Camp Crave’s chocolate flavoured fundraiser

Camp fund raiser poster


Note: This event is not tonight, to find out about tonight’s Crave event click here.

Come along and help support our youth group, in particular Camp Crave. The night will start normal time for the youth (6:15) but then we invite family and friends to join us from 7:30 for a very chocolaty dessert. If you were to eat everything on offer by yourself, it would be a life endangering exercise. Should you issue at least a bit of restraint though, you’ll have a great time as well as hear a bit about camp that will hopefully be encouraging and entertaining.

Here are the details:

  • Friday 28th June at St. John’s
  • 7.30pm the chocolate begins (6.15pm Youth drop off)
  • $5 kids, $10 concession, $15 Adults. Bring some extra cash in case you want to join one of our fundraising competitions or auctions.

Even if no one from your family is coming to the event, please do join us anyway. Likewise if you have already donated some money in another way, we’d love your company as the event is about more than

money, it’s about community building and sharing stories about the great Camp Crave.


Can you help drive some youth this Friday?

We’re looking for two extra cars (with drivers) to help us transport everyone to the VCYC One Night Event in Blackburn this Friday (21st June). Would you be able to help? Here are some details:

  • Arrive by 6pm at St. Johns.
  • Fill your car young people.
  • Drive us to St. Alfred’s in Blackburn aiming for a 6:45 start.
  • Head off and enjoy yourself (I’m suggesting parents take the opportunity to head out on a nice dinner date).
  • Return to St. Alfred’s at 9pm, ready to leave by 9:30.
  • 10pm, we’ll be back at St. Johns and your responsibilities will be over.

If you’d like to help us out please contact Kirk soon:

Crave: VCYC One Night Event

This week we are going offsite for a VCYC event that will be bring together youth groups from all over Melbourne. The details are a little different to normal, here they are:

The Event:

  • June 21st
  • Drop off at St. Johns by 6pm (it’s important not to be late as we will be leaving before 6:15).
  • Parents and youth leaders will be providing the transport in cars, we will ensure all legal and safety rules are followed.
  • Cost: $10 (it’s $5 entry but a bit extra for dinner, we believe $10 will ensure nobody starves).
  • Food: Sausage sizzle (vegetarians will likely be provided for but might want to bring a backup snack just in case).
  • Pick up at St. Johns approximately 9:45pm.

For Home:

As we are not preparing the teaching ourselves we don’t really have anything for home this week except that you ask this question: “How was it?”

A note on Camp Crave:

Don’t forget to register for the camp via and give us a call on 9438 1264 if you’d like some help with finances.

We are also having a fundraising dessert night on Friday the 28th of June which I will blog about separately but which we would love you to come along and enjoy.

Crave: Roast a Christian


Don’t panic, the Crave leadership team have not turned to cannibalism, the spit will stay in the shed this Friday. Instead, we will be making our panel feel a bit hot under the collar by inviting the youth to ask those big/tricky/controversial questions that we often avoid cos they’re too big/tricky/controversial. It’s a perfect night to invite friends along, we might even record it so that parents can listen to it online 😉

The Event:

  • June 14th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

Considering there’s no set topic this week it’s hard to give you material to work with. Still, it could be a good conversation starter: which question have you always wanted to ask?

A note on Camp Crave:

At this stage the camp will be cancelled due to lack of numbers – but keep reading. I very much doubt it will be cancelled as there is still a month left for people to register and it has such a great reputation around the traps. This note is more a request for those families that know for sure you’ve got someone/people coming to camp to register asap. It will greatly help us in the preparation for camp 🙂 Also, if you know you’ve got someone/people coming but are not sure about being able to afford it, please give Bel or Kirk a call on 9438 1264 and we’ll work something out. It’s better that we know early on rather than get an influx of requests a week before camp.

Youth and Facebook

At our recent parent gathering we talked about the influence of the internet on teenagers. Part of our discussion was based on a research project I did last year. If you’d like to read it please click the link below. It won’t replace the conversation we had on Friday but it will hopefully compliment it and act as a catch up for those who couldn’t make it.

Essay – Project 2012


P.S. Don’t forget, Crave is not on tonight, back June 14th.

No Crave this Friday

It’s a long term and a long weekend so we’re giving everyone a rest for Friday the 7th of June. We’ll be back on the 14th.

It was great to spend time with some of you on Friday night. I felt it was a relatively successful session and would value your feedback email to If you missed it, we’ll run some more parent events in the future so hopefully we can see you there 🙂


Parent Night this Friday

Hopefully you’re all coming to our parent get together this Friday. It thought it might be worth outlining some specifics of what we’re doing here on the blog:

  • Date: 31st of May 2013
  • Times: 6:15pm (for a 6:30 start) – 9pm
  • Location: St. John’s, 61 Main St. Diamond Creek
  • Yeah but where specifically? We’ll be in the Meeting Room but don’t worry about finding it, as you enter the front doors you’ll be directed by one of the Crave team.
  • Food: We’ll provide some light snacks.
  • What if I want more than just a snack? We’ll also put in a pizza order for those who’d like to (bring $5 if you’re taking the pizza option).
  • RSVP: Not required, just turn up.
  • What will we actually be doing? The night is designed primarily to facilitate conversation between parents so that you can share insights, challenges and stories. Kirk will also present his research on how Facebook and other online networks are influencing young people.
  • Haven’t we heard about this topic through the schools? Well, yes and no. Most schools have some pretty good policies and abuse prevention programs in place but we want to have a deeper conversation than that. How does living in such a tech saturated world actually influence the way young people think about themselves, their place in society and their faith (or lack thereof)? It will also be an interactive conversation so we can be flexible in which specific topics we focus on.
  • Questions: Kirk on 9438 1264 or

We hope to make these parent nights are regular feature of the Crave youth ministry so please do come along, show your support and be supported yourself 🙂