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On Sunday we hear that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and we hear many people's favourite Psalm, Psalm 23. We look at the ways in which Jesus shepherds (guides) us in life.

This Sunday, on ANZAC day we also remember all those people who have died in the service of their countries.

If you can't make in-person worship, our Podcast goes live Sunday at 10am. We look forward to joining in worship with you.


    Online YouTube Podcast

    Goes live on Sunday at 10am, 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.

    Autumn Rambles - Sign up NOW

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    St Marys has purchased a group subscription to Autumn Rambles. Autumn Rambles started 19th April and runs for 14 days only but if you would like to join part way through please email the church office and I will add you to the list.

    The focus of Autumn Rambles is to provide an inspiration or springboard from which you can create ways of expressing your thoughts and responses to the season. Inspiration for you to gather your own collection of Autumnal experiences, finding meaning and encouragement and celebrating the season.

    What you receive:- Each day you will receive an email to the address you provided, this email will contain a link and password to the Autumn Rambles website. The website hosts a digital scrap-book with a new page and material each day. Read and view Autumn Rambles at the start of your day and take the ideas and inspirations with you as you follow your regular routine or head out on a purposeful ramble of your choice and use the ideas as a starting point for your own reflections.

    Mainly Music. Restarts May 7th

    Mainly Music runs during the school term if we are level 1. Mainly Music restarts on the 7th May with a Mothers Day celebration. 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.

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    Able bodied helpers URGENTLY required

    Mainly Music is a great mission, it runs school term only on Fridays at 9.30am. It provides an educational quality time for careers and pre-schoolers. 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 Thursday, to set up, or on Friday at about 10:30am, after the session, please call Meg Norton 473 8444.

    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:

    Community Shop

    Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Community Shop.
    The Community shop will be closed on the 26th April to observe ANZAC day.
    The Community Shop took $6471 in March.This is a great total especially since we had a lockdown at the beginning of that month. Expense's need to be taken off this total.

    "Agency of Hope"- now available in library

    "Agency of Hope"- The story of Auckland City Mission 1920-2020 is now available to borrow in the church library. This book covers a history of 100 years of Auckland City Mission. It is available to borrow and read by anyone who wishes.

    Rose Singers Present

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    ANZAC Memories

    A concert of favourite wartime songs. Come and sing-a-long at the Rose Centre (4 School Road, Belmont)
    • 8pm Thursday 22 April
    • 8pm Friday 23 April
    • 4pm Sautrday 24 April
    • 2pm Sunday 25 April
    Tickets $10 - Bookings 021 436 010 (Ruth). Proceeds to charity. Cash Bar available


    Happy Belated Birthday to Auriel Andrews for the 14th April. We hope you had a great day and many happy returns.
    Happy Birthday to Alison Kivell who celebrates her birthday on the 28th April, many happy returns to you.
    Happy Wedding Anniversary to Bill and Barbara Stoddard who celebrate 65 years of marriage on the 28th April. Congratulations and 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

    Sunday 25th April

    Theme: Good Shepherd


    Acts 4:5-12
    Psalm 23
    1 John 3:16-24
    John 10:11-18


    Alleluia! Eternal God, humanity is made in your image; you call us by name, help us to always recognise your voice and to respond willingly, that we might witness to the resurrection. 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

    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:
    Mothers Day Concert

    Mother's Day Concert at St Aidans

    St Aidans, 96 Onewa Rd. Northcote are holding a Mother's Day concert on the 8th May at 2pm. Tickets $25 includes afternoon tea of scones and cream. Call Dale on 418 3793 for tickets and details.
    Seasons for Growth AGM Flyer 2021

    Seasons for Growth Annual General Meeting

    Seasons for Growth 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.

    Positions Vacant. Kingsway School

    Co-curricular arts programme dirrector. This is a re-advertisement. Applications close at 9am on Friday, 7 May 2021. If your interested please contact Graeme Budler, to discuss advertisement or by completing application form and submit it with your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role. Application form available on the link below,
    If you have any queries regarding submitting your application, please email Julia Kinzett, or phone 09 427 0907

    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


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    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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