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St John’s Kids & Families, 01 Aug 2021

Sunday Services: Lockdown 5.0 has been lifted and we are able to run in-person services this week at 8am, 10am & 5pm. Masks and COVID check-in are mandatory. Due to density quotients, you will need to pre-register to attend the 10am service. This is not necessary at the 8am or 5pm service. St John’s Kids will run at the 10am & 5pm services. If you are unable to attend in-person, or have a preference for our digital service, you can…

St John’s Kids & Families, 25 July 2021

Sunday Services: No in-person services again this week but we will be livestreaming services at 10am & 5pm. We start a new sermon series this week, delving into the earthly desires that present challenges to our relationship with God and with others. Activity sheets, if needed, to keep hands busy while listening to the talk: Colouring 1, 2, 3, 4 Crossword, Decoder, Maze, Word Search   Events: St John’s Kids – Family Trivia Event – 3pm, Sunday 25 July. Gather…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 18 July 2021

Sunday Services: I was very much looking forward to reconnecting with many of you this week, after the St John’s Kids school holiday recess. I am now prayfully hoping that lockdown will only delay that by one week! We will livestream services this week at 10am & 5pm. Activity sheets, if needed, to keep hands busy while listening to the talk: Activity Book (includes colouring, crossword, word search, etc.) Additional colouring pages 1, 2   Family Discipleship: This week concludes…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 11 July 2021

Sunday Services: During the school holidays, the St John’s Kids program is in recess, to give our leaders a well-deserved break. There will be activity sheets available, if needed, to keep hands busy while listening to the talk at our in-person services. Those watching the online service may like to print and use some of these: Colouring 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Crossword Maze Word Search   Family Discipleship: In this week’s bible passage (READ Galatians 5:13-25) Paul sums up…

St John’s Kids & Families, 4 July 2021

Sunday Services: During the school holidays, the St John’s Kids program is in recess, to give our leaders a well-deserved break. There will be activity sheets available, if needed, to keep hands busy while listening to the talk at our in-person services. Those watching the online service may like to print and use some of these: Colouring 1, 2 Crossword Word Search   Family Discipleship: Something I get asked from time to time is about the best way to pray…

St John’s Kids & Families, 27 June 2021

Sunday Services: Restrictions have eased further so no pre-registration is necessary for our in-person services this week. Join us for one of the following: 8:00am – traditional Anglican Prayer Book service, celebrating communion. 10:00am – a blend of traditional and contemporary worship, includes a kids’ program. 5:00pm – relaxed service with a focus on youth and young adults, includes a kids’ program. Online Service – premiered at 10am, but then available to watch at any time. During the school holidays,…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 20 June 2021

Sunday Services: This week we are able to meet again in-person for services, but numbers are limited so pre-registration is necessary.   8:00am – traditional Anglican Prayer Book service, celebrating communion 10:00am – Booked Out   5:00pm – relaxed service with a focus on youth and young adults, includes a kids’ program If you are unable to attend in-person, or have a preference for our digital service, you can join us online here.   Going Bananas! Although we are able to…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 13 June 2021

  Lockdown 4.0 has been lifted, but restrictions have not eased enough for us to meet in person for services again yet. So, join us online this week by accessing our streamed services here.   St John’s Kids Online Event … Join us via Zoom on Sunday 13 June at 3pm to reconnect with each other, recap some Galatians teaching and play games! Join here. (Meeting ID: 977 1214 9049 / Password: 603876) We strive to create safe environments for…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 06 June 2021

  Join us for church online this week! Access our streamed services here.   Date for your diaries … If lockdown is extended again and we are unable to meet in person next weekend, we plan to organise a Zoom get-together so that kids (and parents!) can catch up with each other. We will recap some Galatians teaching and enjoy a game or two. Pencil in 3pm on Sunday 13 June and check the blog next week for more details.  …

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 30 May 2021

Sigh … lockdown is back! Hopefully just for a week, but even that can be a source of disappointment as events are cancelled and families face the reality of juggling working from home with supervising their kids. It is okay to get annoyed, sad, or angry – we were made to have lots of emotions. But it is easy to get in the habit of grumbling, which can lead to lives that are unsatisfied and unhappy. The bible calls us…

St John’s Kids & Families, 23 May 2021

St John’s Kids – Photo Reminder This week, our Grade 4/5/6s will be creating a church family collage, which the wider congregation will be invited to add photos or drawings to in following weeks. It would be much appreciated if each child in those year levels would bring a family photo with them to St John’s Kids. Note: For privacy and child-safe reasons, no names will be displayed with the photos. Going Bananas 2021 is happening! Last week we announced…

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,…

St John’s Kids & Families, 16 May 2021

St John’s Kids Photo Request On Sunday 23 May, our Grade 4/5/6s will be creating a church family collage, which the wider congregation will be invited to add photos or drawings to in following weeks. It would be much appreciated if each child in those year levels would bring a family photo to St John’s Kids either this week, or on the 23rd. Note: For privacy and child-safe reasons, no names will be displayed with the photos.   Going Bananas…

St John’s Kids & Families, 09 May 2021

Over the past two weeks, we have had guest speakers from Prison Fellowship and Open House tell us about their mission to share the love and truth of Jesus with others. This week, set yourselves a Family Mission. You may like to do something for someone else: Bake a cake or biscuits for a neighbour (include clean up!) Do some gardening for someone you know that is not well or plan some time together: A family movie or games night,…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 02 May 2021

Family Discipleship is not so much about cramming more into busy schedules as it is about being intentional and leveraging the time parents already have with their children, to help them become friends and followers of Jesus. If you would like to utilise some time you spend in the car on the way to school, or swimming, or music lessons, etc., you may be interested in The Word On The Street – an Australian, Christian devotional podcast for families. Each episode is…

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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 25 April 2021

Welcome to Term 2! I hope you have all had an enjoyable term break. The lead up to Easter, as with Christmas, can be busy with end of term activities and family and other social get-togethers. We can run the risk of solemnly commemorating Jesus’ death and celebrating the resurrection and then … we often just stop. But the excitement did not stop on Easter Sunday! Over the last few weeks, we have had talks (in-person and online) looking at…

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…