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.

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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

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.