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:

Exhibition 2019

Fundraising for Earthquake Strengthening

CREATIVITY—an Exhibition and Sale, stone sculpture, jewellery, woodwork, paintings, home furnishings,  quilts, needlework and crafts. Also, home baking & refreshments. On Friday 22 Nov 4pm—7pm and Saturday 23 Nov 10am—3pm, at St John’s in the City, Cnr Willis & Dixon Streets



Creativity Exhibition and Show

People are getting excited and offering help.  We’re now ready to let you know what specific help we need. Publicity, Publicity, Publicity – any way you can, anywhere you can.  We have A4 and smaller flyers. Home baking – for the cafe being run on Saturday – or we’ll package it nicely for sale direct. People to help with set up / hanging art & quilts on Friday 22 Nov between 10am – 2pm. Someone to set up a display about the earthquake strengthening, people to be rostered on to operate the EFTPOS facility (training will be given), people to run a sausage sizzle, donations of items of art / craft that you have made to be sold at a St J’s Table. We still have room for a couple of tables for people who have items to sell, quality crafted items. $30 per table. For all offers of assistance contact Judi Ferguson

Invitation Sunday 24th November

We have a love for families to know and experience God’s love – and we’d love to see more families join in the St J’s Kids and youth ministries! So we are taking positive action to engage new families and welcome them into our shared experiences together as the Church. We need your help to do this.

We are asking you to courageously invite families you know to come along to St John’s. And to help families take this step, we are purposefully planning a Sunday morning that has clear expectations – we want to make is really easy for new families to feel at home, see what loving God looks like, and join in what is happening.

We want new families to participate in our worship and St J’s Kids Sunday morning programme, to get a taste of what Jesus’ teaching means to us and how it shapes our life as a community. We would like them to meet other people and families in our community who live out their faith. 

Please do not feel limited to only inviting families – you are encouraged to invite anyone you feel led to ask along—grandchildren, neighbours, friends.  We can all invite someone.

  • There are postcards in the foyer to take and give to those you invite.
  • And there is a Facebook event on the St John’s Facebook page.


Sunday 1st December, 7:30pm at St Mary of the Angels. We join as two communities in the love and unity of Christ for readings, carols, and prayers as we begin the Advent season.

Christmas and New Year Services

Here are the special services coming up in December…

  • 1st December – Combined Carol Service at St Mary of the Angels, 7:30pm
  • 8th December – Quarterly Communion, St J’s Kids Pageant, 10am
  • 15 th December – Carol Service, 10am
  • 22nd December – Sunday worship service, 10am
  • 24th December – Christmas Eve Family Service, 6pm
  • 25th December – Christmas Day, 10am
  • 29th December – Sunday worship service, 10am

A Great Month of Earthquake Fundraising…

Congratulations and thanks to many people who have contributed greatly to our fundraising over the last month:

  • 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 on Friday and Saturday. Results are eagerly awaited as the Bulletin goes to press.
  • To Knox Waitara parish for their fantastic support with $12,050 donated to us. This is a tremendous boost for us.
  • To those who have added to their pledges and given even more directly to our funds over the last month – another $2,500
  • 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.  Here are two:
* For that person who has everything, why not give for them a gift to our earthquake strengthening fund this Christmas? We’ll have special cards available from the Office that you can give.
* If someone offers to pay you for something you’ve done, could that become a donation to the fund? Someone offered to pay for staying in our house recently. We declined but suggested they donate to earthquake strengthening. They gave $200 through our give a little page: You can see the great video with Allister starring there too!

Visit to Sumatra

Following the visit last year by Rev Ridho Parhusip, St John’s currently has an ‘active’ opportunity with the HKBP Church for an individual, or couple, from St John’s to visit Sumatra for up to three months. We want to allow for this opportunity, if there is someone who feels this could be a possibility. There are no fixed plans at this stage, and no finances dedicated to this. But it is a relationship with have with the Christian Church in that part of Indonesia, and so if you are interested to explore the possibility of a visit please let one of the Ministers know.

