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 2018 St John’s Calendar.

Here’s what’s coming up:

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When did you see you naked Symposium





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Parish Secretary St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church

We have a vacancy in the St John’s Office for a part-time/job share Parish Secretary to give support to the Ministers and reporting to the Property and Administration Manager. The position also involves hiring of facilities in the busy St John’s Conference Centre to users.

We are looking for an experienced person who:

  • Has strong computer skills in the MS Office Suite and general office skills
  • Is self-motivated
  • Has excellent people, reception and phone skills.
  • Has good numeracy skills
  • Has knowledge of Xero Accounting Software is an advantage

This position is normally 15 hours per week being Monday and Tuesday with flexibility for occasional coverage on other days.

A full position description is available from the church office Closing date is 5pm, Friday 16 March 2018

Special Lenten Bible Study

The Wine & Theology group have a special invitation to come and hear Professor David Tombs, as he leads a Bible Study on Friday 2nd March, 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the Chapel. The study will bring together Biblical and contemporary cultural stories in a creative and confronting way. There will be discussion about gender-based violence and the impact on victims’ lives and identities, and is therefore suitable for adults only. This will be a very honest engagement of issues of faith and spirituality with real contemporary social issues, and we hope you will consider this  opportunity as a way to deepen your faith during this season of Lent. David will also be offering a Lenten Lecture at St Paul’s Cathedral on 9 March, which will explore this field further. For further information or questions, please contact Rev Allister Lane.

Evening Service Notice

The Evening Service will start up again on 25 February 2018. If you would like to know more about the evening service please contact one of the ministers.

Leprosy Mission Moneybox Programme

What is it? - People have a money box in their own home or workplace. Anytime you have some spare change just pop it in there. You empty the money box and bring the contents to church during April and October. You get a tax receipt which you can use to claim 1/3rd back on your annual tax rebate form.

What is the money used for? – The Leprosy Mission NZ used the money to assist families devastated by the effects of leprosy and living in poverty in Chittagong, Bangladesh

How do I get a moneybox? – Contact Judi Ferguson 972 9901 Let your small change make a BIG difference.

Presbytery Central Gathering

Saturday March 17th, 2018 St Alban’s Presbyterian Church, 339 Albert Street, Palmerston North with keynote speaker Right Rev. Richard Dawson, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, ‘Change and the Church in Difficult Times’. There are a range of workshops on the day also… Pastoring for Growth: How to pastor in a way that will encourage growth in the church, Developing a healthy and sustainable youth ministry, Speaking True, Seeking Hope: Educating for Life-Long Learning, Boundless Belonging: Worship with All Generations, From acorn to oak tree – Community facing mission, Eleven ways that church meetings get derailed. Of particular interest is the workshop ‘A white kiwi’s bi-cultural journey’ led by Andrew Judd, the former Mayor of New Plymouth, whose time in office coincided with a time of reflection and revelation on the Treaty of Waitangi, justice and the role of Maori in modern New Zealand and in local body government. This is a day of inspiration and resourcing for EVERYONE!

How you can support the work of Christians against Poverty in Wellington central? 

We all want to help those who are face poverty in New Zealand, and one practical way is to support Christians Against Poverty (CAP) which provides practical help through local church communities. In the central Wellington region, The Street church is running the CAP programme, and St Johns’ Outreach Committee has agreed that we will support their work.

So, how can you be involved? The support they need is:

  • Prayer for this work and for the people they work with – so please add this ministry to your prayer list.
  • Be a volunteer visitor. As you could imagine this requires people who can relate well to others and who can commit to this work. The Street suggests starting as the support person accompanying a fully trained person on home visits. This means you experience the work before committing to any training. They are particularly short of men who are available for visits   during the day.
  • Help as a support person on a course. They run regular life skills, money and release courses during the day (usually Wednesday) and need people to provide welcoming friendship. Each course lasts about 8 weeks and you would need to be able to attend most if not all of the course you commit to. The next course will be early next year.
  • Donations – further to the financial support organised by the St John’s

Outreach Committee, individuals can donate through the St John’s bank account details in the bulletin, identifying CAP as the ministry you are supporting. Your donations will be passed on to The Street who will use them with the people they are working with. If you want to help, or want more information before you decide, contact Margaret Galt. If you want to know more about CAP then look up their website

St J’s Kids

Dear Families and Friends of St J’s Kids!!!

It is already our third week of St J’s Kids, time flies. On our Launch Day we discovered the St J’s Kids Theme for 2018: ‘Living Water’ based on John: 4:14. ‘Whoever drinks of the Water I give will never thirst again’. We will get back to this motto many times during 2018 and learn more and more about the way Jesus can nourish us and our community just like water nourishes our bodies and sustains life on earth. According to the theme of the year, the group names have changed: The Preschool Group is now called ‘Raindrops’. The Kids who are in Year 1 and 2 at school are called ‘River Rapids’. The kids in Y3 and 4 are the ‘Waterfalls’. The kids from Y5 and 6 are in the ‘Ocean Waves’. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday mornings at 10 am at the church. This coming Sunday (25 February) we will talk about God’s promise to Abram and Sarai (Gen 17:1-7,15-16). ALL are welcome!

This term, there are also some gatherings happening outside of St John’s Church. One of them is our traditional ‘Picnic Church’ Worship at Wilton Bush on Sunday 4 March 2018. This invitation goes to the whole congregation, it will be a great opportunity to bring friends along and build friendships with others.

To contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group activities

Friday 2nd March Thrive  As a youth group, we recognise how important it is to give back to the community. Friday 2nd March we are heading to Lyall Bay for a beach clean up, fish and chips and games. This is a great way for us to get out into the community and make a small difference. We will be meeting at Lyall Bay at 6:30pm and finishing at 8:30pm for pick up.

Sunday 4th March We will be having a great bible study amongst some fun interactive games. Come for a great discussion and a chance to grow your own understanding and personal relationship with God.

To contact Richard Hpa (Abstract)
To contact Laura Putt (Thrive)
Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.


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 – February at last! The Summer was a stunner, but rain is forecast for this month and will be so welcome! Except for the day when we meet next on Tuesday, 27 February 2018.  As in years past we will have a BBQ in the St John’s courtyard and hear about the planned events which our leading ladies have thought about.  So, please keep Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 11am starting in the St John’s Hall free for this.  Never been before? You can never be too young or too old to join in with us!

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+)[Starts back 7-8pm 12 February 2018] You are invited to join in a social game of football on the second Monday of the month at 7pm in the Church Gym. For more information contact Gordon

Indoor Hockey Group, 7-8pm, (13+) – [Starts back 7-8pm 28 February 2018] Adults and teenagers are welcome to join in a social game of hockey on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Church Gym.  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 - If you like singing, come and sing with St John’s church choir.  It is for all ages and abilities.  We have rehearsals on a Sunday morning after church and once a month on a Thursday evening.  Join in on Thursday February 8th at 7:30pm in the Marshall Room or next Sunday morning at 9:30am. For more information please contact Eleanor Carter.

Music Group - an open group of musicians and singers who present worship music at Sunday services and on other occasions to support the ministerial team.  Participants play a wide variety of instruments ranging from keyboards, guitar, bass, cello, flute, violin and drums and more.  A sound system is available and a roster of available persons is drawn up for each Sunday. Anyone who plays an instrument or is able to sing is welcome to join us. Contact the Church Office for more information.

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 Tennie are finished for this year and will restart next year after Easter. 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.

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 spaghetti, biscuits/crackers, tinned fish and washing powder. 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