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 2020 St John’s Calendar.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Sunday Church Volunteers – Rosters for March to June 2020

We’re starting to prepare the next rosters covering – March to June. If you are usually helping on the rosters and have any dates during this period that you know you will be away, please email Linda Van Milligan the dates that you’re not available by 10 February 2020. If you can help by serving on a roster, or would like to know more about the tasks, please talk to the following people:

  • Duty Convenor, Duty Elder, Greeter, Aisle Duty & Offering, Host, Morning Tea, Sound Desk, Evening Service Helper or Bell Ringer, please email Linda Van Milligan

Thanks.

Linda Van Milligan

Earthquake Fundraising…

Congratulations and thanks to many people who have contributed greatly to our fundraising:

  • To Lala Simpson, Stuart, Dayle Anderson and all who helped with Lala’s wonderful concert of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel songs.  They raised $3,554 net.
  • To Judi Ferguson and Allister and others for the “Creativity” show.
  • To Knox Waitara parish for their fantastic support with $12,050 donated to us. This is a tremendous boost for us.
  • To those who have added to their pledges and given even more directly to our funds.
  • To David Wood for his great presentations to the Fellowship Group and Congregation – it helps to know what you are giving to as the cost hits $5.6 million.

If you have an idea to help, please let the Ministers or David Galt know.  Here are two:
* For that person who has everything, why not give for them a gift to our earthquake strengthening fund this Christmas? We’ll have special cards available from the Office that you can give.
* If someone offers to pay you for something you’ve done, could that become a donation to the fund? Someone offered to pay for staying in our house recently. We declined but suggested they donate to earthquake strengthening. They gave $200 through our give a little page:
https://givealittle.co.nz/org/stjohnsinthecityorgnz You can see the great video with Allister starring there too!

CWS Christmas Appeal

Thank you for the support you gave to the CWS 2019 Christmas Appeal. At St John’s we offer our ongoing support to CWS by passing on our Offering of money given at the Christmas Day service to the annual Christmas Appeal. We gave a total of $1,317.00. With your help families can get access to the water they need to.  Once again thank you for your generosity to the 2019 Christmas Appeal.

Advance Notice—Keep This Date Free

Thursday 27 February 2020, 6:30pm at The Penthouse, ‘Soldiers Without Guns’ – tickets $25

The Fellowship Group have booked this stunning five star documentary as part of their earthquake strengthening fundraising effort. We have reserved 167 seats and we want every seat sold. This is a story about how our NZ Soldiers brought about peace in an unorthodox style to Bouganville after 10 years of war, 14 failed peace agreements and 20,000 people dead. We can guarantee that you will be blown away and leave the theatre proud to be a NZ’er. Every teenager should see this film. NB.  There is a direct connection to St John’s. Come and find it!!   For more information or tickets, please contact Grace Jarvie through the church office.

St John’s Youth Internship 2020

Next year St John’s will host its first ever Youth Internship as part of our exciting and life-changing youth ministry. Grace Webster will be the inaugural Youth Intern, working as part of our Ministry Team and mentored by our Youth Pastor, Ino Pasullean. The purpose of this Youth Internship is to provide ministry formation in the context of supervised ministry experience. The internship provides a supportive environment for this formation of faith and further opportunities to live out our shared commitment to be an all-age Church that grows in faith. Grace is already a volunteer youth leader with the Abstract and Thrive youth groups and, having finished high school this year, she is looking for a year doing something she’s passionate about as she explores where God is leading her. Grace is very gifted and loves working with young people. She will make a big contribution in this year-long internship and we give thanks for the commitment she expresses to serve God and the Church’s ministry with young people. We offer Grace our full support and we will commission her into this internship as part of our morning worship on Sunday 9th February 2020.

Visiting Scholar 2020

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a fascinating and engaging theologian, poet and mediator. He has worked in conflict resolution in Ireland, Africa and the Middle East. He brings interests in language, violence and religion to his work. Up until very recently, he has been leader of the Corrymeela Community – a peace and reconciliation organisation in Northern Ireland. And he’s coming to St John’s! Pádraig will be giving public talks, preaching and a very special Saturday workshop titled ‘Peace the world cannot give’. We are in for a real treat with this visit from Pádraig. Please mark your diaries for the week of 15 – 21 March 2020.

Visit to Sumatra

Following the visit last year by Rev Ridho Parhusip, St John’s currently has an ‘active’ opportunity with the HKBP Church for an individual, or couple, from St John’s to visit Sumatra for up to three months. We want to allow for this opportunity, if there is someone who feels this could be a possibility. There are no fixed plans at this stage, and no finances dedicated to this. But it is a relationship with have with the Christian Church in that part of Indonesia, and so if you are interested to explore the possibility of a visit please let one of the Ministers know.

