Posts by Tim Johnson

Posts by Tim Johnson

St John’s and COVID-19

Dear Friends, With the increasing impact in Australia of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) our church has implemented a number of hygiene measures at our gatherings. These have been done to try and ensure the safety and health of the majority of our people and undertaken based on advice from the Diocese of Melbourne. For now, services are still running.  We have hand sanitiser at the entrances to each of our three church buildings which we encourage people to use as…

Lent: A Time to Prepare Our Hearts

Lent is the six–week period leading up to Easter. It starts on Ash Wednesday (26th February this year) which is always 46 days before Easter Sunday. This allows for 40 days of fasting and 6 Sundays. Since every Sunday is a celebration that Jesus is risen from the dead, Sundays are always feast days for Christians!  Lent is one of the most important times of the year for many Christians around the world. It is seen as a time of reflection and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at…

Mission Partner: Anglican Overseas Aid

Jesus said that he came that all people may have life and have it abundantly, but for millions of people around the world, this is still far from reality. That’s why at St John’s we partner with Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA), which is an overseas relief and development agency. Their work is inspired by the gospel of Jesus, with a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all. AOA works with in partnership with local organisations. The people…

Giving Thanks to God

There is so much to give thanks to God for each and every day. He is the one who provides our daily needs and sustains our lives. He gives us relationships, with himself and with each other. He is with us in the midst of challenges and hardships, providing comfort, peace and hope. It is good for us to regularly come before God and celebrate his goodness. This should be a daily and weekly discipline but it is also good…

Trusting God with Everything

Trust is vital to any relationship. If we don’t know and trust a person then we are unlikely to rely on them and make ourselves vulnerable in the relationship. This is no less true in a relationship with God. Understanding who God is, his character, his power and his reliability, fosters trust and should make us more willing to rely on him, to step out in faith. Of course, it is one thing to say that we trust God, but…

Partners in the Gospel – Nungalinya College

In Philippians 1:4-5 the Apostle Paul writes that he always prays with joy because of the Philippian church’s “partnership in the gospel”. Through their prayers, encouragement and financial support they show that they are working alongside Paul in his mission of sharing the good news of Jesus and strengthening churches to love and serve Jesus. At St John’s we rejoice in being gospel partners too, working alongside a variety of organisations to share the good news of Jesus and help…

150th Thanksgiving Appeal

We’re reaching big, and asking for $150,000 to reduce our debt. Every year at St John’s we hold a Thanksgiving Appeal as an expression of thankfulness and love to God for his faithfulness and goodness to us. It is an opportunity to show generosity in giving over and above our regular gifts. It is a powerful expression of our dependence on God, our love for him, and our thankfulness for all he has provided. This year we are giving thanks…

New Volunteer Leadership Team

Thanks to everyone who came along to the AGM on Wednesday night. It was great to reflect on the past year and to thank God for providing for us. It was also good to think about the year ahead, to make plans about how we will resource our ministry, and to elect leaders for our church. The following people will lead us over the coming year: Parish Council The highest decision-making body within the church, they are responsible for overseeing…