As Christmas comes around, we stop in the midst of our busy lives to remember that God sent his son from the heights of heaven to a lowly manger. Looking past the shopping lists and family feasts, at Christmas we see God become man and are reminded of the unfathomable gift of a lasting peace Jesus offers. More info here..
St Johns is starting a choir, with a pilot project Oct-Dec. Rehearsals are to start in week 1, term 4 (Oct 15 onwards). The performance to happen on Dec 9 across all congregations at St Johns. All ages and abilities welcome. Commitment required 2 hours per week until Dec 8. Contact Sandy on 0438 587 962 for further details.
Our fourth year of Summerhouse: Bubble Ball & Banh Mi arvo is approaching and we at Roast are getting excited. Summerhouse is an opportunity to capture the season change for a change of mind in youth and 6pm, and celebrate the end of HSC and exams. The aim of Summer House if to see 6pm reach down and out to Roast and ensure that our teenagers will feel welcome to join 6pm now or in the future. More info here.
Come along to our family feast at 10am and then 6pm to enjoy a night of fellowship with a great film and pizza, Jason’s generous shout! This film was the second highest popular movie in the US, when it was released in cinemas earlier this year, beaten only by the current Marvel movie of the time. See the trailer here!
Fathers matter! Fathers have a profoundly important role on who we are and how we live. Come and hear from some dads (and sons), and how their father shaped them, and how our heavenly father gives all of us all redemption and hope. RSVP here or for further info, contact Andrew Moore.
Moving in and out of Youth Group and be a tough process for youth. To help them navigate this process we mark this transition with a yearly weekend away. The aim of Grad Camp is give the whole youth group a special time together to warmly welcome in the Year 6-ers as they come in and say a bitter-sweet farewell to the Year 12-ers as they depart for our 6pm congregation. We hope that by marking the occasion the transition into good church-life patterns for their next stage of life will be smoother so they will continue to hear the good news of Jesus in their next stage of life.
What is your story?
Contemporary Christians and the questions that we still ask…
Who am I? Where do I belong? What is my purpose? Or maybe you think: I’m too old? Too young? It’s too late? Expectations! Belonging! Identity! Purpose! Destiny! Hope!
An “Afternoon with Heather” is an opportunity for all St John's women and friends to come together to hear a message of hope and have an opportunity to find some answers. Enjoy some “together time” with your Sisters in Christ, young and old alike!
Please RSVP by Aug 15 by clicking here.
Why have another ordinary holiday this July?
Turn your holiday into a Great Aussie Adventure. We will travel some amazing places in the company of Rusty & Steve. We are going looking for Jesus in the great Aussie outdoors -
through drama, with games, powered by great grooves & some crafty craft.
Youthworks are coming to us! If you are joining our Kids Club team this year and have not completed or refreshed your safe ministry training in the last three years, this is for you! If you need to renew your Safe Ministry Training Certificates you will need to do the 'refresher' and if who have never done it you will need to do the 'essentials'. More info and rego link here!
Come along for a BBQ and hang out with blokes from St John's (all ages). We'll have a thought-provoking talk by Luke Vu on internet addiction. Luke has a PhD in psychology and is an expert in the area of addiction. Come along to Andrew & Narelle's (14 Donovan Ave Pagewood). BYO drinks. Food on the house. Join us for encouragement, challenge and prayer. Please RSVP by Wednesday 30th May here. For further info, contact Andrew Moore.
Come & enjoy a fun weekend away with your St John’s Family! Retreat from regular life and church routines for a weekend to be refreshed in your personal relationship with God. Spend time hanging out together – eating, chilling, singing, praying, chatting, listening – to nourish our relationships with one another and grow in our service of listening as a Christian. Instead of one huge weekend together, this year we are running 2 similar retreats in smaller groups. There are no rules about who attends which weekend – there will hopefully be a mix of people from different congregations at each weekend. REGO & MORE INFO.
We will be heading to Katoomba in the lovely Blue Mountains to attend a youth convention called KYCK. KYCK is run by an organisation called Katoomba Christian Conventions and is specifically aimed at teens. It usually attracts around 2,000 youth per weekend it is held. The program is made up of 6 Bible talks, interspersed with food breaks, free time and other organised (and fun) activities. This year, we plan to say an extra day in the mountains to spend extra time with our year 12 mob before they get their heads stuck into the HSC. Please register and pay online here.
Quiz Worx exists to share Jesus with kids everywhere and since 1998 they've had the privilege of being able to share the good news of Jesus with hundreds of thousands of kids all over Australia, primarily in schools. St Johns Maroubra is hosting a Quiz Works training day for local churches to train and equip leaders the art and experience of storytelling and creating visuals from the Bible; engaging children to respond to storytelling with consideration of group/classroom dynamics. If you’re involved in SJM KIDS CLUB or any children's ministry, this is a day for you! Click here for more info and registration!
Christianity used to look normal. As time goes by it looks stranger. So we think it's time for Christians to make some public explanations of the kind of things most people wonder: is the Christian God good for the world? Can Christians be part of a diverse society? Will Christians be bringers of peace? Why do Christians cling to 'T' truth? We are keen to explain if you are keen to ask. Please ask.
We're inviting all St John's women and friends to come together, donate pads or underwear at the front door (donated to Wayside chapel) and from there enjoy an afternoon of being pampered by 6pm women. We've got hair and makeup, massages, tea, cakes and a clothes swap. Please RSVP by Feb Sunday 17th by clicking here.