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:

Job Share Custodian

We have an Immediate vacancy for a job share custodian on a permanent part time basis. The base hours are 16 hours per week being 3-6pm Tuesday to Friday and 8am to 12noon on Saturday. The St John’s complex consists of an historic landmark church and cottage, a very busy St John’s Centre, offices, tenants and grounds. This role reports to the Property and Administration Manager. For this position we are seeking a person with skills and experience in commercial cleaning, set ups and takedowns for our many clients, grounds and facilities maintenance and practical handyman skills with a high standard of customer liaison ability. Heavy lifting is involved. An ability to work in a team and independently with proven time management skills, attention to detail and health and safety is also required.

For a full job description, please contact the Church Office on 04 385 1546 or email the Church Office

Closing date for applications which should include a covering letter and full resume is Friday, 18 May 2018 at 5pm

Combined Pentecost Service with our neighbours

The three churches on ‘the Willis Street strip’ are gathering to worship God on Sunday evening – 20th May, which is PENTECOST SUNDAY – the ‘birth-day’ of the Church. You are warmly invited to this special occasion of united Christian worship at St John’s in the City at 7:30pm. If able please bring a plate of finger food to share.

Baptism/Confirmation discussions for youth

These are being held each Sunday after the morning church service starting from 20th of May, and is a 5-week long series of talks.

We want you to come and take part in a small group with the Ministers and Youth leaders to think about Baptism (or Confirmation of Baptism) as we talk about what is Christian faith. This is a chance for you 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 a chance shortly after for you to take a step of faith.

If you are interested, please let your Youth Leader know, or contact Rev Allister Lane

Collectors are required for DCM Foodbank appeal on the 26th May

St John’s has been asked to collect at Chaffers Street New World from 9:30am until 1:30pm. If you are able to help please contact Carolyn Goudswaard

Fundraising on 27 May 2018 after the morning service at the St John’s Centre

For visiting Minister from HKBP Indonesia and 2nd Cross Cultural Encounter Trip to Indonesia.  There will be BBQ sausages, dumplings, sesame balls, mie goreng and meatball soup. To pre-order, please contact Enrino (Ino)

The Alpha Marriage Course

Is a series of six sessions designed to help married couples strengthen their relationship.  Running from 28 May to 2 July, 7:30-9:30pm at the home of Allister and Naomi Lane.  Cost per couple $15  To register your interest contact Rev Allister Lane

Starlight Story Time 2018


Starlight Story Time

Bring along your friends and whanau to an evening of interactive storytelling, games and supper.  Please join us on Friday 29 June 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  Entry by gold coin donation.  For more information

please contact Monika






Church Camp

Save the date! Church camp at Forest Lakes, 21-23 September. More news will follow over the coming months…in the meantime, book your diaries with the date. Any questions in the meantime? Email St John’s Church Camp 2018

Bell Ringers

If you are interested or would like to go on the roster, please contact Linda van Milligan or the Church Office

Nothing Above 12 May St John's Centre






Souper Sundays Are Back Again

During 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 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.

20 May (S – Z),  3 June (M – R),  1 July (Hay – L),  19 August (Daw – Has),  16 September (A – Dav)

Look forward to seeing youMarg Gilkison

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 Library

The library committee is very enthusiastic about the collection of books in the foyer, put together for use by the congregation.  We encourage you to browse and borrow the books at your leisure.  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 book trolley is in the conference centre and overseen by Monika, who also likes to receive comments and suggestions.

Inside the front doors we mount a display, with relevant books which may be borrowed.  This display usually relates to some current topical issue and is changed regularly.

Janice, Margaret, Monika

Sunday Evening Service 5:45 pm in the Chapel

(This Sunday 20 May 2018: Evening Service 7:30 pm in the Church for Combined Pentecost Service)

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.

Tax Donation Receipts 1 April 2017-31 March 2018

Receipts for donations over the tax year have been emailed on Tuesday 10 April. If we don’t have your email or postal address, you can pick up your tax receipt from the church office on Monday 16 April 2018 onwards. Any query please contact Karin.

Envelope Subscribers

Receipts from contributions received during the year ended 31 March 2018 have been prepared and with a replacement supply of envelopes are now available from the church foyer. If anyone else wishes to formalise their church giving and join the envelope system they should contact the envelope secretary Linda van Milligan  Thank you.

DCM Bookfair 2018

DCM’s annual Bookfair will be held on Saturday 4 August at Shed 6 on Wellington’s waterfront. Book donations are welcome at DCM, any week day between 9am-5pm, or directly to our sorting unit on Shelly Bay Road, opposite Chocolate Fish Cafe, on Thursdays or Saturdays from 10am-1pm. There will also be a book donation bin available at St John’s in the City throughout the month of June.

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

20 May is Pentecost Sunday. This is a day of celebration! It’s the birthday of the church. At St J’s Kids we will hear a story of flames and wind and the good news. (Acts 1:1-21).

On 27 May we will learn about Isaiah who was one of God’s prophets. Come and learn about what it was like for him when God called him. A crazy and wonderful experience! (Isaiah 6:1-8). This day is also ‘Invite a friend day’. Please invite as many friends as you like.

To contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

Abstract Youth

20 May - This Sunday we’ll be in Spinks as usual, talking a bit about what the coming of Christ meant back in the past, and what His second coming could be like if it happened in today’s society.

Friday 25 May – Coming up we have a 2-part activity: DIY T-shirts! This week we’ll be making stencils to use on the T-shirts, which will be spray painted with the pattern the following week (Fri 1st June). We’ll also be playing some games each night to help keep things active and interesting, so be sure to come along – more details to come!

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 – 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.

Our next meeting will be on May 22, 2018 ‘The second to last Tuesday of the month!’. We will hear about the work of the MacDiarmid  Institute. What do they do? Stop and admire a spider web sometimes. Could humans spin such a thread, attach them to anchor point with such glue, give them such resilience and tensile strength and replicate their hexagonal structure in the weirdest of spaces? It would take teams of biologists, physicists, chemists and engineers to replicate it! The MacDiarmid Institute coordinates researchers across those fields to study the minutest parts of things such as silk thread. Catherine Gibbs will be our speaker. Please bring finger food for lunch as usual.

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