Parenting

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…

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…

St John’s Kids – 30 August 2020

 SUNDAY 30 August   Events: This week (30Aug): After the 9:30am service (approx. 10:30am for those who are not watching the service at that time), Krissy will facilitate a family friendly conversation and activity about maintaining good mental health during lockdown. All welcome, whether you have kids with you or not! Join here. (If prompted – Zoom Meeting ID: 833 565 287 / Password: SJDC) Next week (06Sep): Mark will run a family friendly game, with a Father’s Day focus,…

St John’s Parents Survey

Hi Parents! The St John’s Kids and Youth teams would love your feedback, to assist us in reviewing and improving our online resources and the way we support you in discipling your children at home. The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete and you may remain anonymous if you wish. If the survey brings to mind anything you would like to discuss in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us. Kylie Pilkington – Children & Families’ Minister…

St John’s Kids – 23 August 2020

SUNDAY 23 August   Reminder!!! From 5:30-6:00pm TODAY we will be having a social get-together and game, specifically aimed at young families from all of our services, but EVERYONE is welcome! Kids, do you have a new tooth? Have you learnt to write your name, do cartwheels, or finished a series of books? Try to think of something that has changed, or that you have learnt or achieved, during lockdown that you can share with us. Please note: Kids must…

Kid’s Night || 5:30pm || 23rd August

G’day Parents! We’re excited to announce our first kids night is coming this Sunday. It’s a short and simple event that we will hope will provide a fun and valuable space for our kids and their families to interact during this time of, well, not much interaction! Here’s a quick summary video I made outlining what we’re planning: We’ve tried to keep it short and sweet so it’s easy for kids of all ages to get involved. Please do feel…

St John’s Kids – 16 August 2020

 SUNDAY 16 August Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. We start a new series of talks this week, The Spirit of Truth. In John 14:15-24 Jesus talks about the love between the Father and the Son and how we can be part of that love. Jesus promises his disciples that when he leaves them, they will not be alone, like orphans, but that God the Father would send his Spirit to live in them. The gift of the Spirit is…

St John’s Kids – 09 August 2020

SUNDAY 9 August Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week is the last in our series, Back to the New Future, which has looked at how we might develop a new ‘normal’, post-COVID, that centres on God’s norms. Our service will include communion, so have wine/juice and bread ready if you wish to partake. Our bible reading Matthew 4:12-17 marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry; preaching the word of God and setting an example for us to live…

St John’s Kids – 02 August 2020

SUNDAY 2 August Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we continue our series, Back to the New Future, looking at what our lives might look like post-COVID and how we might develop a new ‘normal’ that centres on God’s norms. Use some blocks, or something else you can stack, to make a tower. Which block is the most important? Take off the top block – what happens? Pull out the bottom block – what happens? Imagine we are…

St John’s Kids – 26 July 2020

SUNDAY 26 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we continue our series, Back to the New Future, looking at what our lives might look like in the future and how we might develop a new ‘normal’ that centres on God’s plans for our lives. We are God’s light in the world, and today’s kids’ song, Let Your Light Shine, encourages us to live for God and make him known to others. Today’s bible reading looks at some…

St John’s Kids – 19 July 2020

SUNDAY 19 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we start a new sermon series, Back to the New Future. Our lives have changed due to COVID. When restrictions lift, people will begin to return to their ‘normal’ lives. But what is ‘normal’ and what about the new things we have learnt or enjoyed while being in isolation? Can we keep these things in the new, future ‘normal’? This series will challenge us to reframe what our lives…

St John’s Kids – 12 July 2020

 SUNDAY 12 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week, we have one of our mission partners as guest speaker – Josh Bartlett. Josh’s work with Wycliffe focuses on bible engagement in Australia. Older kids should find Josh’s talk quite engaging – have your bibles open at Acts 4. As well as listening to God’s word, we will be worshipping through prayer and music – including a kids’ song Never Be Shaken, which encourages dependence on God. And, later…

Do You Want to be in a Music Video?!

