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St Johns Youth – continuing online

Hey parents, Youth Life Groups will continue to meet via Zoom for the remainder of Term 2.  We’ve decided to keep meeting online this term for a few reasons: As restrictions begin to lift and we can consider in-person meetings, we’re in no rush. We plan to get back into things slowly rather than throw families into other activities all at the same time. Our primary concern is the physical safety and the emotional and mental wellbeing of the youth…

St John’s Kids – 31 May 2020

 SUNDAY 31 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Today is Pentecost – a celebration of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples and new believers in Jesus. Today’s passage reminds us that when we believe in Jesus, we also receive his gift of the Holy Spirit, and we become a new creation. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ. Join in with the actions today as we sing One Way and celebrate that Jesus is the one…

St John’s Kids – 24 May 2020

SUNDAY 24 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Sometimes our bodies do not work exactly how we would like them to. It may because of a broken arm after falling off the monkey bars, or because of sickness or a medical condition. And, as we grow older our bodies become frailer and more susceptible to breakage and disease. Last week’s passage reminded us that despite, or even because of, our weaknesses and flaws, God can use us to shine…

St John’s Kids – 17 May 2020

SUNDAY 17 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. Sometimes we can feel too young, too old, too ordinary, not wise enough, or that we have made too many mistakes to be of use to God. This week’s passage, 2 Corinthians 4:1-18, shows us that God uses us as we are, and it is because of our imperfections that his power and glory can shine. Get your voice ready and a torch to shine for our kid’s song this week,…

ST JOHN’S KIDS – 10 MAY 2020

SUNDAY 10 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. In the bible, we see God shown as three different ‘persons’ – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. After Jesus died and rose again, he sent the Holy Spirit to live in all those who believe, so that we can have a relationship with God always. The Holy Spirit frees us from old laws and rituals and gives us new life in Christ. Because…

St John’s Kids – 03 May 2020

SUNDAY 3 MAY Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. In our reading this week, Paul focuses on the importance of forgiveness and that Christians smell 😮 The world is full of smells, both good and bad.  We smell stinky, yuk! to those who do not want to accept God and his way of life. But we smell sweetly to those who want to know more about God. To be a pleasing aroma to God, we need to follow the…

Camp Crave Catch-Up – this Friday!

Hey Parents, The online Camp Crave Catch-up is this Friday! All youth are welcome; whether you joined us on Camp or not, this will be a fun event for all. Invite your mates and join us for a fun night of hanging out, playing games + a camp recap, and discussion – all via ZOOM! Details: Friday, 1st May 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP is essential,   Register for the event here. After registering, you will receive…

St John’s Kids – 26 April 2020

SUNDAY 26 APRIL Today’s service: Access our streamed services here. This week our topic is The God who Keeps Promises. We sometimes keep promises that we make, but not always. Sometimes we break our promises because of our own behaviour, or because of circumstances beyond our control. However, God always keeps his promises. And Jesus is the number one way he has fulfilled so many of his promises. Keep that in mind and join in with actions and voices as…

St John’s Kids Midweek – 22 April 2020

Hi Kids! Something different this week. I thought I’d put my face in front of you for a change, instead of just writing to you. And, I’ve set you a midweek task to comfort others, as the God of all Comfort would have us do. And you can look forward to some video teaching from Margaret this coming weekend!    

Online Youth Event: Camp Crave Catch-up!

Hey Parents, We’re super excited to be holding our first Online Friday night youth event in just two weeks! We’d love for your youth to join us for a fun night of hanging out, playing games + a camp recap and discussion – all via ZOOM! All youth are welcome; whether you joined us on Camp or not, this will be a fun event for all. Details: Friday, 1st May 7.30 pm – 9 pm Years 7-12 (Or equivalent) RSVP…

St John’s Kids – 19 April 2020

SUNDAY 19 APRIL Today’s service: Access our live stream services here. Sue will be introducing a new kids’ song this week, True North, reminding us that Jesus is our compass, not the circumstances of the world around us. We start our Term 2 sermon series this week, looking at God’s strength in our weakness. This week, we are focussing on the God of all Comfort. Have your bibles open at 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 While you listen to the talk: Younger…

