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 2019 St John’s Calendar.

Here’s what’s coming up:

St John’s in the City Custodian Position

We are in need of some urgent short term part-time custodial assistance during normal business hours on a casual basis.  The work includes cleaning, some heavy lifting, moving of furniture and other custodial duties. If you are interested or know of someone please email Karin in the church office URGENTLY.

ANOTHER STORY MUST BEGIN Combined Lenten Study Series hosted by Central Baptist and St John’s in the City

Based on Les Misérables this Lenten Study Series focuses on themes and principle characters of this epic narrative, exploring the grace of God, alongside our human need and opportunities for redemption. This series will help us assess what we can do with our lives, both for ourselves and for those around us.

Thursday evenings 7:30-8:30pm

  • 14th March Central Baptist
  • 21st March St John’s in the City
  • 28th March Central Baptist
  • 4th April St John’s in the City
  • 11th April Central Baptist

The full feature length movie of Les Misérables will be screened on Saturday 16th March at 7:00 pm at Central Baptist. Other inner-city churches are invited to be part of this Lenten Study Series, and more details on the St John’s Facebook Page.

A group to join during Lent

John’s in the City in the city… Are you new to the city or living in the city, or open to shaking up the routine? You are invited to join a group exploring the PCANZ booklet “Justice and Action” for four weeks during Lent. We will meet in a flat near the church on Fridays 7 to 8:30pm, March 15, 22 and April 5 and 12.  You are very welcome.  For more information, contact the ministers, or email Rebecca Dudley or Mary Hutchinson & Jonathan Boston.

Public Lecture – Faith and Belief in New Zealand

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At St John’s Centre, corner of Willis and Dixon Streets, Wellington on Thursday 28 March 2019 at 6pm (refreshments at 5:30pm).









You are warmly invited to our fundraising dinner here at St John’s Saturday 6th APRIL, 6:30pm in the St John’s Centre

THE PURPOSE is two-fold: Firstly to raise funds for our Seismic Project. Secondly for you to have a great night out, a delicious meal and to celebrate our achievements to date.

COST OF TICKETS is $65 each, this includes:

  • Pre-dinner nibbles.
  • One of three main dinner choices (you tell us your choice when you purchase your ticket).
  • One of two dessert choices.
  • A glass of wine. Non-alcoholic beverages also available.
  • Tea/coffee and something sweet.


  • We are privileged to have John Allen as a Guest Speaker.
  • Also we will have a grocery hamper to be won so bring your small change.


  • Sunday March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and lastly 31st.
  • You can purchase ticket(s) (and make your dinner choices) either in the church foyer after church OR in the St John’s Centre over morning tea.

There will be NO door sales so be in quick! Limited to 98. Any enquiries please email Margaret Gilkison

Relationships – Presbytery Central Gathering with Kidstream on Saturday 23rd March 2019

(Ministers’ Gathering, Friday 22nd March 2019) at St Alban’s Presbyterian Church, 339 Albert Street, Palmerston North. A day of fun, fellowship, encouragement, eating and learning in the presence of the Lord with keynote speaker Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio (Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand). To register

Appointment to new Youth Pastor Role at St John’s

St John’s commitment to young people and the growth of their faith has been demonstrated in the resourcing of paid leadership for youth ministry for thirty years.

This year St John’s is delighted to announce an appointment to the new full-time role of Youth Pastor. This new leadership role shifts the emphasis to coordinating the ministry with youth by the whole congregation. The Youth Pastor will oversee the programmes and the team of dedicated volunteers, reflecting on the needs of young people and how we all contribute to the growing of our faith together.

The Christian Education Committee, along with the Ministers and elders of Session, have discerned a strong call to Ino Pasullean to this new role of Youth Pastor.

Ino is known to many at St John’s as an elder, leader of the Indonesian community, and Assistant Children and Families Ministry Worker for the last three years. He is married to Jeane, and they have two children.

