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:

Baptism/Confirmation discussions for youth

These are being held each Sunday after the morning church service from 5 May, and running throughout May for a 4-week series of talks.  We will meet downstairs in Spink’s Cottage, from 11:30am and lunch is provided.

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 explore the basics of Christian faith.  This is a chance for you to consider 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 to do just that.  If you are interested, please let your Youth Leader know, or contact Rev Allister Lane  (If you are not in the youth group and would like to know more about Baptism, please let a Minister know)

Sunday Church Volunteers – Rosters for July through October 2019

We’re starting to prepare the next rosters covering – July, August, September & October 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 1 June 2019.

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

Marton Mission

St John’s in the City has been invited by St Andrew’s Church in Marton to form a mission team to join their church for a week of mission based in Marton from 28 Sep – 4 Oct 2019. St Andrew’s Church mission statement is “We seek to express and share the reality of God’s unconditional love through Jesus Christ.” As a church we have accepted their invitation to join in with this mission, and planning has already started to run a week long Christian holiday club to express and share God’s unconditional love with the children of Marton. We invite you to consider being part of the mission team of mixed ages. We are looking for people who have one or more of the following skills: children’s work, teaching, leadership, music, drama, cooking, crafts, etc. If you think this could be you, please express your possible interest to one of the people shown below.  For further information please contact Gordon Fitch or Ino Pasullean

SOUPER SUNDAYS ARE BACK AGAIN!

During the winter months we invite you to share in a Souper Sunday after the service. These are very popular and provide a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and fun … and the homemade soup is delicious.

Our Responsibility:  is to provide the soup and bread, tea and coffee.
Your Responsibility:  is to provide something ( eg: slice, biscuits, fruit) we can share with our tea and coffee after our soup. It’s as simple as that! No extra charge.

We have divided the congregation into alphabetical listings as we wouldn’t be able to cope with you all at once! However if you can’t make it on your designated Sunday, please come another day.

May 19th ( A- Dav)
June 16th ( Daw- Has)
July 7th ( Hay- L)
August 18th ( M-R)
September 15th ( S-Z)

Look forward to seeing you. Visitors – please come and join us – we are a friendly bunch!

St Johns communion tokensST JOHN’S 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

19 May in our small groups, we will talk about a story of the friendship between two people who seemed to have little in common. In this story Peter learns that God’s love is for everyone (Acts 11:1-18). We will brainstorm what this might mean for us at St J’s Kids and in our congregation.

26 May is Friendship Day at St John’s! Invite your friends to come along to church if you like. After a big group game, in our small group will learn about an amazing woman from the Bible called Lydia. She showed amazing generosity and became the leader of the first house church in her city Philippi. Come and be inspired. Also, the LIME STONE GROUP (Y3 & 4) will be the hosts for the morning tea.

Contact Monika

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

17 May, both groups will be heading off to Lazer Force. You will need to bring along $15 each for unlimited rounds for the whole night.

Contact Ino Pasullean (Youth Pastor) or Richard Hpa (Abstract & Thrive)

Find out more about Thrive and Abstract.

Groups

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 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.

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