The Bulletin

This section of the St John’s in the City website lets you know what is happening at St John’s and beyond our doors. The Bulletin is given out every Sunday at our services. You can also check out the 2017 St John’s Calendar (PDF).

Here’s what’s coming up:

Evening Service @ 5:45pm Sunday 23rd July

Over the next few weeks we are going to explore the issue of poverty and justice. We will be using a resource called ‘Just people’ provided by Tearfund. This exploration will take us on a journey towards a clearer understanding of what we could be, and are, doing about poverty and injustice. We’ll talk about the bible; we’ll talk about our local community and global neighbours and global changes. We’ll wonder what on earth we can do about it all; and we’ll find the potential for radical change in our hands.

Lunch at St Mary of the Angels 30th July

As an expression of their gratitude for opening our doors to them during the strengthening of their church, the congregation of St Mary of the Angels invite us to lunch at their (newly  strengthened) place on Sunday 30th July. Following the morning service we will walk down the hill together to see their strengthened church, watch a short video and share lunch. All ages are invited. Parking can be arranged for anyone with mobility issues.

Presbytery Central GatheringWould you like to be part of the Presbytery Gathering weekend in Wellington, 18-20 August?

Come join with others from across the Presbyterian Church family for a weekend of nourishment together. We would love you to come!

What’s a ‘Presbytery Gathering’…? Twice a year Presbyterians in the lower half of the North Island gather together as part of our collective commitment to facilitate and resource the life, worship, spiritual nurture and mission. These gatherings are where representatives of our congregations come together to be inspired and equipped, encouraged and challenged, through the input offered and the networking we enjoy.

On the weekend of 18-20 August 2017 Presbytery Central is holding a Gathering at St John’s in the City, Wellington. As well as the valuable and exciting Gathering activities, there is intentional time in the weekend free to explore Wellington city. Kidstream on Saturday is a fun children’s programme where primary aged kids can meet new friends, feel great about who they are, and think about how they can be salt and light for their church and community.

THEME: Nourishment – Bringing God’s Body together, nourish, equip, In/Around/Out.
When: From the evening of Friday 18th to morning worship on Sunday 20th August 2017 (main day is Saturday 19th Aug)
Who: Keynote speaker is a visiting scholar Gillian Clarke, from Bristol, UK – whose specialty subject is Augustine. Plus we have workshops on the Election/Politics, Bioethics, Ending Homelessness, Justice, Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry, Overseas Mission, Music and Worship, Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy, Pasifika Ministry.

Kidstream runs all day Saturday. Children will share in the Gathering experience with everyone at the start and end of the day, as well as having their own age-specific programme. Kidstream is for primary aged school children and we are excited that the whole body will be represented at this Gathering for the first time.

The underlying goals for Kidstream @ The Gathering are threefold:

  • For kids to have a life-giving experience and come away feeling great about who they are and what they have to give (IN)
  • For kids from different churches in different places to build relationships with one another (AROUND)
  • For kids to think about how they can be salt and light for their church and community (OUT)

We also believe that an important ingredient in the whole experience for the kids is FUN! We encourage you to make bookings for the accommodation you prefer close by in the city. We have information about options and members of Presbyterian churches across Wellington will also be offering their homes as places to stay.

Registrations will open soon on the Presbytery Central website:

Billets needed!

On the weekend of 18-20 August 2017 Presbytery Central is holding a biennial Gathering at St John’s in the City, Wellington.  As the hosting region we would love to make a range of billeting options available for those attending the Gathering from out of town.  If you are able to offer a billet, could you please contact Rev Richard McLean  It would be helpful to give an indication of whether you could accommodate a single person, a couple, a family or a combination of these possibilities; if your offer is available for one or both nights (Friday/Saturday); and if you could help by transporting your guests to/from St John’s in the City if required.

Souper Sundays are back again

soupDuring the winter months we invite you to share in a Souper Sunday after the morning service. These were very popular last winter and provided a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and fun… and the soup was just like Mum used to cook! We provide the soup and bread and we ask you to bring something (cold) we can share with our tea and coffee after the soup. It’s as simple as that!

We have divided the congregation into alphabetical listings as we wouldn’t be able to cope with everyone at once!  However, if you can’t make it on your designated Sunday, please come another day. Visitors – please come and join us – we are a friendly bunch!
21st May (A – Dav)
18th June (Daw – Has)
9th July (Hay – L)
6th August (M- R)
17th September (S – Z)

Contact Marg Gilkison or the office for more details or if you’d like to help with either making soup and/or helping on the day.

