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If you missed the start of the Lent Studies because of our quick Covid lockdown you can still join in now it's not too late to start, you will find more information below.

During lent we prepare to journey towards the cross and resurrection again. Our theme this year is "Again & Again." We look at how we can faithfully journey with Jesus to the cross. As part of this, this week as we are in level 1, we can start our art display on the front lawn by the sharing shed. We will add to this over lent, and it will change and transform. Here you will see an ampersand that is added to each week as we weave our prayers into it.

In this weeks bible readings we have taken a great leap forward. We are over halfway through Mark's story of Jesus. We are at a point where Jesus is challenging the leaders to listen to him. He is challenging the disciples and followers to follow him. And as he heads towards the cross, he is transfigured, where is appearance changes. He now starts to talk about things after his death and resurrection and we see Jesus planning for the future.

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


Again & Again

We are called to listen

Psalm 22:23-31 | Mark 8:31 - 9:81
Like the disciples, we are often stuck in the pattern of messing up over and over again. We cling to power, we climb the ladder, we memorialise and commercialise Christ’s teachings rather than embodying them. However, we can’t be trapped by shame, guilt, ignorance, or inaction. Humility is required for transformation. Again and again, we are called to listen—to God and to others.
- A Santified Art

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
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  • 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 Wednesday 10am
at St Mary by the Sea, and Wednesday 12:30pm on Zoom. If you cannot make either of those times, you may wish to run your own group. Full resources and instructions are available for this creative way of engaging the scriptures. 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. Use this lesson plan to blend visual meditation with group discussion and bible study.

Are you Interested in being Baptised?

One of our traditions is that we hold a baptism service on Easter Sunday, as the sun comes up. If you would like to be baptised or learn more please contact Dion on 0211378624 or email at If you have already been baptised but would like to make further public commitment in your faith then have a chat with Dion about Confirmation or Reaffirmation of your Faith.

Intergenerational Study Group

Sunday 3pm - St Mary's Lounge

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Our first Intergnerational study group was to be on Sunday the 21st, but we were unable to do as we planned in a socially distanced way, so we are starting this week Feb 28th. in the Lounge of St Mary's 3pm.

28th Feb to 28th March, in the Lounge, 3pm at St Mary by the Sea. Please join us as we combine Scripture and movies and explore more about our transforming God. We'll have popcorn and conclude with pizza, Suitable for all ages and stages, 0 - 100.

    Online YouTube Worship

    Sunday 10am, here: or click the button below

    Mainly Music

    All go during level 1

    Mainly Music only runs at Covid Level 1.So there will be mainly music, this Friday 26th February.

    Mainly Music - Able bodied helpers required

    Mainly Music is back for 2021. It runs school term time only on Fridays starting at 9:30am. We need volunteers to move all the chairs to the side of the church so we have an activity space for the families. If you are able to help move chairs on a Thursday, to set up, or on a Friday at about 10:30am, after the session, please call Meg Norton 473 8444.

    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:
    bi-cultural ed

    Taha Māori - an online bicultural programme

    Nau mai haere mai koutou ki Taha Māori. Welcome to Taha Māori!

    The Auckland Anglican Dioceses are delighted to introduce this new online programme that will build your confidence in te reo Māori and your knowledge of our Church's bicultural journey in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Taha Māori is a series of weekly discussions via Zoom that will explore the rich heritage of Te Hāhi Mihinare - The Māori Anglican Church - in this country and how we can strengthen the partnership between Tikanga Pākehā and Tikanga Māori.

    The A New Zealand Prayer Book/ He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa will be used as the primary resource to upskill participants in the confident use of te reo liturgies, hīmene (hymns) and pronunciation.

    Discussions will also be based on RNZ’s documentary series Land of the Long White Cloud which tells the stories of white New Zealanders who are confronting Aotearoa’s colonial past and present.

