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

Our prayer weekend was a great success last weekend. Did you miss out? Talk to one of those involved and find out what a fantastic time it was. There will be another opportunity in early 2021.

A reminder that the AGM is coming up on Saturday 28th November. If you have general business or nominations, they need to be into the office by 5pm Sunday 15th November so it can all be collated into the reports to go out Sunday 22nd November.


Sunday 15th November

Theme:- Discipleship - Prayer
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28:16-20 (CEV)


Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20 and teach them to do everything I have told you. - Matt 28:19-20a


Jesus you give us a mission. May your Holy Spirit give us the courage, conviction and words to do this. AMEN.

Sunday 22nd November

Theme:- Discipleship - Celebration
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100 (CEV)


Shout praises to the Lord, everyone on this earth. e joyful and sing as you come in to worship the Lord! - Psalm 100:1-2


Father we adore you and we lift up your name. Bless those that sing and speak and visit with others. We praise and thank you for prayers answered. For those prayers not answered as we wish, help us to still sing your praises. In the blessed name of the Trinity and through Jesus we ask and pray AMEN.

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    This week our theme is Sharing our Faith

    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.

    Church Donations

    With the effects of Covid, this year many parishioners have switched to online giving. This has been a great help to the parish. Not only does this mean that donations come in regularly, helping us to manage our accounts, it also removes all of the risks that are apparent with the handling of cash and envelopes through numerous hands. If you would like information on setting up an online donation please talk to Dion or contact the church office for account details.

    Donations made in church via the EFTPOS machine have also seen an increase. If you are unsure how to work this please do not hesitate to ask for help. Remember to leave your till receipt on the donation clip with your giving number or name written on it, this will be added to your tax receipt like normal. Your second receipt can either be kept by you or placed in the DONATION BASKET to go up to the altar.

    For those who want to make a cash or cheque donation in church, (either with-in or outside of a donation envelop) you need to leave this in the DONATION BASKET in the reception area. Due to health and Safety a collection is no longer passed among the congregation during a service.

    If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact the church office. Thank you for your continued financial support of this parish, we really appreciate it.

    Discipleship Worship Series


    • 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.

    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 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.

    'Two Prayers For Today' Books for Sale

    We have received another small number of these books which you are able to purchase via the church office for $20 each. An idea for Christmas Presents. If you are purchasing on Sunday, when the office is closed, payment can be made via EFTPOS with the word BOOK written on your receipt. Sorry, this will not count towards your tax receipt.

    Vaughn Park Chaplain to be ordained

    You are warmly invited to the service of ordination to the priesthood for Revd Sapati Tima at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday 13 December at 3:00pm. Following the service, dinner will be served at Tatai Hono marae on site. Sapati and his family worship at St Mary by the Sea, and Sapati is the chaplain at Vaughn Park. Please join us in this celebration.
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre. 2 Burleigh St. Grafton

    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.
    Time is running out to donate. 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 - "A very noisy Christmas"

    It's been great to see Mainly Music back at St Marys for term 4. This year we will be holding a very special, "A Very Noisy Christmas" finale. If you know of a local family with pre-schoolers please recommend this group to them, all are welcome. 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 - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Rest Home Services

    are on hold due to Covid restrictions.


    Happy birthday to Beryl Evans for the 16th November and to Barbara Stoddard for the 20th November. Many happy returns to your both.
    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.
    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:
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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


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

    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.

    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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    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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