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 October 2014
6:30 am
Sunday Surfers (Angus Draffan)
Come down to Nobbys Beach and enjoy the foam – in the surf… or on our lattes if the weather isn’t kind to us.
, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

9:00 am
Traditional Communion with Sunday School (Leader & 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. This service attracts a good number of families with school-aged children who love our fantastic Sunday School programme.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

10:45 am
Baptism of Jack Webber (Murray Woolnough)

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

10:45 am
Baptism of Ruby Webber (Murray Woolnough)

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

10:45 am
Informal Communion (Leader & 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

12:00 pm
Interment of Ashes – Anne Payne (Rod Bower)
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

5:00 pm
Baptism of Nicola Speirs (Peter Ashley-Brown)

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

5:00 pm
Informal Service with Children’s Groups (Leader: Bede Thoroughgood, 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 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


Wednesday 29 October 2014
10:00 am
Playgroup (Church office – 02 4927 5399)
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
Study Group (Ken Youman – 02 4925 3110)
Join a welcoming group of people who study the Bible in the church on Wednesday nights.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Thursday 30 October 2014
10:30 am
Informal Communion (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

7:00 pm
Marriage and Parenting Course info night
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Friday 31 October 2014
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 Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

7:00 pm
High School Youth Group (Rob Woolfrey – 0425 278 063)
A great time for high-school kids to hang out, build friendships, and discuss questions about life and faith.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia