Parents’ Blog (Page 3)

Youth Unite – Online!

Hey Parents, The Youth Unite Team is currently working together to create a live-streamed Q and A style event this October. We’re aiming to stream from 3 different locations, including a live worship set and interactive components for those watching. 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 the youth to still experience the unity they have with other…

St John’s Kids & Families, 03 October 2021

    St John’s Trivia Night FREE event – Saturday 9 October, 7:00pm – ALL WELCOME Wide variety of topics with multiple choice answers, suitable for all ages and interests. Who will take out the bragging rights for St John’s Trivia Champion? One of our St John’s Kids families perhaps! Register now! You need only book one ticket per participating team device, i.e. one ticket per household, unless you wish to compete against each other using separate devices! You will…

Scripture Union Summer Camps

Hey Parents, If your youth or family are itching to get out this summer you should consider attending a Scripture Union Summer Camp! SCRIPTURE UNION SUMMER CAMPS Scripture Union has a long history of providing quality camps for young people and families. This summer SU is running: Two Family Camps, including a specially designed camp for families with children with ASD. Three Age Group Camps, for Grades 4–6, Years 7-10, and Young Adults. Join for outdoor adventure activities, water sports,…

St John’s Kids & Families, 26 September 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions Sessions are in recess over the term break, to give our volunteer leaders a much-deserved break. Planning is underway to recommence St John’s Kids online in Term 4.   St John’s Trivia Night FREE event – Saturday 9 October, 7:00pm – ALL WELCOME Wide variety of topics with multiple choice answers, suitable for all ages and interests. Bragging rights for St John’s Trivia Champion are up for grabs! Register now! You need only book one…

St John’s Kids & Families, 19 September 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions Sessions are in recess over the term break, to give our volunteer leaders a much-deserved break. Planning is underway to recommence St John’s Kids online in Term 4.   Save the Date! Are you bored on lockdown weekend evenings? Join us for St John’s Trivia Night! FREE event – Saturday 9 October, 7:00pm – ALL WELCOME Wide variety of topics to suit all ages and interests. Who will win bragging rights??? Booking link and more…

NCYC Online Games Night: THIS MONDAY

Hey Parents, The Northern Churches Youth Camp may be postponed, but that won’t stop us from getting together for good times these holidays! Join us for a night of hanging out with other campers and playing games. Even if you weren’t sure if you were going on camp you are still VERY welcome at this event. Details: Monday, 20th September 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP is essential, register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing…

St John’s Kids & Families, 12 September 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions, Sunday 12 September These are the final kids’ sessions for Term 3. Sessions will recommence online in Term 4. 9:00 – 9:25am Kinder/Prep/1/2 9:30 – 9:55am Grades 3/4/5/6 Join here. If prompted, Meeting ID: 870 1575 6167 / Passcode: 935256 Note: If you join early, prepare to be in the ‘waiting room’ before being admitted. We strive to create safe environments for children to come to know and experience the love of Jesus. Each online…

Are you a father of a teen?

Hello Parents, The City of Whittlesea’s Family Service Education is running a free online parenting program for dads of teens. Workshop for Fathers of Teens: Based on ParentZone’s Parents Building Solutions, this program enables dads to come together to discuss parenting issues and concerns they have. Together, program participants will work on strategies and ideas on how to become the dad they want to be. Assistance will be provided to identify the key areas of support dads need in parenting…

St John’s Kids & Families, 05 September 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions, Sunday 5 September 9:00 – 9:25am Kinder/Prep/1/2 9:30 – 9:55am Grades 3/4/5/6 Join here. If prompted, Meeting ID: 870 1575 6167 / Passcode: 935256 Note: If you join early, prepare to be in the ‘waiting room’ before being admitted. We strive to create safe environments for children to come to know and experience the love of Jesus. Each online session will have two adult leaders and we encourage in-room parental supervision, particularly for younger children.…

NCYC *POSTPONED*

Hello Parents, Due to continued covid restrictions, the Northern Churches Youth Camp will be postponed until next year. We are very sad that we won’t be able to get together for camp at this time but like so many things at the moment we look forward with much enthusiasm to when we can! We are hoping to reschedule for the first half of 2022. In the works is a combined games night with the other NCYC churches in the holidays –…

St John’s Kids & Families, 29 Aug 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions, Sunday 29 August 9:00 – 9:25am Kinder/Prep/1/2 9:30 – 9:55am Grades 3/4/5/6 Join here. If prompted, Meeting ID: 870 1575 6167 / Passcode: 935256 Note: If you join early, prepare to be in the ‘waiting room’ before being admitted. We strive to create safe environments for children to come to know and experience the love of Jesus. Each online session will have two adult leaders and we encourage in-room parental supervision, particularly for younger children.…

Online Youth Event: Mafia + Games Night – THIS FRIDAY!

Hey Parents, Our Online Mafia + other games night is THIS FRIDAY! Details: Friday, 27th August 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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 22 Aug 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions, Sunday 22 August 9:00 – 9:25am Kinder/Prep/1/2 9:30 – 9:55am Grades 3/4/5/6 Join here. If prompted, Meeting ID: 870 1575 6167 / Passcode: 935256 Note: If you join early, prepare to be in the ‘waiting room’ before being admitted. We strive to create safe environments for children to come to know and experience the love of Jesus. Each online session will have two adult leaders and we encourage in-room parental supervision, particularly for younger children.…

Online Youth Event NEXT FRIDAY + register for camp!

Hey Parents, Next Friday we’ll be getting together on ZOOM for a fun night of hanging out playing Mafia (the much-loved social mystery game) and other games. This is a great event to invite mates to! Details: Friday, 27th August 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…

St John’s Kids & Families, 15 Aug 2021

St John’s Kids Online Sessions, Sun 15 Aug: 9:00 – 9:25am Kinder/Prep/1/2 9:30 – 9:55am Grades 3/4/5/6 Join here. If prompted, Meeting ID: 827 2445 8439 / Passcode: 074762 Note: If you join early, prepare to be in the ‘waiting room’ before being admitted. We strive to create safe environments for children to come to know and experience the love of Jesus. Each online session will have two adult leaders and we encourage in-room parental supervision, particularly for younger children.…

Register for Camp + SAVE THE DATE!

Hello parents, Praying for you and your families as you weather this lockdown. If your youth needs additional support at this time remind them that their youth leaders are always up for organising a zoom call with a couple of leaders to chat and pray. Keep the registrations coming in for the Northern Churches Youth Camp! With restriction uncertainty it is still super important to register if you plan to come so we can organise the best camp! In the…

St John’s Kids & Families, 08 August 2021

Last Week: We are very thankful that we were able to spend last Sunday in-person at St John’s Kids, to reconnect with each other after Lockdown 5.0 followed our school holiday break, particularly as we have found ourselves in another lockdown already! I know we are all tired of this back-and-forthing. Change always requires some level of effort, but this rate of change is exhausting, and I know some of you are doing it really tough. However, we are likely…

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,…