Parents’ Blog

Parents’ Blog

Going Bananas

Going Bananas is our Holiday Program for children in Primary School. From Wed 3 – Fri 5 July, we’re going on a quest to find the one true King! Registrations open this coming Monday morning. Please get in early to register, to avoid disappointment, and invite friends to do the same. Click here to book. (Note: The booking link will only be available on this page from Monday. Until then, you can sign up to the launch list, which will…

Free Parenting Sessions + Youth Unite Mid-Year!

Hey Parents, The Whittlesea Council provides sessions specifically targeted at parents of teens. The sessions are free and local. Details of upcoming sessions:: Keeping teen relationships healthy Wednesday 22 May 2019, 6:30pm – 8:30pm Shop MM9, 1st Floor Westfield Plenty Valley 415 McDonalds Road, Mill Park Bookings: Family Services Education Officer familytraining@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or 9404 8865 Reducing young people’s stress and anxiety using art and mindfulness Monday 27 May 6.30pm-8.30pm Community Room, Westfield Edge Community Space Shop MM1, Westfield Plenty Valley 415…

Dinner and Q and A this week – 19th May

Hey Parents, Two exciting things are happening this week at Sunday at 6! We will be having dinner before our Sunday at 6 service. Dinner will be included as part of our Youth Life Group. Dinner is at 5pm in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. All are welcome! We’ll also be having extended QandA after the Sunday@6 service. Stick around for some interesting discussion. Future dates for Q and A, 5pm Dinner and Extended…

Heaps of important information!

Hey Parents, Our Youth Games Night is this Friday! Details: Friday 10th May Years 7-12 Location: St Johns Time: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm Cost: $10 Dinner included Please RSVP here. This week, 12th May (Mothers Day) we will have no Youth Life Groups. We’ll be back and running the following week 19th May. There will also be no Sunday@6 Service this week. Please join us at the 9.30 am Service instead as we continue our Come and See themed services. This…

Youth Games Night + Come and See services

Hey Parents, Our Youth Games Night is just 2 weeks away! We’re going to have a fun-filled night of big games, little games and good times. This is a great event to invite friends to. Details: Friday 10th May Years 7-12 Location: St Johns Time: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm Cost: $10 Dinner included Please RSVP here. This week the 9:30 am and Sunday@6 services are both Come and See themed. This means they’re excellent for inviting friends to as we’ll…

Youth Games Night – Friday 10th May – Years 7-12

Hey Parents, Our next youth event is coming up in just 3 weeks – we’re having a Youth Games Night! We’re going to have a fun-filled night of big games, little games and good times. This is a great event to invite friends to. Details: Friday 10th May Years 7-12 Location: St Johns Time: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm Cost: $10 Dinner included Please RSVP here. Also, a big thanks to all the parents that filled in our youth events…

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt #7

Click these links If you missed any of the previous Lenten Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt posts: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6.   Week #7 – Resurrection – Read Luke 24:1-12 together as a family or God’s Wonderful Surprise from the Jesus Storybook Bible   Some may think that our story is done But they would be wrong … It has only begun! For after 3 days, Jesus rose from the dead To give us new life forever … Just…

Sharing the Easter Story with kids

This weekend, we remember the greatest sacrifice the world has ever known. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is amazing, life changing news. We want to share it with our kids, but it’s a story that includes pain, torture and death. If you struggle to know how much and the best way to share the Easter story with young kids, this article may give you some ideas. It specifically looks at ways of sharing with under 5s, but also…

Who is the Good Friday Experience for?

G’day Parents, This year, we are trying something new on Good Friday; an evening event we’re calling the Good Friday Experience. We’ve given a mature content warning for this event so I thought I’d write and explain what to expect so that you can choose which of your kids might attend. Our aim is to tell the story of Good Friday in a creative way. This will include video, music, drama and design. If you’re familiar with the story, you’ll…

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt #6

Click these links If you missed any of the previous Lenten Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt posts: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.   Week #6 – Crucifixion – Read Matthew 27:27-56 together as a family or The Sun Stops Shining from the Jesus Storybook Bible   Betrayed by a friend, Jesus was arrested He was tried by a court and his death was requested On that saddest of days, our Saviour did die But within that dark moment, our salvation did…

Easter + YOUTH EVENTS SURVEY

  Hey parents, At St John’s we’re all about Jesus so we think that Easter is great – a week all about Jesus’ death and resurrection. We have a number of services to mark His victory over sin and death. Click here for details of all our Easter Services. Also, a reminder to please complete this survey with our proposed dates for youth events in term 2 and 3. This gives us a great head start to plan these events knowing that…

Family Friendly Last Supper Sedar

Hi Families, You are invited to a family friendly remembrance of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday: 18 April, 5:00-6:30pm at St John’s, hosted by a Young Families Life Group. Families will need to bring a towel, if wanting to participate in the washing of each other’s feet, and a BYO picnic dinner. If you’re interested in bringing Passover foods, have a look at this PDF, which also includes other Easter activities that may interest you as you commemorate and…

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt #5

Click these links If you missed any of the previous Lenten Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt posts: #1, #2, #3, #4.   Week #5 – Last Supper – Matthew 26:17-46 together as a family or The Servant King and A Dark Night in the Garden from the Jesus Storybook Bible   But some of the people did not like God’s Son And started a plan to get rid of the One So, Jesus gathered his friends for a Passover meal And…

Youth Events Survey – Term 2 and 3 2019

Hey parents, We think that our occasional Friday night Youth Events are the best and the more youth available to come the better.  We are only a medium sized youth ministry so numbers can be quite unpredictable. This year we are asking that you please complete this survey with our proposed dates for events in term 2 and 3. This gives us a great head start to plan these events knowing that we wont have to cancel a week out…

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt #4

Click these links If you missed any of the previous Lenten Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt posts: #1, #2, #3.   Week #4 – Jesus’ Miracles   Many people came to Jesus in need Some sick and some lame, some broken indeed Often Jesus would heal, touch or feed And news of him spread around Israel with speed   There are many stories of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible. With your family pick your favorite story and read it together. For your…

Dinner this week – 31st March

Hey Parents, This week we will be having dinner before our Sunday at 6 service. Dinner will be included as part of our Youth Life Group. Dinner is at 5pm in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. All are welcome! Also, a reminder for youth to please bring along a gold coin to Youth Life Group each week to go towards the snacks we share as a group. Thanks, Andi

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt #3

Please click these links If you missed either Week #1 or Week #2 of the Lenten Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt.   Week #3 – Jesus’ Ministry – Read Luke 5:1-11 together as a family or Let’s Go! from the Jesus Storybook Bible   Jesus began to teach all the people They’d come to hear him, no building or steeple He’d talk in the mountains and down by the sea And to those who would listen, he’d say “Come, follow me!”…

Free Cyber World session & Extended Q&A this week

Hey parents, Having knowledge about the cyber world is so valuable if you are a parent of a youth. If you would like to feel better equipped I encourage you to attend the free session ‘The reality of cyber world for young people’ being held at Westfield Plenty Valley next week. This session is aimed to assist parents of young people to navigate the cyber world. This workshop will provide you with strategies on how to engage your young person in…

You can help bless our Youth Leaders

Dear Parents, This year our Youth Unite team have planned an extra event just for youth leaders. Leaders volunteer so much of their time and energy to serve our young people and their families, that we wanted to do something special to thank them. We also want to help churches better equip their leaders for ministry and to provide opportunities for them to interact with leaders from other churches. So, on April 5th we will be holding a Leadership Dinner…

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt #2

If you missed the initial Lenten Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt post last week, click here to read.   Week #2 – Jesus’ Baptism – Read Mark 1:1-11 together as a family or Heaven Breaks Through from the Jesus Storybook Bible   As he grew, he gained respect from God and man And his calling to save us, he began to understand He declared he came to set the captives free And was baptised by John to begin that journey.  …

Lent: Family Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent – a period leading up to Easter. Traditionally, it is a time of confession, reflection and contemplation as we consider all that Jesus accomplished through his death. Reflection and contemplation don’t necessarily come easily for children and youth and, as parents, sometimes we tend to shield our children from the sadness and heaviness of Lent and the crucifixion. But, if we want our children to truly know the JOY that is Easter, we must…

Camp Crave – this weekend!

Hey Parents, Camp Crave 2019 is just days away! Here is all the info you and your camper need to know, all who have registered will also receive a personal email with this information. Camp Crave 2019 info: Some of this stuff is pretty important, so make sure you and your camper read it all! We’ll be bussing up to the camp site from St. John’s. Please arrive at 4.30 pm as we need to get up to the camp site…

Last chance to register for Camp Crave!

Hey Parents, Camp Crave starts this Friday – now is your last chance to register! Registrations close tomorrow 9am, 4th March. Click here to see what Camps all about and book yourself a spot. Tomorrow an email will be sent to all who have registered confirming details of the camp (e.g. bus times) and giving plenty of useful information (e.g. what to pack). Cannot wait for a great weekend of fun times, outdoor adventures and learning more about Jesus! See you…

Dinner this Sunday + Camp Crave

Hey Parents, This week we will be having dinner before our Sunday at 6 service. Dinner will be included as part of our youth life group. Dinner is at 5pm in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. All are welcome! Also, Camp Crave is in just two weeks!!! It’s not too late to register and invite your friends. Give your friends the code: FriendCode to save $20. Click here to see what Camps all about…

Extended Q&A – February 24

  G’day parents, This Sunday (24th Feb) we have extended QandA after the Sunday@6 service. Stick around for some interesting discussion. Future dates for QandA, 5pm Dinner and Extended Worship here: https://www.stjohnsdc.org.au/card/sunday6-dinner/ Extended Q&A and Worship both start about ten minutes after the end of the Sunday@6 service (approximately 7:20pm) and go to about 8pm. Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash