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 take downs 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. Closing date for applications which should include a covering letter and full resume is Friday, 28 September 2018 at 5pm

Souper Sundays

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. Please note the new date on 30 September for A-Dav.

20 May (S – Z)3 June (M – R)1 July (Hay – L),  19 August (Daw – Has),  30 September (A – Dav)

Looking forward to seeing youMarg Gilkison

Sunday Church Volunteers Rosters for November 2018 through February 2019

We’re starting to prepare the next rosters covering – November, December 2018, January & February 2019.

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 7 October 2018.

If you can help by serving on a roster, or would like to know more about the tasks, please talk to the following people:

Thank you.  Linda Van Milligan

Seismic Strengthening Project

The sanctuary will remain the same, however the foyer, chapel, bell tower and all stairwells plus the Vestry, Marshall Room and all the cupboards are now bare. There will be no library or anything else in the foyer including the ability to have morning tea.  Morning tea will be in the St John’s Centre. Any queries please contact Karin.

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

Ridho in Palmy 7th Aug 2018Introducing Rev Ridho

Rev Ridho Kardo Parhusip is a Pastor in the HKBP Church in Indonesia, and was ordained on 10 June 2018. He has been serving in the Diakonia Department of HKBP which has ministry with Street Children, Orphanages, Education, Community development, Charity Emergency, Justice, Peace and Intregrity of Creation. After graduating from theological and ministry training in 2015, he has had a ministry internship at a HKBP Development programme with 620 families.

After that, he served for 2 years in the Diaconia Department of HKBP. This included supporting street children who were taught in workshops to make shoes, serving in orphanages, helping children with autism, assisting community development by means of organic farming with the congregations, and providing emergency assistance to congregations who experienced natural disasters. Ridho’s hobbies include: playing basketball, football, and listening to music.

As a pastor,  he hopes to develop spirituality and promote dialogue between the communion of believers. He wants to serve in such a way that he can address the problems of each congregation.

St J’s Kids

There is no St J’s Kids on 23 September due to church camp and the children that are here this morning will stay in the church for the morning service. 30 September will be our last St J’s Kids for Term 3.  During the school holidays, we have holiday programmes in the St John’s Centre.

Contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

23 September, there won’t be any Thrive or Abstract programmes as all the leaders are away at Church Camp.

28 September is the last youth group night for term 3. Both groups will be meeting in the St John’s Centre for their separate events and then coming together and the end for our testimonial time.

Contact Richard Hpa (Abstract & Thrive)

Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.

Sunday Evening Service 5:45 pm in the St John’s Centre Hall

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 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.

Art Group – Meets fortnightly from 3 September 2018, 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 the 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.

How charming is the Word of the Lord?  On a scale of 1 to 10 the correct answer is 11.  How do we know?  We could learn that from our church bulletin of Sunday 19 August 2018.  On page 2, right at the top, there was a list of eleven compliments like ‘You are beautiful’ and so on which could come in very handy on a date night!  Even better, these lovely compliments were each matched with a Bible quote!  We’ll do a Bible study on these quotes when we meet next .  So, book your date with the Lord for Tuesday 25 September at 11am. Please bring something for lunch.

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 is now finished for the season and Table Tennis finishes this Sunday on 16 September 2018. 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.

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.

Please note that when the seismic strengthening project begins, there will be NO carparks available.

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.


As Christians, 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


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.

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

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

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 26 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.