July 2020 | St John's Diamond Creek

Posts from July 2020

St John’s Kids – 02 August 2020

SUNDAY 2 August Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we continue our series, Back to the New Future, looking at what our lives might look like post-COVID and how we might develop a new ‘normal’ that centres on God’s norms. Use some blocks, or something else you can stack, to make a tower. Which block is the most important? Take off the top block – what happens? Pull out the bottom block – what happens? Imagine we are…

Teen Mental Health Week 2

Hey Parents, It’s no surprise that having supportive friends is an extremely valuable resource when things get tough. When you’re a teenager though, these friends are often the same age as you and may have limited resources or experience to help you in the way you need. This can be especially true when youth are faced with a friend going through a mental health crisis. In my experience youth are great at noticing when something isn’t quite right with one…

St John’s Kids – 26 July 2020

SUNDAY 26 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we continue our series, Back to the New Future, looking at what our lives might look like in the future and how we might develop a new ‘normal’ that centres on God’s plans for our lives. We are God’s light in the world, and today’s kids’ song, Let Your Light Shine, encourages us to live for God and make him known to others. Today’s bible reading looks at some…

Teen Mental Health Week 1

Hi Parents, I have been reflecting a lot on mental health and young people lately. The statistics of anxiety, depression, and suicide in young people in Australia are staggering: One in seven young people aged 4 to 17 years experience a mental health condition in any given year. One in ten young people aged 12-17 years old will self-harm, one in 13 will seriously consider a suicide attempt, and one in 40 will attempt suicide. Suicide continues to be the…

St John’s Kids – 19 July 2020

SUNDAY 19 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we start a new sermon series, Back to the New Future. Our lives have changed due to COVID. When restrictions lift, people will begin to return to their ‘normal’ lives. But what is ‘normal’ and what about the new things we have learnt or enjoyed while being in isolation? Can we keep these things in the new, future ‘normal’? This series will challenge us to reframe what our lives…

St John’s Kids – 12 July 2020

 SUNDAY 12 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we have one of our mission partners as guest speaker – Josh Bartlett. Josh’s work with Wycliffe focuses on bible engagement in Australia. Older kids should find Josh’s talk quite engaging – have your bibles open at Acts 4. As well as listening to God’s word, we will be worshipping through prayer and music – including a kids’ song Never Be Shaken, which encourages dependence on God. And, later…

Youth Life Groups – continuing online for now

Hey Parents, I hope you have had a nice couple of weeks as your youth have taken a break from school. With the current increase of COVID cases in Victoria and the tightening of restrictions, we will continue to meet via Zoom for St Johns Youth for the time being.  We will reassess this decision when restrictions lift again in the coming months. We hope to have some sort of face to face meetings before the end of the year. This will…

Do You Want to be in a Music Video?!

Hi families, We hope you have been enjoying the QuizWorx videos and devotions we have been sharing during the school holidays. QuizWorx are planning to release a music video called Kids Everywhere later this month. The song reminds us that Jesus wants everyone to know about him, all throughout the world. Kids, parents, grandparents … everyone can get involved … but you only have a week! Submissions are due by 12pm on Tuesday 14 July. 1. Watch the Video Watch…

THIS FRIDAY! Youth Online Games Night

Hey parents, Our Online games night is THIS FRIDAY! Details: Friday, 10th July 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP is essential, register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the ZOOM meeting. Therefore, we suggest your youth uses their own email to register. If your youth is new to St John’s Youth or you haven’t yet given us permission for ‘Online Group Communication’ you must do this before the event!…

St John’s Kids – 05 July 2020

 SUNDAY 5 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week we have a service of Storytelling – reflecting on, and celebrating, what God has been doing in our lives during the last term, while experiencing physical distancing restrictions. There will be a slideshow of some of our kids’ activities, other art, poetry, testimonies, prayer, and music – including a kids’ song Jesus Number 1. You may find that there is a lot more happening on the screen to capture…