Hi ,
have you taken our worship survey and entered to win a Scout Cafe voucher? We close the survey Friday 22nd May at 7pm, 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:

Community Shop

Opening Saturday 23rd May

We are really happy to let you know the St Mary by the Sea Community Shop will re-open on Saturday 23 May 2020 at 10:00am. Nanette will be running a plant stall there that morning too.

Thanks to our Volunteers

Thank you to all our helpers who are able to assist at this stage

Lunch Breaks

For the first few weeks, some of our volunteers are working right through the day. If anyone has a spare hour at lunch time, and could relieve for a short while, while we have a lunch break, it would be greatly appreciated.

Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm

We look forward to seeing you there – keep safe from all the Team.
Help needed.

Help needed

The day we need at the moment is Monday 25th May but there will be other days as time goes on.

Sunday 24th May 2020

Easter 8 - The ascension

For any of us who have trained for something, there comes a time when the apprenticeship is over, and we're left to go for it. The disciples are exactly that, they are disciples of Jesus, they are in training. They have learnt from their master, their teacher, their Lord, what it is they have to do. And the ascension is their graduation ceremony. Jesus blesses them for the next stage and then withdraws. He leaves them to it. They are now apostles. The ministry is now theirs.
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.
This week at reflection time we will be talking about gumboots. Are your's ready?

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 for Pentecost Sunday will be offered online on Sunday 31st of May, whether we can, or cannot meet in person. We wil let you know via this newletter what is happening for Sunday 31st March. As said last week, 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 from the Prayer Book, three times a day on Facebook here, if you're not on Facebook, you can also find the prayer book daily offices online here and the readings from the Lectionary to go with this are here. Bishop Ross offers Night Prayer on a Sunday evening on Facebook here.

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Happy Birthday to Ann Ranyard Saturday 23rd 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:

Church Life Survey

Every now and again, the Church Life Survey, releases a study about how Christian's experience faith and life. A survey for their next study is being released Friday 22 May here. and it focuses our experience under lockdown, in particular assessing the effectiveness of online services and other forms of support.

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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