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, 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.

Also

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.

Kirk

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 🙂

Kirk

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

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 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? kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au

 

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

 

May 21

June 4

June 18

Kirk

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 April 30. This Sunday you can join us for the prayer meeting at 5pm, from April 30 it will move back to 4:30. We’ve had some good youth turnouts for prayer in recent weeks.

Kirk

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? kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au

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

Kirk

January and beyond

G’day parents,

If you missed my post on Christmas service, click here.

There will be a Sunday@6 service every Sunday in January (including the 1st). There will be no 5pm activities though at come around 5:55pm.

Life Groups also take a break in January although some groups might try and catch up in the holidays, leaders will make contact if that’s the case.

Our Sunday@6 service on Jan 29th will be a baptism service. If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone else as a potential baptism candidate, please let me know via email (kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au).

Also, please put Camp Crave details in the diary for next year: March 10-12. Details to come.

Have a great break everyone. Our next post will be in early 2017 🙂

Kirk