The PONG approaches

G’day Parents,

I’ve written about the Youth Unite ping-pong-a-thon previously. If you missed that post, please do have a read.

I received an update on the campaign from the organisers and wanted to share some of the details with you here.

GIGANTIC. WEEK. OF. PONG.

Team Pong, this week you:
– Broke the All-time School Venue Record
– Recruited another 250 Pongers to the team
– Had a 14 year old event organiser raise more than $3,000
– Had your head shaved to encourage generosity from donors
– Raised another $88,000 that will change young lives FOREVER!!!
Strap yourself in – 26 more venues in PLAY this week – the biggest in Pong history.
Today YOU have the chance to help young people who are in situations of horrible abuse/exploitation to rise. You can inspire others to make a difference too.

If you’ve already played: 
– It’s not too late to get more sponsors.
– Dare someone to play at one of 50+ remaining venues or in The Global Pong.

If you’re yet to Pong:
– Invite others to play with you or sponsor you. Every time you get someone to sign up to play you potentially double your impact!

TOP 3 FUNDRAISING TIPS
1. Ask people face-to face to sponsor you.  They rarely say no.
2. Send a personal email to family & friends asking them to support you.
3. Use social media leading up to your event & while you’re playing .
Always include your fundraising page link when inviting sponsors.

Kirk
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Why our next Youth Unite is so important

Tony Talks about the anti-slavery movement from Destiny Rescue on Vimeo.

G’day Parents,

Last week I wrote about our upcoming Youth Unite event. This video is from one of the organisations we’ll be supporting through this event. It’s a small snapshot into what these groups are doing on the front line.

I recommend having a watch and maybe watching it with your kids as well. There is more reading and videos on the Destiny Rescue website as well.

Remember that youth can sign up for fundraising before the actual event. I encourage all our St. John’s youth to register for our church team and see if we can raise $500 together.

Kirk

 

Youth Unite Term 4 – October 27

G’day Parents,

Youth Unite is something we’ve been involved with for a long time. For our last event this year we’re doing something a little different. This video gives you a bit of an idea about the cause we’re supporting:

2017 Ping Pong-A-Thon 2017 // Promo from The Pong on Vimeo.

You can click here to read more about the event and the cause.

As for practicalities, see below:

  • Youth can fund raise in advance by registering for the St. John’s team or just come along. If you’re not sure which to choose, we’d recommend signing up and getting the full experience.
  • Drop off at St. John’s at 6:30 for car pool.
  • Pick up at St. John’s at 10:30.
  • $5
  • Supper provided
  • Location: Mill Park Baptist Church

It’s a more complicated event than we usually run so if you reckon there’s some key information missing, please drop me an email at kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au and I’ll see if I can fill in the gaps.

Kirk

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

Classic Youth Games – July 16

G’day Parents,

First up, I’m about to go on leave for a few days so there will be no post from me next week.

However, I’m back on Sunday 16th for our 5pm CLASSIC YOUTH GAMES. This is going to be one hour of people’s favourite youth group/youth camp/school camp games; at least the ones that fit in our building and are legal 😉

We’ll have a mix of high intensity and low intensity so there should be a good mix of activities for everyone.

Can parents play? Yes, yes you can. I’ll leave it up to you whether that’s a wise move in your parent/child relationship 😉

This is a slightly risky event for us to run because it does rely on a good turn out to ensure it’s fun so we hope to see heaps of you there!

Here’s the Facebook event.

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

Youth Unite and Excursion

G’day parents,

If you’re getting this  message on Friday arvo, this is a last minute reminder that Youth Unite is tonight at 7pm.

Also at short notice is a chance to go to a play staring one of our year 10s. Their school is putting it on with Scotch College which means it’s going to be in a very nice (expensive) auditorium.

Click here for details. We need to get your RSVP but this Monday afternoon (May 8th) if you’re coming!

Bye for now.

Kirk