart of God. This is the process of justification and sanctification; transformation must be internal and communal.
- A Sanctified Art

    SGM for Finances - Sunday 28th March

    A Special General Meeting will be held on Sunday 28th March, 11:30am (after the 10am service) to receive the unaudited consolidated accounts for St Mary by the Sea. The accounts are audited later in the year as part of the Diocesan Group Audit. Accounts will be available Sunday 21st of March in hard copy, or via email from Debbie

    The purpose of this Special General Meeting (SGM) is to:
    1. RECEIVE - the Annual Accounts
    2. CONSIDER - the Annual Accounts
    3. ADOPT - the Annual Accounts
    Easter 2021 services - screen

    Are you Interested in being Baptised?

    One of our traditions is that we hold a baptism service on Easter Sunday, as the sun comes up. If you would like to be baptised or learn more please contact Dion on 0211378624 or email at If you have already been baptised but would like to make further public commitment in your faith then have a chat with Dion about Confirmation or Reaffirmation of your Faith.

    Lent Prayer Wall

    Outside Art

    During lent we prepare to journey towards the cross and resurrection again. Our theme this year is "Again & Again." We look at how we can faithfully journey with Jesus to the cross. When we get to level 1, we can start to decorate our art display on the front lawn by the sharing shed. The plan is to this over lent. Each week it will change as we add prayers, and on Easter day we will transform it. Here you will see an ampersand that is added to each week as we weave our prayers into it.

    Lent Study Groups

    Visio Divina

    During Lent there will be an opportunity to delve into the scriptures deeper through a process called Visio Divina. During Covid 19 Level 1, there is a in-person study, Wednesday 11am at St Mary by the Sea, and online 12:30pm on zoom.

    Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images. Use this lesson plan to blend visual meditation with group discussion and bible study.
    Intergenerational Lent Sunday group - newsletter strip

    Intergenerational Study Group

    Sunday 3pm St Mary by the Sea Lounge

    Intergnerational study group will be on Sunday the 21st March in the Lounge of St Mary's 3pm.

    Please join us as we combine Scripture and movies and explore more about our transforming God. We'll have popcorn and conclude with pizza, Suitable for all ages and stages, 0 - 100.

      Online YouTube Worship

      Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

      Mainly Music Has Returned

      It is great to announce that Mainly Music has returned now we are level 1. If you know of a local family with pre-schoolers please recommend this group to them. They meet during the school terms on Fridays in the church for a 9:30am start.

      Mainly Music - Able bodied helpers required

      Mainly Music is back for 2021. It runs school term time only on Fridays starting at 9:30am. We need volunteers to move all the chairs to the side of the church so we have an activity space for the families. If you are able to help move chairs on a Thursday, to set up, or on a Friday at about 10:30am, after the session, please call Meg Norton 473 8444.

      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 Clayton Christie at the 8am service, or Nannette Randall at the 10am service. There is an expression of interest form here, and a brochure here. and on our website here:
      bi-cultural ed

      Taha Māori - an online bicultural programme

      Nau mai haere mai koutou ki Taha Māori. Welcome to Taha Māori!

      The Auckland Anglican Dioceses are delighted to introduce this new online programme that will build your confidence in te reo Māori and your knowledge of our Church's bicultural journey in Aotearoa New Zealand.

      Taha Māori is a series of weekly discussions via Zoom that will explore the rich heritage of Te Hāhi Mihinare - The Māori Anglican Church - in this country and how we can strengthen the partnership between Tikanga Pākehā and Tikanga Māori.

      The A New Zealand Prayer Book/ He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa will be used as the primary resource to upskill participants in the confident use of te reo liturgies, hīmene (hymns) and pronunciation.

      Discussions will also be based on RNZ’s documentary series Land of the Long White Cloud which tells the stories of white New Zealanders who are confronting Aotearoa’s colonial past and present.

      The programme is open to all and we hope you will find it a safe and comfortable environment where questions and explanations can be both fun and serious at the same time! Sessions will be recorded for review afterwards on the diocesan YouTube channel.
      Taha Maōri will run from 10.00am -11.00am on Thursdays 11 March to 29 April (with a break in Holy Week).
      Click below to register and receive the Zoom link.
      For more information, please contact Megan Means at

      Community Shop

      Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Community Shop.
      The Community shop took $6,040 in February, expenses need to be deducted from this.


      Happy Birthday to Jean Coomer on the 26th March. Many happy returns to you.
      Happy Wedding Anniversary to Trevor and Audrey Stafford also for the 26th March. many happy returns to you both.
      If there is a celebration you would like added to our list or a one off event that you would like celebrated please let the office know. Email

      Using the Church EFTPOS Machine.

      Donations made in church via the EFTPOS machine have increased and this has been a great help to our banking. The EFTPOS machine can be used for a variety of payment needs. If you are unsure how to work the EFTPOS please do not hesitate to ask for help.

      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.

      Job Vacancy. Kings Way School Counselor.

      Permanent, part time (2 days / week), Y7-13. KingsWay has an exciting opportunity for a qualified and experienced counsellor to join our counselling team for two days per week during school term time, commencing at the start of Term 2, Monday 3rd May 2021. This is a non-teaching, support staff position.
      Applications close at 12noon on Monday, 29 March 2021.
      All applications must be made on the support staff application form and be submitted with a C.V. and a cover letter.
      An application pack is available on the school website: Completed applications and CV and cover letter should be emailed to, , Human Resources Manager, KingsWay School.

      Neighbours Day 20th March.

      Bring your family along to a Neighbour's Day Aotearoa event at Takapuna Methodist 38 Hurstmere Rd Takapuna. 11am-2pm.

      Poster Hurstmere Road final
      Poster A4_Concert 21 March 2021 (1)

      A Short Organ Concert.

      Performance by Rebecca-Soojung Lee at Holy Cross Church 222 Dairy Flat Rd Albany 21st March at 2pm. Entry by Koha.
      Easter Poster final

      Children's Easter Carnival.

      Takapuna Methodist Church. 427 Lake Rd Takapuna. 26th March 3:30pm-5:30pm
      A Free Community Event including simple Easter crafts, themed activities and a served afternoon tea. All welcome.
      CBA Easter 2021 Bulletin Blurb1

      CBA Easter Appeal

      Will you help CBA broadcast more Christian voices in mainstream media?
      This Easter, the Christian community has a tremendous opportunity - 14 hours of
      airtime on New Zealand’s leading commercial radio network, Newstalk ZB, with an
      audience of more than 300,000 listeners.
      Phone 0900 80 222 to make a $20 donation or visit Please see
      CBA’s appeal envelope to find out more. Thank you!

      Sunday 21st March

      Theme: We are reformed


      Jeremiah 31:31-34
      John 12:20-33


      God of Wheat and of Harvest, you call us to follow you; help us to bear fruit so that your love will flourish and all will honour your name. 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

      Regular Information


      Wednesday - 10am - informal communion from NZ Prayer Book
      Sunday - 8am - formal communion from NZ Prayer Book
      Sunday - 10am - intergenerational worship with communion

      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.


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      Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180
      Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


      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
      Susan Haslam

      Vestry Secretary

      Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

      Vestry Members

      Bruce Rogers,
      Chris Waddingham,
      Jenny Cheer,
      Ryan Waddingham,

      St Mary by the Sea

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