Hi ,
Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week.

It will be great to be at level 1 this week. For 8am, this means the chairs will be back in rows, and for 10am, this means back to intergenerational groupings around tables. One change to our worship pattern will be that the common cup will not be offered. We are currently uncertain about its safety, to to ensure the safety of all of us, we have a choice of communion in one kind (bread only) or individual wine/grapejuice cups. We hope to see you online or at St Mary by the Sea this Sunday.

We are quickly heading towards advent. For this next season, we will look at the discipleship practices that can nurture us. More about them below.

This week, Lucy Marshall died in Northshore Hospital surrounded by her family. A celebration of Lucy's life will be held on Tuesday 13th October at 11am.

This week in our Discipleship Series is Worship Sunday. We look at how worship, during the week, and when we gather sustains us. There is a take away booklet for those wishing to go deeper. A PDF copy of the Worship Booklet is available here.

As we are back at level 1, or Sunday YouTube worship moves from a liturgy, music and teaching style, to a regular Video Podcast style. Did you, or will you miss out on in-person worship this week? Then please check out the video podcast, it goes live with a YouTube premiere Sunday at 10am

We look forward to joining in worship with you, Sunday 8am and 10am at St Mary by the Sea, and also 10am on YouTube.

Angela & Dion

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
While we are in level 1, we will continue to:
  • Use hand sanitiser or washing hands when we enter and exit church, as well as when using the bathroom or serving food.
  • Signing-in via the government QR code or the sign in sheet
Even though we are at level 1, it is really important to sign in. We saw with the last outbreak, how critically important contact tracing is, so that when there is another outbreak, people can be traced quickly and efficiently; please sign in. Vestry have agreed that it is a condition of coming onto our properties that you must sign in either with the paper register, or the Government QR code.

We ask that if you are sick or have any cold or flu symptoms including runny/blocked nose, cough, sneezing, temperature, sore throat, aches and pains, loss of smell that you stay at home until you are better. You can attend worship when you have been symptom free for three days. If you are concerned about your or your loved ones health, please contact your GP or Healthline 08003585453

We look forward to seeing you on-line or in-person.

Dion and Angela.

    Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    Sunday 11th October

    Discipleship - Worship

    THEME: 'Worship’
    We are called to worship God in our daily lives and in community. Worship is a way of life: a grateful respond for all God is and does involves all of our lives – our work, our rest, our enjoyment of creation, our service, our giving, our gathering. All these things can be done as acts of worship (Brother Lawrence). Worship is an expression of devotion.

    SCRIPTURE: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (CEV) -and- John 12:1-12 (CEV)


    Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates. - Deut 6:9


    Jesus we hear your teaching to love the Lord our God, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. And to love our neighbour as ourself. May your Spirit convict us of this when we fail. And may your Grace give us strength to follow in your ways. AMEN.

    Sunday 18th October

    Discipleship - Worship

    SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:9-21 (CEV)

    WORKING BEE - Sat 17th Oct, 9am

    It's time again to spring clean and get our Church and grounds looking fabulous before Christmas.

    Working Bee - Sat 17th Oct, 9am.

    Please come and do as much as you feel able.

    Please being any of the following items that you may have, even if you would rather do inside jobs: garden shears, spades, rakes, watering cans, secateurs, buckets, brooms, fertiliser, compost, gloves, wheel barrows.

    Please remember to bring your sunhat and sunscreen.

    A yummy morning tea and refreshments will be provided for the workers.

    For more details, contact Jean on 09 478 0080


    Lucy Marshall - 11am Tuesday 13th October 2020

    A funeral service for Lucy Marshall, aged 90, will be held at St Mary by the Sea, this Tuesday 13 October 11am. Lucy enjoyed being part of this church family, and her family thank you for your love to her. You are invited to come and share in this celebration of Lucy's life. Refreshments will be provided at the end.

    Anglican Trust for Woman and Children

    Christmas Appeal

    This year we will be collecting for the Anglican Trust for Woman and Children's Christmas appeal. You can drop presents at St Mary by the Sea, or directly. More information here.

    Discipleship Worship Series


    • 11 Oct - Worship
    • 18 Oct - Community
    • 25 Oct - Breaking Bread
    • 01 Nov - Sharing our Faith
    • 08 Nov - Prayer
    • 15 Nov - Serving Others
    • 22 Nov - Celebration

    Shared Lunch - Sunday 25th October

    We will break/share the bread we bake at the 10am Intergenerational Service on Sunday 25th October after the service and share soup

    Prayer Day - Saturday 7th November

    We will have 12 hours of continuous prayer from 8am to 8pm. Book your time slot in the foyer. The day will open with morning prayer at 8am, end with night prayer at 8pm. There will be a prayer area setup in the downstairs lounge with quiet music, lots of candles, low lighting.

    You will have an opportunity to explore prayers stations and pray:
    • Water - living water, what do you long for?
    • Wailing wall – special prayers written on paper and stuck into cracks in the wall
    • Church – images of church, worship, people, prayer for St Mary’s.
    • Images to reflect on – what image are you drawn to? Why? What does it remind you of or speak to you about?
    This is an opportunity for you to take 1 hour out, and to spend it in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and to actively nurture your life.

    May God bless you through this.

    Shared Lunch - Sunday 22nd November 11am

    To conclude our discipleship series we will share a meal after 10am service, we invite everyone bringing a plate of food to share and practice the act of generosity.

    Advent - Bishop Ross - 29 Nov 2020

    Bishop Ross will join us on the first Sunday in Advent, Sunday 29th November.
    Seasons for Growth Logo

    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

    SUCAMPS registrations open Friday 6PM!

    Keep your eyes peeled and make sure you don't miss your spot on one of our youth camps this summer. Visit on Friday and when the clock hits 6 book your spot on a summer adventure! Check back for updates during the week as we upload more camp info and details.

    Zoom Bible Study

    No Zoom Bible study this Wednesday 14 Oct. Normally 12noon for our Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Rest Home Services

    are on hold due to Covid restrictions.


    Happy Birthday

    Happy Birthday to Sienna Rhodes who will be 10 on the 12th October and to Doreen Murray who celebrates her birthday on the 17th October. Many happy returns to you.

    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
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    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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