St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 8 January 2017

Wow, what a great celebration we had last Sunday! It was wonderful to be able to pray with and for Arlo and his family at his baptism last week.

Following that, thanks to the generosity of Arlo’s family and donations of a number of parishioners, we were able to have a great celebration afterwards at Lowlands Bowling Club. Some people ate from the barbecue, some from Lowlands’ Bistro and it was so good to have a chance to sit and talk and get to know each other better. It was great to know that people felt comfortable inviting friends and partners to church and lunch last Sunday. We hope our visitors blessed by the service and the time together.

Well, we return to our normal schedule of services this Sunday. 9am Traditional Communion, 10.45am Informal Communion, 5pm Modern Informal Worship. I look forward to seeing you as we begin our year with worship of our good and generous God. Members of 10.45am and 5pm services: we need to restart our volunteer ministry rosters, so please email me straight back and volunteer for Welcome, Prayers or Refreshments for this Sunday or the Sunday after.

Blessings, Murray

This bulletin was emailed to members of the parish on Friday 6 January 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.

School Holiday Fun at St John’s

Join us on Saturday 21 January for The Cardboard Box Challenge! This exciting event will challenge and inspire school kids in their creativity and imagination. Materials provided BUT feel FREE to bring along your left-over Christmas packaging!

Suitable for Primary & Pre-school aged children, who must be supervised by their carers.

Followed at midday by Refreshments & Sausage Sizzle rsvp:

You can support this project by bringing to church empty small cardboard packets and clean plastic lids and pots; the everyday household packaging stuff you would normally recycle. There will be a box at back of church to collect them in. Thank you!

Blessing of the Backpacks – 29 January 2017

One of the highlights of this January will be the ‘Blessing of the Backpacks’ service at 10.45am on Sunday 29 January 2017. We are inviting children to come along with their school backpacks, ready for a blessing to start the school year. We will need some helpers to make some fantastic school backpack tags for the kids who come – please be ready to volunteer to help with that! In the meantime, you can RSVP on Facebook at

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Don’t forget to check out what’s happening on our facebook page

This Sunday’s Bible readings:

Isaiah 42.1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10.34-43, Matthew 3.13-17


Service8 Jan 201715 Jan 2017
9:00 am
WelcomeRita N & Penelope YJenny K & Helen C
LeadingMurray WKen Y
PreachingMurray WKen Y
Reading 1Helen CRodgers F
Reading 2Ken YPenny B
PrayersDavid BHoward B
ChaliceMax S & Helen WJennifer B & Jenny W
RefreshmentsAmanda G & Jenny KAllison E & David E
CountersNona B & Judy HPenelope Y & June W
FlowersJennifer BDianne W
Brass cleaningXDane T & Sue T
10:45 am
Welcome*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
LeadingMurray WKen Y
PreachingMurray WMurray W
Prayers*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Refreshments*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
5:00 pm
Welcome*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
LeadingMurray WMurray W
PreachingMurray WMurray W
Prayers*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Kids Church Leader*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Kids Church Helper*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Creche Leader*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Creche Helper*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Refreshments*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Music Leader*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Music 2*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Music 3*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*
Music 4*Volunteer needed**Volunteer needed*

Upcoming at St John’s:

Saturday, 7 January 2017
2:45pmPichaloff/Pastor wedding
Baptism of the Lord (First Sunday after Epiphany, Ordinary 1), 8 January 2017
9:00amAll-age Traditional Communion
10:45amInformal Communion
12:30pmBaptism of Lara Krstinovski
5:00pmAll-age Informal Worship
Thursday, 12 January 2017
10:30amWeekly Thursday Informal Communion resumes in February
Saturday, 14 January 2017
11:00amBaptism of Charlotte Pullin
2:00pmClegg/Ross wedding
Second Sunday after Epiphany (Ordinary 2), 15 January 2017
9:00amAll-age Traditional Communion
10:45amInformal Communion with Baptism of Tai Stoddart
12:30pmBaptism of Aurora Jurado and Daisy Taylor
5:00pmAll-age Informal Communion

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