Posts by Andy Barras

Memory Care Cafe

In conjunction with Health Ability Eltham and Nillumbik Council, St John’s is hosting a community support venture called a Memory Care Café. The Memory Care Café concept seeks to provide a social meeting place for those living with Dementia and their carers, to gather and enjoy a coffee/tea and conversation with each other. The first Nillumbik Memory Care Café, which has been operating in Hurstbridge for just over a year, has proven a huge success creating a space for networking…

Update or Join the Electoral Roll

To be eligible to vote, you must be on the electoral roll. Check your enrolment status on the boards in the foyer, or by contacting us. Revisions to the roll close at 11:59pm, October 23 2022.

Nominations for Office Bearers

Nominations of Candidates are open for the offices of: 3 Churchwardens (2 elected at the meeting and 1 appointed by the Vicar) 6 Members of Parish Council (4 elected at the meeting and 2 appointed by the Vicar) 3 Members of the Incumbency Committee (2 elected at the meeting and 1 Warden). Nominations close Sunday, October 30th at 5:00pm

Discord and Online Ministry

How we connect online during the week The internet has come and revolutionised so many aspects of our world. As a millennial, I’m one of the first people to have grown up with the internet. I can remember dialing-up for the first time and setting up my Facebook account in 2007. Where would we be today, without the ease of connection that the internet has given us through 2020 and 2021? Whether that’s Facebook, YouTube, or apps like WhatsApp, FaceTime…

Reshaping our Digital Service

Since first going into lockdowns in early 2020, our digital service has remained consistent as an opportunity for connection with each other and with God. Our focus has been to enable community, worship, and discipleship online. As we bounced in and out of lockdowns in 2021, the digital service remained adaptable, sometimes taking the role of the sole service of the week, serving our whole church family. Services took different styles, replicating those of the in-person congregations the service was…

Enacting Spiritual Practices || St John’s Extra

To wrap up our Spiritual Disciplines series, Andy and Ros chat through a few thoughts about spiritual practices, and ways we can build them into our lives. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Rest || St John’s Extra

God created the world, then rested. Jesus withdrew to quiet places. God gives us the gift of rest. Ros brings us the last of our Spiritual Disciplines. Next week: join us for a Q&A as we wrap up our Spiritual Disciplines series. Send in your questions to andy@stjohnsdc.org.au or leave them in the comments below. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Fasting || St John’s Extra

As we continue our Spiritual Disciplines series, Ros takes us through FASTING – the self-denial of normal functions of life, self-denial of appetites and attachments, for the sake of our life with God. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Bible Breakfast 14 – Luke 6 27-36

Bible Breakfast is BACK for 2021 – just, at lunchtime now. Join Andy, Katherine, and Ella for a friendly bible discussion. Pop us on while you’re having lunch and reset for the afternoon. Today we’ll be looking at Luke 6:27-36. Each and every day, we get messages from every angle – commercials, politicians, social media… it can become overwhelming. Let’s focus our days on Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. Need a bible?…

Fellowship || St John’s Extra

Fellowship is a really “churchy” word – unless you count Lord of the Rings. But special guest Ros helps unpack fellowship in this week’s Extra. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au  ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Service and Generosity || St John’s Extra

Jesus – the maker and ruler of everything – came to Earth as a servant, to serve and not be served. As followers of Jesus, we should be doing the same! Serving and being generous with our time and resources is this week’s spiritual discipline. Watch Tim’s talk about different gifts and the body of Christ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fW2b7lhhZA Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc 

Bible Breakfast – Luke 6:1-11

Bible Breakfast is BACK for 2021 – just, at lunchtime now. Join Andy, Katherine, and Ella for a friendly bible discussion. Pop us on while you’re having lunch and reset for the afternoon. Today we’ll be looking at Luke 6:1-11. Each and every day, we get messages from every angle – commercials, politicians, social media… it can become overwhelming. Let’s focus our days on Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. Need a bible?…

Prayer || St John’s Extra

Prayer is about relationship and connection with our maker God. There are many ways to pray, far more than can be included in just one episode – but here are some tips on the spiritual discipline of prayer. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

What is Church?

The word “Church” carries a weight to it. Whether it’s referencing a building, a systemic structure, a culture, a group of people, or something else, the word has baggage for many. In 2020, we had to get back to what church is all about: It isn’t a building. It isn’t a governing body. It isn’t an organisation. The Church is people. ‘The word for church in the New Testament (ecclesia) means a gathering or assembly. It’s used to refer to…

Go Deeper Reading the Bible || St John’s Extra

Take the time and effort to read the bible and absorb it – in all its beauty and complexity. Get started reading the Bible with reading plans at https://bible.com/reading-plans, or buy physical copies of devotions at https://www.gcbc.net.au/ or https://www.koorong.com/ Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Reading the Bible || St John’s Extra

While there’s nothing we need to do for God to love us, followers of Jesus can grow through Spiritual Disciplines. How do you read the bible in a way that brings you closer in relationship to Jesus? Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Spiritual Disciplines || St John’s Extra

There’s no work that needs to be done to be saved; that’s grace. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t good and helpful things to do as a follower of Jesus – but remember that attitudes beat actions. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc
We’re done here. Pack it up. We’ll be back in a few weeks though! Let me know your thoughts on the past 10 episodes of St John’s Extra ➜ https://forms.office.com/r/uQaVztRqvu Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Give Spirituality a Go || St John’s Extra

In dealing with the chaos of COVID, more and more Aussies are praying and thinking about God. How do you start to pray? Just say something simple. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Dealing with changes || St John’s Extra

How do you deal with change when everything is changing? God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Emotional Jesus || St John’s Extra

We’re back in lockdown, and people are feeling feelings. How should we feel about feeling feelings? Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc