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Parenting

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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!”…

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…

Parenting Events

Hi parents, There are a couple of great parenting events / opportunities coming up that we thought some of you may be interested in:   Scripture Union Parent/Child Camps These are designed for parents to spend some quality one-on-one time with their son or daughter (aged 9 – 15yrs), investing in their relationship while engaging in a range of fun activities and exploring parenting from a Christian perspective. Mother/Son Camp:           15 – 17 Feb 2019 Mother/Daughter…

Teaching Children to Pray

  Hi families, Over the past three weeks, St John’s Kids at the 9:30am service have been exploring a series on Prayer. If you missed out on receiving the Prayer resource handed out to families, go to a different service, or just prefer a digital copy, please click on the applicable link(s): Teaching Children to Pray, 2-6 yrs Teaching Children to Pray, 7-11yrs (Please excuse the formatting of the PDFs. It’s designed to be a two-sided tri-fold booklet, not a…

Picnic this Sunday

Hi families, You are invited to a picnic lunch at Peppers Paddock, 7 Kangaroo Ground-Wattle Glen Rd. Wattle Glen, after the morning service this Sunday (18 Nov). All Welcome! BYO picnic (there are also BBQ facilities) and chairs/picnic rug etc. Note: The church Hall & Foyer will be the backup plan if the weather is inclement, but at this stage we’re expecting perfect picnic weather!

Can you help bless a youth leader?

G’day 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 June 29 we will be holding a Leadership Dinner…

The 3 Stages Of Adolescence

G’day Parents, I came across this interesting clip on adolescence which you might like to watch. It’s American so they use terms like “Freshman” which I don’t really understand but the basics are there to relate to Australia. Clip here to watch the clip. The YouTube channel this clip is hosted by has lots of great stuff. It’s mainly targeted at youth workers/ministers but I like to think of parents as the real full time youth ministers so I lot…

Key dates for term 3

G’day parents, Here’s a few key dates for term 3. Pre Sunday@6 dinners (5pm every two weeks): 30/7 13/8 27/8 10/9 Free Maths Tutoring, 3:30-5pm every two weeks, always leads into dinner: 13/8 27/8 10/9 Both the dinners and the FREE Maths Tutoring come highly recommended both because they’re high quality and great for relationship building. Kirk

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,…

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…

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…

Free maths tutoring starts this Sunday

G’day parents, This Sunday at 3:30pm we will be hosting free maths tutoring for high school students. 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 all schools welcome. This is not limited to church people; invite friends who would benefit from the tutoring. There will be pre-Sunday@6 dinner from 5pm so do stick around for a…