As well as the passion for serving God’s Church, Ino has had previous youth ministry leadership experience in Indonesia. He has transferred this experience into the New Zealand culture effectively in his ministry with Children & Families at St John’s. Ino came to New Zealand in 2009 to study for a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) at Victoria University.

Ino is already recognised as highly relational, strategic, and organised. He empowers others and fosters teams, such as those who have travelled from St John’s to Indonesia on the Cross Cultural Encounters.

The wider network of youth ministry in the Presbyterian Church offers collegiality, training and resources to Ino as he begins his new role. He will also undertake part-time theological study initially, as we recognise we want a leader for our youth ministry who thinks theologically in the work they do.

Although Ino steps out of the Children & Families Ministry, there will be an increased level of cooperation and coordination between these age-specific ministries as we acknowledge and enjoy the strong levels of trust and goodwill that exist. The plans to ensure there is appropriate support for the Children & Families Ministry is now the priority for the Christian Education Committee.

Ino’s start date as Youth Pastor is 18th March 2019, and there will be an induction for him in the worship service on the 24th March 2019.

We give thanks to God for the call to serve and specifically this appointment to serve the ministry with the youth of St John’s, as we provide young people with a vibrant and exciting place to grow their faith in Christ.

If you have any questions about the youth ministry (including getting more involved) please talk to Rob Anderson, Convenor of the Christian Education Committee, or one of the Ministers.

Tax Donation Receipts 1 April 2018-31 March 2019

To claim a 33% rebate for this tax year, you need to pay all donations into the St John’s bank account by Friday 29 March or in cash by Sunday 31 March.

All receipts for donations for general or envelope giving and or seismic fundraising over the tax year will be emailed out or available from the second week of April onwards. Please ensure that Karin in the office has your most up to date email address. For those without email addresses the receipt will be handed out in a sealed envelope either at Church on Sunday or be available at the church office.
Please email Karin if you have any queries or to update your email address.

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

24 March, we meet at the church at 10 am and go to the St J’s Kids Programme after the Blessing Song. In today’s story Isaiah reminds us all that the goodness of god invites all people to its feast (Isaiah 55:1-9). We will reflect on what this might mean for us.

Also, we will get a chance to pray for the Muslim Community of New Zealand and write prayers which join up. We would like to take these prayers to the mosque in Wellington as an expression of our solidarity and friendship.

31 March, we will explore a very famous family story of forgiveness and share our own experiences with each other. (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32).

Contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

22 March, we will be having a combined night and heading up to Kelburn park for some wide games.

24 March, we will be heading out into Spinks to look at the next video of the bible project series, Job.

29 March, we will be having a catch up week by doing the events we were planning on doing last week instead of the beach.

Thrive will be in the kitchen next week having a cook off.

Abstract will be playing the same jackbox games that thrive played a couple weeks ago. So if you have a mobile device then bring it along.

Easter Camp Bake Sale on 24 March, the youth group will be holding a bake sale and BBQ to help fundraise for our annual trip to Easter camp. We want as many young people to go as possible so it would be amazing if you could come and help us out. If you would also like to help by sponsoring a youthie, then please get in contact with Richard.

Youth Group Progressive Dinner, the youth group is also looking for a few households to help with our progressive dinner on the 12th of April. If you are keen to help out with hosting a entrée or mains for about a dozen young people, then please talk to Richard.

Contact Richard Hpa (Abstract & Thrive)

Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.

Sunday Evening Service

It’s running each Sunday at 5:45pm in the St John’s Centre.

Our evening service vision is that, within the wider mission and goals of St John’s in the City, we seek to engage young adults, from St John’s and the wider community, encouraging and equipping them to grow in, and live out, their relationship with God. For details each week check out the St John’s Facebook page.


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 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.

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 Ted Cizadlo 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+) – [Starts back 7-8pm 27 February 2019] 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 - 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 over several months, which was discussed and tweaked at a congregational forum in June. 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 a few weeks ago, 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