Hi ,
This week we celebrate the Trinity, when we acknowledge that God has come to us in three distinct ways. We have God as Creator, we have God in the person of Jesus and we have God as the Holy Spirit, who we celebrated last week and who empowers us to do God’s work in the world.

Please mark in your diaries Sunday 26th June, for the next step of our Healthy Church process. We would love to have you onsite to help us set direction, we start this after the 10am service, where the Venerable Jonathan Gale feeds back to us how we view ourselves, we then break for a shared lunch, and after that we dream together about what the next 5 years could look like for us.

Journeying with you, Dion

St Mary by the Sea Direction Setting

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Please join us for our planning day Sunday 26th June 2022 after the 10am service. Ven Jonathan Gale will be with us and lead us through, "What we have said about ourselves", we will share lunch, and then help to dream about "where to from here." Please bring something to share for lunch.

    Online Worship - Sunday 10am

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

    Wednesday services

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

    Stay in the loop

    Keeping you safe in Orange

    We 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.

    My Vaccine Passes are not required for any purpose on-site, to either visit or volunteer, this includes St Mary by the Sea, the Hall, and the Community Shop.

    We a QR code for you to scan in if you wish. We 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.
    In ORANGE it is not necessary to be physically distanced, morning tea is served from the kitchen. Soft chairs are used. Communion is served at the altar rail.
    SMbtS Buddy Family
    We are grateful that New Zealand remains at Orange Level in the Covid protection framework and with that we enjoy the blessings of being able to worship in person. However it is important to remember that there are significant levels of Covid in our local community. As such I want to remind everyone that the St Mary's Buddy Family System is still operating. Should you or your family unfortunately fall victim of Covid please feel free to call the church office or text Dion and we can arrange grocery or prescription collections, check in calls or other support.

    Lastly a reminder; if you or a member of your family hasn't had a vaccination or is due booster please look at getting this now. Vaccination supports not only you but those you love and live with.

    Matariki – 24 June.

    Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster also known as the Pleiades. Its appearance in the sky traditionally signals the start of the Māori New Year. Matariki may be translated as tiny eyes, or eyes of God. The eyes are thought to watch over the land and its people. The date that the constellation appears in the night sky varies each year between June or July in the Southern Hemisphere. Celebrations in 2022 begin on 21 June, but from this year Matariki will be a public holiday in New Zealand and this will be observed on Friday 24 June.
    Celebrating Matariki.
    There is no one way to celebrate Matariki, its is a time of changing seasons, to give thanks for the planet and the natural resource we are blessed with, for the food it grows and the shelter it provides. It is a time to share ideas, to remember the past and celebrate the future. It is a time for family and friends, to remember those past and celebrate new life. It feels fortuitous that we are under going our Healthy Church process at this time.

    What you can do:- Matariki food Drive.

    If it is within your means, I would like to encourage you to bring in an extra item of long life food for our food bank collection over the next 2 weeks. Winter is a time when for many it becomes a choice between paying for food for the table or heat in the home. This year we are seeing an increased demand on food banks. Our food bank collecting in church (the basket inside the church) goes to Longbay Baptist church where our local food parcels are distributed from. This really is a case when your small gift, when gathered together with gifts from others can make a huge difference to a family. Thank you from Debbie

    Welcome return to Mainly Music at St Marys

    Mainly Music is held on Fridays at 9:30am during term time. We are able to run sessions at Orange. Equipment is cleaned between sessions and all practical safe-guards are in place to help ensure the safety of our families and volunteers.

    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.

    Study Theology at the University of Otago

    The Theology Programme at the University of Otago offers many opportunities for the study of Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History, Ministry, and Pastoral Theology (including Chaplaincy). You can study either on-campus or across Aotearoa New Zealand through our distance study programme. We are committed to serving Christian communities throughout the country.
    Semester 2 starts on July 11th and new enrolments are due by June 25th.
    For details of papers go to:
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    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

    Tax returns an update.

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

    All the tax receipts have now been processed and everyone should have receive theirs. To save time and expense most receipts have been emailed out. If you have not received your tax return please check in your spam folder. If it is not there please email the office. There are a few receipts for which I did not have an email address, these have been printed and posted where a postal address has been available. The collating of donations and the issuing of tax receipts is performed by the Diocesan accountant Trust Management, if you have any questions relating to your tax receipt please email me straight away and I will pass on your questions to them for you.

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

    ATWC Winter PJ Appeal Collection.

    You can drop off your donation at one of the sites below direct to the ATWC.
    10 Beatty Street, Otahuhu 8am – 430pm
    1288A New North Road Avondale 830am – 430pm
    124 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes 830am – 430pm

    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 now 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 goods 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 Mary by the Sea, but also providing financial support via food vouchers to local schools and to those in need in the local community and is providing assistance in Tonga.

    Introducing RAFT

    Currently occupying the space under the church hall.

    Raft studio in Torbay is a 'walk in and create' space where locals can spend time learning new Arts and Crafts - help others learn the crafts they know or just enjoy hanging out and socializing.

    Our team of 6 (plus the entourage of family and friends) has come together to create this warm and inviting space where we encourage creativity to help with wellness as well as connect our community. Our team are Helen, Jan, Jen, Lorraine, Ruth and Tanya.

    We offer classes in different craft mediums including sewing, papercraft, mixed media, painting and Art Therapy as well as many more. As our Studio is a not-for-profit organization, we aim to donate back into our community through offering low cost classes and free workshops. Cost is from free to $20per class, with private workshops being no more than $55.

    Our studio space has been gifted to us by St Mary by the Sea, which we are very grateful for and enjoy the lovely relationship we have created between SMBTS and our team. To stay focused on our low waste and recycled ethos, we rely on community donations of materials and equipment - we aim to recycle and reuse as much as possible and have joined the Zero Waste initiative with Auckland council. 80% of our materials and tools have been donated and saved from landfill.

    We welcome you to wander through our spaces and see how we operate and achieve the goals we set for ourselves and those who join our studio.

    Next time you are in Torbay, please come in and say Hi, or check out our website for more information
    The team at Raft.

    Sustainability Champions workshops.

    Planting, Growing & Sharing Together.

    Sustainability Champion Workshops are organised by the Anglican Diocese of Auckland for volunteer Sustainability Champions and those in our churches and organisations with an interested in sustainability and care of creation. We also invite friends for the Eco-Church network to join us.

    This years theme is "Planting, growing and sharing together". We will be reflecting, praying, learning and sharing stories from our various contexts. We are excited to be joined by Gardens4Health who will be running a session about growing food and community gardens.

    A workshop is be held at St John's Royal Oak, the day will start with a reflection around food and the common table, and a look around their community garden. There will also be a re-connect with last year's theme of Zero Waste Churches and follow up with Eco-Church NZ. Come with your stories, your questions, your ideas and your passion!

    If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Bi-Riley at
    WHEN: Saturday 9th July 2022 - 9:30am to 3pm
    WHERE: St John's Royal Oak - 6 Chandler Avenue, Royal Oak, Auckland 1023
    COST:FREE Morning tea and lunch will be provided

    Register at below or email Cathy with questions!

    Music Matters. Concerts at Holy Trinity

    Have a look at the link below for the full range of events over June.


    Happy Birthday to Dianne Denman for the 13th June. Many happy returns to you.


    12th June 2022

    Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31
    Romans 5:1–5
    John 16:12–15


    Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? ‘The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago.’
    Proverbs 8:1, 22


    Trinity of Love, maker of man and woman in your image help us to accept ourselves as we are, and to know our need for each other. Hear this prayer for your love’s sake. Amen.

    Regular Information


    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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    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
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