Hi ,
this week on Te Pouhere Sunday, we celebrate our churches constitution. A pouhere is a mooring post, and it is the post you would tie your waka up to overnight, so that when you came out in the morning, it hadn’t floated away on the outgoing tide. A pouhere though might be a post, or it might be a tree,
or a big boulder, it is something that stops us drifting away.

Today we look at what grounds our faith, what keeps us in the one place, and what we come back to. Because there are some truths we continue to come back to. And the scripture chosen for us to anchor to, is Matthew's Gospel and the sermon on the mount. This is the scripture that guides us in how we live. What is it that guides you? What do you come back to?

Journeying with you, Dion.

Te Pouhere YouTube

If you can't make worship this week, you can catch the talk here:
2021-06-06 - Te Pouhere

    Online YouTube Podcast

    Goes live on Sunday at 10am, here: or click the button below

    In Celebration Samoan Language Week

    This last week has been Samoan Language so to celebrate this, here is the Lords Prayer in Samoan.
    Lo matou Tamä e, oi le lagi,
    ia paia lou suafa.
    Ia o'o mai lou malo.
    Ia faia lou finagalo, i le lalolagi e pei ona faia i le lagi.
    Ia e foa'i mai ia te'i matou i le aso nei a matou mea'ai e tatau ma le aso.
    Ia e fa'amagalo ia te'i matou ia matou agasala,
    e pei ona matou fo'i ona matou fa'amagaloina atu
    i e ua agaleaga mai ia te'i matou.
    Aua fo'i e te ta'ita'iina i matou i le fa'aosoosoga,
    a ia e lavea'i ia i matou ai le leaga.
    Auä e ou le malo,
    ma le mana, atoa ma le viiga,
    e faavavau lava,

    Mainly Music

    Fridays 9:30am start at St Marys

    Mainly Music runs during the school term if we are level 1. If you know of a local family with pre-schoolers please recommend this group to them. This group is open to all families with pre-schoolers. $4 donation per family asked.

    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 this 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.
    A5 shop moved

    Community Shop

    Welcome to our new Community Shop. The Community Shop has relocated further down Inverness Rd to a larger brighter building that will allow us to hold more stock on premises. Although the physical address of the shop is 38 Clyde Rd the entrance-way is on Inverness Rd just up from the ASB bank, (next to the Japanese restaurant. New signage will be up shortly.

    A huge thank-you to everyone for all your hard work and long hours over the last weekend moving us into the new shop.

    The Community shop took just over $9,000 in May which is another excellent month. Expense's need to be taken off this total. 6th June marks the second anniversary of our Community shop. Over the last year, (1 June 2020 to 31st May 2021) our Community shop has taken just over $97,000 in revenue. Thank you to everyone who continues to support this mission.

    Raising Children In a Digital Age- Presentation

    Scripture Union Australia are presenting :- Raising children in an age of devices. Guest speaker, Terry Williams (Scripture Union Australia) will share some basic principles to help children, young people, parents, and grandparents navigate through a digital world in a healthy way.
    (Also highly recommended for children and youth workers.)

    Two venues to choose from:
    Thursday 19 June Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church 7:15 – 9:00 pm
    Sunday 13 June Kohimarama Pres Church. 2:15 – 4:00 pm
    Registration is essential! Email Andrew –

    Cyber safety.

    Auckland Dioceses have made us aware of a scams currently targeting churches.
    People are emailed, apparently by the clergy, and asked for money to support a person in need. If you receive any email asking you for money, gift-cards or anything similar, please ignore it and delete it. It is recommended you report it to the Police and/or Netsafe. You will never be asked for money or gift cards via email. Please only give money to St Mary by the Sea, via online banking (details below) or EFTPOS at St Mary by the Sea.

    This is a timely reminder to all parishioners to be cautious of any email asking for money or gift cards. Auckland Diocese has a policy that clergy in the Anglican Church do not ask for funds directly in this way.


    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

    Church donations by Cheque.

    The BNZ, (the churches bank), will stop processing cheques from the 30th June 2021. After that date we will no longer be able to present cheques to the bank for clearing. Donations can be made via direct bank transfer, automatic regular payment or EFTPOS machine in church. If anyone would like information on any of these methods and how they work with your giving number please do not hesitate to ask. All of these options can be recorded against your giving number.

    Sunday 6th June

    Theme: Te Pouhere


    Isa 42:10-20
    2 Cor 5:14-19
    Matt 7:24-29


    Loving God, you set our hearts and minds to know and to love. Teach us how to share that love willingly so that the whole world might know your grace, and turn from turmoil to peace. 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

    Tax Returns for Donations.

    Thank you for all your donations over the course of the year. You should have all received your tax return by now. If you have not received, or have a query about your return please contact the office as a matter of urgency.
    Please Read.
    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.

    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.

    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.

    Prayer for Persecuted Believers

    I am a local Christian and run a small prayer group using information from Barnabas Fund, Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors and other organisations. We pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in nations where it is illegal for them to practice their faith, or even own a Bible, and also thank God for answered prayer.
    If you have a particular nation or people group on your heart please feel free to come and share, so we can join together in prayer.

    At present, we meet every second Monday of the month at Northcross Church, and start with refreshments at 7pm before we pray.

    You will be made very welcome, and for more information please contact Margaret Marriott at or 021 0242 2641

    Studying Theology at the University of Otago

    The Theology Programme at the University of Otago offers many opportunities for the study of the Bible, the Biblical Languages, Church History, Ministry, Christian Thought, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Theology, both on-campus and to many students across Aotearoa New Zealand through our successful distance study programme. We are committed to serving Christian communities throughout the country.
    Semester 2 starts on July 12th and new enrollments are due by June 25th. For details of papers go to: Or see the poster on notice board.
    To enroll go to

    Covid vaccine

    From late May the government is starting to roll out Covid Vaccinations for those in the population that are classed as Group 3. Group 3 covers those people aged over 65 or with an existing medical condition that would leave them more at risk should they catch Covid. If you are unsure if this applies to you, or you have questions about the vaccine and your medical condition, please speak to your General Practitioner or Healthline. They are the best place to get information and to advise you. The information from Healthline regarding the vaccination roll out is 'individuals will receive an invitation from their District Health Board DHB inviting them to book in for a vaccine. This invitation will come via email or text. Each District Health Board DHB is managing its own vaccine roll out so dates will vary slightly around the country and it may take a couple of months for all in this group to receive their invitation'. If you have concerns about how or when you will receive your invitation please contact your General Practitioner. If anyone is wanting support with booking a vaccination please feel free to contact the church office.

    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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    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080
    Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207

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    Susan Haslam

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    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

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    Chris Waddingham,
    Jenny Cheer,
    Ryan Waddingham,

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    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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