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 2020 St John’s Calendar.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Upcoming events in February and March at St John’s in the City

23rd  Congregational Forum
25th  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast, 7:30am
26th  Ash Wednesday, 5:15pm at St Mary of the Angels

1st    Picnic Church, 10am Troup Picnic Area Otari Wilton Bush
8th    Quarterly Communion
8th    Scots House Service Fergusson House, 5:45pm
15th  Padraig Ó Tuama preaching
21st  Padraig Ó Tuama Workshop ‘Peace the World Cannot Give’ at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
22nd Invitation Sunday (new families)

Congregational Forum Sunday 23rd February – Starting 11:30am – 12:30pm

We need your input and ideas on a numbers of important priorities, to meet the changing needs of our church so we can move forward in confidence and faith.

The three main topics to discuss are:

  • How to celebrate the reopening of the church and reconnecting the community once the earthquake strengthening is completed (nearly there!).
  • Pathway of Faith update (intergenerational faith formation).
  • Review 20/20 —we need your input how we can use our church property to increase financial viability and continue in our mission.

The forum will be in the Hall after the usual Morning Tea, to make it more convenient for you to come along and be part of sharing information and ideas.

Pancake Breakfast 2020Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Breakfast

Hosted by St John’s in the City on 25th February 7:30-8:30am in the St John’s Centre.
Everyone is invited to celebrate Shrove Tuesday in the St John’s way – with a shared pancake breakfast.  We’ll have heaps of fun eating pancakes, and playing games before finishing up in time for school and work.  This year we’ll also be making gluten free pancakes.  Your koha is invited to support the work of DCM.



Ash Wednesday

As we enter the season of Lent this coming week we start to think about the journey of Jesus to the cross. It is at moments like this we can put aside time to consider Jesus, his death and resurrection and how we might still cooperate, often unknowingly, with the powers that caused an innocent man to be murdered. One such way is by joining in the combined Ash Wednesday Service with St Mary of the Angels and St John’s in the City on Wednesday 26th February at 5:15pm at St Mary of the Angels.

Leadership at a Crossroads – a public lecture by Ron White

In 2020, concerns and worries about leadership are heard in conversations in nations around the world. What qualities do we want in leaders today?  Are there moral and spiritual dimensions to authentic leadership? Are there examples from history that can inform our hopes in these tumultuous times? Ron White, American presidential historian, will convene a conversation based on his biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, but also speaking to contemporary anxieties and aspirations. On Sunday 8th March 2020, 2:30pm at St John’s in the City, corner of Willis and Dixon Streets. (Free entry)

Earthquake Fundraising…

Congratulations and thanks to many people who have contributed greatly to our fundraising:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!

Thursday 27 February 2020, 6:30pm at The Penthouse, ‘Soldiers Without Guns’ – tickets $25

The Fellowship Group have booked this stunning five star documentary as part of their earthquake strengthening fundraising effort. We have reserved 167 seats and we want every seat sold. This is a story about how our NZ Soldiers brought about peace in an unorthodox style to Bouganville after 10 years of war, 14 failed peace agreements and 20,000 people dead. We can guarantee that you will be blown away and leave the theatre proud to be a NZ’er. Every teenager should see this film. NB.  There is a direct connection to St John’s. Come and find it!!   For more information or tickets, please contact Grace Jarvie through the church office.

Visiting Scholar 2020

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a fascinating and engaging theologian, poet and mediator. He brings interests in language, violence and religion to his work. And he’s coming to St John’s! Pádraig will be giving public talks, preaching and a very special Saturday workshop titled ‘Peace the world cannot give’. We are in for a real treat with this visit from Pádraig. Please mark your diaries for the week of 15 – 21 March 2020. We are posting ‘samples of Padraig’ on the Facebook page. And we urge you to subscribe to his brand new podcast ‘Poetry Unbound’ – he reads a poem and leads us through some aspects of its meaning. Find it at or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.

Poetry and Prayer: surviving and thriving in our lives

A half-day workshop exploring contemporary poems as a way of deepening the inner life.
Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Saturday 21 March, 9:30-12:30pm (Tickets $25 per person)

Some of the poems will be about prayer, others not. Some are written by religious people, others not. Some of the people attending will be people of faith, others not. Take precious time to join us on a quest to deepen life, deepen community, deepen discussion and deepen understanding of both the inner and outer lives.

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.

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

On 23 February, we will meet in the church at 10 am and the children leave for our peer group time after the Blessing Song. We will explore the wonderful story in which some people have a wonderful surprise as they hike up a mountain (Mt 17:1-9). We will talk about special experiences that changed us. We will also play some fun games.

On 1 March, is our Picnic Church, it’s for all who would like to experience the outdoor worship with us at the Wilton Bush. This is always a highlight of the year. We will meet at 10 am in the Troup Picnic Space in Wilton Bush  Please bring your own picnic.

There will also be a morning service at St John’s at 10 am as usual.

Contact Monika or Diane

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group

Welcome to Youth Group.  On 23 February, we start off at Spinks Cottage at 9:30am for a cup of hot chocolate and at 10am we will join the others in the church. After the Blessing Song we will go over to Spinks Cottage for our peer group time. On Tuesday 25 February, we are invited to Pancake Tuesday starting at 7:30 am to 8:30 am at St John’s Centre.  Easter Camp registration is now open, please remember to register before 22 March (Y9s–Y13s only).  If you want to know more about the Youth Ministry, please contact Ino , our Youth Pastor.

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 2020!

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. Art Group is in abeyance until April 2020 and hopefully by then the parking situation on Willis and Dixon Streets will improve so we can start up again.

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. It’s on hold til Term 2 due to limited site access. 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