Andi Fidock, Author at St John's Diamond Creek

Posts by Andi Fidock

Camp Crave Night/Day!

Hey Parents, Our Camp Crave Night/Day is next Friday! Details: Friday 5th March 6.30 pm – 10 pm AND Saturday 6th March 10 am – 2 pm Years: 7-12 Location: St Johns Cost: $25 Due to the unpredictability of restrictions at this time, there is a possibility this event will be online – in that case, it will be a free event. If the event can go ahead in-person to cover the cost of dinner Friday and Lunch Saturday the event will…

Youth Unite IS ON THIS FRIDAY + Crave Night/Day

Hey Parents, Good News, with the ease of restrictions we can go ahead with Youth Unite Summer this Friday! In line with the new government restrictions coming in place this evening and advice from the Anglican Diocese (our church’s regional governing body), we are able to meet as a religious gathering, meeting the density quotient of 1 person per 2 sqm. Details: Friday 19th February Years 7-12 Meet at St John’s 6.30 pm We’ll then car-pool with masks on to Mill Park…

Youth Unite + Camp Crave Night

Hey Parents, Our first Friday night youth event for 2021 Youth Unite Summer is coming fast! This is a chance to join youth from churches in our area for a time of worship, games, hanging out and learning more about God. Details: Friday 19th February Years 7-12 Meet at St Johns 6.30 pm (we’ll then car-pool Mill Park Baptist Church) Pick up St Johns 10 pm $5 entry Covid Safe measures will be in place for this event; registration, social distancing, and masks. Please RSVP here.…

IMPORTANT UPDATE: St John’s Youth 2021

Hey Parents, This week’s parents’ blog is a very important update of what to expect for St John’s Youth activities in 2021. Please watch this video as Kirk (Associate Minister) chats to Andi (Youth Minister) to give you an update and let you know what you can expect: Off the back of doing online youth ministry in 2020, we have decided to trial a hybrid in-person/online youth ministry for Term 1 of 2021. To access the full document mentioned in…

St John’s Youth 2021

Hey Parents, I hope you and your families have had a good start to 2021 and feel well-rested as you head back to school this week and next. Next week I will send you an in-depth video update on what to expect for St John’s Youth in 2021. If you are new to St John’s Youth it’s important that you register to help as we plan for Youth Life Groups. You can do so here.  In the meantime, here are…

RSVP to our final Youth Event for 2020!

Hey parents, In just 1 week we will be having a waist up formal for our final youth event of the year! We’ll be meeting outside in Diamond Creek to hang-out, eat pizza and play some (socially distanced ;P) games before heading up Chute Street to enjoy the special Light Walk being set up by the Diamond Creek Traders! What is a waist up formal? We’ve been doing a lot of ZOOM-ing this year, and let’s face it while there are a fair…

Final Youth Event for 2020!

Hey Parents, Our final Youth Event: Waist Up Formal for 2020 is coming up very soon! What is a waist up formal? We’ve been doing a lot of ZOOM-ing this year, and let’s face it while there are a fair few downsides, wearing whatever you want on your bottom half has been one big win! To commemorate our year of ZOOM-ing we’re going to wear formal attire on top and comfy clothes down below! (Think track pants, PJ’s, those ugly…

Creative night – THIS FRIDAY!

Hey Parents, Our creative night is THIS FRIDAY! We’ll be spending time hanging out, playing creative games, and exploring how we can get creative in our relationship with Jesus – all via ZOOM! Whether your youth is the next Picasso or struggles to draw a stick figure this event is for them! All they need is a pen, 10 pieces of blank paper (these can even be scrap paper with something on the other side), and an open mind to…

Child Safe focus group

Hey Parents, The Anglican Diocese (our church’s regional governing body) is inviting parents, children, and youth to participate in Child Safe consultation focus groups.  The Anglican Diocese provides us with our Code of Conduct for Child Safety, ensuring consistency and transparency to keep all young people safe within our churches. These focus groups will provide you and/or your child the opportunity to share your ideas and input into an updated Code of Conduct. If you or your child are interested…

ONLINE YOUTH EVENT: YOUTUBE WATCH PARTY!

