St John’s Anglican Church, Newcastle is a growing community located in the heart of the inner-city suburb of Cooks Hill.

We are a diverse community embracing different worship styles, engaging a broad demographic base, and attracting people from many different backgrounds.

We hope that what you find here enables you to catch a glimpse of what God is doing in our community and we invite you to come and experience first hand this amazing, active and vibrant community.


(02) 4927 5399


Cnr Parry & Darby Street
Cooks Hill, NSW 2300

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Our Mission & Vision


Our mission is to draw closer to God and reach further into Newcastle and around God's world through acts of Christian love and service.

We aim to be a Christian community that engages, surprises, challenges and confronts people with the love, grace and peace of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We do not expect that people will come as pre-packaged, fully formed Christians but we do expect that through God’s love, shown in word, ministry and action, people will be drawn into relationship with God and with each other. Through this relationship with God we believe that people will be stirred to action: within their families, this church community, their local community and be challenged to bring hope and work for justice in Newcastle and around our world.

Our Vision

More than just a place to go on Sundays
More than just a church to get baptised in
More than just a wedding venue
Not just a pretty church...

Our vision is to continue to enable, through the love of God, a community that journeys towards maturity in Christ, reflecting their unique call to become active members in the body of Christ.

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Coming up at St John's


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Sunday 26 April 2015
6:30 am
Sunday Surfers (Angus Draffan)
Come down to Nobbys Beach and enjoy the foam – in the surf or on our cappuccinos if the weather isn’t kind to us!
, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

9:00 am
Traditional Communion (Leader: Murray Woolnough – 02 4927 5399, Speaker: Ken Youman)
Join us for a traditional Anglican service of Holy Communion. We usually have a mix of well-known hymns played on Newcastle’s oldest pipe organ, often accompanied by string players.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

10:45 am
Informal Communion (Leader: Murray Woolnough – 02 4927 5399, Speaker: Ken Youman)
An Anglican service of Communion, but done in a relaxed style. Space to think and reflect, and a great place to build friendships.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

12:30 pm
Baptism of Henry Eltis

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

12:30 pm
Baptism of Bede Smailes

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

5:00 pm
Informal Worship with Kids’ Church (Leader: Bede Thoroughgood, Speaker: Ken Youman)
This is a great place to enjoy a modern informal worship service – a place to be challenged by the Scriptures, sing with all your heart, and grow in a cool mix of people from around Newcastle. Kids and youth have separate times to learn with others their age at a level that is right for them.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Monday 27 April 2015
7:30 pm
New Lambton homegroup (David & Cathy Banney)
Join a group of people from across our Sunday congregations, sharing a great mix of social and serious discussion. Call 02 49275399 for more details.
, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Wednesday 29 April 2015
10:00 am
St John’s Playgroup (Fiona Dyet – 0422 099 264)
A relaxed and informal Playgroup where families can play, sing, do crafts and have fun together. Come along and feel welcome!
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

7:00 pm
Cooks Hill Bible study group (Ken Youman – 02 4925 3110)
Join a group that studies the Scriptures and how they shape all aspects of life.
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

7:30 pm
Macquarie Hills homegroup (Church Office – 02 4927 5399)
Made up of professionals in their twenties and thirties, this group meets for topical discussion of issues facing Christians – and the ministry of the wider church in today’s society.
, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Thursday 30 April 2015
10:30 am
Informal Communion (Ken Youman – 02 4925 3110)
An Anglican service of Communion, but done in a relaxed style. Space to think and reflect, and a great place to build friendships.
, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Friday 1 May 2015
5:00 pm
K.O.G youth group for school years 3-6 (Rob Woolfrey – 0425 278 063)
An evening of fun and learning for kids in upper primary school. Come and enjoy the chat, games, and a great Bible discussion.
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

7:00 pm
High School Youth Group (Rob Woolfrey – 0425 278 063)
An evening of fun and learning for kids in upper primary school. Come and enjoy the chat, games, and a great Bible discussion.
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Saturday 2 May 2015
9:30 am
Parish Fair (9:30am-1:30pm) (Women’s Guild – 02 4962 3107)
St John’s Annual Parish Fair.
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Sunday 3 May 2015
9:00 am
All-age Traditional Communion (Leader: Murray Woolnough – 02 4927 5399, Speaker: Murray Woolnough)
Join us for a traditional Anglican service of Holy Communion. We usually have a mix of well-known hymns played on Newcastle’s oldest pipe organ, often accompanied by string players.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

10:45 am
Informal Communion (Leader: Murray Woolnough – 02 4927 5399, Speaker: Murray Woolnough)
An Anglican service of Communion, but done in a relaxed style. Space to think and reflect, and a great place to build friendships.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

5:00 pm
All-age Informal Communion (Leader: Murray Woolnough – 02 4927 5399, Speaker: Murray Woolnough)
This is a great place to enjoy a modern informal worship service – a place to be challenged by the Scriptures, sing with all your heart, and grow in a great mix of people from around Newcastle. Kids and youth have separate times to learn with others their age at a level that is right for them.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

6:00 pm
Bring-and-share supper (Murray Woolnough – 02 4927 5399)
Members of our 5pm evening service are getting together this weekend to share dinner together – come and join us!
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia