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. If you’re ever wondering what’s coming up, check out our Facebook page, it’s up to date about 95% of the time 😉


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, perhaps in a way they haven’t before.

Click here to see the timetable and drop in any time between 6am and 6pm on Saturday June 17th.


There is a youth event on Friday 23rd June and then a youth hosted fundraiser on Saturday 24th June. Usually we would avoid putting two youth related extra events on the one weekend but, well… it’s a long story but basically we didn’t realise the clash early enough to avoid it. No one’s fault, just an accident.

Anyway, how do you pick which to attend if you’ve got a busy weekend? Well the Games and Movie Night is purely social and only for youth; no adults allowed. The Fundraiser is not a youth event as such, the majority of people attending will be adults, but it has a ripper cause (The Babes Project) and is organised by one of our youth life groups. It’s great to see these girls taking something on like this and seeking to make a difference in the lives of other young people.

I will be at the Games and Movie night but, then again, I am in charge of that one. Some of our youth and leaders will be at the fundraiser because they’re in charge there. The choice, is yours. Apologies if it causes angst in your family, we’ll try and avoid this sort of issue again in the future.


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 of a youth they lead. Youth leading can be pretty emotionally draining at times but whenever I’ve had a parent offer me some encouragement it’s filled me right up.

So, can I please encourage you to encourage the youth leaders you know? It can sometimes be a challenge as a lot of what they do isn’t particularly visible but even if you encourage them on the small details, it will help them greatly in their role as leader of your kids.

Also, from a selfish point of view, I always find that when I encourage others, I tend to feel pretty great too. I think God set it up that way 🙂


P.S. Don’t miss our goodbyes to Andrew Bowles this Sunday at both Diamond Creek Services and on Saturday evening.

Easter Holidays

G’day Parents,

Hope the holidays have started well at your place. Here’s a few bits of info about holidays and youth at St. John’s.

  • There are no 5pm activities or dinners on Sundays during the holidays or the two long weekends at that follow. So the first 5pm activities for term 2 will be on 30th April.
  • There IS a 5pm prayer meeting before the service when there is no activities. You and your family are welcome to join. We keep things moving and are happy to help out people unfamiliar with group prayer.
  • Click here for Easter Service details.

A note on Life Groups, because of the extra public holidays after the school holidays there are lots of clashes with Sunday and Monday Life Groups. The leaders will communicate whether there will be an extra meeting in there somewhere so they don’t miss four weeks in a row.


Questions, Writing and Cooking

G’day parents,

A few tidbits for you this week:

  1. This Sunday night we are hosting a Panel Night as part of our Sunday@6 service. This is something we do several times and year. We select four members of our church who volunteer to attempt to answer any question people throw at them (at least if the questions relate to God in some way). People can ask via text or just pop their hand up. We believe that young people don’t respond well to simply be told what to believe, they like to discuss it and work it out with others; these panel nights are designed to help start and deepen conversations about the most important things in life.
  2. Do you have a teenager writer in your family? They might like to enter this competition.
  3. This Sunday our pre service activity is an act of service flowing from our church’s partnership with Prison Fellowship. Each year they encourage churches to bake biscuits to give to prisoners and their families. That’s what we’ll be doing from 2:30 this Sunday in the St. John’s kitchen, come join us! Click here for the Facebook event.


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 feed 🙂

This is a great connection with our local community and we hope it will grow. If you anticipate one or more of your kids coming to the session, could you please let me know via email?

If there is good interest this term (like term 4 last year) we’ll keep doing it fortnightly throughout the year. I sat in a few sessions last year and was very impressed with Sunny’s (the tutor) teaching style and manner.

Plus it’s free! Normally this would cost about $60 an hour, you get him for 90 minutes completely free of charge.

Here are the Facebook events for each of the tutoring sessions:

Feb 19

March 5

March 19


Two Big Services

G’day parents,

The next two Sundays host two special services at St. John’s. This week we have our combined service at 10am. All four of our services are getting together for a big celebration together.

Following the combined service there will be a a bunch of training sessions, all very accessible to youth and adults. Click here for more details. If you know you’re coming to a training session, we’d love it if you could register (it’s free).

On Feb 12 we’ll have a LAUNCH service for Sunday@6. If the youth in your family are a bit hesitant about Sunday@6 or have been away in January, this would be the service I recommend getting them along for.

On this night, as well as the regular fun, music and teaching, they’ll find out plenty of info about the year ahead and hear the various ways they can be involved. Click here for the Facebook event.

See you there.