St John’s Kids – Easter Day

Sunday 12 April – Easter Day Today’s service: Access our 10:00am live stream service here. He is Risen! The fact that Jesus died, rose again and is alive today is fundamental to our Christian faith. He is the living king and everyone who trusts in Jesus will one day live with him forever! Our kids’ song today celebrates this Good News so either grab an instrument or keep your hands free to join in with the actions! And, get out…

St John’s Kids – Good Friday

Friday 10 April – Good Friday Today’s service: Access our 10:00am live stream service here. Today we commemorate the saddest day of the Easter Week, the day Jesus was crucified and died on the cross. Sometimes we may want to shield our children from the sad side of Easter, but if we want our children to truly know the JOY of the resurrection, we must also let them experience some of the sadness. And, in this strange world of physical…

Passover Meal

Originally, we were planning to host a Passover picnic at the church. Adapting to the changing world around us, we now encourage you to participate within your own homes on Maundy Thursday (9 April). This outline has been prepared to be accessible to families with children. Feel free to adapt it to fit your own circumstances. Passover is one of the oldest and most important of Jewish religious festivals. It was during the Passover festival that Jesus washed his disciples’…

IMPORTANT: St Johns Youth, Permission for Group Online Communication

Hey Parents, This parents blog is full of important info so please read it all.  Within the current pandemic situation St Johns Youth wants to do all that we can to stay connected with our young people. We think now more than ever maintaining a community of encouragement, support and prayer is important. In light of this we will be moving our Youth Life Groups to an online platform called Zoom. Zoom is an online video conferencing system that allows us to host gatherings where we can…

St John’s Kids – 05 April 2020

Sunday 5 April – Palm Sunday Access our live stream services here. Our kids’ song this week is Hosanna Rock. Before the service, head into your garden and find a big leaf or small branch that you can use to wave as we sing and celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Activities to keep hands busy while listening to Julie’s talk … Colouring Craft: To recreate the entry scene, print out these three pages – Jesus & Donkey, Palm Leaves,…

St John’s Kids – 29 March 2020

Hi parents, I hope you all found your way to the livestream last week. Please let us know if you are having any difficulties. This week, Sunday 29 March: In more than one of the Psalms, we are encouraged to make a joyful noise to the Lord, rejoicing and praising him. So, don’t be put off at the thought of not having a whole congregation around you – get the kids to grab an instrument and join in the worship…

St John’s Kids – 22 March 2020

Hi parents, By now you may have received our church email or seen a Facebook post explaining the decision to suspend our in-person services and activities. If you have not yet read/watched Tim’s message, click here. We believe it is important to try to maintain spiritual rhythms, so this Sunday we will be live-streaming both our 9:30am and 6pm services. You can set reminders for your service of choice here. What this means for St John’s Kids will evolve over…

Important Update for Youth Life Groups

Dear Parents, As you’ve hopefully heard by now, we have suspended all worship services for the foreseeable future. If you missed it, have a read and watch of Tim’s message. We believe continuing to meet in Life Groups will be integral in maintaining a sense of community, limit feelings of social isolation and help encourage each other in this time of change. Youth Life Groups will continue to run during this time with precautions being made to ensure the safety…

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…

Pray for Camp Crave

As we prepare for Camp Crave, our annual youth camp, we’ve been thinking about the value in creating more space in our lives. When we create space in our thinking, our calendars and even the physical spaces around us we have a greater opportunity to invite God in. When we have space we can zoom out from the finer details of our lives and remember the bigger picture; Just how deep God’s love is for us. In the lead up…

Camp Crave – this weekend!

Hey Parents, Camp Crave 2020 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 2020: 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…

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…

Dinner this week + Camp Crave ‘FriendCode’

Hey Parents, This week we will be having dinner before our Sunday at 6 service. As usual, dinner will be included as part of our Younger 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! Click here for future dinner dates.  Camp Crave is in just 2 weeks time! This is your last week to register. Don’t forget to invite your mates and give them the discount code ‘FriendCode’ to save…

Youth Unite + Youth Life Groups – this week!!

Hey Parents, Youth Unite Summer is this Friday! This 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. Details: Friday 21st February Years 7-12 Meet at St Johns 6.30 pm (we’ll then car-pool Mill Park Baptist Church) Pick up St Johns 10 pm $5 entry Please RSVP here. Camp Crave is in just 3 weeks!! Don’t forget to invite your mates and give them the discount code…