Posts by Andi Fidock

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…

Camp Crave Catch-Up – this Friday!

Hey Parents, The online Camp Crave Catch-up is this Friday! All youth are welcome; whether you joined us on Camp or not, this will be a fun event for all. Invite your mates and join us for a fun night of hanging out, playing games + a camp recap, and discussion – all via ZOOM! Details: Friday, 1st May 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP is essential,   Register for the event here. After registering, you will receive…

Online Youth Event: Camp Crave Catch-up!

Hey Parents, We’re super excited to be holding our first Online Friday night youth event in just two weeks! We’d love for your youth to join us for a fun night of hanging out, playing games + a camp recap and discussion – all via ZOOM! All youth are welcome; whether you joined us on Camp or not, this will be a fun event for all. Details: Friday, 1st May 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP…

IMPORTANT: St Johns Youth, Permission for Group Online Communication

Hey Parents, This parents blog is full of important info so please read it all.  Within the current pandemic situation St Johns Youth wants to do all that we can to stay connected with our young people. We think now more than ever maintaining a community of encouragement, support and prayer is important. In light of this we will be moving our Youth Life Groups to an online platform called Zoom. Zoom is an online video conferencing system that allows us to host gatherings where we can…

Important Update for Youth Life Groups

Dear Parents, As you’ve hopefully heard by now, we have suspended all worship services for the foreseeable future. If you missed it, have a read and watch of Tim’s message. We believe continuing to meet in Life Groups will be integral in maintaining a sense of community, limit feelings of social isolation and help encourage each other in this time of change. Youth Life Groups will continue to run during this time with precautions being made to ensure the safety…

Pray for Camp Crave

As we prepare for Camp Crave, our annual youth camp, we’ve been thinking about the value in creating more space in our lives. When we create space in our thinking, our calendars and even the physical spaces around us we have a greater opportunity to invite God in. When we have space we can zoom out from the finer details of our lives and remember the bigger picture; Just how deep God’s love is for us. In the lead up…