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yesterday's newsletter had a incorrect date for Carols on the Green, and some spelling errors. Here is a corrected version.

Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week. This week is the first Sunday in Advent. It is good to have Bishop Ross join us for the 10am service.

A reminder that the AGM is coming up on Saturday 28th November. We are celebrating the year with dinner at 5pm. Reports are in church and downloadable here.


Carols on the Green

Carols on the Green is a great opportunity to picnic and sing together. Friday 4th December 7pm on Browns Bay Village green in Inverness Road (outside the Recreation Centre, and across the road from St Mary by the Sea Community Shop). Our music team is once again leading the event. See you there!

AGM 2020

Celebration dinner and AGM - Sat 28 November at 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. 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. The AGM reports are now out and available digitally or on paper in the church from Sunday 22nd. It is useful if you can read these reports before the AGM. If you have questions regarding these reports it is useful to email the church office before the AGM so that relevant information can be brought to the AGM.

Friends of Vaughan Park

Vaughan Park is our very own Anglican Retreat Centre here in Torbay/Longbay. With Covid19 effecting all of us, Vaughan Park is finding it difficult to make ends meet this year. Would you like to become a Friend of Vaughan Park, or would you like to make a one off donation, or pledge an ongoing amount, to enable the fantastic ministry that Vaughan Park offer? More information can be found at this link:

Diocesan Ordination Service

This coming Saturday 28th November at 10am at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onosai Auva’a, Elizabeth Martin, Yukiko Wakui-Khaw and Andrew Wallis will be ordained to the diaconate. And William Clifford, Lopini ‘Inia, Liam Phillips and Ian Yong will be ordained to the priesthood. Everyone is welcome to join in this service of celebration.

Community Garden

Are you interested in being part of the St Mary by the Sea community garden? For more information, see the information on the Welcome Desk, or talk to Clayton Christie at the 8am service, or Nannette Randall at the 10am service. There is an expression of interest form here, and a brochure here.

Counting down to Christmas

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Sunday 29th November

Theme:- Advent 1

Isaiah 11:1-2. Genesis 1:1-2. Genesis 12:1-7. Genesis 22:1-14. Genesis 28:10-22. Luke 1:67-71


A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. - Isaiah 11:1


Jesus you were the anointed one that the prophets foretold. As we remember your story, may it cause us to follow you more closely. AMEN.

    Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    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.

    '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.

    Mainly Music at St Marys

    Last session 4th Dec - "A very noisy Christmas"

    arrive for 9:30am Start

    This year Mainly Music is finishing with 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 to come along to this special event. We currently have no wait list for our group so come along for a try session.
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    AAW / St Mary's Flower Festival.

    Audrey and Trevor Stafford have a presentation of our last Flower Festival which they would like to share with us. Everyone interested in viewing this presentation or the possibility of planning a Flower Festival for 2021 is invited along. The Stafford's have a projector and big screen so the plan is to enjoy the brief presentation plus have the BBQ ready for some sustenance, so please bring a plate. The plan is to watch the flower video then food and chat then watch the video again, as it only a few minutes long, with accompanying music.
    We thought that we could make an evening of it, to discuss flowers, rekindle some memories, recognise some of the people involved and discuss a possible festival next year plus our calendar for 2021.

    Venue :- Stafford's home 266 Glenvar Rd. Saturday 5th Dec. From 5:30pm

    Zoom Bible Study

    Zoom Bible study on Wednesday at 12noon for our Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616


    Happy Birthday to Leone Bell Booth for the 5th December. 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

    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:

    Children's Carol Service

    Friday 4th Dec Takapuna Methodist Church 427 Lake Rd. Carols and Christmas Cheer. Simple crafts from 3.30pm Refreshments from 4.30pm. A free community event, all welcome. All welcome to dress in festive attire from Santa hats to angel wings. Enquiries:
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    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
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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.

    St Paul's Christmas Market

    Friday 4 December 2020, 5-10pm and Saturday 5 December, 10am-3pm
    St Paul's Symonds St, 28 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Entry by gold coin donation for the Auckland City Mission

    St Paul’s Symonds St is kicking off the Christmas season in style at their Christmas market, with hundreds of fairy lights, a forest of Christmas trees, wreaths hanging from every pillar, the irresistible smell of mulled wine, and beautiful handmade crafts and giftware.
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    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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