Hi ,
Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week. As we are at Alert Level 2.5, there are no in-person services this Sunday, so see you online.

We are heading into Season of Creation! We are having a bit of fun experimenting with a green screen so we can bring a bit of creation into our online worship. To prepare for our worship this week you might want to spend a bit of time bringing creation in.

A few ideas:- Pot plants or plants from your garden
- A photo or picture of nature
- A candle
- Print out the 3D pictures of birds at this link: and make them up (I used the Kereru and Tui)

Share a picture of your worship space in the Facebook post comments and we’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ you on Sunday. Let your creative juices flow!

Whilst we remain at level 2.5 the gathering size restrictions make In-Person worship not possible but we look forward to seeing you online for worship and a morning tea catch up after service.

In-person worship - St Mary by the Sea

There is no in-person worship this Sunday 13th September.

Online YouTube Worship

Sunday 13th September

Season of Creation 1 - Forrest Sunday

THEME: ‘Born of Earth and the Spirit’
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 2:4b–22
God creates humans from Earth and the Spirit and plants a forest garden to be a home for them with the rest of their kin in creation.


I tell you for certain that before you can get into God’s kingdom, you must be born not only by water, but by the Spirit. - John 3:5


God, our Creator, whose glory fills our planet, help us to discern your vibrant presence among us, especially in the mysteries of the forest. Help us empathise with your forest creatures who are suffering. Lift our spirits to rejoice with the forest and all the creatures of the forest. In the name of Christ, who reconciles and renews all things in creation. Amen.

Sunday 20th September

Season of Creation 2 - Land Sunday

THEME: ‘Earth bears the curse for us’
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:14–19; 4:8–16

After Service Morning Tea and Chit-Chat

See you after our 10am YouTube service for a chit-chat on zoom - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

Community Shop donates to local schools.

The Community Shop, from proceeds earned, has sent vouchers to all the schools in the local area to be used to assist students who come without lunches etc. They also have a number of $50 vouchers for New World and Countdown available for anyone in the community in need. If any parishioner is in need or knows of anyone in the community in need or who a voucher may assist would they please contact Susan Haslam, Jenny Cheer or Auriel Andrews. All requests will be dealt with COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIALLY. Many thanks Susan

Auckland Alert Levels

Auckland remains at Level 2.5 with restrictions in Auckland on gatherings with a maximum size of 10 people except for authorised funerals and Tangihanga. The government have announced that this restriction will remain in place until at least 16th September.

This means, that worship at St Mary by the Sea will need to remain on-line for the time being. The church building is open by appointment, please contact Dion or Debbie in the office to arrange. The church hall is open for hire only when specific arrangements have been made to ensure that group size and Health and Safety can be managed. The Community Shop opened Monday 31st August with the government new Health and Safety requirements in place.

This means that there will be:
  • Wednesday 10am Bible Study on Zoom (link below)
  • Sunday 10am worship on YouTube and Zoom morning tea afterwards (links above)
  • No Wednesday or Sunday in-person services
  • No Mainly Music
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Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is a grief and loss programme that aims to strengthen the wellbeing of children and young people who are dealing with significant life changes. Seasons programmes are facilitated by volunteer Companions. Companions are trained and accredited adult facilitators who accompany participants on their learning journey. It is an inspiring and encouraging journey to be a part of. Seasons are currently seeking volunteer Companions for North Shore school-based programmes. All training and support is provided. If you would like to join us as a volunteer Companion or for more information please contact: Cushla Pierce - Seasons North Shore Coordinator 02108892018
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Stroll for your Soul

St Mary by the Sea has a paid for a group subscription to Stroll for Your Soul and we'd love you to join us. You can join now for FREE.
Stroll for Your Soul begins Saturday 5 September but you can join at any time during its run.
You'll receive 21 days of emails with inspirational thoughts and reflections. Go out for a stroll and notice the signs of spring, sit by a window and look outdoors, wander around your home or garden, go for a drive ... there's no set rules to how you use Stroll.
To sign up to Stroll for Your Soul click on this link and follow these steps.
1. Fill in your name and email address
2. Select 'Group' under subscription
3. Type 'St Mary by the Sea' for 'Group Subscription Name'
4. Under Payment Options, Select 'I'm signing up as part of a group (no payment required)'
5. Check 'Stroll for Your Soul' under marketing permissions
6. Click Subscribe
You'll receive a welcome email confirming your subscription. If you don't receive the welcome email, please contact for assistance with subscribing.

On-line giving and Covid restrictions.

During the last set of Covid restrictions we had a number of people switch from giving via envelope or cash donation in church to using a form of on-line payment, (EFTPOS, Automatic Payments or Internet Transfer).

Electronic giving is useful as it eliminates the risks associated with handling cash or envelopes and enables donations to continue when we are not able to come in person into church.

If you would like information or assistance to change to electronic giving please get in touch with the office or Dion and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have. All forms of giving can be attributed to your giving number. Our bank account details are below in the contact fields.

Thank you for your continued support of this parish.

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

Open Monday to Saturday, 9:30am to 4pm. Go along and show your support.
Word for the Day and Our Daily Bread Sept- Nov in store.

Zoom Bible Study

See at 10am for our Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

Rest Home Services

are on hold due to Covid restrictions.


If there is a celebration you would like added to our list or a one off event that you would like celebrated please let the office know. Email

Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

Available from the Community Shop. New copies are out. Due to the closed church building, copies of these have been made available to collect from the community shop, or access them online below.

The online versions are here:
and the youth version here:
Our Daily Bread:

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.


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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Debbie Rhodes, 094738180
Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:094738183 Mobile:0211378624 Home:094732270

Priest Assistant

Rev’d Jay Smith, 0211045914


Jean Coomer, 094780080
Susan Haslam, 094150073

St Mary by the Sea

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