Hey Parents, Our YouTube watch party is THIS FRIDAY! Details: Friday, 23rd October 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 6-12 (Year 6’s are welcome to all Term 4 youth events!) 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 you’re new to St John’s Youth OR haven’t yet given us permission for ‘Online Group Communication’ you must do…

ONLINE YOUTH EVENT – Invite a Grade 6

Hey Parents, It’s Term 4, that means all grade 6’s are invited to our Friday night youth events for the remainder of the year! Anyone is welcome, whether they have been part of St John’s activities before or not. Do you know a Grade 6 you could invite along to St John’s Youth? Forward this invite to your Grade 6 friends! For our first Term 4 event, we’ll be having a YouTube Watch Party – via ZOOM! Details: Friday, 23rd…

ONLINE YOUTH EVENT – YOUTUBE WATCH PARTY!

Hey Parents, Our next youth event is coming up in just three weeks! We’ll be getting together for a fun night of YouTube watching and hanging out – all via ZOOM! Details: Friday, 23rd October 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 6-12 (Year 6’s are welcome to all Term 4 youth events!) 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…

Free Youth School Holiday events

Hey Parents, With term three holidays just around the corner, we’re looking at another at home vacation. If your youth is looking forlorn and bored at this prospect, you might like to get them to check out the free Online School Holiday events being put on by Banyule Youth Services. They have a Spring Zoomfest, Werewolf Game, Home Recording workshop and more lined up! For more information and to enquire, visit their website here.  Have a great week, Andi Photo…

Online Youth Event – 4th September

Hey Parents, Our Online Youth Event is this Friday! We’ll be getting together for a fun night of hanging out, playing games, and discussion – all via ZOOM! The team at Youth Unite have put together a short video to encourage us during this period of social isolation. We’ll watch this together and spend some time discussing what they have to say. This is a good event to invite mates to, so ask your youth who they might like to invite…

Online Youth Event – 4th September

Hey Parents, Our next youth event is coming up in three weeks time! We’ll be getting together for a fun night of hanging out, playing games, and discussion – all via ZOOM! The team at Youth Unite have put together a short video to encourage us during this period of social isolation. We’ll watch this together and spend some time discussing what they have to say. Youth Unite is a bunch of churches that come together as a UNITED movement…

Teen Mental Health Week 4

Hey Parents, Last week I shared with you signs you can look out for indicating your youth may be going through a tough time with their mental health. It’s great to know what to look out for but it’s also important to be equipped with how to talk about Mental Health once you notice something is up. This week I wanted to share with you another great resource from Beyond Blue. This video shares parents’ tips on starting the conversation…

Teen Mental Health Week 3

Hey parents, Mental Health is something my family talks about a LOT. But, it definitely wasn’t always that way. When I was in early high school my sister experienced a really challenging time for her mental health. My parents have shared with us that at the time they were unaware of warning signs to look out for, how to communicate well with her and what they could actually do to help when they realized she was struggling. What my parents…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

Youth Online Games Night

Hey parents, Don’t forget to register for our Online Games night coming up in just two weeks! We’ll be getting together on ZOOM for a fun night of hanging out and playing games. This is a great event for youth to invite mates to, so please encourage your youth to have a think about who they could invite along. Details: Friday, 10th July 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP is essential, register here. After registering, you…

Youth Online Games Night

Hey parents, After the success of our last online youth event, we’re excited to be running an Online Games Night these holidays! We’ll be getting together on ZOOM for a fun night of hanging out and playing games. This is a great event for youth to invite mates to, so please encourage your youth to have a think about who they could invite along. Details: Friday, 10th July 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP is essential,…

St Johns Youth – continuing online

Hey parents, Youth Life Groups will continue to meet via Zoom for the remainder of Term 2.  We’ve decided to keep meeting online this term for a few reasons: As restrictions begin to lift and we can consider in-person meetings, we’re in no rush. We plan to get back into things slowly rather than throw families into other activities all at the same time. Our primary concern is the physical safety and the emotional and mental wellbeing of the youth…