Hi ,
Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week. We are in the middle of our teaching series called Unravelled. We hope to see you online, or in person this Sunday.

This week we look at when Shame Unravels. We read from John 4:1-29,
and we hear the story of The Samaritan Woman at the well. Things go wrong in life for us. Maybe it is something we have done, maybe it is something that has been done to us. And we can live in shame. But this is not the way that Jesus wants us to live. Jesus wants us to live free from this. Today we learn to unravel our shame and the isolation this brings. The grace of Jesus brings us back into community.

May God's peace be with you, Dion

Special General Meeting

The Special General Meeting will be held TODAY Sunday 2nd August at 11:15am to formally receive the official 2019 accounts for St Mary by the Sea. There is 1 copy of the full accounts report for reference on the credenza and several copies of the abridged report (figures only) available. If you would like your own copy of the report please email the office, I will email out or print on request.

We have, this week, received a copy of the diocesan financial statements. We are not required to formally adopt these reports as they reflect the position of the diocese as a whole and are for information only. A copy has been printed off for inspection and the Annual Report can be viewed online at
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A.A.W Meeting at St Marys

AAW will be meeting on Wednesday evening 5 August, at 7.30 pm in St Mary's lounge, (the room downstairs at St Mary’s, formerly St Anne’s Crypt). The lounge has a heat pump and a little kitchen with a microwave so will be a very comfortable setting for us. Anyone interested in finding out more about the A.A.W should contact Margaret Rocard 473 9816 .
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Mainly Music Returns.

It was great to have Mainly Music back in church this Friday after such a long break. Mainly Music is a great group for all local families with pre-schooler. If you have a pre-schooler in your life please introduce them to this group. There is currently NO wait list. If you would like to know more about Mainly Music or would like to volunteer to help out with his group please call Carol Henry 479 5289.

United Breaks Out - New Wine UK

Due to Covid, this years UK New Wine annual summer gathering is breaking out around the globe for the first time and going on line and it's all FREE

Be part of history and join United Breaks Out online between 30 July - 3 August with worship, teaching, sofa sessions, webinars and more. TED-style seminars will cover topical issues: grief, loss and lament; the power of the Holy Spirit; race and diversity; preparing for a new world; mental health; parenting for faith; prayer; apologetic; and creation care.

There are programmes for kids (0-11s) with teaching, songs, gunge and stories plus age appropriate workbooks and an Augmented Reality App with interactive prayers and memory verses. Luminosity, for those 11-18 years old will bring devotions and chats, challenges, celebrations gatherings, high-energy worship and workshops.

Why not join in? Find more information and a timetable here . NZ is 11 hours ahead of the UK so add that time to watch live, sessions will be available to watch later on.


Sunday 2nd August

The Samaritan Woman at the Well

Bible Reading: JOHN 4:1-29

Collect / Prayer for the day

Generous God, your love is overflowing. Enable us to trust in the abundance of your love; help us to multiply the blessings you give, for you are the one that fulfils all our needs. 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

Sunday 9th August


Bible reading: JOHN 20:19-29

In-person worship - St Mary by the Sea

We hold three in person worship services:
  • Sunday 8am communion
  • Sunday 10am communion
  • Wednesday 10am communion & Bible Study

Online YouTube Podcast Stream

Teaching Podcast goes live each Sunday 10:02am. Did you miss church? Catch up online and join us for our series.
  1. GENESIS 18:1-15; 21:1-7 || Sarah Laughs
  2. MATTHEW 14:22-33 || Peter Sinks in the Water
  3. 2 SAMUEL 3:7; 21:1-14 || Rizpah Mourns Her Sons
  4. LUKE 19:1-10 || Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector
  5. EXODUS 5:1-2; 7:8-23 || Pharaoh Hardens His Heart to Moses’ Requests
  6. ACTS 9:1-20 || The Conversion of Saul to Paul
  7. JEREMIAH 29:1-7 || Encouraging the Israelites in Exile to Plant Gardens & Build Houses
  8. JOHN 4:1-29 || The Samaritan Woman at the Well
  9. JOHN 20:19-29 || Thomas
  10. EXODUS 1:22, 2:1-10 || Moses’ Mother Gives Moses Up So He Can Live
  11. JOB 28:12-28 || Job’s Lament and Loss
  12. MARK 5:1-20 || Jesus Heals Legion, a Man Possessed by Demons
The link to our YouTube Chanel is the same each week. Click the button below for the YouTube channel.

Community Shop

Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm

We look forward to seeing you there – keep safe from all the Team.

Community Shop

The community shop is looking for any donations of winter clothing that you may have finished with. Thank you.

Bible Studies

Our in-person Bible Study is Wednesday @10am. We first begin with a short informal communion service, where we look at the saint for the day.

Our on-line Bible Study is on a two week break for the school holidays. The next study is 22 July 2020 - Wednesday @12noon - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

Scripture Union Camps

sucamps spring 2020
Join us on an exciting adventure this spring as we ski, snowboard, mountain bike and maybe even get in a little surfing these holidays.
We have 6 camps on offer this spring. On top of that our E3 camps are also open for registration including a brand new North Island E3 camp!
Get in quick as these camps fill up fast. For more info and to register click the button below.

Rest Home Services

Rest home services at Aria Bay Rest Home and Torbay Resthome have resumed. For more information, or to help in this ministry, contact Tony Nettleton, 0272781450 or


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

Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

New copies are out. Collect them from church, or access them online below.

The online versions are here:
and the youth version here:
Our Daily Bread:

Church Life Survey

Every now and again, the Church Life Survey, releases a study about how Christian's experience faith and life. A survey for their next study is being released Friday 22 May here. and it focuses our experience under lockdown, in particular assessing the effectiveness of online services and other forms of support.

Faith 5

Faith 5 is 5 simple steps to help us nurture our faith. It is simple enough to be done multiple times a week.
1: SHARE your highs and lows
2: READ a Bible story
3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows
4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows
5: BLESS one another
More info here:

Regular Information

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.

Roof Appeal

Extensive work to repair the roof has been done, have a look at the photos on the notice board to see why. Please donate to our roof repair fund. St Mary by the Sea, BNZ, Browns Bay Account# 02-0120-0047903-003 Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number and the word ROOF.


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.


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Debbie Rhodes, 094738180
Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:094738183 Mobile:0211378624 Home:094732270

Priest Assistant

Rev’d Jay Smith, 0211045914


Jean Coomer, 094780080
Susan Haslam, 094150073

St Mary by the Sea

PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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