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    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 19 May 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost – the Birthday of the Church! Red is the recognised colour for Pentecost, so please come wearing something RED for the occasion: t-shirts, scarfs, hoodies, …even a red flower. The special choir will have musical offerings as we celebrate Pentecost. And students, staff and families from Glasgow House will join us for worship – the Scots students will set the example by wearing red on Sunday! Our youth will stay in for the whole service, and our children will have their peer group time during the second part of the service, going out after the Sung Blessing. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT... COMBINED PENTECOST WORSHIP St John’s in the City is hosting the combined Pentecost service on Sunday 19th May at 7:00pm. At Advent it worked really well to share our denominational traditions that express meaning for our faith today – so, as the host, we will share something of our Presbyterian traditions. SOUPER SUNDAYS These lunches are back by popular demand! You are warmly invited to share in a bowl of hot soup after church on any of the following dates. May 26 June 30 July 28 August 25 You are welcome to bring a small plate of something sweet to share with our tea or coffee. Come and share in the warm fellowship, we’d love to see you. WHANAU NIGHT Our next Whanau Night is on Sunday 26 May. Come along for some kai, connection and being community together. We are very grateful to our wonderful St J's Indonesian community who will be cooking for us on this special evening. Building on our 2024 theme of Restoration, this whanau night is all about 'restoring relationships'. We will have an all age bridge building game involving marshmallows before we split into heads/ hearts/ hands for some interactive group activities. No need to RSVP, just turn up, and please do invite your friends! FELLOWSHIP GROUP Pip Rea, director of community services of the Wellington City Mission will share with the news about Whaka Maru, their new building to house all of their community services at Oxford Terrace near the Basin Reserve. Fellowship Group will meet on 28th May at 11am in the Hall. UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE A series of evening workshops with Martyn Day. Sun 16th June - Can we trust the Gospels? Mon 17th June - Taking God’s Word for it Tue 18th June - Get into the Gospels! Wed 19th June - Lifting the lid on the book of Revelation 6:30 – 8:30pm in the St John’s Centre, on the corner of Dixon and Willis Streets Martyn Day pastors the South Harbour Vineyard Church in Auckland. A British export to NZ, Martyn is passionate about helping people to love, learn and live God’s Word. He is an outstanding communicator and this series will be of great interest to anyone curious about useful tools for reading the Bible. This series offers fresh understanding of the rich meaning in God’s Word available through classic interpretive techniques that ‘connect the dots’! Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417153395671117/ Eventfinda: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2024/understanding-the-bible-with-martyn-day/wellington YOUTH FRIDAY AFTERNOON CHILL SPACE ST JOHN’S QUIZ NIGHT – FRIDAY 14th JUNE STUDENT STUDY SPACE Next month university students start their exam season. This is a time where having a quiet space to study can be difficult to find. We are reaching out to students to offer them a space here at St John's in the City, to help them get through this stressful time. We will need some volunteers to help supervise this! We need a minimum of 2 people for 2 ½ hour time slots (1-3.30pm and 3.30-6pm) from the 4th-6th and 10th-13th June. We have WIFI available so if you want to work from church while providing supervision you are more than welcome. On Sunday there will be signup sheets available but if you want to get ahead of the rush of volunteers feel free to contact Hannah (h.north@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz) to sign up for your preferred day and time. The fiery presence of the Holy Spirit be with you. Allister

    • Understanding the Bible with Martyn Day
