St Mary by the Sea News

Hi ,
I'd like to give a special thinks to the Venerable Jonathan Gale who came and lead us through the Healthy Church consultation. In the first half, Jonathan helped us understand how we view ourselves. We then broke a lovely shared lunch. After that, we brainstormed in small groups, ideas for the future. Jonathan now collates all our ideas, so that vestry can decide which ones we can implement over the next 5 years to take us forward.

This Sunday we remember the God who heals, through the story of Naaman.

Journeying with you, Dion

Healthy Church Planning Day

2022-06-26 - Healthy Church
To catch up with the feedback, about what we say about ourselves, click the video above, or the button below to view the video from the day

Keeping us all Safe.

There is no doubt that the winter cold and flu season is here in full force. Our medical care services are stretched covering the additional demands that Covid and this cold and flu season has adding to their work load.

We can all help to keep our self and others well this winter. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe by wearing your face mask over the nose and mouth during the service. Please remember that if you are unwell, whether with COVID or any another bug you should be at home where it's warm and safe. Please join our online service at 10am and make sure you test and log your result. If you have been unwell please stay home until you are fully recovered and any required isolation period has been completed.

Wishing you all a safe and well winter. Debbie

The Bible is... HOPE

Bible Month - July 2022

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 would like help accessing these resources 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.

Refugee Sunday.

The 20th June is the International United Nations day set aside to honour refugees, this years theme is
Whoever. Wherever. Whenever. Everyone has the right to seek safety.
Following on from this the Anglican Church has marked this day the 3rd July as Refugee Sunday. Christian World Services are running Operation Refugee. The number of refugees and displaced people globally is growing. More than 82.4 million people have fled their homes due to war, persecution or terror. People from Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Ukraine and other places need resources to access basic human rights.
If you would like to take part in a fund raising activity check out the Christian World Service website or the link below.

Kiwi Harvest talk on Food rescue.

This is an AAW promoted Social Concerns meeting but open to all who are interested to attend. Friday, July 22nd at 10.00 a.m. at St Peter's Church Takapuna in the Robertson Lounge and Hall. A Kiwi Harvest representatives will talk about their groups food rescue and redistribution company, a charitable organisation delivering food Nationwide.
A morning tea will follow presentation. Mask wearing during the presentation is required by the venue and social distancing encouraged at the morning tea. Please do not attend if you or a member of your household is unwell with cold/ flu symptoms, you are required to isolate or awaiting a covid test result.

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

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

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

Open Tuesday - Saturday inclusive 10am to 4pm.

Come and have a look around the community shop next time you are in Browns bay, 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

Whether you are into Daft Punk or Vivaldi, Jazz or Mozart there is a musical event for you in July.


Refugee Sunday :- See above


26th June 2022

2 Kings 5:1-14
Galatians 6:1-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20


God of nations, your boundless compassion for all is like a mother’s care for her children; make us heralds of your reign of peace and justice so that we bring your transforming power to all you have created in your love; 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.

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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