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Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week.
This week in our Discipleship Series the topic is Prayer.

Our prayer weekend is coming up quickly. It is this Saturday 7th November between 8am and 8pm. There are still some time slots available if you want one, so get in quick to get your preference.

This is a great opportunity to explore creative prayer with your family or grandchildren. Come and enjoy. We pray that God will bless you during this time.

Angela & Dion

Prayer Day - Sat 8th November 8am - 8pm

We are having 12 hours of continuous prayer from 8am to 8pm this coming Saturday. Book your time slot in the online sheet below (click the purple button). We can have multiple people in a time slot, the idea is to have continuous prayer for these 12 hours. 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.

Click the sign-up button below to take a time-slot.

May God bless you through this.

Sunday 8th November

Theme:- Discipleship - Prayer
SCRIPTURE: Luke 11:1-17 (CEV)

Sentence

When Jesus had finished praying, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his followers to pray.” - Luke 11:1

COLLECT/PRAYER FOR THE DAY

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. AMEN.

Sunday 15th November

Discipleship - Sharing our faith
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:16-20 (CEV)

    Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrVV6T5Q8KpEhj3IUQIT0gQ or click the button below

    This week our theme is Prayer

    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 0800 358 5453

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

    Dion and Angela.

    Discipleship Worship Series

    Outline

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

    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.
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    Advent - Bishop Ross - 29 Nov 2020

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

    AGM & Celebration Dinner

    St Mary by the Sea - 28th November 5pm

    The AGM is an opportunity for us to review the year. The key task of the AGM is to set in place a vestry for 2021 to guide the parish. Nominations for vestry close at 5pm on the 23rd November.

    The AGM’s other task is to adopt a budget for the vestry to work within.

    The AGM is an opportunity for general business to happen too, if people wish to present general business, these items must be addressed to dion@stmary.co.nz before 5pm 16th November.

    All reports for inclusion in the AGM must be emailed to the church office to be received before 5pm Sunday 15th November.

    The AGM Agenda, Reports, General Business, Budget and list of nominations will be circulated on email and in paper form on Sunday 22nd November.

    Community Shop

    The Community shop took $9,100 in sales for the month of October. Many thanks to all those who continue to support this venture.

    Anglican Trust for Woman and Children

    Christmas Appeal.

    Please consider buying that extra gift to give. There is just 1 week to go. Please add your donation to the box before 15th November.
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    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. There is a need for gifts up to the age of 16, teens especially. If you are stuck for ideas for teenagers why not consider a mall voucher. These need to be in by mid-November. A collection box will be available at church.

    Mainly Music at St Marys. Last session 4th Dec.

    It is great to see Mainly Music back at St Marys for term 4. If you know of a local family with pre schoolers please recommend this group to them. We currently have no wait list for our group so come along for a try session.
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    Zoom Bible Study

    Zoom Bible study on Wednesday at 12noon for our Zoom Bible study https://zoom.us/j/919265616 - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Rest Home Services

    are on hold due to Covid restrictions.

    Celebrations

    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 newsletter@stmary.co.nz

    Word for Today and Our Daily Bread

    Available from the Community Shop.
    The online versions are here: https://www.rhema.co.nz/the-word-for-today
    and the youth version here: https://www.lifefm.co.nz/faith/word-for-you-today
    Our Daily Bread: https://odb.org/subscription/nz/#

    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: https://faithink.com/about-faith5
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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 seasonsnorthshore@gmail.com
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    The Advent Procession: From Darkness to Light

    Sunday 29 November | 8:30pm

    Holy Trinity Cathedral Music Events. We begin our Advent journey with the Advent Procession during which our community moves together through the dark Cathedral as the Light of Christ illuminates the path. All are welcome to attend this beautiful service which begins the journey to Christmas with hope.
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    Beach Haven Garden Ramble

    Saturday 21st November

    For the gardeners among you we are having a garden ramble taking in 8 fantastic gardens in Beach Haven and finishing with the Cedar Centre community garden followed by afternoon tea. All funds raised will be put towards the restoration of the historic St Peters chapel in Beach Haven.
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    North Shore Concert Band presents

    Exultation

    15th November 2pm at Pumphouse Theater Takapuna. Adult $20 Child $15.Tickets from Pumphouse box office www.pumphouse.co.nz

    Job opportunity. Teacher Aide

    Kingsway School has a teacher aide position available. Applications close 19th Nov.
    Application form from the school website and details on church notice board.
    http://www.kingsway.school.nz/about-us/staff/employment

    Regular Information

    Praying for Others

    Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 278 1450 or prayer@stmary.co.nz Names can be sent at other times as required.

    Donations

    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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    Contacts

    Office

    Debbie Rhodes, 094738180 office@stmary.co.nz
    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm

    Vicar

    Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:094738183 dion@stmary.co.nz Mobile:0211378624 Home:094732270

    Priest Assistant

    Rev’d Jay Smith, 0211045914 jay@stmary.co.nz

    Wardens

    Jean Coomer, 094780080 vicarswarden@stmary.co.nz
    Susan Haslam, 094150073 peopleswarden@stmary.co.nz

    St Mary by the Sea

    PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
    www.stmary.co.nz
    office@stmary.co.nz
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