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:

The Boulcott Seminar at Wellington Central Baptist Church

Following on from St John’s Visiting Scholar Programme, there is another very worthwhile opportunity for nourishment coming up in September.  Sara Miles is the author of Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion; Jesus Freak: Feeding Healing Raising the Dead, and City of God: Faith in the Streets.  She is the founder and director of The Food Pantry www.thefoodpantry.org and served as Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church www.saintgregorys.org in San Francisco for ten years.  The seminar will be at Wellington Central Baptist Church on Saturday 23rd September (yes, it’s election day- so cast your vote and then come along!) 10:00am–4:00pm. More information on the day and online registration is available at: http://central.org.nz/the-boulcott-seminar/

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.

Be part of the Pantry Raid! It is Term 3, and our traditional PANTRY RAID is upon us!

On SATURDAY 23 September, between 2 and 5 pm, several cars full of adults, youth and children from our congregation will drive all over Wellington in order to collect non-perishable food and other items from households of our congregation. These food items will be donated to DCM. According to latest face book postings, DCM urgently needs to stock up their supplies, as more and more people are making use of their services. The collection was a lot of fun last year, a day full of action and joy.
We are now looking for:

  • People from our congregation who would like to donate food and other items and have them ready for collection on the day.
  • People of all ages from the congregation who would like to help collecting (this activity suits kids best from School Year 3 up)

They would appreciate the following items:

  • Tinned stews and ready meals
  • Spread – jam, honey, marmite
  • Pasta and curry sauces
  • Tuna, salmon and sardines
  • Washing powder

Thank you so much!! Please let Monika know if you can help.

St J’s Kids

Nau mai ki te whanau o St John, tamariki me hoa. Welcome to the St John’s family, children & friends. Last week we had a nice day learning about land as part of God’s creation. We also had a wonderful holy communion with the whole church and a delicious shared lunch to top it off. Sunday 17 September we will start in the Church at 10 am and after the Sung Blessing, we will go to the hall where we will have an interactive quiz time as part of Maori language week. After that in our small groups, we will talk about how God’s presence comforts us and that God has good things in mind for all creation. Pick up at 11.15 am or after the service. 24 September is the last Sunday before School Holidays.

To contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group activities

EPIC & Thrive

Friday 22nd September Thrive and Epic are testing their cooking skills with a MasterChef combined night.  It is going to be a night filled with challenges, yummy food and making a lot of mess! What better way to spend your Friday night! BGI Centre 6:30-8:30pm. Sunday 24th Sadly Laura & Eddy are away so Thrive Youth will be staying in for the full service.  However Epic will be continuing with their programme in Spinks on this date. Have a fantastic Week.

To contact Richard Hpa (EPIC)
To contact Laura Putt or Eddy Davis- Rae (Thrive)
Find out more about EPIC and Thrive.

Groups

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 – With the election campaign in full swing, every party talks about the social services they will provide, if they win.  Housing, health, education: they are all into it.  Good on them, but how do we know how well they are delivering? Headlines don’t tell us everything! Solid research is also needed. Peter Barber is a researcher with the NZ Christian Social Service and he will be able to put us in the picture.  With our next meeting on Tuesday 26 September following hot on the heels of the General Elections on the 23 September, this talk should be of particular interest.

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. With the General Election in less than a month’s time, we will discuss at least a couple of meanings of ‘election’ for the practice of Christian faith. To get a copy of the short article ‘Elected to be Consumed’, for reading prior so as to inform our discussion, contact the St John’s Office.

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

Indoor Hockey Group, 7-8pm, Wed 27 Sept – We will be piloting an indoor hockey group from September through November.  Adults and teenagers are welcome to join us on the fourth Wednesday of the Month, 7-8pm.  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.

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 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 Conversations, Sunday lunchtime from 29 October (NB: start date changed)

You are invited to take part in a short series of informal conversations in a small group for the purpose of considering Baptism (or Confirmation of Baptism). This is an opportunity is available for anyone wanting to explore taking a step forward in faith. 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. These small group conversations will happen over lunch on Sundays after the morning service, from 29 October. If you are interested, please contact Rev Allister Lane for catering purposes.

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.

Opportunities

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.)

Prayer

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