      • The St John’s Outreach Committee are pleased to invite you to a series of public theology workshops Understanding the Bible with Martyn Day. This series runs over four back-to back evenings. The first workshop is for everyone – including those who may be skeptical about the claims about the Gospels. Offering credible reasons for why the Gospels can be trusted, the following three workshops build on this topic. Although each workshop will make sense and be worthwhile distinct from the other workshops in the series. Martyn Day pastors the South Harbour Vineyard Church in Auckland and is a highly competent and engaging communicator. A British export to NZ, Martyn is passionate about helping people to love, learn and live God’s Word. He is the founder and author for Mariners, a growing set of online Bible reading resources (www.marinersnotes.org). He is also on the staff of Alpha New Zealand. He is married to Honor and they have two young adult sons. Martyn loves reading and nice cakes with cups of tea! Crazy fact about Martyn - in the early days of email 20 years ago, Martyn once taught a brain surgeon how to use email! Sunday 16th June, 6:30pm Can We Trust the Gospels? The Gospels function as our primary source about the life of Jesus - what He did and said. But can we trust them? Can we have confidence in their historical credibility? Starting with no prior assumptions about the Gospels, this workshop will allow us to explore three dimensions of research: • can we trust the original sources for the material? • can we trust the way the first stories of Jesus were passed on over the years? • can we trust the actual text of the Gospels as representing good history-writing? Interactive and wide-ranging, this workshop will get you thinking as you engage with historical material to form your own conclusions. Monday 17th June, 6:30pm Taking God’s Word for it How come different people can read the same Bible passage, but arrive at divergent interpretations of its meaning? How can we read the Bible well, in ways that lead us to interpret God’s life-giving Word with confidence? Interactive and thought-provoking, this workshop offers four practical tools with worked examples to help us interpret the Bible well, whether we’re reading it individually or in a group setting. Tuesday 18th June, 6:30pm Get into the Gospels! This highly interactive workshop offers a tool for getting much more from our study of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke). Following a short introduction on the background to these Gospels, the main section of the workshop will involve worked examples of stories from the life of Jesus. This workshop will assist the way you read the Gospels either individually or in a group setting, helping you see more of Jesus. Wednesday 19th June. 6:30pm Lifting the Lid – making sense of the book of Revelation Let’s face it, the book of Revelation is one of the hardest books in the Bible to understand! Reading Revelation can leave us scratching our heads, somewhat worried, or both! How do we make sense of this most remarkable book? Martyn Day spent two years teaching through the entire book of Revelation at his church, the South Harbour Vineyard in Auckland. He is the author of Lifting the Lid, a Bible-reading series on the book of Revelation, available from his Mariners website of Bible-reading resources (www.marinersnotes.org). Interactive and thought-provoking, with worked examples, this workshop will offer a toolkit for how to read the book of Revelation faithfully. Link to Facebook Event

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 12 May 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, How do we decide if the testimony of a witness is reliable? The Bible tells us “If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater.” (1 John 5:9) What is the ‘testimony of God’? We will explore this together on Sunday as we worship together at 10am, celebrating the holy meal of Communion. All our young people can go straight to their peer groups in the St John’s Centre at 10am, and we will all come together in the Church later for Communion. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service The Minister is pleased to be back this Sunday after his successful abdominal surgery – here is an un-doctored photo of me with my family, proving all is well! A COVENANT OF RECONCILIATION - DR ALISTAIR REESE At this special event, historian and public theologian Dr Alistair Reese will help us to understand how the Treaty is he tatau pounamu—a covenant pathway of reconciliation. He will consider the history and context of this foundational document, including the role of the Church in its shape and interpretation. And he will weigh, with us, how best to respond—how best to honour the Treaty now. Tuesday 14th May, 7pm-9pm at St John’s in the City. Register here: COMBINED PENTECOST WORSHIP St John’s in the City is hosting the combined Pentecost service on Sunday 19th May at 7:00pm. At Advent it worked really well to share our denominational traditions that express meaning for our faith today – so, as the host, we will share something of our Presbyterian traditions. DCM FOODBANK APPEAL DCM have a Food bank appeal on Saturday 25th May. We want to help by having volunteers from St John's collection donations at the designated supermarket. To join in, please contact Carolyn Goudswaard. SOUPER SUNDAYS These lunches are back by popular demand! You are warmly invited to share in a bowl of hot soup after church on any of the following dates. May 26 June 30 July 28 August 25 You are welcome to bring a small plate of something sweet to share with our tea or coffee. Come and share in the warm fellowship, we’d love to see you. YOUTH FRIDAY AFTERNOON CHILL SPACE STUDENT