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 Italic 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.

St Johns communion tokens


In the nineteenth century, St John’s provided pewter communion tokens to church members to bring to Communion. These were distributed to members of the Congregation to show who was eligible for Communion – dating from an old practice of having such tokens in Scotland when they were used as a device to ensure only those who could be trusted could attend.

Many New Zealand Presbyterian Churches issued them in the nineteenth century but the St John’s ones of 1878 and 1886 are amongst the rarest. St John’s still holds nine of them but now plans to sell most of these valuable antiques to raise funds for earthquake strengthening.

Two of the best of the tokens in near new condition were recently sold at public auction to help raise funds for earthquake strengthening St John’s. They brought $1400 and $1050 respectively.

St John’s is now offering members of the Congregation the opportunity to buy one of the remaining tokens at $1000 each as a further way to raise funds for strengthening.  The whole of the proceeds from these sales will go to strengthening. Note that these sales are not charitable donations.

They are similar the one illustrated – the actual example will vary.

If interested please see David Galt, or email David Galt

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

Sunday 24 & 1 December: Creativity Sundays come and experience community and creativity! God gave us Jesus, so we can have Joy, and we want to pass on this joy to others.

On these two Sundays, come and create something that may give someone else joy. Choose to do baking, clay art or from many other options and create, create, create.

24 November is also our Invitation Sunday. Invite a friend to come along and join in. Let others know what St John’s experience is about. We meet at 10am in the church.

Would you like to be part of the Christmas Pageant on the 8 December? You can also sign up which role you are interested in for our Christmas Pageant on 17 November. There will be angels, shepherds, dogs, sheep, wise people, and more to choose from! The Practice is on Sat 7 Dec, 2-4pm, in the centre.

8 December St J’s Kids Pageant and Strawberry Festival 10am in the Church. We will act out our Christmas Play and celebrate. Also, we will have Strawberries and ice cream. Why? Because the Year 6 kids from St J’s Kids will graduate from the Children’s Programme and will be invited to join the Youth Group Programme. To celebrate that, we will gift them with a Bible.

The Advent Travelling People Project. St John’s woollen Nativity Scene Characters would like to travel around the houses of St John’s congregation in December. Like in the past years, during the Advent Season, St John’s would like to send their woollen Nativity Characters on their Journey from home to home of people from our congregation. On Christmas Morning, then, they will all be reunited at the Church for the Morning Service. They are already excited, waiting to go on sleepovers in three groups: Mary and Joseph, The Shepherds, The Wise People. The idea is that they stay for some nights at one home and then travel on. And all their adventures can be recorded in their journals. Would you or your family like to be the hosts for one of these travelling groups? If so, we would love to hear from you, so that we then can put their travel plan together! Please contact Monika or Diane to let them know which time you would like to host and you are on the list! The more places they have to visit, the more adventures they will have to tell! Thank you so much!

Contact Monika or Diane

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

Kia ora… Particular welcome if this is your first time – it’s great to see you!

On 24 November, between 9:30 to 10am all the youth are invited for a hot chocolate at Spinks Cottage. At 10am we will go to the church to join-in the first part of the service. At 10:20 ish all the youth will go back to Spinks Cottage for our youth group time (if you’re unsure where to go, please just follow the other youth you see). The leaders have prepared an exciting programme for us to enjoy.

Sunday 1 December, we will be doing a Mt Kaukau walk straight after the Sunday Worship Service. Please let Ino know if you would like to join us.

Contact Ino Pasullean (Youth Pastor)

Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.


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 7:30pm 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.

Young Adults Bible Study Group – Bible study, discussion and friendship for 18 to 30s. We meet every Tuesday, 7:15-9:15pm. Please contact Kirk and Dee 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 Duncan Shaw 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+) –  Adults and teenagers are welcome to join in a social game of hockey on the fourth Thursday 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. 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.

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

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