St John’s is a diverse and welcoming community. To find out more about our activities, please speak to someone on Sunday or contact the office:
FAMILIES & KIDS
St John’s welcomes families with kids of all ages. We run a number of activities and programs for them:
Children participate in the first part of the Sunday service, and follow with a children’s talk and then Sunday School (during school term). Children may also join in Holy Communion or receive a blessing. We have plenty of space with toys available during the service, and our library includes books appropriate for different age groups. All Sunday School leaders have current Working With Children Clearances.
Mini Maestros meets in the church building on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and includes activities for children 1 to 5 years old, as well as babies.
Tuesdays 10.05am to 12.10pm (babies to 3-year-olds)
Fridays 9.15am to 1.15pm (babies to five-year-olds)
St John’s hosts a joint youth group, with leaders and high school kids from St John’s, St Thomas’ Moonee Ponds and St Augustine’s Moreland. It runs Fridays nights during term, 6.30-8.30pm, and welcomes all kids from Grade 6 to Year 12 (also Grade 5 kids in Term 4 ). It’s a Christian youth group where the Bible is taught, and following Jesus is encouraged. But all are welcome to come and explore Christianity, regardless of their faith. Youth Group includes a shared meal, provided at no cost by participating parishes. After dinner there are games and discussion that encourage sharing the experience of God, and there is singing, Bible teaching and prayer. There are also occasional get-togethers and learning events. Come along and check it out, or call the office to find out more.
St John’s has a wonderful contingent of older people, and many groups and activities at St John’s are centred around them:
The Mother’s Union has been a central part of the church’s social life for many decades. It meets monthly for social time, outings and invites regular speakers.
The craft group meets monthly on a Monday night, 6pm at the church. They usually get take-away from a nearby restaurant and then spend time crafting and chatting. Items from the craft group are sold to support sponsor children, speakers and the church.
Nursing home visits
St John’s has relationships with a number of nursing homes in the area. We run regular nursing home visits, providing spiritual support, encouraging words and communion for those not able to get to church on Sundays. We currently visit around four nursing homes each month.
Small group Bible study, discussion, prayer happens hosted by members of the St John’s community in their homes. There are also potluck dinners several times a year as part of home groups.
Tuesdays at 7.30pm there is a home group in Essendon.
Thursdays at 7.30 (first and third weeks of the month) there is a home group in West Brunswick.