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Sunday 3rd May 2020

Easter 5 - The Lord is my shepherd

This week we visit one of people’s favourite Psalms, Psalm 23 and we hear from Jesus teaching his disciples about the Good Shepherd (John 10:1-10), and how he is this Good Shepherd.
Peace, Dion.

Shared Dinner 6pm Friday

Join us on Zoom Friday 6pm here: . Treat this like any other shared dinner we’ve had.
We had wanted to introduce you to a simple concept this year called Faith 5. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been possible over lent with our lock-down. So rather than wait, we will start this journey together this Friday.
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:

Worship Preparation

We aren’t leaving our space for St Mary by the Sea this week, so how about preparing a space for worship? Create a special space for worship. What about when you turn the computer or TV on for YouTube, that you light a candle, get your bible, notebook, Pen and drink. Make this your worship space for the next 30 minutes. This week, thanks to Gabriella Wilkinson we have a great colouring-in page. Click here to download the PDF to print.

Zoom Changes

Some people have struggled to get into our group chats. To ease that, we will be using the same link for all of our public gatherings. The meeting ID: 919 265 616 is the one we have used for the after worship gathering. This link will stay the same from now on for all our gatherings, we will not use different links.
To dial in for Audio only, or if your computer doesn’t have a microphone, phone 09 884 6780, enter the meeting ID 919265616 when prompted.

Online Worship Stream

We are live online with YouTube, Sunday 10:02am. If you join at 10:05, you will miss the first 3 minutes, just like if you turn up to church late. Join at 10:00am and you’ll have a two minute count down to the 10:02am start. If you miss out on the start, come back after 10:40 and you’ll be able to see the service from the beginning. The link to our YouTube Chanel is the same each week. Click the button below for the YouTube channel.

After Service Chit-Chat

There will be a Zoom ChitChat at about 10:35, at the end of our service here: The meeting ID is: 919-265-616 Have you missed catching up with someone? Let Dion know (message him on Zoom, or email him) and he can put you and your friend in a breakout room together.

Bible Studies

Wednesday @10am - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

Birthdays and Anniversarys

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A book of Hours Update

Picture of the mountains in Isaiah 55:12
Thank you so much for contributions of nature verses for the Book of Hours I am making. I am always delighted to make a personal page for someone if you can send me a biblical nature reference that for you evokes the Glory of God. For those that don’t have facebook, the pages I have done already are:
  • Genesis 1 - the creation of the sea
  • Leviticus 23 - palm fronds
  • Deuteronomy 33 - ancient mountains
  • Kings 17- Elijah's ravens
  • Psalm 23 - quiet waters
  • Psalm 27 - the beauty of the Lord
  • Psalm 121 - I lift up my eyes to the hills
  • Proverbs 6 - gazelles and ants
  • Proverbs 13 - tree of life
  • Song of Songs 2 - season of singing
  • Isaiah 40 - they will soar on wings like eagles
  • Isaiah 41 - the fir and the cypress
  • Isaiah 55 - hills burst into song
  • Matthew 6 - the lilies of the field
  • John 12 - kernel of wheat
  • James 1 - wildflowers
For those who would like to see the work as it progresses
Stay safe and happy

Our Daily Bread

Going forward many of you will be missing your daily read of Our Daily Bread. This can be downloaded onto your phone or emailed out to you by subscribing at the following address

Covid Level 3

We will continue to offer worship online at level 3.
All of our buildings and the community shop remain closed at level 3.
We do not yet know what shape the community shop, the use of our buildings or ministry will take at Level 2 or Level 1. We wait on advise from the Government and Ministry of Health as to what is possible at Level 2 and Level 1.
Unlike level 4, in level 3, it will be possible for clergy to officiate at a funeral. But it would be very small gathering of no more than 10 people in total, with no contact. If asked to officiate at a funeral in level 3, we would gratefully offer the option of a memorial service at a later stage for a larger gathering when that is safe and possible.

Regular Information

Praying for Others

Please send names for the Sunday Prayer-List by Sunday evening to Tony Nettleton, 027 2789074 or
Names can be sent at other times as required.

Roof Appeal

Extensive work to repair the roof has been done, have a look at the photos on the notice board to see why. Please donate to our roof repair fund. St Mary by the Sea, BNZ, Browns Bay Account# 02-0120-0047903-003
Please reference your donation with your surname or giving number and the word ROOF.


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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