Parents’ Blog

St John’s Kids – 29 November 2020

 SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, when we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We light a candle each week to remind us that Jesus brings light into the world. This week we light the candle of HOPE. We can have hope because the bible assures us that God is faithful and will keep his promises. We celebrate the truth of God’s promises in…

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…

St John’s Kids – 22 November 2020

 SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. Today we start a new series of talks, looking at Hebrews 11 and the topic of Faith. Parents, have a chat with your kids about what they think faith is. Usually, we believe something because we have seen it. It is very human to want some proof before we place our trust in someone or something. Faith though, is believing first and then seeing results. One of the principles of faith…

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…

St John’s Kids – 15 November 2020

 SUNDAY 15 NOVEMBER   Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. Today is our annual Thanksgiving Day. We are celebrating the 153rd anniversary of St John’s Diamond Creek and all that God has done for us in the past year. Although it is wonderful to set aside a particular day to honour God as a church group, thanksgiving is not something we should save only for special occasions. God wants us to be a people of gratitude every day of the…

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…

St John’s Kids – 08 November 2020

 SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER   Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. Get ready to join in the kids’ song that we introduced a couple of weeks ago, My Lighthouse. In this week’s passage, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Paul tells us that giving is an individual matter, one that each family must decide for themselves, and is not to be determined by what others are doing. He encourages intentionality and giving out of joy, delighting in the act of giving, as a response…

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…

St John’s Kids – 25 October 2020

 SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER   Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. Jesus is like a lighthouse, providing light to guide us through our lives. So, we have a new kids’ song for you this week, My Lighthouse. And we start a new 3-week talk series today, looking at generosity. Families, what does being generous mean to you? Do you like to share, give things away, do things for other people? Make a list of ways you could be generous – think…

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…

Parents’ Blog Split!

Hi parents of St John’s Kids and Youth! This year, understandably, we have been using the Parents’ Blog far more than pre-COVID. Based on feedback we have received, some of you are loving being kept in the loop with both kids and youth activities. However, some of you would prefer not to receive posts that are not directly relevant to the age of your child(ren). We hear you! So, as of this week, we are splitting the Blog into two…

St John’s Kids – 18 October 2020

SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER   Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. Our kids’ song today is Jesus Number 1. Kids, in this song we honour Jesus by placing him first in our lives and sing about him ruling for eternity. When you think about rulers and leaders, do you expect them to have people do things for them, or for them to serve others? Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God is not about recognition and rewards, but about service to…

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…

St John’s Kids – 11 October 2020

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER   Today’s Services: Access our streamed services here. We will be sharing Communion in the service today, so have some bread and wine/juice ready if you would like to partake. Would you ever turn up to a dinner party you had not been invited to? The woman in Luke 7:36-50 did! Jesus used her actions to show that the faith of people who know they have made bad choices and done wrong things, but seek forgiveness, is greater…

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…

St John’s Kids – 04 October 2020

SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER   Upcoming event: Next week, Sunday 11 October, in the Zoom get-together after the 9:30am service, we will be running an all-ages Trivia Quiz! Gather the whole family together for this fun session. The Zoom link will be provided in next week’s blog and will also be in the 9:30am service description on YouTube on the day. Note: You will also need a second device, a phone or tablet different from your Zoom device.   Today’s service:…

St John’s Kids – 27 September 2020

 SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER    Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week we continue our Good News in Action series, looking at another of Jesus’ healing miracles and application for our lives today. Read Luke 7:11-17 in preparation. If you have shakers or bells, have them handy for this week’s kids’ song, Shake My Shaker. Activities, if needed, to keep hands busy while listening to Kirk’s talk: Colouring 1, 2, 3 Activity booklet, Crossword, Wordsearch   St John’s Kids Sessions:…

St John’s Kids – 20 September 2020

Thank you to all the families who completed the recent Parent Survey. In response to feedback, we are going to implement some changes to our St John’s Kids program for Term 4. For those of you who have been enjoying the format of watching a video and working through devotion questions and activities as a family, we recommend you subscribe to QuizWorx Home Delivery (FREE).  The Digging Deeper devotions that accompany the engaging videos are ideal for splitting into sections…

St John’s Kids – 13 September 2020

SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER   Today’s Events: St John’s Kids Grade 3 Fun & Games Online Event is at 4pm this afternoon. Please contact us to RSVP or if you need the email invitation resent for the Zoom meeting details.   Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Today concludes our series on The Spirit of Truth which has been a great reminder that the Holy Spirit is a person within the Trinity and is our ever present helper, friend, advocate, and…

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…

St John’s Kids – 06 September 2020

 SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER   Today’s Events: Make dad feel special! During both services you can send a live Father’s Day message to your dad by texting 0490 453 293. Messages will be displayed on screen during the service. After the 9:30am service (approx. 10:30am for those who are not watching the service at that time), Mark will run a family friendly game of Scattergories with a Father’s Day theme. Join Zoom here. (If prompted – Zoom Meeting ID: 833 565…

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…