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St J’s Kids

Welcome to the St John’s family, children & friends.

This week (23rd July), we will have our last fun holiday programme at the St John’s Centre. We start in the church at 10am and make our way to the centre after the Blessing Song. Thank you so much to Kirsten and Vicky who lead this holiday programme.

St J’s Kids will be back on the 30th July 2017!

To contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group activities

Good morning everyone.  I hope you have enjoyed your holiday break and we are looking forward to seeing you all back at youth group next week. Today (23rd July) feel free to either stay in church and enjoy the service, or head along to the holiday programme in the centre.  Thrive doesn’t have any events on tonight because the leaders are away at a training conference. Next Friday EPIC will be starting back up with Film Fest Planning and Thrive will be back next Sunday afternoon.

If you have any questions about either programmes please contact Richard Hpa

To contact Richard Hpa (EPIC & Thrive)

Find out more about EPIC and Thrive.


Our groups are always open to new members. We’d love to see you at one in 2017!

Monday Home Group - We meet at 7:30pm on Monday with Chinese takeaways from 7 pm for those who want it – $5 Anyone is welcome to join us or just try us out. Contact Margaret or David Galt

No Longer Tuesday Home Group – You are always welcome at this group which now meets every second Monday at various homes around the city.  Contact Paul or Louise Ramsay for more info.

Stitchers’ Group – Meets on alternate Monday, 9:45 – 11:45 am, in the Fellowship Room. We knit, embroider, quilt, applique, crochet and any number of things done with needles. Or you can bring along your family mending and get it done in a friendly environment. Sewing machines are welcome. Come along for a stitch and chat. Tea and coffee are served.  Contact Lesley Shaw for more information.

Fellowship Group – If the very idea of attending our group’s AGM on July 25th at 11am bores the socks off you, consider the words of our Rev Allister Lane.  In reply to the question, “Can you tell us something about your trip to Indonesia, when you have finished with the AGM?” he said (quote-unquote) “You won’t be able to stop me!”  So you had better reckon with this force of nature! Hear about people called the Batak.  As one Mr Marsden observed long ago, they used to be defensive and distrustful cannibals but they changed with the advent of Christianity.  Look like our St John’s Church will have a very good rapport with them.  Don’t miss this.

English as a Second Language Bible Study – Meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings, 6.15pm – 7:30 pm, in the church office lounge. For this coming meeting only, we will be meet on Friday 19 May 2017 (6.15pm – 7.30pm) instead of our usual Thursday. Please contact Ino Pasullean for more information.

Men’s Breakfast – We usually meet Thursday (fortnightly) from 7:30 – 8:0 am in the St John’s Centre. Great food, great fellowship and great discussions. Please contact Ted Cizadlo for more information.

Wine and Theology – This discussion group gathers the first Friday of every month in the St John’s Office lounge, starting at 7:30pm. We meet for an informal wine-tasting and then discussion about a stimulating theological topic, finishing by 9:15pm. All are welcome. If you have questions please contact Malcolm Shaw.

Monthly Monday Night Football (18+) – You are invited to join in a social game of football on the second Monday of the month at 7pm in the Church Gym. We are trialling out this new group until Christmas. For more information contact Gordon

Preschool Music and Movement - Fun and friendship for pre-schoolers and their caregivers. We meet every Thursday during school terms at 10.00am. Please contact the church office for more information.

Choir - Singing music to support the service. We meet every Sunday before, during and after church. There is also a monthly practice on a Thursday Evening. For more information please contact Eleanor Carter.

Indonesian Group Church Service - We meet on second Sunday of the month at 12.30pm. Please join us if you are interested in a church service in our first language. For more information please contact Ino.

Badminton & Table Tennis – Badminton and Table Tennis will be on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 7 May to 17 September 2017 from 2.30—4pm.  All 14 years and above welcome.  Equipment provided.  Cost $2, free for students.  Please note that there will be no badminton & table tennis on 20 August. Please contact the Church office for more information.

Find out about all the different groups we offer at St John’s and get contact details.

Baptism/Confirmation Conversation

An opportunity is available for anyone wanting to explore taking a step forward in faith.  A short series of informal conversations in a small group is being offered for the purpose of considering Baptism (or Confirmation of Baptism). This is ‘obligation free’, in the sense that you can attend the conversations without having to proceed to Baptism/Confirmation, although there will be an occasion shortly after for anyone wanting to proceed to make a public declaration of their faith.  There will be other such opportunities again, so you are most welcome to come to this class with a longer-term view.  If you are interested, please contact Rev Allister Lane

Tax donation receipts

All receipts for 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 have been finalised. Please contact the church office if you haven’t received yours by email, mail or had it handed to you.

