... I've been meaning to ask, where do we go from here?

    Hi ,
    this week in I've Been Meaning to Ask. We ask, where do we go from here?

    Our goal of this worship series is to cultivate a holy sense of curiosity and connection by encouraging the skills of holy listening, of listening with the purpose of discovery and one that is reciprocated. By doing this we hope that the relationship between members of the congregation will be encouraged.

    We believe that we all have needs and that we need each other. Where to we go from here? reminds us that this not meant to be the end of the journey; instead, it creates openness to explore together what is next.

    And this depends on our context, whether we are thinking our our self, our family, or our faith community. In these areas we need to discern how to move forward into something new. While stepping into the next chapter, our hope is that we keep cultivating curiosity, asking questions, having conversations, and seeking connection in order to humanise and care for each other.

    Ultimately, this final question invites us to foster hope and imagination.

    After the loss of loved ones disrupts their lives, Ruth and Naomi create a new covenant with each other, choosing to be in a relationship across their religious, cultural, and generational divides. As women, they build power together in a system where they have little power. They look to where to from here.

    May you commit to disrupting your assumptions and staying curious.

    Journeying with you, Dion.

      ... I've been meaning to ask

      So often we sit side by side and week after week in the pews without truly getting to know one another.

      This is a series where we encourage curiosity, courage, & connection. Our society is desperately in need of spaces for connection and conversation. We know that change, growth, and healing can only come through curiosity, empathy, and courage. Over the next four weeks, we hope to move beyond small talk to practice curiosity, listening, and connection.

      We explore:
      • where are you from?
      • where does it hurt?
      • what do you need?
      • where do we go from here?

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        get one give one

        Anglican Missions Get one- Give One Campaign.

        Get-one. Give-one is an Anglican Church wide (and soon to be New Zealand wide) campaign! Already over $6500 has been raised!
        In being thankful for the availability of vaccines in our country, we are aware that many people are not so fortunate. The Get one. Give one. Campaign aims to protect and support the poorest and most vulnerable.
        When you get your Covid-19 vaccine, please consider donating $10 so that one of the world's most vulnerable can get theirs. $50 covers a family of five and $100 covers two families!
        Supporting the 'Get One. Give One.' campaign is simple.
        Donations are being directed through Givealittle, rather than through Anglican Missions.
        DONATE HERE:
        Lets pass our gratitude on because Covid -19 won't be over until it's over for everyone.
        • Spread the word with family, friends and your workplace. This is a chance for families, workplaces, schools and churches to mobilise together to make a world wide difference.
        In New Zealand the Covid vaccine is Free to everyone aged over 16.

        Covid Vaccinations.

        The Covid vaccinations are progressing for those in 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 would normally qualify for the Free Flu Vaccine this likely includes you. 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. Information from states:

        If you’re over 65 and live in the Auckland or Northland regions, you’ll receive your invitation to book a COVID-19 vaccination by Friday, 18 June. All invitations to Group 3, including people with underlying health conditions, will be issued by mid-July.

        You’ll receive a text or an email from NMF Immunisation bookings inviting you to book your appointment. If you belong to a GP clinic that is also offering COVID-19 vaccinations, you may also receive an invitation from them too. You can click on the link in the text or email to make your appointment. The invitations are issued automatically, so you don’t need to do anything until you receive yours.

        Group 4 will start from 28 July.

        The above website gives more information on getting your vaccine and who to call if you have not received your invitation. Anyone who might find travel difficult will be pleased that the Albany Vaccination clinic is now open for bookings.

        Mainly Music

        Fridays 9:30am start. Last date for term 9th July.

        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. The last date for this term is 9th July and they return 30th July.

        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:
        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.

        AAW meeting and presentation 7th July

        The next AAW meeting is 7th July Wednesday evening 7.30 pm in the Lounge (downstairs). A speaker has been arranged, we will have a presentation from
        Martin Harris a Nutrition Medicine Pharmacist from Torbay Unichem Pharmacy
        He will talk to us and will answer any questions. This will help to keep us well through the winter months to build our immune systems etc. Talk starts at 7:45pm A light supper will be served .

