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

This week in our Discipleship Series is Breaking Bread.

This week we have seen new community cases. So some reminders:
  1. Scan in with the QR code, or record your visit at St Mary by the Sea
  2. Do not come to in-person worship if you are sick, or if you are awaiting the results of a Covid19 test
  3. If you are sick call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and get a test
  4. Practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette.
It is great to be getting back to more activities and life in Level 1. It is a blessing to be able to meet in person and worship together. By following the guidelines below in 'Ín-Person Worship' we can all help limit the spread of Covid and reduce our risk of needing to progress up through alert levels. One change to our worship pattern will be that the common cup will not be offered. We are currently uncertain about its safety, 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.

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

    Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    This week our theme is Breaking Bread
    2020-10-25 - Discipleship 3 - Breaking Bread

    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.

    Sunday 25th October

    Theme:- Discipleship - Breaking Bread
    SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (CEV)


    Jesus took some bread in his hands. Then after he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me. -
    1 Cor 11:23b-24


    Christ you nourish us with yourself, the living bread during communion, may we be one in praise and love, as you raise us up at the last day. AMEN.

    Sunday 1st November

    Discipleship - Serving Others
    SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25:31-46 (CEV)

    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 - After today's Service. Sunday 25th Oct.

    We will break/share the bread we bake at the 10am Intergenerational Service after the service and share soup. All are welcome to join this shared lunch.

    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.

    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. There is a need for gifts up to the age of 16, teens especially. These need to be in by mid-November. A collection box will be available at church.

    Mainly Music Returns to St Marys

    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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    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

    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.
    Garden Ramble FB cover

    Tear Fund Justice Conference Watch Party

    Cedar Centre Event details here - The Justice Conference is a global movement of Jesus followers pursuing Justice together! In 2020 we’ve gone in online mode so the whole country can join the conversation! October 31st from 10am to 3pm! Check out the programme, register and donate at You need to register to get:
    1. links to the live sessions to participate in the Live Chat, and
    2. access to ALL sessions after the event!
    Also lock in your attendance here on this Facebook event so your Watch Party hosts know you are going to be there! See you there!

    SUCAMPS registrations NOW open

    Book now so as to not miss your spot on one of our youth camps this summer. Visit and book your spot on a summer adventure!

    Zoom Bible Study

    Zoom Bible study on Wednesday 21 Oct. at 12noon for our Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Rest Home Services

    are on hold due to Covid restrictions.


    Labour Weekend
    This Monday 26th Oct. is Labour Day, the first public holiday of Summer. Whilst you are out and about celebrating this long weekend please take care of yourself and those around you. Remember to scan in or record your visits, stay home if you are unwell, wear a mask where appropriate and follow good hygiene. If you are worried about your or a family members health over the long weekend advise can be sort from Health Line.

    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:

    Local enquiry. Accommodation wanted.

    I would love to move locally as soon as possible and on a longterm basis. I am looking for a granny flat - 1 or 2 bedrooms ideally with a carport if possible.
    I am a quiet professional non-smoker with no pets. Originally from the seaside, I have realised I need to be local to the sea for exercise. Happy to share and love animals.
    Blessings Jenny Ruddy Contact

    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

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    Rev’d Jay Smith, 0211045914


    Jean Coomer, 094780080
    Susan Haslam, 094150073

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    PO Box 89-082, Torbay, Auckland, 0742
    168 Deep Creek Rd, Torbay, Auckland, 0630
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