Crave: All Life Worship

The human race is really good at worship. I don’t mean of God necessarily, I just mean that we are really good at worshipping pretty much anything. One of my favourite biblical quotes about the main problem of the human race comes from Rom 1:25 “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.” At Crave this week we’ll be alerting our youth to the problems associated with worshipping created things such as body image, popularity and alcohol as well as pointing them to God, the creator of all things and the only person/thing worthy of worship. Because this is a big concept and we don’t expect everyone who comes on Fridays to currently be worshipping God, we’ll have plenty of time for questions and discussions.

The Event:

  • May 24th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

When you think about it, many of the issues that youth face (Facebook addiction, alcohol abuse, gossip and bullying…) are a product of false worship. When young people (or people of any age actually) give honour and praise to these things they become a massive problem. This week’s Crave could be the perfect opportunity for you to get into a conversation about these issues and see where your kids are at.

Don’t forget the Parents’ Night is fast approaching!

Registrations for Camp Crave 2013 are open:

Visit campcrave.stjohnsdc.org.au to sign up.

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Crave: Community

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Sorry for the late blog post this week! We’ve had some technical errors. Stick with us though tonight’s youth is going to be great!

Community as a Spiritual Discipline? Can sound strange right. We’re taking a look at what community really means for us as Christians. We have tons of different versions of communities these days, sports, fitness, school groups, crafts, hobbies the list goes on but what does Community mean for us as Christians?

The Event:

May 17th
6:15 -9 pm at St. Johns
Cost: $5
Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

Community is a commitment sometimes, maybe take a look at ways in which we you’ve flourished from being apart of the community. It would be great to share about communities you’ve been apart of not just the joys but the challenges and how they’ve helped you grow. You could even ask about Crave Community itself, Find out some more about how you’re kids find being apart of Crave Youth.

What’s happening for the rest of term?

Parents of High Schoolers Night – May 31

We’d like to invite you to drop your kids off at Crave Youth Group and then join us at our first Parent Night of the year. Our Youth Minister will be presenting his research on how Facebook has impacted Youth Ministry in Melbourne. We hope that this will lead to a general discussion about parenting in the age of the internet that will encourage and equip you and your family. It’s also a great time to simply meet other parents and share your experiences, as well as hear a bit about what’s happening on Friday nights and at Camp Crave.

31st of May 2013, 6:15pm (for a 6:30 start) – 9pm
St. John’s, 61 Main St. Diamond Creek, Meeting Room (to your right as you enter the foyer).
We’ll provide some light snacks but also order pizza for those who’d like to have a full dinner (bring $5 if you’re taking the pizza option).
RSVP not required, just turn up, questions to Kirk on 9438 1264 or kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au
stjohnsdc.org.au/craveparents

Parents of High Schoolers Night – May 31

We’d like to invite you to drop your kids off at Crave Youth Group and then join us at our first Parent Night of the year. Our Youth Minister will be presenting his research on how Facebook has impacted Youth Ministry in Melbourne. We hope that this will lead to a general discussion about parenting in the age of the internet that will encourage and equip you and your family. It’s also a great time to simply meet other parents and share your experiences, as well as hear a bit about what’s happening on Friday nights and at Camp Crave.

  • 31st of May 2013, 6:15pm (for a 6:30 start) – 9pm
  • St. John’s, 61 Main St. Diamond Creek, Meeting Room (to your right as you enter the foyer).
  • We’ll provide some light snacks but also order pizza for those who’d like to have a full dinner (bring $5 if you’re taking the pizza option).
  • RSVP not required, just turn up, questions to Kirk on 9438 1264 or kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au

We hope to hold these meetings once a term so I would appreciate your feedback and ideas for future topics 🙂

Kirk

Crave: The Servant King

Sometimes when people break the law they are not sent to jail but rather ordered to do “community service”. Their punishment is to do useful things in the community that serve the greater good. As a Christian, I find this slightly bizarre. I mean, on one level I get it, better they make a positive difference than being locked away; but on another level, my idea of service (which is largely informed by my faith) believes it is a privilege to serve rather than a punishment. And that’s what we’ll be talking about on Friday. How to have a positive view of service both at home and out in the community. Should be great 🙂

The Event:

  • May 10th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

This is a great opportunity to talk about the way you serve each other as a family and perhaps improve the overall attitude in your home towards helping each other out. It’s important your conversations don’t become a guilt trip thought, try and focus on them being a positive motivator for your family members to show love and kindness to each other.

Registrations for Camp Crave 2013 are open:

Visit campcrave.stjohnsdc.org.au to sign up.

Crave: The Book

The bible is arguably the most influential book ever written. I believe it is inspired by God and that it contains everything we need to know in order have a relationship with God. This Friday we’ll look at what the bible is and why it’s worth reading on a regular basis.

The Event:

  • May 3rd
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

The bible is not the easiest book to read (depending on which bit you’re in) and so sharing some experiencing understanding what’s written can be very valuable. Being thousands of years old, not every example or story will have an obvious link to the present so you might be able to a bit or research together to find out more.

What’s happening for the rest of term?

We’ve put together a simple flyer outlining what’s happening in term 2. Unfortunately we no longer have the budget to put together snazzy postcards but we can still pick up a printed version from our welcome desk on a Friday night. I’ve posted it here in PDF format – 2013 – Term 2. Most events have exactly the same details but there are a couple of exceptions mentioned in the flyer which I will also mention here on the blog as they approach.

Kirk