Posts by Andy Barras

Posts by Andy Barras

Our Community

When moving into this area, something which struck me was the strong sense of community: communal vegetable gardens; communal libraries; communal running groups; communal history; communal stories; communal tragedy; and communal triumphs.  It’s a delight to be a part of – thank you Jesus for Nillumbik Shire! God had our community in mind when he made covenant with Abraham!  That his offspring would be a people who knew their God and they would be God’s people.  They would be a…

National Volunteer Week

We’ve just celebrated National Volunteer Week 2018 (May 21-27). St John’s literally could not run without the massive support of our volunteers. If you’re one of them; THANK YOU. Your service to others is so greatly appreciated. Paul wrote in Romans: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Serving one another, whether that be through existing…

Volunteer Spotlight | Alison Knuckey

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we love our volunteers. We’ve got some great stories to tell about some of our volunteers, about why they serve, and what they love about volunteering. Today, meet Alison (and Simeon). Alison is pretty busy, so I caught up with her while she was setting up for Mainly Music, where she volunteers. When she isn’t volunteering, Alison works part-time as an Orthotist and a Prosthetist –  she helps fit support devices for people who have lost…

Volunteer Spotlight | Joy and Scotty

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we love our volunteers. We’ve got some great stories to tell about some of our volunteers, about why they serve, and what they love about volunteering. Today, meet Scotty and Joy. Scotty and Joy are married, and love volunteering together, and as individuals. Scotty’s a retired mental health support worker, and Joy a retired Nurse and Educator. Among their many areas of service, they coordinate and liase with an organisation called Houses of Hope, who…

Volunteer Spotlight | Bev Ward

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we love our volunteers. We’ve got some great stories to tell about some of our volunteers, about why they serve, and what they love about volunteering. First up, meet Bev. Bev’s a retired nurse, and if you’ve been around St John’s or St Katherine’s, you’ve probably know her, or have heard her laugh! Bev serves in the Aged Care facility Leith Park, where she lives, leading sing-a-long sessions for (as she puts it) the ‘oldies’.…

Church News April 8th and 15th

This edition of the Church News includes an update on from our Communications Guy, Andy, on the work happening behind the scenes at St John’s. We’re also excited that a missionary partner family will be visiting soon! Download the Church News here.

Church News March 3rd

After stepping into her new role in February, Kylie gives us an update on Children & Families at St John’s, including the rebranding of our Children’s teaching time at both our 9:30am and 6pm services to St John’s Kids. Also in this issue, we’re supporting Prison Fellowship in their Easter Bake mission, to give every prisoner in Victoria Easter cookies along with the messsage of Jesus’ death and ressurection. Download it here

A long road of exploration began and ends with a Shepherd

This article was originally published in The Melbourne Anglican Julie Blinco grew up disillusioned with the church, because people did not appear to live up to its teachings. However, although she did not consider herself to be a Christian for a long time, she did cling to one word from her grade eight confirmation at a North Queensland Anglican high school – the word “shepherd”.

Church News 25th Feb

This fortnight’s Church News includes Julie’s first Church News article, thinking about Vision 2022, and how we can Grow in Jesus, and Share Jesus. We also heard from one of our Missionary Families, the Giffords, in Barcelona. Download it here

Church News January 21 & 28

In this edition of the Church News we get an update from Lisa, who along with a number of other young adults, have spent part of their summer on Beach Mission. Download the Church News here.

Parents Blog

Welcome to the new look parents blog, now hosted on our main website. All things St John’s in one place! Subscribe to get Parents’ Blog updates Email Address