Hi ,
welcome to St Mary by the Sea new for this week. We are in the middle of our teaching series called Unraveled. This week we explore Luke 19:1-10 and the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and his unravelling and transformation, from oppressor to host through being offered a place in God's family by Jesus. We hope to see you online, or in person this Sunday.

May God's peace be with you, Dion

Remember Our Quiz Night

Saturday 4th July 5:00pm

We will be holding another great family quiz night at St Marys. Saturday 4th July. Doors open at 4:30pm for a 5:00pm start. Bring along your own drink and snacks for during the quiz, dinner and dessert provided.

Shared Lunch and Farewell

This Sunday 5th July

To celebrate being able to come together in person to worship, we will be holding a shared lunch after 10am service on Sunday 5th July. We will also use this occasion to celebrate our friendship with and to farewell the Hoffmans as Waltraud and Peter are moving to Invercargill.

Message from the Warden.

Kitchen tea towels.

If you have kindly taken some of the tea towels home to launder please can these be returned, we are running low in church. Thank you.
music elephant

Mainly Music Returns.

We are very excited to announce that Mainly Music will be returning to St Marys on the 24th July at 9:30am. Mainly Music is a great group for all local families with pre-schooler. If you have pre-schooler in your life please introduce them to this group. 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.

Sunday 5th July Scriptures

Zacchaeus the Wealthy Tax Collector

LUKE 19:1-10

Collect / Prayer for the day

Unpretentious God, you call us as we are; and in our weakness you find strength. Help us so to delight in who we are, that we are set free to dream of all that we could yet become; 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

Pharaoh Hardens His Heart to Moses’ Requests - 12th July

EXODUS 5:1-2; 7:8-23

Thought on Covid 19

I was sitting in the car at an intersection the other day when a woman pedestrian in a bright yellow coat crossed the road. She had head-phones on (the noise-cancelling ones). She was swaying her arms, singing, and smiling simultaneously. I noticed that she had not only caught my attention, but other drivers and pedestrians too. It was just really nice to see someone joyful.

Right now in New Zealand there is a degree of anxiety that even the most robust optimist among us struggles to keep at bay. It is anxiety about the future, about health, about suffering and dying, about the health and well-being of those close to us, about jobs and money, about a virus for which there is no vaccine. And we don’t really want to talk about it, because we don’t really want to believe it’s there and can hurt us. But many, more than you might think, wake in the night. Many, more than you might think, take medication. Many, more than you might think, are quietly afraid.

As I sat at that intersection watching the unselfconscious dancer I reached over and turned off the car radio. Radio news, as well as newspaper and TV news, don’t really do optimism. On my reckoning they do about one good story to every five not good ones. So, in a time when anxiety is in the coffee, it is a sensible survival strategy to limit one’s intake of national or international news.
Of course there is good news about, and not just a singing yellow raincoat. We’ve been some 60 days without any recorded community transmission of the virus. Somehow, despite mistakes, mishaps, stretched resources, and gaps in planning, we are keeping the virus at bay.

But it is hard work. And kiwis returning home don’t like to be cooped up, particularly when their loved ones are dying. And businesses that rely on overseas customers want to open up. And there are bureaucratic inconsistencies. And… it is not straightforward.

I also realize that unfortunately it’s an election year. That time when every party and every party’s pet columnist(s) try to poke holes in the policies and practices of other parties - particularly the party(s) in power. And they succeed. Mistakes are exposed. There’s baying for heads to roll. And maybe a few will. And then more columns are written to fill the newspapers. Some call this democracy-in-action and commend it.

I say ‘unfortunately’ because it doesn’t sit well with a time of anxiety and fear. And it also doesn’t sit well with bringing our best to confront the challenges of this global pandemic.

Right now we need our best community builders to be to the fore, instigating and weaving patterns of connection and support. Right now we need our best big thinkers and planners to be to the fore, creating sustainable employment opportunities in a Covid world. Right now we need our best organizers and scientists to be to the fore, as the virus conditions continue to change and mutate.

And we need right now all our Members of Parliament to be behind 'our best', giving them the encouragement and resources to confront what might be the biggest challenge of our lifetime. And we, ‘the team of 5 million’, need to be behind them.

Revd Glynn Cardy (used with permission. Published Facebook 30/6/2020)

Unraveled Teaching Series

We have started a teaching series called "Unraveled: Seeking God When Our Plans Fall Apart". The last few months have been challenging in many ways and this will be a time to reflect and contemplate on the ways that our lives have been unraveled by circumstances and how God works to both challenge and transform us.

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 had a great months trading taking $11,300 in June, (expenses need to be deducted from this amount). We are grateful to all those who volunteer there time and whose support make this venture possible.

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

Just Art Competition

Just Art competition launched! We believe art and artists have a God-given prophetic role to play in calling us to Kingdom justice! So we’re calling for submissions from Artists up and down this beautiful land of Aotearoa!
Are you a songwriter, poet, painter, photographer or graphic artist? You could enter? Or who else in YOUR church who could enter? Entries need to be submitted to by midnight July 31.
Terms and Conditions are on or see the FaceBook page at
just-art-competition flyer, linking to their website

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

Birthdays and Anniversarys

Happy Birthday to Jordan Waddingham who will 14 on the 10th July. Many happy returns to you.
Would you like to be on our celebration list? 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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St Mary by the Sea

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