Parents’ Blog (Page 8)

Parents’ Blog (Page 8)

Panel Night July 23

G’day Parents, This Sunday we’re hosting a special Sunday@6 service which features a guest speaker from Barcelona and a panel where we’ll attempt to answer peoples’ big questions about God, life and faith. Click here to see the Facebook event. Panel nights are important because young people value transparency and the willingness to discuss questions and doubts. We try and do these nights a few times a year to get a good sense of where people are at and what…

Classic Youth Games – July 16

G’day Parents, First up, I’m about to go on leave for a few days so there will be no post from me next week. However, I’m back on Sunday 16th for our 5pm CLASSIC YOUTH GAMES. This is going to be one hour of people’s favourite youth group/youth camp/school camp games; at least the ones that fit in our building and are legal 😉 We’ll have a mix of high intensity and low intensity so there should be a good…

Sunday@6 in the Holidays

G’day parents, During the three Sundays of the school holidays we give our cooks a rest and take a break from 5pm dinners. However, on the last Sunday of the holidays (July 16) there will be some fun-times activities from 5-6pm. Classic games from youth group/camp. Pop it in your diary, more details to come. For the rest of the year we plan to do one big pre-service event each term as well as some post-service activities during holidays/long weekends.…

Reminders for the weekend

G’day parents, Three key things to note for this weekend. Our Youth Games and Movie Night on Friday. Click here for details and to RSVP. Please respond today if you know you’re coming. Tomorrow (Wed) I will send out a message to everyone who has RSVP’d with the address and what to bring. Our Girls Life Group is doing a fundraiser on Saturday. Click here for details. At this stage they have had zero people register in advance! You are able to…

6to6 Prayer Day and how to prioritise upcoming youth activities

G’day parents, First up, just a quick reminder that we have our 6to6 Prayer Day this Saturday. Twelve hours of non-stop prayer in the foyer at St. John’s. Each hour is facilitated by two adults with Working With Children Checks and their job is to encourage/help people to pray. For this reason, I reckon that 6to6 is a great opportunity for youth. Every hour of the day will be an appropriate time for them to come along and experience prayer,…

Youth Event: Games and a Movie

G’day Parents, We’ve got a chance for youth to hang out coming up soon. Here are the details: Time: 6pm-10pm We’ll start with some easy to learn, fun to play, multiplayer video games. And snacks! Then get pizza. And watch a movie! Click here to RSVP and vote for the movie you’d most like to see. Democracy will rule. This will likely be a house party in Diamond Creek although we may move it to the church if there’s a…

Encouraging a youth leader

G’day parents, This last week I was fortunate enough to receive some un-asked-for encouragement from a few people in my life. It was great and reminded me of something very true: no one ever gets tired of being encouraged! (They might get sick of being encouraged in a patronising way but that’s not really encouragement in my book ;-). Anyway, I thought I’d let you know that when it comes to encouragement, youth leaders really value it, especially from a parent…

Free Maths Tutoring Returns

G’day parents, This Sunday at 3:30pm we will be hosting free maths tutoring for high school students. This is something we’ve done for a while now and is a fantastic opportunity waiting to be taken advantage of. Remember, it’s free! Normally this would cost about $60 an hour! Here’s some details: At St. John’s in Meeting Room 2 (we’ll put signs up). Bring your school work with you (especially maths stuff). It’s free! All year levels of high school. Students from…

Update on 5pm Activities

G’day Parents, This week I have news on our 5pm activities which have been running before the Sunday@6 service each week. It’s possible this might get complicated so I’ll try and be extra clear by using the ancient art of formatting. 5pm Dinners WILL continue every fortnight. Here are the remaining dates for term two: 21/5, 4/6 & 18/6. The activities that were happening on the alternate weeks are going on a temporary PAUSE and will not be running for the remainder…

Youth Unite and Excursion

G’day parents, If you’re getting this  message on Friday arvo, this is a last minute reminder that Youth Unite is tonight at 7pm. Also at short notice is a chance to go to a play staring one of our year 10s. Their school is putting it on with Scotch College which means it’s going to be in a very nice (expensive) auditorium. Click here for details. We need to get your RSVP but this Monday afternoon (May 8th) if you’re…

Youth Unite Mid Year Event – May 5

G’day Parents, Three times a year we meet up with other youth ministries in the Northern Suburbs for an all-in event called Youth Unite. They are a really positive example of people from all different backgrounds getting together because of Jesus and I expect this one to be no exception. Click here to see the Facebook event which has the details. Diamond Valley Baptist are hosting this time, they are literally in the same street as our church, just a couple of…

Millennials, internet addiction & other people

G’day Parents, I’ve recently watched a few interviews with leadership guru Simon Sinek. He’s been talking a lot about the millennial generation (the generation that came before today’s youth). It’s good stuff. I recommend watching this video as it has lots of insights into technology, culture and parenting. Whilst it is primarily about young adults, I can see a lot of this stuff filtering into youth culture right now. As for St. John’s, our 5pm dinners/activities will begin again on…