St John’s has a diverse, rich and welcoming community life. To find out more about any of these 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 always participate in the first part of the service, and Holy Communion. During school term, we have two Sunday School groups: Sparks (preschool-Grade 2) and Flames (Grades 3-6). The front room contains a number of toys and functions as a large play space during the service; sound from the service comes through speakers. All leaders involved in Sunday School have current Working With Children Cards.Once a term, the older children are involved in KidsServe – an opportunity for the kids to welcome, collect the offering, read the Bible and run the sound desk and data projector.Our library also contains a number of books appropriate for different age groups.
Babies and toddlers (BATS)
This playgroup runs weekly on Mondays during school term. Parents of babies and toddlers enjoy hanging out while kids play. Morning tea is provided for both children and parents. All are welcome.
Mini Maestros meets in the church building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
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 ).The youth group is a Christian youth group where the Bible is taught and following Jesus is encouraged. However, anyone is welcome to come and explore Christianity even if this is not the religion that they believe in.There are a number of different elements that take place on any given youth group night. Firstly, we share a meal together. This meal is provided by generous people from the churches represented. After dinner we play a mixer game, allow an opportunity for the youth to share about what God has been doing in their week, have a time of singing and Bible teaching, followed by prayer and supper. This format is followed each week apart from one social night a term, two nights that focus on an aspect of culture from a Christian perspective and one night that equips the youth to a Christian in their daily lives.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.
Apart from Sunday, we meet during the week in various settings.
We have a homegroup that meets in a someone’s house. This is a small community that prays, studies God’s words and shares life together. This group is a great encouragement and support for those who attend.
Wednesday 10am service
This is an Anglican Communion service. We regularly pray for each other. All are welcome.