Food offering

As part of our Offering in Worship, we pray for the food items we gift to the DCM Foodbank.  DCM thanks you for any donations given. DCM would appreciate more pasta/curry sauces, tinned soups, instant noodles, tinned fish, ready meals/stews and disposable razors.  If you are able to contribute to this please place non-perishable food items in the large basket in the foyer.  Thank you.

Car parking during the week at St John’s in the City

During the week, our very limited car parking is allocated on a daily basis, through the Church Office, by issue of a parking permit only. Priority is first to on-site meeting organisers, people with disabilities and contractors working on site. Thursday mornings during term time the carparks are dedicated wholly to the St John’s Preschool Music and Movement Programme. Everybody wishing to park on the site is asked to call or visit the office first. If available, a carpark number will be allocated and a parking permit available at the office for display on your dashboard.

Church Life Survey Report

The results of the Church Life Survey are available in a report prepared by Margaret Galt. This is the collated findings from the responses to the survey conducted on Sunday 26th June 2016. Session and other leaders will use this as a strategic resource as we journey ahead together. Please talk to an elder or Minister if you want to know more.


We are looking for people willing to be involved with:

  • Pastoral Care: Caring and praying for each other, Compassion, Accepting each other, Listening to each other, Encouragement and practical support.  We are now looking for people who feel this call and would like to get involved in extending the pastoral cohesion in our parish.  Please contact Monika  for more information.
  • Running Notices on PowerPoint: before the morning service we want to screen notices of interest to the congregation. If you can come early on Sundays and operate PowerPoint on the laptop, please contact Rev Allister Lane

This just highlights immediate needs. If you would get involved with something else, then just ask the people doing it how or ask the ministers. We also welcome new ideas.

Prayer Chain

Our Prayer Chain is confidential and exists to pray for the needs of our world and the concerns of our church family.  If you would like prayer or would like to join those who pray for others please contact the Ministers, the Church Office or email Gail.  (Gail is taking a break from coordinating the Prayer Chain for a month, so please pass prayer requests to the Ministers or the Church Office.)


As Christian’s prayer should be like breathing.  It is the way we communicate with God and God with us.  It is the language of honest conversation with our Creator.  It is the ability to listen to our Lord.  It is the act of joyfully and respectfully bringing others needs to the Sustainer of the Universe, the Healer of our souls and Saviour of our sins.  One of the ways St John’s offers the time and space for prayer is after the morning and evening services.
When: Straight after the service
Who: For anybody
Where: Sunday morning – the front right hand side of the church (facing the front), Sunday night – in the St John’s Hall

DCM Bookfair, 5 August 2017 – Call for Volunteers

DCM’s annual, fundraising Bookfair is back and better than ever! The Bookfair will be held on Saturday 5 August, at Shed 6, Queen’s Wharf, from 8am-8pm, and we’re calling on your help to make it a huge success in 2017. We’re determined to make Shed 6 work well for us this year and have plans to expand our floor space, and free up the main corridor for queueing and tills only. If you’re able to volunteer this year please get back to Matthew at DCM with the following info:

Your details
– Your name and cell phone number (if you have one) for on-the-day purposes

When you’re able to help:
– 1st shift, 7:30am-12:00pm
– 2nd shift, 11:30am-4:00pm
– 3rd shift, 3:30pm-8:00pm
– Pack-down from 8:00pm (requires some heavy lifting)

What you’d like to do:
– Tills (handling cash transactions and bagging up books)
– Floor (sales area, keeping tables tidy, etc.)
– Handing out bags/maps at door
– Crowd control/directing people
– Publicity blitz (see note below)

Our ‘publicity blitz’ requires helpers ahead of the Bookfair, and on the day itself. We need volunteers to help distribute flyers to homes throughout Wellington, and leave free ‘I Need a Home’ books at local businesses, cafés and community centres one month ahead of the event. On the day, we need volunteers to help hand out flyers around the inner city to encourage people to head down to Shed 6. Please Matthew me know if you can help with either of these initiatives. If you’re on Facebook, please join our event: – hit ‘going’ and share with family and friends. This event would not be a success without our wonderful volunteers, so we hope you’ll join us in 2017!

To contact Matthew Mawkes