Andi Fidock, Author at St John's Diamond Creek

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Youth Unite *CANCELLED* + Invite your friends to camp!

Hello Parents, Sadly this Friday’s rescheduled Youth Unite will be unable to go ahead due to the lengthened Victorian lockdown. The Youth Unite team hopes to run this Q and A event in term 4 instead. Stay tuned for details for that later in the year. Keep the registrations coming in for the Northern Churches Youth Camp! This is a great camp to invite friends to, it will be a great week of outdoor activities, teaching, and relationship building. It’s…

Youth Part of God’s Mission + Youth Unite NEXT FRIDAY

Hello Parents, This Saturday afternoon (17th July) St Johns Youth has the opportunity to love the Diamond Creek Community together by doing a working Bee at Piccolo Meccanico: a much loved and well-frequented Diamond Creek Cafe! The owner Mark is familiar with many people from St Johns that regularly get their coffee from there, so it is great to be able to grow that bond in this way. Earlier in the year I asked Mark if he would be happy…

Northern Churches Youth Camp – Registrations are open!

Hello Parents, Very exciting news! Registrations are now open for our youth camp coming up in the September school holidays. This year we are combining with St James Ivanhoe and Plenty Life Doreen to run a new camp: ‘The Northern Churches Youth Camp’. It is going to be a great week of outdoor activities, teaching, and relationship building. This will be a great opportunity for youth to grow in their understanding of God, ask those questions they’ve always wanted to ask, and…

Parents, we want your input! The Big Kids’ Table

Hey Parents, St John’s very own, Lenny Barras has recently joined the team at Big Kids’ Table! The Big Kids’ Table (BKT) exists to be an informative, loving perspective and to create safe, honest conversations about Kingdom identity, sexual experience and the expression of sexual desire. Lenny’s role at BKT will be to develop resources and run sessions to support parents of young people as they navigate conversations about sex and relationships. So, how can you help? As parents/carers of…

You can bless our Youth Leaders + Youth Unite *cancelled* this Friday

Dear Parents, This year our Youth Unite team has planned an extra event just for youth leaders. Leaders volunteer so much of their time and energy to serve our young people and their families, that we wanted to do something special to thank them. We also want to help churches better equip their leaders for ministry and to provide opportunities for them to interact with leaders from other churches. So, on June 25th (restrictions allowing) we will be holding a…

Youth Unite *DATE CHANGED* – Online Escape Room THIS FRIDAY!

Hello Parents, Due to uncertainty with Covid 19 restrictions, Youth Unite has been postponed for one week. Instead, this Friday we will be having round two of our Online Escape Room night!  We’ll be getting together on ZOOM for a fun night of hanging out and working together to get out of an online escape room! Just like a real-life escape room you will find clues and work through puzzles as a team to try and escape before your time…

Youth Unite Winter + Hybrid Youth Min update

Hello Parents, A big thank you to everyone (youth and parents!) that gave feedback around our Hybrid Youth Ministry trial. Off the back of this feedback, we have decided to increase in-person meetings in all our youth life groups. Isobel and Adrian’s group: Will meet in person whenever possible using zoom as a resource occasionally e.g. if a leader is unable to lead in person due to being unwell, in the case of another lockdown, around exam time to limit travel time,…

Online Escape Room: This Friday!

Hey Parents, Our Online Escape Room is THIS FRIDAY! We’ll be getting together on ZOOM for a fun night of hanging out and working together to get out of an online escape room! Just like a real-life escape room you will find clues and work through puzzles as a team to try and escape before your time runs out. This is a great event to invite your mates to! Details: Friday, 7th May 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12…

Youth Part of God’s Mission + Online Escape Room

Hello parents, Our first time as ‘Youth part of God’s Mission’ is next Sunday! As St John’s Youth we will be practically loving the current participants of the Alpha course being run by St John’s. Alpha will be having their final meeting together, talking about what church is. As a group, we’re going to prepare them some yummy food and decorate the room to help them celebrate the end of the course. We think this will be a great opportunity to…

Hybrid Youth Ministry Survey + St John’s Youth part of God’s Mission

Hey Parents, I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Easter and are continuing to enjoy your holidays! It’s time to gather feedback around our Hybrid Youth Ministry trial! Off the back of doing online youth ministry in 2020, we decided to try a hybrid in-person/online youth ministry for Term 1 of 2021. To access the full document outlining the trial click here. Please complete a 5 min survey to give us your feedback here.  Our Hybrid Youth…

The Positive Parenting Program

Hey Parents, Recently a fellow youth worker showed me this great resource for parents that you might like to take a look at! The Positive Parenting program has been backed by the Victorian Government and is doing free online parenting sessions for all ages. To access the program click here. The Free program for parents of pre-teens and teens (ages 10-16) can help you: Build a stronger relationship Negotiate boundaries and expectations Deal calmly with conflict Survive the emotional rollercoaster Prepare…

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…