Hi ,
The Venerable Jonathan Gale has just launched our healthy church process. Here is the survey link and more information

Journeying with you, Dion

St Mary by the Sea Direction Setting

We are setting our direction at St Mary by the Sea. Our leadership team is called vestry, and they, along with other leaders within St Mary are embarking on setting a direction for us for the next 5 years. To do this well we need to know where we are and what we think our strengths are. So we would like feedback from you. Please take the opportunity to contribute into our direction setting by completing the survey. A link will come out at 12 noon on Sunday 15th May. Please make the most of the opportunity to give us feedback to help us set direction.

Glorifying God, the Holy Trinity

Our goal is to Glorify God, the Holy Trinity.
To do this we recognise that there are four key aspects to our life here at St Mary by the Sea.
  1. Knowing God
  2. Shaping Community
  3. Growing in Christ
  4. Living Beyond Ourselves
In each area we recognise the following as important.

Knowing God

Inspiring Worship

Authentic, prayerful worship and joyous music that engages hearts and minds in glorifying God, which appeals to various generations and is relevant to the cultures/contexts in which we live. Well delivered, thoughtful and sound sermons, which apply God’s word in practical ways, promoting growth in faith and inspiring people to Christian action.

Vibrant Faith and Prayerful Life

Actively seeking the Holy Spirit’s direction and empowerment for daily life and ministry. Faith is lived out with commitment and answered prayer is celebrated. Enthusiasm about how God is working in the faith community. Active promotion and practice of prayer and bible study.

Shaping Community

Authentic Loving Community

United and joyous relationships with members and non-members, showing genuine acts of kindness, caring, support and sharing. Intentional about relationship formation. Efforts to build loving, caring relationships between members, creating a strong sense of community within the Ministry Unit (MU). Invites, and displays hospitality toward the inclusion of newcomers, children and youth, as well as members into active participation in congregational life.

Stewardship & Governance

Teaches biblical stewardship and provides opportunities for generosity. Church operates the annual budget with financial integrity and accountability. Provides effective communication regarding decisions and activities.

Growing in Christ

Maturing Discipleship

Takes seriously the formation of disciples, nurturing spiritual maturity through relevant Christian education and encouraging all to grow in their walk with God and share their faith.

Gift Oriented Ministry

Challenges and equips members to discover, develop, and use their gifts for fruitful ministry. Identifies, trains, and empowers members for ministry.

Empowering Leadership

Led by leadership who demonstrates the calling, character, and competence to help the Ministry Unit achieve its God-given purpose and shared vision. Clergy are committed to developing and empowering lay leaders and identifying and training next generation leaders. Leadership builds optimism and hope even in challenging times and is open to innovative solutions.

Living Beyond Ourselves

Relevant Outreach

Engaged in the community, making positive changes. Focus on significant ministry reaching out to the community and beyond. Actively expresses the love of Christ through generosity and service to those in need. Outreach is culturally responsive and relevant to community needs and responds in tangible ways to global humanitarian needs.

Proclaiming the Gospel

Committed to proclaiming the Good News of Christ through word and action. Members bear witness to their faith.  

Watch Launch Video

Click here or the video Thumbnail below to watch our Healthy Church Launch



Debbie Rhodes, 09 4738180
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

St Mary by the Sea

PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
Thanks for reading. See you soon!

The St Mary by the Sea Team
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