The Bulletin

This section of the St John’s in the City website lets you know what is happening in the life of the St John’s Church community. The Bulletin is normally given out every Sunday at our services, and is made available here while we are unable to gather together during our collective pandemic response.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Time lapse footage of the dizzying scaffolding coming off the St John’s Bell Tower

Watch this amazing time lapse footage of the dizzying scaffolding coming off the St John’s Bell Tower, revealing the beautiful new colour scheme on the spire. (With grateful thanks to all the hardy people involved!)

Worship Services streaming on-line during the Lockdown

Kia ora St John’s whanau,

We are deeply committed together to this battle against the spread of Covid-19 as we remain diligent in our care for each other and avoid unnecessary risk. As a Church, we want to witness to the truth that we must love one another, be kind, and use our God-given common sense. 

You can remain connected at 10 am on Sunday with the Ministers and others using Zoom together. Use this link to join the live-streaming services on your computer, or use your telephone to dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759). See the St John’s Facebook Events page for all current info on our Sunday services for now.

DAILY DEVOTION   We have a Daily Devotion every day at 5 pm on Zoom. Please consider giving fifteen minutes for spiritual reflection together, led by someone in our St John’s family. The link to join on your computer is https://zoom.us/j/150457018. If using your phone, dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 150 457 018)”

We can still stay in touch as a St John’s Church community by checking out the sermons online, reading about events and notices on our website or Facebook page. If you need pastoral contact of some sort, please contact us through the St John’s Office, ph: 385 1546, email: enquiries@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz

If you’re not already on our group emailing list and would like to be added onto the list or update your details please contact the church office.

Groups To Join

Young Adults Bible Study Group – Bible study, discussion and friendship for 18 to 30s. Due to the circumstances, we will be hosting a Zoom Bible study meeting every Tuesday from 7:00 pm. Please contact Kirk and Dee for more information.

No Longer Tuesday Home Group – Bible study, discussion and friendship meets for an hour over Zoom and we take turns each week to do a reflection every Thursday 8-9 pm. Please contact Catherine Galuszka for more information.

The Monday Night Housegroup is meeting by zoom each Monday from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Four new people have joined us who normally live too far away, and we would welcome more. Just contact Margaret Galt for the Zoom link. At the moment we are finishing off a Lenten study that was interrupted by Covid. Then the group will decide what to study next.

ESL Bible Study Group -  will continue to meet over Zoom to share our faith with each other.  We meet on Thursdays week 2 and 4 of the month. Our next Bible study on Thursday 28th May at 6:30 pm.  If you would like to join us or any query please contact Ino.

Giving To St John’s During The Lockdown

We know this is a very difficult time for many in our Congregation and wider community, both managing everyday life and for some there are also financial uncertainties.

We would like to let you know the position St John’s is in too.

Before the Covid-19 crisis, we faced a projected deficit of approximately $400,000 per annum. We put in place a Review 2020 group to reduce the deficit. The closure of the Church during the lockdown and the effect of Covid19 is that St John’s projected income will reduce by half during the next three months and likely longer because of significantly reduced investment income, reduced rental income, and the inability for people to give through the plate and envelopes.

We are taking steps to manage all this – continuing Review 2020, reducing as many costs as possible, and applying to the Government for the wage subsidy so we can continue to pay our staff.

How you can help during the Lockdown:

  • You can keep up your giving through automatic payments as normal.
  • If you normally give through the plate or envelopes, you can give by setting up an automatic payment or a one off payment. Our Office staff can give advice on this, on our normal number 04 385 1546 (10 am to 3 pm weekdays) and via email. (enquiries@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz)
  • Giving to earthquake strengthening also can continue as usual.
  • If your circumstances have changed and you are feeling you cannot keep up a pledge you’ve made, such as to the earthquake strengthening, just let us know with a confidential message to Karin Duncan, our St John’s Office Manager k.duncan@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz – we’ll understand. You and your family’s well-being must come first.

How to Give

Any giving for the mission of St John’s can be made through the automatic payment system, by contacting your bank with the following information.  You can do this online now.

St John’s in the City Bank:  BNZ
Branch:  Wellington
Account Name:  St John’s Presbyterian Church
Account Number:  
02 0500 0021908 00 (General eg weekly giving)
02 0500 0021908 01 (Earthquake Strengthening only)
And the amount $

Please ensure that your name appears in the reference, and also the type of donation, so that you can be issued with a tax receipt.

