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you will find our Holy Week and Easter service details below. Please take the opportunity to explore what is on offer.

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Holy Week

Mon 29 - Thr 1 April, 5-7pm Stations of the Cross

Come and take a moment to reflect and pray in a curated prayer space at St Mary by the Sea.

Thursday - The Last Supper - 5:15pm

The sign up list for the Last Supper meal is on the notice board. Please RSVP on the sign up list or by email to by Wednesday 31st March so food can be brought according to numbers.

Good Friday - 10am - Northcross Community Church

Will be hosting an Ecumenical Good Friday Gathering. All welcome. Note the change of venue this year (Northcross Church, not Browns Bay Recreation Centre) 826A East Coast Road, Oteha

Good Friday - 3pm - St Mary by the Sea

A time together to remember Jesus' last day.

Easter Day (Sunday) - 6:30am - Waiake Beach

A dawn sunrise service with baptism and communion. Easter buns and drink afterwards.

Easter Day (Sunday) - 8am - St Mary by the Sea

Traditional communion service.

Easter Day (Sunday) - 10am - St Mary by the Sea

Intergenerational Easter communion service.

Daylight savings

On Easter Day, the clocks go back one hour.

Again & Again

The Sun Rises

Mark 16:1-8
According to Mark, on the first day of the week, the women rise with the sun and buy spices to anoint Jesus’ body. They are shocked to find the tomb empty, and leave in fear and terror. Mark’s resurrection story is less triumphant than the other Gospel testimonies (as scholars believe the remainder of Mark’s gospel was a later addition). In Mark’s version, we are reminded that Easter comes to us, again and again, even if we don’t know what to make of God’s resurrection ways. Again and again, the sun rises. And some days, that is enough.
- A Sanctified Art

    Online YouTube Podcast

    There are two Holy Week options, a Holy Friday - goes live Friday 10am. Easter Day - goes live 10am Sunday. Both can be found here: or click the button below

    A Resurrection Journey

    This online tool has been created by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland to help focus and reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and what his risen life means for us today. This devotional calendar will be available online again for eight weeks from Palm Sunday 28 March until the Day of Pentecost, Sunday 23 May at Shorter versions of each day's post will also be shared on the Resurrection Journey Facebook page.

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    Wednesday Online Zoom Study Groups

    Wednesday afternoon online study group is on a break until May 5th 2021. The zoom invite for the study is here:

    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.


    Happy Birthday to Avril Nettleton who celebrates her birthday on the 4th April. Many happy returns to you.
    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

    No Mainly Music on Good Friday

    Mainly Music runs during the school term if we are level 1. We will not meet next Friday 2nd April as this is Good Friday but we return 9th April. 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.

    Community Shop

    Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Community Shop.
    The Community shop will be closed for Good Friday, 2nd April and the 4th and 5th April for Easter. They will also be closed 26th April for ANZAC day observed.
    CBA Easter 2021 Bulletin Blurb1

    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:

    Sunday 4th April - Easter Day

    Theme: Again & Again the sun rises


    Mark 16:1-8


    Alleluia! God of new beginnings, your resurrection brought darkness into the fullness of your light; shed that light into the dark places of our lives, that we may grasp the promise of eternity and live as your resurrection people, created, redeemed and empowered through you. For you are alive and reign with the Father 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.


    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.


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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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