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:

Parish Secretary St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church

We have a vacancy in the St John’s Office for a part-time/job share Parish Secretary to give support to the Ministers and reporting to the Property and Administration Manager. The position also involves hiring of facilities in the busy St John’s Conference Centre to users.

We are looking for an experienced person who:

  • Has strong computer skills in the MS Office Suite and general office skills
  • Is self-motivated
  • Has excellent people, reception and phone skills.
  • Has good numeracy skills
  • Has knowledge of Xero Accounting Software is an advantage

This position is normally 15 hours per week being Monday and Tuesday with flexibility for occasional coverage on other days.

A full position description is available from the church office Closing date is 5pm, Friday 16 March 2018

Easter camp fundraising and sponsorship

Hey everyone, with Easter just around the corner, it brings along a major event on the youth group calendar, Easter Camp. This year we have quite a large group of Thrivers and Abstracters going off to camp. Each year camp keeps on getting better and better and is always a massive turning point in our youthies faith journey. We often see them come back with so much love and energy for god and grow so much in their faith in such a short time. Unfortunately camp is not cheap and this is where you, the congregation come in. There are two ways which you can help us out.

Firstly we are going to be doing a fundraiser BBQ and bake sale on 18 March after church. All of the food will be baked by the youthies to help raise as much money as possible. We are hoping to try and get as much money as possible taken off of everyone who participates in the fundraiser’s registration.

Secondly is you can help sponsor a child. In the past, we have had congregation members sponsor some of our youthies to help with there registrations. This doesn’t need to be a full sponsorship and can just be helping towards paying it off. So if there is a youthie who you would really want to help get to camp, or if you don’t mind who you sponsor, then let me know. This can also be done anonymously if you would like.

If you have any questions about either of these ways then please contact Richard Hpa

A Night to remember, a Passover Meal for all ages

When: Thursday 29 March, 5.30-7.00pm
Where:  St John’s Centre, cnr Willis and Dixon Streets
What:  A short service, followed by a shared meal. In Holy Week, the Thursday night has a special significance in the Christian tradition.
The Passover Festival in the Jewish tradition is often celebrated in the family setting. Here, the story of the Exodus, when Moses lead the people of Israel from slavery into freedom, is told and in the Seder Meal special foods are shared as this key experience is remembered. In the Christian tradition, Easter is the time when we celebrate and remember that out of love, Jesus died for us and rose again, so that we can have eternal life and live in the knowledge of God’s forgiveness and everlasting love. For Christians both stories are connected. Come and remember with us the last Meal Jesus had with his disciples before the events of his death and resurrection. Please bring a plate to share.

Book Launch

The St John’s in the City family is warmly invited to the launch of Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand edited by Geoffrey Troughton & Philip Fountain at Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington on Wednesday 21 March, 6pm—7:30pm All welcome. No RSVP necessary. About the book: ($30, p/b)

Sunday Evening Service 5:45 pm in the Chapel

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 will be emailed out. Please let Karin in the office know your email address if it is not in the August 2016 Directory or if your email has changed.

Presbytery Central Gathering

Saturday March 17th, 2018 St Alban’s Presbyterian Church, 339 Albert Street, Palmerston North with keynote speaker Right Rev. Richard Dawson, Moderator, Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand, ‘Change and the Church in Difficult Times’.

There is a range of workshops on the day. Of particular interest is the workshop ‘A white kiwi’s bi-cultural journey’ led by Andrew Judd, the

former Mayor of New Plymouth, whose time in office coincided with a time of reflection and revelation on the Treaty of Waitangi. In a hikoi to Parihaka he listened to Maori experience and found that there was a deep pain that he was encountering. He wore his mayoral chain which became a symbol of people in chains to systems and attitudes that oppress. We are often in denial, he observed. He discovered the hikoi to be healing. He believes that we need to open up a new conversation.

This is a day of inspiration and resourcing for EVERYONE! To register online:

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

This coming Sunday 18 March, at St J’s Kids we will learn about how much connected God’s love is with us! Check out Jeremiah’s famous words (31:31-34) and help us brainstorm what they can mean for our St J’s Kids Community!

Palm Sunday 25 March 10 am at the Church. This is the start of Holy Week! At St J’s Kids in stations we will experience what Jesus and his friends went through in the last days of his life. We will be creative and active. Come and help us celebrate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. If you like bring branches of any sort for the procession.

There is a Good Friday Service on Friday 30 March at 10 am in the church. On that day, there is no St J’s Kids Programme, the children will stay in the church with the adults. We are looking forward to seeing you all.

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER! Invitation to an All-age Passover Meal on Thursday 29 March, 5:30pm to 7pm at the St John’s Centre: Come for Celebration of Freedom; Community; Prayer. Children, families and the whole congregation are invited. We will have a short service first followed by a shared meal.

Easter Sunday 1 April. A Celebration of Life! All come and celebrate! Jesus is risen, he is risen indeed. Start at the church 10 am. At St J’s Kids we will learn about this great event. We will pray, play active games and celebrate with an egg hunt and bright colours. Come and wear colours of joy if you like.

To contact either Monika or Enrino (Ino)

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group activities

Thrive Youth 23rd March are having a my Kitchen Rules night led by our awesome OT students. We will be meeting at BGI at 6:30 and finishing at 8:30pm. Bring your best cooking skills, as prizes will be in store.

Sunday 25th March Thrive will be continuing with their Faith Lens series. Come and join us in Spinks for a great time of discussion.

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 – You never know when it’s Easter coming up, do you, unlike Christmas, it is a moving feast. Why? Easter is tied to the phases of the moon. In the Northern Hemisphere, Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring. Here  it’s after the first full moon in Autumn. This year the Autumn full moon falls on Saturday 31 March. However, we will have our special Easter Service a bit sooner, on Tuesday 27 March at 11am. Please put this date in your calendar and join us down at the church.

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.

Leprosy Mission Moneybox Programme

What is it? - People have a money box in their own home or workplace. Anytime you have some spare change just pop it in there. You empty the money box and bring the contents to church during April and October. You get a tax receipt which you can use to claim 1/3rd back on your annual tax rebate form.

What is the money used for? – The Leprosy Mission NZ used the money to assist families devastated by the effects of leprosy and living in poverty in Chittagong, Bangladesh

How do I get a moneybox? – Contact Judi Ferguson 972 9901 Let your small change make a BIG difference.

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