        Martin will be coming at 7.45 pm. Please be on time for 7.30 pm. We will have a short Service before we begin. Please bring anyone you think will be interested. (Husbands, partners welcome).
        AYM Camp

        AYM Winter Camp

        Saturday 17 July, 2pm to Tuesday 20 July, 11am
        Peter Snell Youth Village, 1212 Whangaparaoa Rd, Gulf Harbour
        $150 for campers

        Winter Camp is AYM's discipleship camp for those in school years 10 to 13. It’s aimed at teens who are keen to go deeper in their faith. Included in the studies will be Scripture Union’s Āpōpō – an interactive programme that equips young people to be good friends to their peers who are struggling with their mental health. Find more details and register below.

        Parish Explorers Group.

        You are invited to a session of the Parish Explorers’ Group next Monday 5 July at the Takapuna Methodist Church lounge at 3pm. The topic is ‘Don’t forget the planet.’ There will be a video summary of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si:, the subtitle of which was “On care for our common home”. The central theme of the encyclical is that the earth is to be shared as a collective good, without the wealthy assuming they have greater rights over its bounty than those considered ‘the disposable of society’.
        Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Cathy 09 489 4590 or email

        Our Daily Bread.

        New copies of 'Our Daily Bread' are now available. Copies will be sent to the Community Shop and available in church.

        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.


        Happy Birthday to Jordan Waddingham for the 10th July. Best wishes and 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

        Church donations by Cheque.

        The BNZ, (the churches bank), will stop processing cheques from 30th June 2021. We are 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.

        Tax Returns for Donations. 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:

        Community Garden AGM. 1st August

        The first annual AGM, is scheduled to take place at 12 noon on Sunday 1 August 2021 at St Mary by the Sea, in the lounge.
        The provisional agenda is:
        1. Welcome
        2. Collection of Covenant Forms for 2021/22 from those wishing to continue as members of our community.
        3. Presentation of Financial Statement for 2020/21.
        4. Closing of Management Committee nominations.
        5. Voting.
        6. Verification of new Management Committee.
        7.General business raised by members.


          As the vicar at St Mary by the Sea, Dion will continue as chairman of the committee. All other management positions are up for election.
          These include Secretary, Treasurer, Co-ordinator and Facebook.
          Nomination forms will be available from Debbie in the office or on the credenza from Thursday 1 July, or you can request one by email from Dion.
          At this stage, Dianne Denman and Clayton have indicated that they will not be available for re-election.
          Could you please let Clayton know by Sunday 18 July 2021 if you
          1. intend to continue as a plot holder in our community.
          2. are able to attend the AGM.
          3. wish to receive a Nomination Form.
          4. wish to propose any item(s) for inclusion on the agenda (please itemise them!).

          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
          Matariki concert

          Te Iwa o Matariki

          Matariki Concert by Camerata Chamber Choir & Rangitoto College's The Fundamentals celebrating the change of season and the start of the Maori New Year. Te Iwa o Matariki July 3 at 7:30 pm
          St Matthew-in-the-City, Hobson Street, Auckland
          Tickets: $30; pre-sales $20; students $10; under 13 yrs, free. Door sales cash only. Get your tickets from a choir member, or at the door on the night of the performance. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by paying directly to the Camerata's bank account before 1 July. Email for bank account details.

          Local Rental wanted.

          Lady looking for a 1 bedroom flat for herself and small lap-dog. References available. If you have a property available to rent call Deborah on 021 02713955

          Sunday 4th July

          Theme: Where do we go from here?


          Acts 10
          Ruth 1:1-22


          Caring God,you equip us with all we truly need in the business of our daily lives.Turn us to you in prayer that we might trust in your provision,and hold only to those things that give us life.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

          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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