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 kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au. If you missed it, we’ll run some more parent events in the future so hopefully we can see you there 🙂

Kirk

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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 kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au

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 🙂

Camp Crave Early Bird – May 31st

There’s only days left before the end of the early bird rate that saves you $20 per head for Camp Crave. Click here to register online now.

If you have financial concerns regarding the cost of Camp Crave please do give the office a call on 9438 1264 and speak with Bel or Kirk. We will be running a fundraiser for the event to help out families who find the full cost a challenge – our commitment is that no one will miss out on the camp because of financial difficulties.

Crave: Worship Together

As a follow on from last week, our teaching will be about all those weird things Christian do at church services (e.g. singing and clapping to folk music). There’ll be loads of musical based fun as well.

The Event:

  • May 31st
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

What is your family’s experience with church services? Got any weird stories? Perhaps you could chat about the value people gathering together in a community and having things in common (cos that’s the real reason we have church rather than the singing).

P.S. Yes this is a slightly shorter post than normal but I’m writing from my sick bed.

Kirk

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.

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