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This week we remember that we are God’s loved Creation, that God chooses us, and to be God’s chosen, we simply need to say yes. That moment of saying yes comes when we join in together with communion. And we remember that to be a follower of Jesus, all we need to do is to love each other, then the world, all of those around us will know that we are his followers. May you know and share God's love.

This week we also remember and celebrate mothers and the care and love that they bring into our lives and share with us. We celebrate the love of God that we receive from them, and ask for God's blessing on them as they continue their grace filled role.

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.

    New Zealand AAW 22nd Triennial Conference

    Margaret Rocard recently had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Triennial Conference of the NZAAW in her role as the Auckland President for the AAW. The conference, (9th-11th April) was held in Christchurch and was attended by members of the AAW from all around New Zealand. Margaret reports that there was great fellowship, singing and lots of laughter to be had. The conference covered many workshops including ones on missions, grief and flax flowers. A service was held in the Transitional Cathedral. It was a successful conference where great fellowship and memories were shared and made. If you would like more information on joining the AAW please speak to Margaret on 473 9816.
    Stitched together photo of AAW women Sat PM post dinner

    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.

    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 meets at 12:30pm on zoom. The invite for the study is here:

    Community Shop Volunteers Lunch

    We are holding a celebration / birthday lunch Sunday 6th June at 12 noon. All Community Shop volunteers and their partners are invited to a celebration birthday lunch and get together at St Mary by the Sea Church. Please put your name on the list at either the church or the shop if you can come. We look forward to seeing you all there.

    Community Shop

    Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support of the Community Shop.
    The Community Shop took $9,467. in April which is a wonderful sales total especially when considered that we had 3 days of closure due to public holidays. Expense's need to be taken off this total. Thank you to everyone who continues to support this mission.

    Tax Returns for Donations.

    Thank you for all your donations over the course of the year. The tax receipts are prepared and with Trust Management and should be posted out to you in the next week. If you have not received your tax return by the 23rd May or have a query about your return please contact the office as a matter of urgency.

    Moving forward, and in line with our policy on saving financial and environmental resources, we would like to move to sending tax receipts were possible by email. If you are happy to receive future tax receipts by email please email the church office ( from the address you wish your receipt to be sent to with TAX RECEIPT as the subject line. This will be considered your authority to send subsequent years tax receipts to this address.

    Again, we want to say a huge thank you for all the donations made over the course of the year. Without such donations we would not be able to continue the work of the church, providing opportunities for worship and service, along with the hosting of our much-valued community programmes.

    "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.


    Happy Mothers Day, a day we remember and give thanks for those loving, stable, accepting and nurturing role models in our lives and ask for God's blessing on them.

    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 9th May

    Theme: I choose you


    Acts 10:44-48
    1 John 5:1-6
    John 15:9-17


    Alleluia! Holy One, you are our constant companion. Send your Holy Spirit so that our journey in faith may continue to be lived in all its fullness into eternity. 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:
    PJ appeal

    ATWC Winter PJ Appeal.

    The Anglican Trust for Women and Children is calling on all warm-spirited people to donate PJs to keep children warm this winter. New pairs of pyjamas or clean winter blankets are welcome at any of their Auckland offices. Donations can be dropped off at St Mary's office for collection. Please place in a bag marked clearly ATWC. All sizes are needed but larger sizes are always in demand.
    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.

    "Unbreakable" - A new and original musical.

    " Unbreakable" tells the true story from 203AD of indomitable Christian courage in the face of Roman tyranny. Ancient Rome will challenge you to consider the value of your faith and a Christian approach to life and death. With 22 songs from a wide range of genres this up-lifting musical will show the journey from new faith to arrest, oppression, family conflict, dramatic spiritual dreams, prison baptisms, an agape meal, a birth and ultimate deaths for Christ in a Roman arena at Carthage.

    Written by the Rev Dr Don Battley from the accepted prison diary of Perpetua in March 203AD , with original music by a number of local Christians, this is a new approach to presenting Christian faith in the public world.

    Performance at Centrestage, 60 Centreway Rd, Orewa
    Sat 8 May 8-00 Opening Night
    Sun 9 May 2-00pm Matinee
    Tues 11 - Fri 14 8-00pm Performances
    Sat 15 May 2-00pm Matinee, 8-00pm Final night.
    $25 Tickets available from CentreStage website or 09 426 72 or $20 each for a party of 20
    pink ribon breakfast


    9am Saturday 8th May.Bishop Monteith Visitor Centre

    Holy Trinity Cathedral Parnell.

    Come along to the Cathedral Visitors' Centre and enjoy a beautiful breakfast spread with us. All are welcome to come an help us raise money for this important cause. $20. donation per person. For more information about cause behind the Pink Ribbon Breakfast, please visit the Pink Ribbon Breakfast website.
    Please RSVP to or (09) 303 9500
    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.


    Saturday 15 May, 10am-4pm
    Vaughan Park Retreat Centre, 1043 Beach Road, Long Bay

    $80 per person

    This introduction to mindfulness will explore its benefits and compatibility with a Christian world view. Led by Linda Gow, a clinical psychologist with 35 years’ experience in mental health in England and New Zealand. More details below. Email the Vaughan Park Chaplain to book your place.

    Memorial Service for HRH Prince Philip.

    Sunday 9 May, 5pm Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell

    A memorial service giving thanks for the life of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cathedral is also open daily between 10am and 3pm for those who wish to sign the condolence book, say a prayer or light a candle for Prince Philip.

    Positions Vacant. Kingsway School

    Co-curricular arts programme director. 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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    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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