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St John’s Kids & Families, 4 February 2022

St John’s Kids In-person activities resumed during our 10am service last week – we played some games and enjoyed reconnecting with each other after the summer holidays. Our kids’ teaching program will kick into gear this week, Sunday 6 February, as we follow the new sermon series Sent Out By Jesus and explore the importance of sharing our faith with others through our words, our actions, and our prayers.   To ensure our team can keep records up to date,…

Youth Life Groups start THIS SUNDAY! + Invite a friend to camp

Hello Parents, Youth Life Groups for 2022 are starting back THIS WEEK! Details: Who? Year 7-11’s* When? Sunday afternoons 3.45 pm (for a 4 pm start) to 5.30 pm (excluding public holidays, school holidays, Mothers and Fathers day). Following LG we will hang out together before the evening service commences at 6 pm. We highly encourage youth to stay for this service as an opportunity to worship with their friends and be part of ‘Sunday at 6’ that has a special focus on youth and young adults.…

St John’s Kids & Families, 28 January 2022

Launch Services Join us this Sunday at one, or more, of our services: 8am, 9am online, 10am, 6pm as we LAUNCH into a new term and celebrate some of our ministries restarting for the new year.   St John’s Kids In-person activities will resume during the 10am service this week! We’ll be playing some games and reconnecting with each other after the summer holidays. Our kids’ teaching program will kick into gear the following week, when we start a new…

Youth Life Groups recommencing 6th February

Hello Parents, Youth Life Groups for 2022 are starting back next week, 6th Feb! Details: Who? Year 7-11’s* When? Sunday afternoons 3.45 pm (for a 4 pm start) to 5.30 pm (excluding public holidays, school holidays, Mothers and Fathers day). Following LG we will hang out together before the evening service commences at 6 pm. We highly encourage youth to stay for this service as an opportunity to worship with their friends and be part of ‘Sunday at 6’ that has a…

St John’s Kids & Families, 21 January 2022

Happy New Year everyone! I’m back from a bit of a break away from the office and looking forward to reconnecting with you all in the coming weeks.   Who has made some new year’s resolutions? The most common resolutions made in our society relate to exercise, diet, weight loss, and saving money. While there’s nothing wrong with reassessing these things, first and foremost it should be our spiritual health, our relationship with God, that we aspire to improve. My…

A rocky start to 2022

Hello Parents, With covid popping up everywhere, making plans is hard, and worrying about the impact on loved ones is taxing. I am praying for you and your families at this time of unease. We are hoping that over the next month and a bit this omicron wave passes and the NCYC can go ahead!. To help us with planning please continue to keep registrations coming in. If the camp cannot go ahead a full refund will be provided. The…

St John’s Kids & Families, Christmas 2021

  Merry Christmas everyone! It’s been another year of upheaval and I think we are all weary of lockdowns and keeping up with changing regulations. As a result, some are splashing out and celebrating being able to be together in big and bold ways, while other feel the need to keep things simple and quiet. However you celebrate, I pray that you are able to reflect on all that God has done for us this year, through the challenges and…

St John’s Kids & Families, 19 December 2021

Upcoming Services & Events Each of our Christmas services will be held at St John’s and livestreamed, so you can attend in person or invite friends over and celebrate from home. And the recent changes in government regulations mean that we can welcome EVERYONE, regardless of vaccination status, to our in-person services. You can find more details for our Christmas services, here. Sunday 19 December – Community Carols Arrive from 6:30pm, for a 7:00pm start. BYO picnic dinner. Note, this…

NORTHERN CHURCHES YOUTH CAMP 2022

Hello Parents, I am very excited to share that camp has been rescheduled and registrations are now open for the Northern Churches Youth Camp, over the Labour Day weekend of 2022! This year we are combining with St James Ivanhoe and St Marks Templestowe to run an exciting new camp. It is going to be a great weekend of outdoor activities, teaching, and relationship building. This will be a great opportunity for youth to grow in their understanding of God, ask…

St John’s Kids & Families, 12 December 2021

Services – Sunday 12 December 8am – traditional Anglican Prayer Book service, celebrating communion 10am – blend of traditional & contemporary worship, incl. kids’ program 5pm – relaxed service with a focus on youth & young adults Online Service – Premiering at 10am & 5pm, but then available to watch at any time Note, this is the last week for our St John’s Kids program for the year. Next week, our only service is the Diamond Creek Community Carols. You can find more details…

Final Youth event for the year is THIS FRIDAY!

Hey Parents, The youth BIG Games Night is THIS Friday! We’ll be playing a ton of classic youth games. Think strategy, teamwork, torch-lit madness, and lots of fun. Details: Friday 10th December Time: 7 pm – 9.30 pm (Grade 6’s and Year 7’s are invited to a special dinner at 6 pm before everyone else arrives. This is a chance for Grade 6’s to suss out St Johns Youth,  get to know some of the youth leaders, and make new friends) Location:…

St John’s Kids & Families, 05 December 2021

Services – Sunday 5 December 8am – traditional Anglican Prayer Book service, celebrating communion 10am – blend of traditional & contemporary worship, incl. kids’ program 5pm – relaxed service with a focus on youth & young adults Online Service – Premiering at 10am & 5pm, but then available to watch at any time You can find details of all our upcoming Christmas in-person & online services here.   Today is the second Sunday of Advent – the season in the lead up to Christmas,…

Youth BIG Games Night – NEXT FRIDAY!

