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 this Sunday. As we are at Alert Level 3, there are no in-person services this Sunday, see you online.

This week we read from EXODUS 1:22, 2:1-10, and we hear the story of MOSES’ MOTHER giving him up, so that MOSES CAN LIVE. And we look at When Our Plans for Our Children Unravel. Please join us online.

May God's peace be with you, Dion

Online YouTube Worship

Sunday 16th August

Moses’ Mother Gives Moses Up So He Can Live

EXODUS 1:22, 2:1-10

This week we look at when our plans for our children unravel.

After Service Morning Tea and Chit-Chat

See you after our 10am YouTube service for a chit-chat on zoom - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

Alert Level 3

As of noon Wednesday 12th August 2020, Auckland is in Alert level 3 lockdown. The rest of the country is moving into level 2 lockdown for 3 days.

All our buildings are currently closed.

Diocesan Financial Statements

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

Thank you to everyone for your participation in SGM last Sunday.

Tearfund and St Marys BIG quiz night.


September 12, 2020 – one night only!
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St Mary by the Sea is excited to host the Big Quiz Night on September 12 @ St Marys church. Let’s get together for one epic evening of poverty-fighting fun! $10 suggested donation to Tearfund. Doors open at 6:00pm, quiz starts at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there!
You can reserve your spot by 10th September at:

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 16th August

Moses’ Mother Gives Moses Up So He Can Live

EXODUS 1:22, 2:1-10

Collect / Prayer for the day

God of compassion, you love every person without exception. Turn our hearts so that we may love our neighbour. Remove from us everything we use to exclude our sisters and brothers. Guard the door of our lips so that what we say may be worthy of our calling as your people. 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 23rd August

Job’s Lament and Loss

JOB 28:12-28

In-person worship - St Mary by the Sea

There is no in-person worship this Sunday 16th August.

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

Currently Closed

We are closed under level 3

Bible Studies

Our on-line Bible Study - 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

are on hold during level 3


Happy Birthday

To Royline Bailey for the 18th August. Many happy returns to you.

Wedding Anniversary

Happy anniversary to Peter and Alison Kivell celebrating 54 years on the the 20th August. Wishing you many happy returns.

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:

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.


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

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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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