This Blog is Moving

G’day parents.

New year, new church website. We hope this will make it easier for everyone to communicate with each other. As part of this update, we’ve moved our ‘Parents of Teenagers Blog’ to the new site.

If you visit this link you’ll see all my old posts and a couple of new ones.

Here’s the important bit: If you want to receive the parent updates directly to your email inbox, you need to resubscribe. Now, if you’re subscribed to this blog, I have attempted to roll you over to the new blog but I have no way to confirm it’s worked so keep an eye on your inbox.

It’s easy enough to subscribe on the new site, just check out the most recent post on the page and at the bottom you’ll find a box to enter your email address. Simple 🙂

Another change is that the blog will be for all parents connected with St John’s. This means we’ll post some info about parenting in general as well as some stuff for younger kids.

Hope all that makes sense, see you on the new site!



The Rest of 2018

G’day Parents,

This might be my last post of the year so I thought I’d give you a good idea what’s happening over Christmas:

I hope this information has been helpful.

Lastly, it was very encouraging to be a part of our baptism and confirmation service this past Sunday. We leave these services filled with the goodness of Jesus because we’ve heard the great work he’s done in people’s lives (particularly young people’s lives in this case). Great stuff.


Youth Event: Epic Board Games

G’day parents,

We’ve got our final Friday night event coming up in just under two weeks. Here’s the details:

Board games are fun but not always epic. Forget Snakes and Ladders, forget Monoply, we’re going way more hardcore than that. Plus: food and friendly people!

This event will run from 6-10pm on Friday the 10th of November. We’ll confirm the location closer to the date when we have a good idea of numbers. It will be in Diamond Creek or very close to Diamond Creek. We’ll contact you with details once the location is locked in.


Click here to RSVP.

Click here for the Facebook event.

Also, if you haven’t read my post about supporting our youth leaders I’d love you to click here and have a read now 🙂


Can you help out a Youth Leader?

G’day Parents,

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a youth ministry conference called NYMC. I took with me three of our volunteer Youth Life Group leaders.

Put simply, it was great. Some of it was inspiring. Some was super practical. 98% of it was great. Our church, and specifically our youth ministry, will be better because of what the four of us learned at NYMC.

Now, here’s the thing: these leaders paid their way to NYMC themselves. They paid for the conference fee, the flights to Gold Coast and all their accommodation.

Originally we had planned to do some fundraising to ease the financial burden for the leaders a bit. However, we were in the midst of a deficit appeal and so I decided to hold off. And then… well, I forgot.

So this is a retrospective request: could you donate some cash to help the leaders out? One leader in particular has made their own personal finances very tight in order to attend.

I know they’d appreciate any relief you can offer. If you’re up for it here’s how you can do it:

  1. Transfer electronically to this account: BSB  063 246, Acc. No.  10060757 (please title your transfer ‘NYMC’).
  2. Or you can simply drop some cash off at the church office.

Thanks everyone. If you have questions about this, don’t hesitate to ask (


Sunday@6 in the school holidays

G’day Parents,

There are three Sunday@6 services this holidays: 24/9, 1/10, 8/10.

At each of these services there will be a prayer meeting at 5:15 which everyone is welcome to attend (we meet in the Prayer Room near the back door and do a variety of prayer styles). The service is at 6pm followed by supper afterwards. We aim to finish our services by 7:30, something we achieve 95% of the time.

On 8/10 we will have one of our regular panel nights; should be great.

If your kids are gamers, I would recommend Relief LANs as a good place for them to meet other gamers in a safe, supervised environment. Click here to find out more.


Entry level service opportunities for youth

G’day parents,

At our most recent Sunday@6 service I mentioned that there are a few simple but important roles that are ideal for youth to take on if they’re wanting to serve at church. The obvious ones in my mind are reading the bible, hospitality and praying for people (either up front or in prayer ministry).

I was encouraged that multiple people responded and signed up for bible reading and prayer.

If your kids are keen to serve Jesus and are looking for a way in, a simple role like these can be a great start.

Please here me clearly, Sunday services are not the only place a person can serve Jesus (we can do that pretty much anywhere) and I do believe that youth are able to serve in roles that hold more responsibility. I mention these examples because they are central activities to being a Christian and they are easy to get started on.

If you’re finding it challenging to talk to your kids about this sort of thing, don’t be afraid to get in touch and we’ll see if we can help you out.


Free Maths Tutoring in Term 3

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.

Sometimes I wonder why this hasn’t been more popular than it is. Remember, it’s free! Normally this would cost about $60 an hour!

Here’s some details:

  • At St. John’s in Meeting Room 2 (to the left of the toilets).
  • 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 feed 🙂

This is a great connection with our local community and will be held three times this term:

  • 13/8
  • 27/8
  • 10/9