St Mary by the Sea News

Hi ,
This Sunday we will be acknowledging and celebrating Matariki as part of our worship. To prepare for the 10am service we ask that you bring the following:
  • A picture of a loved one who has passed away
  • A donation of food for our local food bank
  • Some food to share for lunch
This week as a country we celebrate for the first time Matariki with a public holiday. There is nothing like a holiday to highlight the importance of something for people. This brings to a total of three the New Years we recognise. The first Sunday in Advent for the Christian New Year, the 1st of January for the secular New Year, and Matariki for Te Ao Māori. Our tradition is diverse.

This Sunday the 26th June after the 10am service we have our next step of the Healthy Church process. We would love to have you onsite to help us set direction. After the 10am service 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. We aim to be finished by 2pm. We look forward to seeing you.

Journeying with you, Dion
planning day-small
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.

Queen's Birthday Honours

Bishop Ross and The Rev'd Vicki Terrell from the Diocese of Auckland were among eight Anglicans who received honours in the Queen’s Birthday list last week. Bishop Ross was awarded a Queen's Service Medal for services to Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the community, while Vicki was created a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the disability community. Congratulations to you both! Read more here.

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
July is Bible Society Bible Month, this years theme is 'The Bible is Hope'.
The aim is to ignite hope; even though fear may try to weaken our hope, it is our hope in God that will destroy fear.
Joshua 1:9b (ESV) states, “…Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
The Bible Society have produced a range of free to download resources for everyone to use over the month of July. The links for these are below. If you struggle accessing these at home please let the office know and I will try to help.
31 Day Calendar on HOPE
The Bible is filled with verses and promises of HOPE that has the power to ignite HOPE in difficult times. The Bible Society have created a free, beautifully designed, easy-to-follow 31 Day Calendar with a verse a day for you to journey on during July to be encouraged daily with the HOPE we have in Christ. These verses also form part of a study we call ‘Reflections of Hope’ with a more in-depth reflection on each of these 31 verses.
Little Books of HOPE
The office has ordered these small booklets and will update the bulletin with information once they arrive.
Reflections on HOPE . For use in conjunction with the 31 Day Calendar on Hope, a collection from a range of contributors of daily reflections and prayers on each of the 31 scriptures of HOPE. Ideal for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the 31 scriptures or as the base for small group discussion.

Vaughan Park Vacancies

Would you like local work? Vaughan Park have two entry level roles to be filled within a week or two.
  1. Housekeeper - a 12-month maternity cover Housekeeper. Working as part of the team who ensures our Centre is always kept to the high standards our guests have come to expect. Mon - Fri, 25 hours p/w with potential to increase.
  2. Kitchen Hand - Mon - Fri, 10:30 - 14:30, also potential to increase as and when needed for extra work around the Centre.
For more details, or to apply contact: Lesley Snyman (Director) on 09-473-2600

Mainly Music at St Marys

There is no Mainly Music on Friday 24th June. Mainly Music is held on Fridays at 9:30am during term time so we finish term 2 on the 8th July.

Mainly Music is able to run at Covid Protection level Orange and observe extra health and safety cleaning practices. 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

Last chance for this semester enrollments. 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.
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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

Closed Friday 24 June - Matariki.
Open Tuesday - Saturday inclusive 10am to 4pm.

The Community shop has had a re-vamp in its lay out thanks to vestry funding two new clothing racks and for a set of white shelves used for window display. Come and have a look around the community shop yourself, you may find that perfect fashion accessory or some crafting materials or something new and inspiring to read. The Community shop has lots of warm jackets and woollen blankets for sale at the moment.

Our Community shop not only raises funds that support the ministries of St Mary by the Sea but funds raised also go towards providing financial support via food vouchers to those in need in the local community. The community shop has enabled us to make contacts that facilitate the shipping of excess goods to Tonga to provide aid there. It's great to think that instead of these items going to land fill they are being valued and put to good use.

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 Audrey Stafford for the 30th June. Many happy returns to you.
Winter Solstice- The 21st June marked the Southern Hemisphere's shortest day, even though the temperatures might be getting colder we know that our days get longer and more light will come.


26th June 2022


Job 9:8-10
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
John 4:31-38


Blessed are you, God of all creation, for you give us abundantly, thirty, sixty and a hundredfold; we praise you for harvest and for the assurance of food and drink for another year; strengthen us, as we enjoy what we are given, to help the hungry and the poor. Amen.

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.

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

    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. (no study Wed 29th June)

    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

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