Hi families, We hope you have been enjoying the QuizWorx videos and devotions we have been sharing during the school holidays. QuizWorx are planning to release a music video called Kids Everywhere later this month. The song reminds us that Jesus wants everyone to know about him, all throughout the world. Kids, parents, grandparents … everyone can get involved … but you only have a week! Submissions are due by 12pm on Tuesday 14 July. 1. Watch the Video Watch…

St John’s Kids – 05 July 2020

 SUNDAY 5 July Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week we have a service of Storytelling – reflecting on, and celebrating, what God has been doing in our lives during the last term, while experiencing physical distancing restrictions. There will be a slideshow of some of our kids’ activities, other art, poetry, testimonies, prayer, and music – including a kids’ song Jesus Number 1. You may find that there is a lot more happening on the screen to capture…

St John’s Kids – 28 June 2020

 SUNDAY 28 JUNE Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Today, we have two Live Q&A services, with different panels at 9:30am and 6:00pm. Kids (and adults), do you have a question about anything we have been learning this term? Or a general question about faith, the bible, or being friends with Jesus? Now is your time to have them answered! Text your questions to 0490 453 293. (You do not have to wait for the service to begin to send…

School Holiday Activities

Hi Families, School Holidays are almost here! I know many of you are looking for a break from all the screen-based activities that have been forced upon us because of physical distancing restrictions. However, in lieu of Going Bananas, for those that may be looking for some fun, biblical based at-home holiday activities, here are a few ideas … St Alfred’s Blackburn North also usually runs a Going Bananas program, for Primary School kids, in the mid-year school holidays. This…

St John’s Kids – 21 June 2020

SUNDAY 21 JUNE Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 shows that experiencing sadness over areas of our lives can be good, as it was for the early believers in Corinth, if it leads us to turn away from our wrong behaviour and ask God for forgiveness. Join in our kid’s song today, Before I Go, I Stop – a celebration of obedience, prayer and being alive in Christ. To keep hands busy while listening to Tim’s talk,…

St John’s Kids – Service Participation Request

Hi families! To celebrate all that God has done for us over the past term, one of our school holiday services will contain lots of creative elements. It would be wonderful to be able to put together a slideshow of some of the things the kids have been up to during the services and family devotion activities. What has stood out to you? Have you particularly enjoyed the kids’ songs and have photos of dancing, singing, or instrument playing Perhaps…

St John’s Kids – 14 June 2020

  SUNDAY 14 JUNE Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 warns us against following the ways of non-believers and joining ourselves to things of this world (idols) and encourages us to live lives devoted to God and his ways. Today’s kid’s song True North reminds us that Jesus should be our guide, our compass, in life. Included in today’s service is an announcement about Going Bananas! We will also be sharing Communion in the service today,…

St John’s Kids – 07 June 2020

SUNDAY 7 JUNE Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 lists some of the hardships that Paul faced, but with God’s Holy Spirit he was able to do so with a good attitude. God wants us to face the challenges in our lives with the same attitude and reliance on him. Today’s kid’s song Never Be Shaken reminds us that even when things around us are uncertain, God is our strength and shield. To keep hands busy while…

St John’s Kids – 31 May 2020

 SUNDAY 31 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Today is Pentecost – a celebration of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples and new believers in Jesus. Today’s passage reminds us that when we believe in Jesus, we also receive his gift of the Holy Spirit, and we become a new creation. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ. Join in with the actions today as we sing One Way and celebrate that Jesus is the one…

St John’s Kids – 24 May 2020

SUNDAY 24 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Sometimes our bodies do not work exactly how we would like them to. It may because of a broken arm after falling off the monkey bars, or because of sickness or a medical condition. And, as we grow older our bodies become frailer and more susceptible to breakage and disease. Last week’s passage reminded us that despite, or even because of, our weaknesses and flaws, God can use us to shine…

St John’s Kids – 17 May 2020

SUNDAY 17 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Sometimes we can feel too young, too old, too ordinary, not wise enough, or that we have made too many mistakes to be of use to God. This week’s passage, 2 Corinthians 4:1-18, shows us that God uses us as we are, and it is because of our imperfections that his power and glory can shine. Get your voice ready and a torch to shine for our kid’s song this week,…

ST JOHN’S KIDS – 10 MAY 2020

SUNDAY 10 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. In the bible, we see God shown as three different ‘persons’ – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. After Jesus died and rose again, he sent the Holy Spirit to live in all those who believe, so that we can have a relationship with God always. The Holy Spirit frees us from old laws and rituals and gives us new life in Christ. Because…