The PONG approaches

G’day Parents,

I’ve written about the Youth Unite ping-pong-a-thon previously. If you missed that post, please do have a read.

I received an update on the campaign from the organisers and wanted to share some of the details with you here.

GIGANTIC. WEEK. OF. PONG.

Team Pong, this week you:
– Broke the All-time School Venue Record
– Recruited another 250 Pongers to the team
– Had a 14 year old event organiser raise more than $3,000
– Had your head shaved to encourage generosity from donors
– Raised another $88,000 that will change young lives FOREVER!!!
Strap yourself in – 26 more venues in PLAY this week – the biggest in Pong history.
Today YOU have the chance to help young people who are in situations of horrible abuse/exploitation to rise. You can inspire others to make a difference too.

If you’ve already played: 
– It’s not too late to get more sponsors.
– Dare someone to play at one of 50+ remaining venues or in The Global Pong.

If you’re yet to Pong:
– Invite others to play with you or sponsor you. Every time you get someone to sign up to play you potentially double your impact!

TOP 3 FUNDRAISING TIPS
1. Ask people face-to face to sponsor you.  They rarely say no.
2. Send a personal email to family & friends asking them to support you.
3. Use social media leading up to your event & while you’re playing .
Always include your fundraising page link when inviting sponsors.

Kirk
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Why our next Youth Unite is so important

Tony Talks about the anti-slavery movement from Destiny Rescue on Vimeo.

G’day Parents,

Last week I wrote about our upcoming Youth Unite event. This video is from one of the organisations we’ll be supporting through this event. It’s a small snapshot into what these groups are doing on the front line.

I recommend having a watch and maybe watching it with your kids as well. There is more reading and videos on the Destiny Rescue website as well.

Remember that youth can sign up for fundraising before the actual event. I encourage all our St. John’s youth to register for our church team and see if we can raise $500 together.

Kirk

 

Youth Unite Term 4 – October 27

G’day Parents,

Youth Unite is something we’ve been involved with for a long time. For our last event this year we’re doing something a little different. This video gives you a bit of an idea about the cause we’re supporting:

2017 Ping Pong-A-Thon 2017 // Promo from The Pong on Vimeo.

You can click here to read more about the event and the cause.

As for practicalities, see below:

  • Youth can fund raise in advance by registering for the St. John’s team or just come along. If you’re not sure which to choose, we’d recommend signing up and getting the full experience.
  • Drop off at St. John’s at 6:30 for car pool.
  • Pick up at St. John’s at 10:30.
  • $5
  • Supper provided
  • Location: Mill Park Baptist Church

It’s a more complicated event than we usually run so if you reckon there’s some key information missing, please drop me an email at kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au and I’ll see if I can fill in the gaps.

Kirk

Youth Unite and Excursion

G’day parents,

If you’re getting this  message on Friday arvo, this is a last minute reminder that Youth Unite is tonight at 7pm.

Also at short notice is a chance to go to a play staring one of our year 10s. Their school is putting it on with Scotch College which means it’s going to be in a very nice (expensive) auditorium.

Click here for details. We need to get your RSVP but this Monday afternoon (May 8th) if you’re coming!

Bye for now.

Kirk

Youth Unite Mid Year Event – May 5

G’day Parents,

Three times a year we meet up with other youth ministries in the Northern Suburbs for an all-in event called Youth Unite. They are a really positive example of people from all different backgrounds getting together because of Jesus and I expect this one to be no exception.

Click here to see the Facebook event which has the details. Diamond Valley Baptist are hosting this time, they are literally in the same street as our church, just a couple of minutes down the road, so we’ll just meet there rather than car pooling from St. John’s.

No need to RSVP this time due to no car pool.

It should be a great night, we hope as many St. John’s youth as possible can be there.

Kirk

Youth Unite Tonight + Life Groups and Trivia

G’day Parents,

I’ve posted about Youth Unite before but it’s on tonight so thought I’d mention it one last time.

Life Groups. If you’ve registered for a group then it’s likely that you’ve heard from me or a leader already. If not, please drop me an email (kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au). Is it too late to join a group? Never! Just let us know you’re keen and we’ll see what we can do.

Trivia! At 5pm on Sundays (school and public holidays excluded) we have pre-service activities. Every second week it’s dinner but on the other weeks we do other stuff. This Sunday we’ve got some Trivia fun times planned. Click here for the Facebook event.

Oh, and don’t forget Camp Crave 🙂

Kirk

Coming to Camp Crave? Please register

G’day Parents,

This coming Sunday the Camp Crave leaders will be gathering to plan the camp. At this stage, still a few weeks out, we do not have enough registrations for the camp to go ahead.

I’m writing to request that IF you know your youth are coming to camp, could you please register them this week? That way when we start planning, we know the camp is going ahead and have a snapshot of who will be attending.

Obviously some families will still be working out if and who will be coming and we understand that completely.

You can register by clicking here.

If you intend to register but are waiting to ensure you have enough money in the bank, could you please email me and let me know? kirk@stjohnsdc.org.au

Kirk

P.S. Don’t forget Youth Unite is on this Friday.