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:

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Alpha St John’s Alpha Course 2017 – Let’s get excited!

What? The Alpha course is a course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. It is described by its organisers as “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life”.
Why? There are many people who are asking questions about life and its purpose.  St John’s believes that we are called to share our faith in Christ with those who are seeking.  They may not know they are seeking God but wouldn’t it be wonderful to share, in a gentle, caring way, our God, the one who loves unconditionally and who give purpose to life.  The Alpha Course is a gentle way to introduce people to Jesus Christ.
When? The Alpha course will run weekly in Term 2 from 30 April to 25 June, at 5.45pm on Sunday.
Where? St John’s Centre, St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church

 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.

Combined Pentecost Service with our neighbours

The three churches on ‘the Willis Street strip’ are gathering to worship God on Sunday evening – 4th June, which is PENTECOST SUNDAY – the ‘birth-day’ of the Church. You are warmly invited to this special occasion of united Christian worship at St Peter’s on Willis Street at 7.30pm.

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If you are interested in having flowers and other creative works in the church, then please join us in the chapel for a brief discussion on what we might do in the future (we will meet ten minutes after the service finishes this morning). If you aren’t able to be there, but have some ideas or suggestions and would like to help make them happen, then please send an email to Paul Ramsay by 11 June 2017

St J’s Kids

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

Today (28 May) is Bring-a-friend day so hopefully you will see some new faces in your group.  Please remember to say Hi and introduce yourself.  Just like last week, we’ll be starting in the church and making our way to the centre after the blessing song.  In our small groups, we will explore how we can pray for others just like Jesus prayed for his friends & followers.

Pick up at 11.15am or after the service.

Next Week is the Queen’s Birthday weekend so there will be a Holiday Programme running at the St John’s Centre from 10am.  It is also Pentecost, a Christian holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter.

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group activities

Welcome! Settle in and find a comfy seat.  If you want company, our youthies often congregate up the front left of the church.

EPIC (Year 7-9), you’re going to be heading out with the ‘Sung Blessing’ with the rest of EPIC out to Spinks Cottage (the little house by the front entrance gates) to explore your identity as a group, if you’re in that age group, you’re welcome to come join in for the session.

Thrive (Year 10-1st year uni), enjoy the service, try considering ‘how can I apply the sermon to my life’? I know that always helps me get more out of the sermon, Thrive will be meeting up 4pm today for a good ol’fashioned hangout & Alpha! Contact Dave if you would like a ride.  EPIC your next Alpha session is coming up this Friday 6-8:30pm in the St John’s Conference Centre, contact Richard for more info.  Also, both EPIC and Thrive, mark your diaries! on Sunday 11th of June, we’ll be participating in a day away Alpha retreat, this is a super important component to the Alpha film series where we explore the Holy Spirit!

To find out more contact either Dave Adams (Thrive) or Richard Hpa (EPIC)

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 – This year we seek to support a ‘Care Action Network’ addressing the consequences of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  The placenta can’t filter out alcohol and even small amounts consumed can act as neurone toxins on the foetus.  How can parents and caregivers be helped to cope with a child with a range of issues once the damage is done and diagnosed?  One way the FASD-CAN organisation does help is by forming networks among affected families so that knowledge can be shared.  It is better to light a candle than to bemoan the darkness.  Please support this work.

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. What do we think about Bible in Schools? Are we able to support Christian Education in schools amidst claims of “religious bias” and pressure on children and parents? Background readings are available from the Church office. 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.  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.

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