Thank you as always for your help. We are pleased to say regular automatic payments are continuing from many generous people, giving to the earthquake fund has continued this week and we have had two payments on

Our Givealittle page, for earthquake strengthening, which also allows giving via credit cards. https://givealittle.co.nz/org/stjohnsinthecityorgnz

Doing Church together: Sunday Volunteers – Rosters covering July to October 2020

Although we are not yet back worshipping together in the city, we’re starting to prepare for that. And that means having lots of us involved working together as a Church family. So we are arranging rosters – covering July to October 2020. 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 lindavanmilligan@gmail.com before the 10th June the dates that you’re not available.

If you can help by stepping up to serve occasionally, or would like to know more about the tasks, please talk to the following people:

Many thanks everyone, Linda Van Milligan, Rosters Convenor

Collaborative Singing Project – Dona nobis pacem (Give us peace)

We are missing doing lots of things together and one of those things is singing. So we thought it would be good fun to give a virtual choir a go with anybody who wants to participate, young or old. All you need is your voice and a recording device with headphones. This can be your mobile phone or your computer. We will start by singing Dona nobis pacem.

Please email Eleanor Carter if you want to have a go at doing this. Her email is celeanor457@gmail.com

Eleanor will then email you words and music along with the all-important backing track and click-track, so we can all record our offerings in tune and in time. You can use this to practise with, then play this in your headphones whilst you are recording your part. You can then email your recording back to the Carter household, where the Carter Technician will work his magic and make us all sound like an angelic choir.

This is meant to be a fun project, not a perfect one. Please join in wherever you are, however you think you sing. We want to hear you, and sing the Lord’s praises together.

St John’s In The City Earthquake Strengthening Fund

Aitkin Memorial Window flyer 2Aitkin Memorial Window flyer, please click here for availability

Do you want to sponsor a panel of the Aitkin Memorial Window as a donation towards the Earthquake Strengthening Fund?

Sponsorship can be $250, $500 or $1,000 amounts.

For a contribution please follow the instructions as below:
Bank Account Number:  02 0500 0021908 01
Reference: Window
Amount of sponsorship: $________________

and email the church office enquiries@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz with your details so a receipt can be issued or if you want your name to appear on the panel that you have ‘sponsored’.

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 The Street Church for their gift of $5,000.
  • 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.

* If someone offers to pay you for something you’ve done, could that become a donation to the fund?  It is easy to make a donation through the givealittle page on-line:  https://givealittle.co.nz/org/stjohnsinthecityorgnz You can see the great video with Allister starring there too!

Study Theology @ University of Otago

Theology Programme at the University of Otago, Semester 2 papers

  • Study from anywhere: by distance or on campus
  • Think more deeply about Christian faith
  • Choose from a wide range of papers:
    in Biblical studies, Church History, Theology and Pastoral Theology
  • Study towards a qualification, or just do one course

More information: www.otago.ac.nz/theology
Phone 03 479 8639
Facebook: theologyotago

Visiting Scholar

POT Poster_Stories of Trouble and Peace

The St John’s Visiting Scholar for 2020 was the captivating Irish poet Pádraig Ó Tuama.
Here, for you to enjoy, two public lectures Telling the Truth About Power and The Complicated Art of Reconciliation. They were both delivered the same night, before he jumped on a plane to get back to the northern hemisphere prior to global lockdown because of the Covid-19 situation.

You can also hear some of his recorded material here.

Thank you to all of your for your interest in this Visiting Scholar Programme.

 

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 Italics 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

Now that we are back at school, and a bit busier, the regular fun hangouts during the weekdays will stop.

ST J’s KIDS ON SUNDAYS will join in the 10:00 am worship with families, as well as having a ZOOM time just for St J’s Kids from 4:15-4:45 pm. Families can get the necessary links from Monika

Contact Monika or Diane

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

Our Youth Pastor (Ino) and Youth Intern (Grace) are keeping our St John’s youth and the leaders connected by inviting them to a regular pattern of virtual meetings on-line. These are intentionally scheduled after 3:30 pm (except on Sundays) so that it won’t get in the way of school activity. (Youth can get the necessary links from Ino.

Contact Ino Pasullean (Youth Pastor)

Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.

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.