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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…

Youth Life Groups + Camp Crave FriendCode!

Hey Parents, Thank you for all letting me know your youth’s your availability for Youth Life Groups this year, they are now locked in! Here is all the details you need to know for Youth Life Groups in 2020: If you were part of the ‘Older Group’ last year you will now be meeting Thursday evenings 6.15 pm (for a 6.30 pm start) – 8.30 pm, starting Thursday 20th February. Isobel and Adrian will be your leaders!  A text will…

Join a Local Mission Team

If you were a bird, looking down on Nillumbik Shire, how would you picture our church?  Do you automatically think of a red brick building? When I think of our church, I think of you.  I think of the places you are during the week, not in a weird stalker way 😉  but in a way which represents that we are God’s people on mission 24/7 and only a few hours of that a week are spent together in a…

Youth Unite Summer – Our first Youth event of the year!

Hey Parents, Youth Unite Summer is coming up in just two weeks! 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. Thanks heaps, Andi

Camp Crave – Early Bird re-opened! + Youth Life Groups 2020

Hi Parents, We have re-opened the Early Bird Price for Camp Crave 2020! Register before Midnight tonight to save $20 off Camp. Camp Crave is for students in years 7-12 (or equivalent) over the Labour Day long weekend, March 6-8. Join us for a great few days of outdoor activities, teaching and relationship building. Click here to register and find everything you need to know. Youth Life Groups 2020 Please don’t forget to Fill in this form to let us know when your…

St John’s Kids Launch & Picnic

Hi families, 2020 is up and running! Kids are returning to, or starting, kinder/school and that means … St John’s Kids is resuming this weekend, Sunday 2 February, at our 9:30am and 6:00pm services. Completion of a Registration Form is required for participation in our programs. The good news is … this year we’ve gone digital! So, between now and Sunday, please take a moment to fill it in here. To further kick-start the term, on Sunday 16 February, you…

Mission Partner: Anglican Overseas Aid

Jesus said that he came that all people may have life and have it abundantly, but for millions of people around the world, this is still far from reality. That’s why at St John’s we partner with Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA), which is an overseas relief and development agency. Their work is inspired by the gospel of Jesus, with a vision for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all. AOA works with in partnership with local organisations. The people…

Youth Life Groups 2020 + Camp Crave

Hey Parents, I hope you have have had a wonderful school holiday period and are ready to get back into the swing of things for 2020! Please read the below information carefully about Youth Life Groups in 2020. What to expect for Youth Life Groups in 2020? In 2019 we had all our Youth Life Groups meeting 4 pm on Sundays, this worked pretty well but did have a few challenges. One of these challenges was it not being a…

Sunday at 6 is back on this week!

Hey Parents, Sunday at 6 is back on this week, 6 pm, Sunday, 12th January. We hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year, we look forward to all being back together this Sunday. Good news everybody! You can register for our 2020 Camp Crave right now! Camp Crave is for students in years 7-12 (or equivalent) over the Labour Day long weekend, March 6-8. It’s a great few days of outdoor activities, teaching and relationship building. It’s…

New Year’s Eve BBQ

An open invitation is extended, particularly to families with young children for whom midnight celebrations are improbable, to celebrate New Year’s Eve: Anthony Beale Reserve Playground, Tuesday 31 December from 5:30pm BYO BBQ/Picnic Dinner Facilities include BBQs, toilets, playground, as well as a half basketball court and junior skate ramp – so don’t forget your balls and scooters! If the weather is hot, bring a change of clothes for the kids and let them go nuts in the sandpit/water play…

Christmas + Camp Crave

Hello Parents, Just in case your kids haven’t been reminding you enough – it’s 9 days until Christmas! Click here for all the details of Christmas Services at St John’s. Camp Crave will be back again in 2020! Camp Crave is for students in years 7-12 (or equivalent). It’s a great few days of outdoor activities, teaching and relationship building. It’s also a great opportunity to grow in your understanding of God, ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask…

Christmas at St Johns

Hey Parents, We’ve got a bunch of events and Christmas services coming up this December, all celebrating Jesus’ birthday. DIAMOND CREEK COMMUNITY CAROLS This Sunday is the annual DIAMOND CREEK COMMUNITY CAROLS! Come along for one of our great Diamond Creek traditions! We’ll gather together as a community to sing great carols, including traditional favourites and some new ones. We’ll have school groups performing, the real story of Christmas, and night of fun times with friends! Details: 15th December 6 pm…

Final Youth Life Groups this Sunday + Dinner and extra music this week

Hi Parents, Our final Youth Life Groups for 2019 will be this Sunday 8th Dec. If youth could please bring a plate of food to share as we celebrate a year of meeting together. In the new year I will send out info about when Youth Life Groups will start up again (expect around the start of February as school starts). I will also communicate any possible changes around when and where Life Groups will be held in 2020. This…

THE AMAZING RACE: DIAMO EDITION this Friday!

Hey parents, Just a short one from me this week. Our final Youth Event of the year: THE AMAZING RACE – DIAMO EDITION and our Special Year 6-7 only Dinner are this Friday! For all the details and to RSVP please click here. Can’t wait for a fun night racing around Diamond Creek and to meet some new faces, Andi

Baptism Service this week

  Dear Parents, This Sunday is our Baptism Service at Sunday@6 and we don’t want the kids to miss it! Because of the significance of baptism in the Christian journey of faith we feel it is important that the St John’s Kids remain in the service to hear the testimonies of the participants and to witness this outward sign of inward commitment to Jesus. There will be activity sheets available for our youngest members, if they need something to keep…

Final Youth Life Groups 8th December + Amazing Race and Year 6-7 Dinner

Hey parents, Our final Youth Life Groups for 2019 will be Sunday 8th Dec. If youth could please bring a plate of food to share as we celebrate a year of meeting together.  THE AMAZING RACE – DIAMO EDITION is in just two weeks! This is a great event to invite mates for a night racing around Diamond Creek in teams doing a scavenger hunt style race. Details: Friday 29th November 7 – 9.30 pm Years 6-12 Location: St Johns Diamond…