Hi ,
Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week. We are in the middle of our teaching series called Unravelled. We hope to see you online this Sunday. As we are at Alert Level 3, there are no in-person services this Sunday, see you online.

Today we get introduced to what for some of us will be a new term, and that term is lament. The story of Job helps us ask the question of: Why is there suffering in the world? And the answer is we do not know. Instead what we learn from Job, is to lament what goes wrong, to grieve for it, and to then refocus on Creation around us.

Next week we will still have worship online, whether we are able to meet in person or not. Till then, stay safe, stay home and be kind.

May God's peace be with you, Dion

Online YouTube Worship

Sunday 23rd August

Job’s Lament and Loss

This week read from JOB 28:12-28 and look at Seeking Understanding When Everything Has Fallen Apart.

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

Alert Level 3

As of noon Wednesday 12th August 2020, Auckland is in Alert level 3 lockdown. The rest of the country is in level 2. The government have announced that we in Auckland are staying at alert level 3 until Wednesday 26th August 11.59pm. This decision will be reviewed on Monday 21st August 2020, as to what level we will be in after this.

This means, that St Mary by the Sea, the hall and Community Shop continue to remain closed at least until Thursday 27th August 2020. The buildings remain closed until we advise you that they are open.

We will be back in contact with you, when we have an update from the government.

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
  • Community Shop remains closed
So stay home, wash your hands, be kind.

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.

Tearfund and St Marys BIG quiz night.

This has been POSTPONED

Unfortunately due to the uncertainly about the latest Covid restrictions we have taken the decision to postpone this event until a later date.
More information on a re-scheduled event will be posted once we have better clarity on restriction levels.
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In-person worship - St Mary by the Sea

There is no in-person worship this Sunday 23rd August.

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

Currently Closed

We are closed under level 3

Zoom Bible Study

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

Rest Home Services

are on hold during level 3


This week we Celebrate Judy Leitch's birthday on the 20th August. Happy birthday Judy.

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

New copies are out. Collect them from church, 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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