Hi ,
our online Worship for Ash Wednesday, Ash Free Wednesday, goes live on YouTube tomorrow/Wednesday at 8am. You may join in anytime you wish to on Wednesday to celebrate the beginning of Lent.

For those of you who have missed out picking up a Lent Devotion booklet, or the Lent Cards with a daily inspiration, below you will find a link to sign up via email, TXT or WhatsApp. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a daily reflection.

May Lent be a time of re-discovery for you.


Ash Free Wednesday


We have a short YouTube online service available now. It goes live, Wednesday 8am. You may view it anytime after 8am. As part of the service, there is a opportunity to reflect. We would encourage your to:
  1. Use this reflection sheet here
  2. -or- Write your reflection in a journal
You will need a candle to light during the service as a way of marking this holy moment.

Daily Lent Engagement

We have a daily reflection available.

Would you like something in depth? Then pick up the Lent Devotion Booklet from the Welcome Desk.

Would you like something brief? Pick up a series of 47 Devotion Cards.

Would you prefer a digital offering? Then click the link below to go to our Website and sign up for a daily reflection on:
  • email
  • WhatsApp
  • TXT
  • Messenger
Our reflection will also be on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, so follow us on one of these for a daily reflection.

Lent Study Groups

Visio Divina

During Lent there will be an opportunity to delve into the scriptures deeper through a process called Visio Divina. Study groups are online Wednesday 12:30pm. Studies begin Wednesday 24th February.

Visio Divina, latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Visio Divina extends the 6th century Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina by the use of visual imagery. Traditionally, Visio Divina was accompanied by Benedictine iconography and illuminations, however, different faith traditions have adapted the process over time, utilizing both secular and nonsecular images.

    Sunday Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    Zoom Bible Study

    No zoom bible study on Ash Wednesday. Zoom Bible resumes next Wednesday 24th February at 12:30pm, when we change topics to Lent, and a Visio Divina Series. Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Covid 19 - Level 3 Closures

    • Community Shop - CLOSED
    • Sanctuary helpers Thank You Lunch - POSTPONED
    • Shrove Tuesday - CANCELLED
    • Wednesday Services and Ash Wednesday - CANCELLED
    We do not know what will happen past Wednesday, we will update on Thursday with our weekly newsletter when we have updated advice from the government.

    Regular Information


    Wednesday - 10am - informal communion from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 8am - formal communion from NZ Prayer Book
    Sunday - 10am - intergenerational worship with communion

    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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