Pathway of Faith: intergenerational faith formation

We have adopted a framework, which is inspiring us to build greater cohesion and the well-being between generations. Our vision is to strengthen the fellowship that happens between the generations, and to strengthen the way we experience faith formation as a church family.

This framework has 2 foundations: intergenerational connections & family.

With 8 pillars:

  • Peak Experiences
  • Encounters with Jesus 
    • Worship
  • Mentors and Life Coaches 
  • Big Story of the Bible 
    • Grow
  • Positive Peer Community
  • Anchors/Rites of Passage 
    • Live
  • Serving in Mission 
  • Respond with compassion
    • Share

The four words in Italic are from our St John’s Mission Statement and synthesise the eight pillar experiences in our mission.

For more information about this framework of intergenerational faith formation go to here2stay website.

We are journeying ahead in our exploration of intergenerational faith formation, and we are going to need courage and persistence! We will find ways to work together, as an inter-generational church, with our many blessings, so that we can all become better disciples of Jesus. And so that we can increase in our confidence in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in a way that relates to children, youth, families, and all of us, in Wellington, today.

Seismic Strengthening Project

See our strengthening project page for more details on what we are doing and how you can help.

St J’s Kids

We had a wonderful last term of St J’s Kids 2019. The Creativity Days, the Pageant and the Strawberry fest were just three of these highlights. We hope you have a happy break from school, relax and enjoy every single day. May God bless you during this time and St J’s Kids starts again with our Launch Day on the 9 February.  During the holiday period there is a box of creative activities in the front of the church for children to use.

Contact Monika or Diane

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

Contact Ino Pasullean (Youth Pastor)

Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.

Groups

Our groups are always open to new members. We’d love to see you at one in 2018!

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 Wednesday at 7:30pm at various homes around the city.  Contact Catherine Galuszka 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.

Art Group – Meets fortnightly, 9:45am to 11:45am at St John’s Centre. Do you paint, draw or sketch? Would you like to join our fortnightly art group? So why not dig out all those old paints, brushes, pen and pencils and come and join us? Or Learn new skills. For more information, please contact the church office and we will forward your queries to Ian Garrett and Gail West.

Fellowship Group – We meet at 11.00am, on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Open to anybody from the congregation who wants to join. Contact Mary Gibbs for more information. St John’s Fellowship Group is open to all members of the congregation ie both women and men of all ages, creed and race. There is a fee of $10.00 which is payable to Katherine Sutherland. This entitles the member to receive the bulletin called Bushfire, attend the St John’s Fellowship Group and any activities the group takes part in.

English as a Second Language Bible Study – Meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings, 6.15pm – 7:30 pm, in the church office lounge. Please contact Ino Pasullean for more information.

Young Adults Bible Study Group – Bible study, discussion and friendship for 18 to 30s. We meet every Tuesday, 7:15-9:15pm. Please contact Kirk and Dee for more information.

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

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. For more information contact Gordon

Indoor Hockey Group, 7-8pm, (13+) –  Adults and teenagers are welcome to join in a social game of hockey on the fourth Thursday 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 - The choir welcomes singers of all ages. It is a flexible group who support the hymn singing in the morning service and provide choral offerings. Rehearsals take place on a Sunday morning before and after the service, and once a month on a Thursday evening. 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 – We meet on first and third Sundays (May to September) at 2:30pm to 4pm. 14 years and above are welcome. Equipment provided. Cost $2, free for students. 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 baked beans, spaghetti, tinned tomatoes, tinned fish, meals (eg stews), instant noodles or toilet paper. If you are able to contribute to this please place non-perishable food items in the large basket in the foyer.  Thank you.

Carparking at St John’s

Please remember that there will be NO carparking available around the church as the site is now a construction zone.

Health & Safety at St John’s in the City: Congregation Members on Site

Please let the Church Office know when you are on site.  The purpose of this is for us to know who is on site, in the event of any natural disaster, emergency or security callout.  Furthermore, if you intend being on site at night or on weekends that are not booked events, please try and let the Church Office know during business hours.  Thank you.

St John’s in the City Mission Statement

The St John’s Session has developed a new Mission Statement. You are invited to read it carefully, as we begin to use it as part of our expression of faith and life together moving forward on our faith journey.  We also had a sermon on this, and you can find the sermon notes here. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact one of the Ministers.

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 Monika.

St John’s Library

The library committee is very enthusiastic about the collection of books (currently located in the St John’s Centre until further notice), put together for use by the congregation. We encourage you to browse and borrow the books at your leisure. The cards in the book pocket should be signed and placed in the small box on the trolley. We are open to suggestions for the purchase of new books (within our budget), which may enhance the collection. Donations are also welcome. The children’s books trolley is in the St John’s Centre and overseen by Monika, who also likes to receive comments and suggestions.
Janice, Margaret, Monika

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