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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Wednesday 24 December 2014
10:00 am
NO Playgroup (school holidays)
Our playgroup is taking a break for school holidays this week but will be back soon!
St John’s Church Hall, cnr Parry and Dawson Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

5:30 pm
Family and Children’s Carols (Leader: Murray Woolnough, Speaker: Rob Woolfrey)
Join us for a fun and lively time of Christmas carols and an interactive nativity play.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

7:00 pm
Informal Communion (Leader & Speaker: Murray Woolnough)
Celebrate Christmas with an informal Communion service – great music and time to reflect on this special night.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

11:30 pm
Midnight Mass (Leader & Speaker: Murray Woolnough)
One of the highlights of the church year is a traditional Midnight Mass. Join St John’s for this beatiful time of worship and celebration in a candle-lit church.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Thursday 25 December 2014
9:00 am
Holy Communion (Leader & Speaker: Murray Woolnough)
Joy to the world! Hear the wonderful Christmas story and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Friday 26 December 2014
5:00 pm
NO K.O.G (school holidays) (Rob Woolfrey – 0425 278 063)
Oh no! KOG’s out for school holidays! Don’t worry – we will be back soon with more great sessions.
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

7:00 pm
No High School Youth Group (Rob Woolfrey – 0425 278 063)
School holidays mean no high school youth group this week – be back soon!
St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Saturday 27 December 2014
4:00 pm
Wedding of Adam Saddington & Jackie Norris (Les Forester)

St John’s Anglican Church, cnr Darby and Parry Streets, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia


Sunday 28 December 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 (no Sunday School in holidays) (Leader: Murray Woolnough, 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
Baptism of Eliana Mackenzie

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

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Baptism of

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

10:45 am
Informal Communion (Leader: Murray Woolnough, 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 Chase Horton

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

12:30 pm
Baptism of Cruz Horton

, Cooks Hill NSW 2300 Australia

5:00 pm
Informal Service with Children’s Groups (Leader: Murray Woolnough, 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