    The programme is open to all and we hope you will find it a safe and comfortable environment where questions and explanations can be both fun and serious at the same time! Sessions will be recorded for review afterwards on the diocesan YouTube channel.
    Taha Maōri will run from 10.00am -11.00am on Thursdays 11 March to 29 April (with a break in Holy Week).
    Click below to register and receive the Zoom link.
    For more information, please contact Megan Means at

    Resourcing Monday's Ministries

    April 9th - 11th April - Vaughn Park

    A weekend retreat at Vaughan Park for lay people of all churches to helping us become more intentional, resourced and effective disciples. Hosted by Bishop Bruce April 9th -11th. Friday 6pm - Sunday 1pm

    Bishop Bruce has a life-long interest and involvement in “Living by Faith on Monday”. He has a background in science and theology, and worked in parishes, education and industry as a priest, and as Anglican Bishop of Auckland 1985 – 1994.
    • The various contexts of our lives Monday to Saturday, in which we aim to be effective disciples of Jesus our Lord and brother
    • Focussing in whom and on what our lives are anchored
    • Locating resources for our task – so we are better equipped
    • Clues and hints on fruitfully engaging the various contexts we move in, especially the workplace
    • Consideration of case studies, and preparation for Sunday worship.
    • Commissioning and planning re-entry aims, and a review of the weekend.
    Each person will receive a work book, and the weekend will be punctuated with spaces, dialogue and prayer. More info: and 078648727.

    Cost: $310 (includes catering, two nights stay, seminar and work book).

    Registration through Vaughan Park

    Sunday 28thFebruary

    Theme: We are called to listen

    Psalm 22:23-31
    Mark 8:31- 9:81


    God of Light and Love, you come into the world not to condemn but to redeem; enter our lives, again, with your love, bringing new life, eternal and abundant, so that we, your servants, may show light and love to others. For you are alive and reign with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

    '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

    During lent, our zoom bible study will be using Visio Divina. The Visio Divina series sarts Wednesday 24th February at 12:30pm. Zoom Bible study - Meeting ID: 919-265-616

    Community Shop

    The Community shop is now open 10am- 4pm Monday- Saturday.
    Thank you to everyone who helps out with running the shop, especially over this summer holiday period.


    Happy Wedding Anniversary to Bruce and Jane Rogers for the 1st March. Many happy returns to you both.
    Happy Birthday to Robin Clerk for the 3rd March and to Keith Hay for the 6th March. 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

    Using the Church EFTPOS Machine.

    Donations made in church via the EFTPOS machine have increased and this has been a great help to our banking. The EFTPOS machine can be used for a variety of payment needs. If you are unsure how to work the EFTPOS please do not hesitate to ask for help.

    The EFTPOS machine prints 2 receipts, the first is your copy, the second is printed by selecting MERCHANTS COPY on the screen. This second copy should always be left on the appropriate clip on the notice board. With out the second receipt it is not possible to know what the money was intended for.

    For Church Giving, you can either keep the first receipt or place it in the DONATION BASKET to go up to the altar for the blessing.

    Please write your giving number or full name on the second receipt if you want the donation added to your tax receipt.

    World Day of Prayer 5th March

    "Build on a Strong Foundation" A Service prepared by World Day of Prayer Committee of Vanuatu.10:00am Browns Bay Presbyterian and 7:30 pm St John's Catholic Church Mairangi Bay. All are invited and welcome to attend these Services.
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    Commonwealth Day Service. 7th March

    Service at 5:pm in the Cathedral Nave
    Join us as we celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of the Commonwealth. This year's Commonwealth Day theme is Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating and Transforming. All are welcome to attend.

    Neighbours Day 20th March.

    Bring your family along to a Neighbour's Day Aotearoa event at Takapuna Methodist 38 Hurstmere Rd Takapuna. 11am-2pm.

    Poster Hurstmere Road final

    P/T Teacher Aide Post (ESOL) KingsWay School

    This is a fixed term, part time position, 22 hours per week. Monday to Thursday, school term time only. An ESOL qualification is an advantage as is an affinity for the special character of the school.

    Applications close at 12noon on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021.
    If you have any queries, please contact:
    Julia Kinzett, Human Resources Manager, .
    A support staff application form can be downloaded from the school website, or it can be requested by contacting
    Julia Kinzett. Your completed application form, CV and cover letter should be emailed to

    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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