Entry level service opportunities for youth

G’day parents,

At our most recent Sunday@6 service I mentioned that there are a few simple but important roles that are ideal for youth to take on if they’re wanting to serve at church. The obvious ones in my mind are reading the bible, hospitality and praying for people (either up front or in prayer ministry).

I was encouraged that multiple people responded and signed up for bible reading and prayer.

If your kids are keen to serve Jesus and are looking for a way in, a simple role like these can be a great start.

Please here me clearly, Sunday services are not the only place a person can serve Jesus (we can do that pretty much anywhere) and I do believe that youth are able to serve in roles that hold more responsibility. I mention these examples because they are central activities to being a Christian and they are easy to get started on.

If you’re finding it challenging to talk to your kids about this sort of thing, don’t be afraid to get in touch and we’ll see if we can help you out.



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.


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.


6to6 Prayer Day

G’day Parents,

Teenagers often express a lack of confidence when it comes to prayer. They might not know what to pray about, how to pray or question whether prayer actually does anything.

This Saturday (3rd December) our church is running a drop in prayer space from 6am till 6pm. The idea is that anyone can pop in, at any time, to pray with others or by themselves.

There will always be an experienced prayer person there ready to help people pray if they lack confidence.

So, you might like to come. You might like to support your kids to come. You might like to come as a family.

Have a look at this website for more information and details on what’s happening throughout the day.


Last Dinner for Term 3 (and maths tutoring)

G’day parents,

This Sunday (Sep 11) will be our last 5pm dinner for term 3. During the three Sundays of the school holidays we put a hold on 5pm activities and dinners to give our teams a break. We also move the 4:30pm prayer meeting to 5pm which you might like to get involved in.

Anyway, here’s what’s happening this Sunday:

  • 3pm: FREE Maths Tutoring (Meeting Room 2)
  • 4:30: Prayer for Youth and Young Adults (Prayer Room)
  • 5pm: Dinner (Foyer)
  • 6pm: Service (Generous Life series)


Crave: August 29

Hi parents,

Back into Youth Alpha topics this week. How and why should I pray? is the specific question we’ll be discussing this particular event. I’ve learned about quite a few surveys on prayer and they each have confirmed that pretty much 100% of the population have prayed at least once during their life – most people admit to praying in the last year. Even people who tick no religion on the census have prayed from time to time. Question is: where they wasting their time or might prayer actually make a difference in life?

Here’s some key questions from this week’s video:

  • If you could be any super hero who would you be?
  • Why do you think people don’t always get what they pray for?
  • Have you ever tried praying? What did you prayer for? What happened?

The details:

  • Date: 29th August 2014
  • Time: 6:15-9pm
  • Venue: St Johns Church Diamond Creek
  • Cost: $5
  • Dinner: Provided

Crave: Living on a Prayer

Well we had a great start to term 2 last week and we’re hoping to continue the momentum this week as the weather gets a little bit chilly. Our topic will be prayer; a pretty fundamental one for Christians but also often misunderstood. We’ll try and demonstrate what the bible actually says prayer is and also bust a few myths we’ve heard that simply don’t match up. As usual there’ll be dinner and loads of fun thrown into the mix as well.

The Event:

  • April 26th
  • 6:15 -9pm at St. Johns
  • Cost: $5
  • Food: Dinner provided

For Home:

Every now and then I read a survey that suggests that pretty much everyone in the Aussie population has prayed at least once in their life. Whether they continued it as a regular habit or not is less clear. I’m not sure how much prayer goes on at your house but and whether it’s a public or private things. Whatever the case, you might like to talk about who prays, why they pray and how they pray. If you pray for you kids it might be a real encouragement for them to hear that and hear what sort of things you talk to God about on their behalf.

How is Camp Crave Shaping up?

Very well actually, thanks for asking 🙂 You can already register by visiting our youth group website. We’ll have flyers coming out soon as well as letters to your family and an official camp webpage. I’ll post details on this blog as soon as they become available.