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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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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.  …

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…

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,…

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…

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…

St John’s Kids – Easter 2021

Click here for details of our Easter services, in-person and livestreamed. At our in-person services, we will have some free resources to help you investigate the life and death of Jesus further. One of these is specifically for kids: Who, What, Why of Easter. This has also been made available as a digital resource which you can watch here: https://vod-progressive.akamaized.net/exp=1617267892~acl=%2Fvimeo-prod-skyfire-std-us%2F01%2F512%2F21%2F527563268%2F2480047302.mp4~hmac=fc4a282d97d753de0e5be1ba21f5da2071f1cc49a2022bb413392ebcb70c22d9/vimeo-prod-skyfire-std-us/01/512/21/527563268/2480047302.mp4?filename=Who+What+Why+How+of+Easter.mp4 And there are some related activity sheets available too: 1, 2, 3, 4. Please connect with us if you are not…

St John’s Kids, 28 March 2021

Sunday 28 March You can access our digital services here and/or attend in-person at 10am or 5pm. This week we conclude our current talk series. Read Jeremiah 31:27-34 in preparation. This passage points forward to God making a new covenant with his people – one that would not write his law on tablets of stone, as in Moses’ time, but where he would write his law on their hearts. This prophesy was ultimately fulfilled through Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the…

St John’s Kids, 21 March 2021

Sunday 21 March You can access our digital services here and/or attend in-person at 10am or 5pm. This week we continue our current talk series. Read Jeremiah 23:15-32 in preparation. Jeremiah had to contend with false prophets who were telling the people that everything was going to be okay – that they were God’s people and had nothing to worry about, when in fact God had told Jeremiah that they were heading for military defeat and exile. We might be…

St John’s Kids, 14 March 2021

Sunday 14 March You can continue to access our digital services here and/or attend in-person at 10am or 5pm. This week we continue our current talk series. Read Jeremiah 15:10-21 in preparation. Jeremiah is feeling very sorry for himself in this passage – to the point of wishing he had never been born. He feels as though he has done what God asked of him, but that his message has been rejected and the people curse him for it. He feels…

St John’s Kids, 07 March 2021

Sunday 7 March This week we continue our talk series, looking at the book of Jeremiah. You can continue to access our digital services here and/or attend in-person at 10am or 5pm. The people of Judah had put their trust in the temple and the associated sacrifices and rituals. But outside of that system, they were overtly disobeying God in other areas of their lives. Are we sometimes guilty of attending church ‘religiously’ on Sundays and forgetting that a relationship with…

St John’s Kids, 28 February 2021

Sunday 28 February This week, we start a new talk series, looking at the book of Jeremiah. Quite often, children are referred to as the future of the church. While it is true that our young’uns are likely to outlive the current leadership of the church, referring to them only in terms of the future undermines their role in the present and can leave kids thinking that they need to wait before they are of any use to the church…

St John’s Kids, 21 February 2021

Sunday 21 February Over the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at Songs of Joy in the Psalms – specifically singing for joy and sharing the joy. This week, our focus is on living with joy. I was reading this morning about the overview effect – the intense emotions and awareness that astronauts experience because of their unique perspective of the earth from space. It can be so overwhelming that some have built ‘awe-time’ into their schedule. Before…

St John’s Kids, 14 February 2021

Sunday 14 February The Sad News is … There will be no in-person services this week. Melbourne is heading into 5 days of lockdown. While sad, I believe it is far preferable to have occasional short, sharp ‘circuit breakers’ than to end up back in 6+ months of lockdown. So, I give thanks to God for the lessons learnt last year and the leadership that we have. The Good News is … Our made-for-digital service is still up and running,…

St John’s Kids, 07 February 2021

Sunday 7 February You can access our digital services here or attend an in-person service at 10am or 5pm. If attending in person, please take the time to scan the QR Code on arrival and enter your details. Keeping electronic records is mandatory. As are masks again this week, for the whole service! Thank you for your willingness to adapt to changing regulations.   This week we start a new talk series, looking at the Psalms and the topic of JOY.…

St John’s Kids, 31 January 2021

Sunday 31 January You can continue to access our digital services here. We are no longer requiring pre-registration for our in-person services – 10am and 5pm. We do still need to maintain electronic records, so scan the QR Code on arrival and enter your details. This will take a few minutes the first time, as you need to register with a password, but will be simpler thereafter. St John’s Kids will be resuming in-person this week! We won’t start our teaching…