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 2017 St Johns Calendar (PDF).

Here’s what’s coming up:

The Least and the Last in a World of Growing Inequality Hope Sessions 2017 A4 Poster

Alpha St John’s Alpha Course 2017 – Let’s get excited!

What? The Alpha course is a course which seeks to introduce the basics of the Christian faith through a series of talks and discussions. It is described by its organisers as “an opportunity to explore the meaning of life”.
Why? There are many people who are asking questions about life and its purpose.  St John’s believes that we are called to share our faith in Christ with those who are seeking.  They may not know they are seeking God but wouldn’t it be wonderful to share, in a gentle, caring way, our God, the one who loves unconditionally and who give purpose to life.  The Alpha Course is a gentle way to introduce people to Jesus Christ.
When? The Alpha course will run weekly in Term 2 from 30 April to 25 June, at 5.45pm on Sunday.
Where? St John’s Centre, St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church

The Reformation Turns 500 Years Old – Public Lecture 11 May 2017

Thursday, 11 May, 6:00pm refreshments / 6:30pm lecture with Prof Wolfgang HuberThe Spirit of the Reformation and the Future of the Market Economy’ at St John’s Centre.
The idea of a close relationship between protestant ethics and the spirit of capitalism is still alive in many parts of the world. But there are good reasons for a new evaluation. If justification by divine grace forms the center of Protestant theology, what then are the consequences of this spirit of Reformation for the economy? The reformers themselves elaborated that question mainly in three fields: profit, poverty and vocation. The lecture will take the examples of Luther and Calvin to demonstrate that. The actual challenges differ from the historical context 500 years ago, but there are good reasons for Protestant theology to learn from these examples in order to develop an economic ethics for our times.

Baab_lecture_May2017_smThe Missional Church in Aotearoa – Public Lecture 18 May 2017

Come along on Thursday 18 May to hear Rev. Dr. Lynne Baab speak on The Missional Church in Aotearoa: Reflections on a decade of service in New Zealand. This will be held in the St John’s Centre with refreshments from 7pm, and the lecture starting at 7.30pm.

Everyone welcome.

St J’s Kids

Welcome to the St John’s family, visitors & friends.
Today School Holiday Programme (23rd April), we have a creative holiday programme lined up for all of you.  We will start in the church at 10am and after the Children’s Talk, will make our way to St John’s Centre.  Pick up at 11.15am or just after the service.  Thank you to Jinny, Naomi & Monika for running this week’s holiday programme.
Next week (is still) School holidays! Holiday Programme on Sunday 30th April 2017.  All the children are welcome to ‘hang out’ with us over at the St John’s Centre and we will have lots of fun! We are looking forward to seeing you there.  St J’s Kids (term 2) will be back on the 7th May.

Find out more about St J’s Kids.

Youth Group activities

Thrive Youth Returns next Sunday night (30th) with our first Sunday arvo social (4pm @ St John’s) followed by the Alpha Series at the Evening Service from 5:45pm.  We want to get as many youth & families there as possible.  We encourage you to commit to the Alpha Series this Term, you will find it life changing for you and your friends…but only if you make it a priority! EPIC are also doing the alpha series this term, but will be kicking off on Friday the 5th of May 6:30-8:30pm @ St J’s. For now, enjoy the church service today and have a little think about who you’re going to invite!

To contact either Dave Adams (Thrive) or Richard Hpa (EPIC)

Find out more about EPIC and Thrive.


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 - With our April meeting having been two weeks earlier than usual, there will be a several weeks pause before we get together again on 23 May 2017.  This is perhaps a good time to update our address book and keep in touch with each other informally with an unexpected phone call.  Be brave, go ahead! Please note our meeting will be in Spinks Cottage, not the St John’s Centre.  Please note as well: Registration is now open for the AGM of SPWANZ in Mosgiel in November 2017.  Please contact Sandra Waldrom for registration details.

English as a Second Language Bible Study – Meets fortnightly on Thursday evenings, 6 – 7:30 pm, in the church office lounge. Please contact Rev Stuart Simpson 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 Rev Stuart Simpson 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+) – You are invited to join in a social game of football on the second Monday of the month at 7pm in the Church Gym. We are trialling out this new group until Christmas. 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 - Singing music to support the service.  We meet every Sunday before, during and after church. There is also a monthly practice on a Thursday Evening.  For more information please contact Eleanor Carter.

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 Tennis will be on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 7th May to 17th September 2017 from 2.30pm—4pm.  All 14 years and above welcome.  Equipment provided.  Cost $2  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 Money Box Programme: your small change making a big change

April is the month to bring money boxes in to Judi Ferguson. Additional donations are also welcome if you do not have a money box. We have spare money boxes if you would like to put your loose change to work for others. For more information please contact the church office.

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 pasta/curry sauces, tinned soups, instant noodles, tinned fish, ready meals/stews and disposable razors.  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.

Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty is a worldwide not for profit organisation that works alongside and with Church communities to lift people out of poverty and bring them to Christ.  CAP New Zealand has been going since 2007 and now has 27 partner churches to provide holistic Debt Help.  Recently St John’s decided that we would like to support CAP by working alongside another Church, The Street City Church who have been working with CAP since 2013.  We were able to provide them some funding through a bequest lift to St John’s by our Anwyl Fowler.  The hope is that not only do we support CAP financially but also through partnering with another faith Community who also desires to see people set free from poverty.  Jesus said, ‘I have come to set the prisoners free’, so let’s be part of this freedom activity of God.  If you want to know more please contact Rev Stuart Simpson in the first instance.


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