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Welcome to St Mary by the Sea news for this week. We look forward to having you join us in person. A reminder that we only have one service at 9am and no online podcast.

This week we remember the naming of Jesus, and the songs of praise that the faithful servants Simeon and Anna sing.


Office Hours over Christmas and January.

The church office will be closed from the 21st December until the 1st Feb. Emails will be checked weekly during this time. Dion is on holiday from the 7th Jan until the 23rd. Jay is available for funerals during this time. If there is an urgent matter needing access to the church please contact one of the wardens. All contact telephone numbers are listed below.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe and peaceful holiday break.

Wednesday 10am Services.

There are no more Wednesday Services for 2020. These services will resume on the 3rd February 2021. We look forward to seeing you then.

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. and on our website here:

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:

    Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    Sunday 27th December


    Isa 61:10–62:3
    Gal 4:4-7
    Luke 2:22-40


    Faithful God, you set the promise of your coming in the hearts of your people; your Son was revealed to Anna and Simeon who had waited faithfully with hope. Through the power of your Spirit inspire each generation to wait patiently and expectantly for your coming into the world again, that, like them, we might rejoice and turn to you. Through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

    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. 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.

    Zoom Bible Study

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

    Community Shop

    The Community shop is closed from the 24th December and will re-open on the 5th January 2021.

    If you have items to donate after the Christmas break PLEASE wait until the shop re-opens to drop of your donations. Items left out side are often ruined by weather or vandals and can cause a public nuisance. Thank you.

    A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone, it's your hard work, dedication and time that make this venture work. So many people come together to make the Community shop a great place to be. Without all your donations, hard work and shopping this venture would not be possible. Thank you for your support in 2020, it's been a challenging year. We look forward to 2021.


    Happy Birthday to Carol Henry and Susan Haslam for the 1st January. Wishing you both a very happy birthday and many happy returns.
    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

    Accommodation Urgently Needed

    Long Term Unfurnished Accommodation Needed urgently: Either sharing a 3- 4 bedroom house with 1 other person (50- 70ties age group) or 1- 2 bedroom house, stand alone, with extra storage space/ garage. Insulated, sunny + garden, quiet street, for semi retired teacher, considerate, clean & tidy
    Phone/ text: on 021- 1 6 5 7 0 8 2

    Job Opportunity. Scripture Union NZ Waikato

    Youth Consultant. 3 Days per week (initially) .Scripture Union is a dynamic not for profit organisation with more than 130 years of history working in New Zealand. We work with churches to create opportunities for young people to discover and follow Jesus, and grow in their faith and influence their world. We are looking for an experienced youth worker/pastor, who is passionate about supporting youth work in New Zealand churches and growing and developing young leaders. We need someone who is a gifted communicator and a great listener. You need to be passionate about training leaders, scripture engagement, camping, and equipping young people to live out their faith on a daily basis. You will provide support and training to Youth Pastors and youth leaders, and you will work with young people in different environments from youth group to adventure camping. An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi will be very useful. If you have a passion to support what God is doing with youth in the churches in the Waikato region then contact Neville Bartley for a detailed job description. Applications close 15th January 2021.

    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, 09 4738180
    Office hours, Mon to Thr 10am-2pm


    Rev’d Dion Blundell, Office:09 4738183 Mb:021 1378624 Hm:09 4732270

    Priest Assistant

    Rev’d Jay Smith, 021 1045914


    Jean Coomer, 09 4780080
    Mark Van der ham, 021 2711207

    Synod Representatives

    Auriel Andrews
    Susan Haslam

    Vestry Secretary

    Susan Haslam, 09 4150073

    Vestry Members

    Bruce Rogers,
    Chris Waddingham,
    Jenny Cheer,
    Ryan Waddingham,

    St Mary by the Sea

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