Hey Parents, The youth BIG Games Night is NEXT Friday! We’ll be playing a ton of classic youth games. Think strategy, teamwork, torch-lit madness, and lots of fun. Details: Friday 10th December Time: 7 pm – 9.30 pm (Grade 6’s and Year 7’s are invited to a special dinner at 6 pm before everyone else arrives. This is a chance for Grade 6’s to suss out St Johns Youth,  get to know some of the youth leaders, and make new friends) Location:…

St John’s Kids & Families, 28 November 2021

Upcoming Event … Grade 6 & Year 7 Dinner … followed by Games Night! Friday 10 December 6:00-7:00pm dinner for Grade 6 & Year 7 only. This is an opportunity for Grade 6s to meet some of the youth leaders, make some new friends, and chat about Life Groups and events open to them next year. I’ll be there too, as a familiar face 😀 7:00-9:30pm Years 8-12 youth will join them for an evening of classic youth games involving…

Youth BIG Games Night (Last event for 2021!)

Hey Parents, This year our final youth event will be held outside at Youth Minister Andi’s place in Kangaroo Ground (my house). We’ll be playing a ton of classic youth games. Think strategy, teamwork, torch-lit madness, and lots of fun. Details: Friday 10th December Time: 7 pm – 9.30 pm (Grade 6’s and Year 7’s are invited to a special dinner at 6 pm before everyone else arrives. This is a chance for Grade 6’s to suss out St Johns Youth, …

St John’s Kids & Families, 21 November 2021

Services – Sunday 21 November We have a guest speaker today from one of our mission partners – Anglican Overseas Aid. Join us for one of our services: 8am – traditional Anglican Prayer Book service, celebrating communion 10am – blend of traditional & contemporary worship, incl. kids’ program 5pm – relaxed service with a focus on youth & young adults Online Service – Premiering at 10am & 5pm, but then available to watch at any time Due to current restrictions,…

Youth Hangout THIS FRIDAY

Hey Parents, This Friday, 19th Nov we will be having a Youth Hang-out night! Invite along friends for a night of playing fun games, eating pizza, and hanging out *IMPORTANT* If we reach 90% double vaxed before Friday we will have a bonfire night at a youth’s house in Research OR if the weather is too wet we have another back-up location! Details: Friday 19th November Time: 7 pm – 9.30 pm Location: Most likely in Diamo, but if we can have a…

St John’s Kids & Families, 14 November 2021

Services, Sunday 14 November Join us for one of our four services today, as we celebrate St John’s 154th Birthday with Thanksgiving for all that God has done for us in the past year: 8am – traditional Anglican Prayer Book service, celebrating communion 10am – blend of traditional & contemporary worship, incl. kids’ program 5pm – relaxed service with a focus on youth and young adults Online Service – Premiering at 10am & 5pm, but then available to watch at…

Youth Bike Ride THIS SATURDAY + Bonfire Night 19th Nov

Hey Parents, We are very excited to have our very first Youth Bike Ride THIS SATURDAY! All the details in the picture above! *IMPORTANT* The forecast is looking like it’s going to be a bit wet, so be sure to bring a raincoat. If it starts pouring we will shorten the ride and take it slower for everyone’s safety.  This is a great chance for youth to invite mates along for a relaxed time of riding, picnicking, and hanging out. Please RSVP…

St John’s Kids & Families, 07 November 2021

Services, Sunday 7 November Yay! Lockdown 6.0 has lifted (I think that’s the number we’re up to!?!) and we are resuming our in-person services. From this week we have four services available: 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. Online Service – Premiering at 10am & 5pm, but then available to watch at any time. In line…

Youth Bike Ride + SAVE THE DATE 19th Nov!

Hey Parents, We are very excited to have our very first Youth Bike Ride coming up in just two weeks, all the details in the picture above! This is a great chance for youth to invite mates along for a relaxed time of riding, picnicking, and hanging out. Please RSVP here. SAVE THE DATE! On Friday the 19th Nov, 7-9.30pm we will be having our next Friday night youth event. We are in the midst of planning what this will look like. Be…

St John’s Kids & Families, 31 October 2021

St John’s Kids Online Our kids’ program is focussing on Genesis 12-50 this term, to learn more about some of the people we often find referenced in the New Testament, e.g. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, and how their stories point towards Jesus and help us learn more about God’s plans, promises and blessings. How are you going with your task to read Genesis 12-50 (or age-appropriate story adaptations) as a family? This week, we are looking at the birth…

Youth Bike Ride 13th November

Hey Parents, We are very excited to have our very first Youth Bike Ride coming up in November, all the details in the picture above! This is a great chance for youth to invite mates along for a relaxed time of riding, picnicking and hanging out. Please RSVP here. It’s term 4 – that means that grade 6’s are invited to all St John’s Youth events for the rest of the year! If your youth is new to St John’s Youth…

St John’s Kids & Families, 24 October 2021

St John’s Kids Online Our kids’ program is focussing on Genesis 12-50 this term, to learn more about some of the people we often find referenced in the New Testament, e.g. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, and how their stories point towards Jesus and help us learn more about God’s plans, promises and blessings. How are you going with your task to read Genesis 12-50 (or age-appropriate story adaptations) as a family? This week, you can concentrate your reading on…

YOUTH UNITE Live-stream Link for TONIGHT!!

Hey Parents, The Youth Unite Team has been busy getting prepared for a live-streamed Youth Unite Q & A event! It’s been such a bummer not being able to meet for Youth Unite in person since Term 1 this year. We’re hoping this event will be an opportunity for youth to still experience the unity they have with other young believers in the area. Details: TONIGHT! Friday 22nd October 7.30 – 8.30 pm Click here to access the live stream! What…