St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 26 November 2017

As we have been talking about over the last few weeks at church, we’re getting ready for four weeks of a focus on prayer in the leadup to Christmas this year.

We’ve successfully run a 1K Club this year, to raise funds to repair this building. How about an (unofficial!) 1P Club, where we commit to spending 1 hour a week in Prayer? This would be just ten minutes a day with a short reading, and some guided reflections to lead you into a time of prayer, by yourself, or even better, with a prayer buddy.

To help you with this, we’ve prepared a booklet of readings and guidance for prayer and we will be starting this on Sunday 3 December for members of our 9am and 10.45am services. But on 3 December, our 5pm service is committed to our monthly Messy Church. So we will have a pre-launch for 5pm this coming Sunday.

On the subject of Messy Church, we’d love you to feel free to invite your family and friends to join us for our December session. We’re titling it Messy Christmas, and tickets are available now. It’s for all ages and families with kids are especially welcome. More details at

Blessings, Murray

This bulletin was emailed to members of the parish on Thursday 23 November 2017 – if you would like to join the Weekly Bulletin email list, please call the church office on 02 4927 5399 and we will happily arrange this.

Youth fundraising

Over the next two Sundays we will be raising money for the end of year Youth and KoG outing so come along with a gold coin donation to support this worthy cause. This coming Sunday it will be 10:45 am and 5:00 pm who will benefit from the delicious taste of coffee (made with real frothy milk if you want it). The following week we will also have a bbq at all 3 services. Thanks heaps for supporting the Youth and Children in this worthy cause.

Contact Rob Woolfrey on 0425 278 063 or for more details.

Flowers in Church

This year, we have had flowers in church for weddings and special occasions only. If you would like to commemorate a special date or a special person by donating a display of flowers to the church, please let Jennifer Benson know on 02 4952 6279.

Keeping children and vulnerable adults safe

A really important part of our ministry here at St John’s is keeping children and vulnerable adults safe as part of our community.

The two basic parts ways we do that are: Working With Children Checks, and Safer Churches Training.

1. The Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a history check through a person’s national government and employment records and flagging people who might cause concern if they were allowed to work with children. In NSW, a WWCC is a requirement for people who work or volunteer with children.

2. Safer Churches Training is another basic part of our effort to keep safe. It involved a one-day course to start with, with half-day refresher courses. The list of upcoming courses is found through the Diocese of Newcastle website at: . We require volunteers to complete this training, but we strongly recommend that all parents and people with a passion to keep St John’s safe undertake this training. It’s an excellent resource for all parents who are concerned about the safety of their children, whatever institutions and groups they are associated with.

We have a new page on our website at to provide easy links for you to be involved with a Working With Children Check or Safer Churches Training. This page can be found under the “Kids, Youth and Families” tab on our website homepage.

Hall door key

The door on the St John’s Hall now has a keycode entry lock.

If you had a key that gave you entry to the hall, it will still open the toilet door but not the front door. Please contact Murray on 02 49275399 to get either a PIN code or a key-tag that will open the door.

If you don’t have a key but need access to the hall, the location of the key is still the same, but you need to swipe the tag rather than open the door with the key. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Christmas Puddings

The Guild are selling Christmas puddings, $25.00 large and $5.00 small individual puddings. They are available after the 9.00 am service and before the 10:45 am service or you could email Jennifer Benson to make arrangements to collect a pudding. The sale of the puddings assists the parish.


Service26 Nov 20173 Dec 2017
9:00 am
WelcomerNona BJenny K & Helen C
Service leaderMurray WMurray W
PreacherKen YMurray W
Associate leaderMark TJosephine T
ServerJosephine TMatthew B
Bible reading 1Lance WSunday School
Bible reading 2Cathy BSunday School
PrayersJune WSunday School
ChaliceHoward B & Dianne WPaul Y & Cathy B
Refreshments*No refreshments today*Sue T & Dane T
CountersPenelope Y & June WLance W & Jason T
Flower ArrangerDon SJune W
Brass CleanerHelen C & Jenny W
10:45 am
WelcomerPrue H*Volunteer needed*
Service leaderMark TMark T
PreacherKen YMurray W
Music Leader
Prayers*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
RefreshmentsIrini THelen P
5:00 pm
WelcomerLyndsey MMessy Church
Service leaderPhilip AMark T
PreacherKen YMark T
PrayersLyndsey MMessy Church
Kids Church LeaderSusan AMessy Church
Kids Church HelperGillian SMessy Church
Creche LeaderRuth WMessy Church
Creche HelperMargaret BMessy Church
RefreshmentsGillian SMessy Church
Music LeaderSusan A & Mark P
Music 2
Music 3
Music 4

Upcoming at St John’s:

Thursday, 23 November 2017
10:30amWomen’s Bible study group
6:00pmHall Booking
Friday, 24 November 2017
4:30pmK.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
7:00pmHigh School Youth Group
Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost, 26 November 2017
9:00amTraditional Communion with Sunday School
10:45amInformal Communion
12:30pmBaptism of Isla Stonestreet
5:00pmInformal Worship with Sunday School
Monday, 27 November 2017
7:30pmNew Lambton homegroup
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
10:00amSt John’s Playgroup
7:00pmCooks Hill Bible study group
Thursday, 30 November 2017
10:30amWomen’s Bible study group
6:00pmHall Booking
6:30pmMen’s Discipleship Group
Friday, 1 December 2017
4:30pmK.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
7:00pmHigh School Youth Group
Saturday, 2 December 2017
9:00amHall Booking
First Sunday of Advent, 3 December 2017
9:00amAll-age Traditional Communion
10:45amInformal Communion
5:00pmAll-age ‘Messy Church’ service