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Parents’ Blog

Dinner this week + The Prayer Course

Hey Parents, This week, 25th August we have dinner at 5 pm before our Sunday@6 service! Dinner is in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. Come along for delicious food plus the opportunity to get to know each other better. All are welcome. Click here for other dinner dates this term. On Sunday our Youth Life Groups began The Prayer Course. This course follows the Lords prayer over 8 session. In this time we’ll get to understand…

Holiday Camp Opportunity

Hey Parents, Scripture Union is running a M.A.D (Make A Difference) camp in the October school holidays for High School students. The camp empowers High School students to develop a personal, local, and global vision for Making A Difference. Young people from across Victoria meet and get inspired to change their communities for the better. The camp includes:     Community Action    Community Reflection     Fun and Adventure     Imagining a Better Future Dates: Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th October…

Youth Bonfire Night – this Friday! + dinner before Sunday@6 this week

Hello parents, Our Youth Bonfire Night is this Friday! Details: Friday 9th August Time: 6 pm – 10 pm We will meet in the St Johns foyer at 6 pm before carpooling to Research for the bonfire. We will then carpool back, ready for pick up at St Johns by 10 pm. Years 7-12 Cost: $10 Dinner included Please RSVP here.  Join us for dinner before Sunday at 6 service this week, 11th August. Dinner is included as part of…

Youth Bonfire Night RSVP + Extended worship and prayer this week

Hey Parents, After this weeks service, 4th August we will be having a time of extended worship and prayer. This is a great chance to take a break from the week to praise God together. Our service will officially end between 7-7.10 pm, we will then kick everyone out, set up the space and then invite everyone back in for extended worship until around 8 pm. Our Youth Bonfire Night is in just two weeks! Invite along friends for a night of playing…

Dinner and Q and A this week – 28th July

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 Groups. 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. Click here for future Q and A, 5pm Dinner and Extended Worship dates.…

Our next youth event: Bonfire night!

Hey parents, Our next youth event is our Youth Bonfire Night! This is a great night for inviting friends. We’ll be playing fun games, getting toasty around the fire, hanging out and eating good food. Details: Friday 9th August Time: 6 pm – 10 pm We will meet in the St Johns foyer at 6 pm before carpooling to Research for the bonfire. We will then carpool back, ready for pick up at St Johns by 10 pm. Years 7-12…

Youth Life Groups – back on this week!

Hey Parents, I hope you had a great school holidays. Another huge thank you to all the youth that volunteered for Going Bananas, our primary school aged school holiday program. Well done! Youth Life Groups are back on this week – 14th July! If your child has never joined us for Youth Life Groups before we’d love for them to come along as we kick off our second half of the year. Details: Who?: Years 7-12 Time: 4pm Sundays, arrive…

Apps that help you parent

G’day Parents, There are a variety of applications that allow you to monitor and control the technology use of your kids. I haven’t used any particular app enough to recommend a “best app” but I have had Our Pact reliably recommended to me. You can learn more about it by clicking here. Hope it’s helpful in navigating the increasingly complex online part of life. Kirk

4 Mistakes Parents Make With Technology

G’day parents, Today I’m linking you to some really helpful holiday reading. It’s an article by Jeff Henderson. You can read it by clicking here. In the article he outlines four mistakes parents make with technology (as it relates to their families). The 4 mistakes are: 1. ALLOWING KIDS TO TAKE PHONES INTO THEIR ROOMS 2. NOT KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY 3. PARENTS DON’T MODEL THE WAY 4. FORGETTING THAT YOU ARE THE PARENT As a parent myself, it was…

School holidays – No Youth Life Groups

Hello parents, Two weeks ago we hosted Youth Unite at our church. This is an event where youth from churches in our area get together for a time of worship, games, hanging out and learning more about God. I wanted to share with you how encouraging it was to have our youth step up and help with set-up and pack-up on the night. It’s awesome to see them love like Jesus in such a practical way.   There will be…

Dinner before Sunday@6 this week!

Hey Parents, This week, 23rd June we have dinner at 5pm before our Sunday@6 service Dinner is in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. Dinner is always a great time – delicious food plus an opportunity to get to know each other better. All are welcome! One of our Youth, Ella from PLC will be performing in her school play ‘Jane Eyre’ next month! If you would like to support her and go…

Youth Unite – this Friday!

Hey Parents, Youth Unite Mid – Year is THIS FRIDAY! Youth Unite is a chance for our youth to join youth from churches in our area for a time of worship, games, hanging out and learning more about God – and, this time we’re hosting! Details: Friday 14th June 7 – 9.30 pm (We’re hosting so we’d love youth to come early and stick around after to get involved – 6.30 pm – 10 pm) Location: St Johns $5 entry Please RSVP…

Extended Worship + Youth Unite Mid Year!

Hey Parents, After this weeks service, 9th June we will be having a time of extended worship and prayer. This is a great chance to take a break from the week to praise God together. Our service will officially end between 7-7.10 pm, we will then kick everyone out, set up the space and then invite everyone back in for extended worship until around 8 pm. All are welcome, both youth and parents alike! Youth Unite Mid – Year is 2 weeks away! Youth…

Dinner this week + Youth Unite Mid Year!

Hey Parents, We have dinner before Sunday at 6 service this week, 2nd June. Dinner is included as part of our Youth Life Groups. Dinner is at 5pm in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. Dinner is always a great time – delicious food plus an opportunity to get to know each other better. All are welcome!   Youth Unite Mid – Year is 3 weeks away! Youth Unite is a chance for our youth to…

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…