Hi ,
this week we read from Psalm 23 and John 10. We hear about knowing and following Jesus' voice.

Life has it's ups and downs, or as Psalm 23 says, green fields and dark valleys. Life is not always straight forward, though we wish it was. Jesus promises that those of us who follow his ways (voice) wont get lost. In other words, in God's Kingdom there will be a place for us. Our job is to journey onwards in life, as faithfully as we can. To follow Jesus' voice in whatever season we may be in, whether it is in abundant streams, or the darkest valley. When we wonder about direction we pause, and we say, which way now Lord?

Journeying with you, Dion

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

    Online worship goes live on Sunday at 10am with a YouTube Premiere here: or click the button below

    Sunday Online Worship

    2022-05-08 - Easter 4 - Good Shepherd - Ps 23 - Know voice
    We hear Psalm 23 and John 10, about knowing and following Jesus' voice. Onine worship, premiere at 10am on YouTube, click the link below, or the video above.

    Wednesday services

    Wednesday 11th May 10am Communion.
    Wednesday 11th May 12 noon Bible study - on Zoom here.

    Stay in the loop

    Keeping you safe in Orange

    We will continue to have our online service at 10am in parallel for the forseeable future.

    Please do not attend on-site worship if you are supposed to be isolating following a positive test result for yourself or a household contact, or if anyone in your home is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, or you are awaiting a Covid-19 test result; please instead join our online service.

    With the changes the government have made to the law around the Covid-19 protection framework, it is no longer necessary for St Mary by the Sea to require a My Vaccine Pass for any purpose on-site, to either visit or volunteer, this includes St Mary by the Sea, the Hall, and the Community Shop.

    We still have up one small QR code for you to scan in if you wish. And we will continue to operate safely in ORANGE onsite, this means:
    • We encourage you to wear a mask
    • Doors open for ventilation – so wear a jumper or bring a jacket
    • The peace in sign language - with the option of physical sign of peace if the person you are exchanging the peace with is comfortable with that.
    With the shift from RED to ORANGE it is no longer necessary to be physically distanced,or for morning tea served at tables. Soft chairs will once again be used. Communion will be served from the altar rail.

    We would love to see you on-site when you feel safe to visit; and for those that continue to journey with us on-line, we appreciate the opportunity to worship with you.


    8th May 2022

    Psalm 23
    Rev 7:9-17
    John 10:22-30


    The Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to the springs of the water of life, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.
    Revelation 7:17


    God of peace, by the blood of the eternal covenant you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep; make us perfect in every good work, and work in us that which is pleasing and good; through Jesus Christ to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

    Welcome return to Mainly Music at St Marys

    I am pleased to announce that our Mainly Music group at St Marys can resume now that we are at Orange level.

    Mainly Music held on Fridays at 9:30am during term time.

    Our group started on Friday 6th May

    Mainly Music is open to all families with preschool children. If you know of a local family please let them know about this group. A $4 donation per family is asked and the music activities start at 9:30am so please arrive slightly before then. For information on attending please contact Carol on 4795289.

    Volunteers Needed.

    We are looking for anyone who is able to volunteer to help with Mainly Music. Volunteers are needed for setting up the space for the session on a Thursday, putting the chairs back afterwards, at 11:30am on a Friday, or to help run the session between 9am and 11:30am on a Friday. If you would like more details please contact Meg on 4738444.

    Seasons for Growth AGM.

    Seasons for Growth programmes 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.
    Seasons for Growth AGM Flyer 2021
    Seasons for Growth is a grief and loss small group education programme run throughout the Auckland Anglican Diocese. The programme aims to strengthen the wellbeing of children, young adults and adults who are dealing with significant life changes.
    Who can join a group?
    Anyone who is living with the effects of change and loss can join one of our programmes. Many things can cause change: we can lose people we care about through death, relocation or separation; we can move to a new location; we can lose something we love; we can have changes in work-life within our family; and we can also have to process the impact of illness. Change affects everyone differently, as does grief. It’s the impact of the change, not the event itself that Seasons for Growth focus on.
    Volunteer at Seasons for Growth.
    Seasons for Growth North Shore and Hibiscus Coast are looking for volunteer Companions to facilitate school programmes. To become a Companion, individuals participate in a two-day training program involving theory and practice and then are mentored by an experienced Companion. You would need to be available during school hours (2 hours a week for the 8 week duration of a programme), enjoy working with children, be open, friendly, committed and willing to learn. All training and support are provided
    If you are interested in becoming a Companion or to receive more information please contact Melody Bird, Co-ordinator & Companion Mentor
    For more information email Melody:

    Automated Giving, Envelopes and Tax returns.

    Please read all of this carefully, there is information that may effect you.

    We want to say a huge thank you to everyone for the contributions you have made to St Mary by the Sea for the tax year ending April 30 2022. It is donations such as yours that have enabled us to continue the work of the church, providing opportunities for worship and service, along with the hosting of our much-valued community programmes.

    We would particularly like to acknowledge and thank everyone for their willingness to adapt to on-line and automated giving during the many lock-downs and restricted periods we have experienced. We know that the last couple of years, with Covid, have been difficult and that many people’s incomes have been affected. So, we have been encouraged to see that this has had only a minor impact on regular giving.

    Because so many of our congregation are now using online giving it is uneconomical for packs of giving envelopes to be prepared for all giving numbers. If you continue to use Giving Envelopes and find that you are running low please contact the church office via email and let the office know your giving number (or surname) and the amount of envelopes that you would like. A pack will then be prepared for you to collect.

    Trust Management , our accountant, are hard at work preparing everyone's tax receipt for the last year. If you have had a change of address or email in the last year please inform the church office so your details can be corrected with them. If you are happy to receive your tax receipt by email but have previously received this by post please contact the church office confirming the address you would like the receipt to be sent to.

    Again, thank you for continuing to bless St Mary by the Sea with your support and generosity.

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    Both of these can be collected from the Community Shop when paper copies are available.
    Word for Today
    Our Daily Bread

    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 Dianne Denman, 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 Shop

    Now open Tuesday - Saturday inclusive 10am to 4pm.

    Our Community Shop is selling winter clothing and this is going well. If anyone has had a wardrobe clear out and has winter clothing they no longer want please donate this to our store where we can put it to good use. The Community shop has established a route via which we can send excess good to Tonga to aid with their recovery after they experienced the terrible tsunami earlier this year.

    It is great to think that our Community shop is not only helping support St Marys Church but also go to providing financial support via food vouchers to local schools and to those in need in the local community and is providing assistance in Tonga as well.

    Many thanks also to our band of about 30 volunteers who staff the shop, manage it and generally keep it going. Several of these folk are not actually members of our congregation but give their time and talents, nevertheless. It is great to see items, saved from landfill being used by their new owners while providing our takings. Recently we have found a contact by whom we can send goods to Tonga, especially electrical goods that we not permitted to sell.

    Urgent Accommodation wanted.

    "I am an elderly and somewhat infirm parishioner now facing eviction by mid-July from the Torbay rental accommodation which I used to share with my late wife. Since losing a well-paid job to Covid-19 two years ago I have found it increasingly difficult to make ends meet on the NZ SuperAnnuation and Accommodation Supplement which is now almost my sole income. I have been selling all my possessions in order to eat, but have run out of stuff to sell.

    Since a leg operation last year I am unable to walk far or climb stairs, or to drive, and my present rented accommodation, a 1.5 bedroom flat near Torbay is far beyond my means at $530pw. I have no savings, property or assets of any kind, nor any family or dependents at all upon whom I could call for assistance.

    I am looking for a bedsit or studio - just one room and bathroom would be fine, and I need no parking space - in central Browns Bay or Mairangi Bay, or within a short walk of a bus route to either centre.

    I could afford $300 or at most $350pw, and I need to have completed the move by mid-July: my eviction notice specifies 22 July - my private landlord has indicated that he wants to sell the property. I can offer excellent references and have been renting continuously since immigrating to NZ some thirty years ago. I am a full New Zealand Citizen.

    If you know of, or hear of, any potentially suitable accommodation do please let me know. You can reach me on 021-165 1398 or at Thank you.


    Today is Mother's Day in New Zealand, a day when we can give thanks for the nurturing relationships in our lives and uphold in prayer those who mourn the lose of these relationships.

    Worship for May 2022

    Sunday - 8am - worship from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - Intergenerational worship
    Sunday - 10am - Online YouTube worship

    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. If you do not require your donation added to your tax receipt please write "NO TAX" on the receipt.


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    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm. Working from home whilst at Level Red.


    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
    Connie Strong,

    Vestry Secretary

    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

    Vestry Members

    Bruce Rogers,
    Chris Waddingham,
    Jenny Cheer,
    Robert Stewart,
    Susan Haslam

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