STUDY SPACE Next month university students start their exam season. This is a time where having a quiet space to study can be difficult to find. We are reaching out to students to offer them a space here at St John's in the City, to help them get through this stressful time. We will need some volunteers to help supervise this! We need a minimum of 2 people for 2 ½ hour time slots (1-3.30pm and 3.30-6pm) from the 4th-6th and 10th-13th June. We have WIFI available so if you want to work from church while providing supervision you are more than welcome. On Sunday there will be signup sheets available but if you want to get ahead of the rush of volunteers feel free to contact Hannah (h.north@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz) to sign up for your preferred day and time. THE SEND VOICES IN THE WIND CONCERT FOR SALE If you felt like a home with an ‘ecclesiastical’ feel, this property is now available for sale: https://www.trademe.co.nz/property/residential/sections-for-sale/auction-4696289985.htm The Peace of the Spirit of Christ be with you Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 5 May 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This weekend we meet together as usual on Sunday to worship at 10am. If you want to read the Bible readings before Sunday, they are: 1 John 5:1-6 Acts 10:44-48 John:15:9-12 St J's Kids will be happening again this Sunday, going out partway through the service. The Youth will remain in the service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CULTS, CHRISTIANITY, AND CONVERSATIONS You may be aware that the Shincheonji Cult is actively trying to recruit church leaders, congregants, and also targeting University students. This is a dangerous cult which isolates people from community, and twists Scripture to suit its purposes. Laidlaw Bible College has a workshop on Friday 3 May, 7pm at Wellington Central Baptist Church which will be informative and supportive. You can find out more or register here. LAIDLAW THEOLOGY TASTER On Saturday 4th May, 10:00-12:30, a team from the Laidlaw Bible College Theology faculty are hosting a morning of mini workshops at Ramsey House, to give a taste of what study at Laidlaw is like. They will be doing an intro to the Hebrew language, a peek into the Old Testament world through the Laws of Eshunna and the Law of Moses, a glimpse into Pasifika theology, and a session on Missions. Whilst the campuses are in Christchurch and Auckland, they have a multitude of courses available by distance learning. The workshops will be followed by a light lunch and time to chat. You can find out more or register here. A COVENANT OF RECONCILIATION - DR ALISTAIR REESE At this special event, historian and public theologian Dr Alistair Reese will help us to understand how the Treaty is he tatau pounamu—a covenant pathway of reconciliation. He will consider the history and context of this foundational document, including the role of the Church in its shape and interpretation. And he will weigh, with us, how best to respond—how best to honour the Treaty now. Tuesday 14th May, 7pm-9pm at St John’s in the City. Register here: FESTIVAL SINGERS CONCERT The Festival Singers’ have two upcoming concerts, which celebrate all things sea-related, from sea shanties to some of the best music of the English choral tradition, including works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Sumsion. Come hear a glorious half-hour’s selection of the programme at 12:45pm on Friday 10 May 2024 in the superb acoustic of the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on Molesworth Street. Entry by koha – thank you. Or come to our exquisite full-length evening concert right by the sea, St. Christopher’s Church, corner of Ventnor and Forres Streets, Seatoun at 7:00pm on Saturday 11 May 2024. Tickets are $25 for one person or $20 each for two or more people. Children 18 years and under enter free with an accompanying adult. You can book for our Saturday night concert on Eventbrite here: Cash door sales will also be available. (Sorry no EFTPOS) Get ready to be swept away – we can’t wait to see you there! DCM FOODBANK APPEAL DCM have a Food bank appeal on Saturday 25th May. We want to help by having volunteers from St John's. To join in, please contact Carolyn Goudswaard. SOUPER SUNDAYS These lunches are back by popular demand! You are warmly invited to share in a bowl of hot soup after church on any of the following dates. May 26 June 30 July 28 August 25 You are welcome to bring a small plate of something sweet to share with our tea or coffee. Come and share in the warm fellowship, we’d love to see you. YOUTH FRIDAY AFTERNOON CHILL SPACE The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 28 April 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This weekend we meet together as usual on Sunday to worship at 10am. If you want to read the Bible reading before Sunday, it is: Genesis 21:8-21 If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… ANZAC DAY CONCERT The Zimbelstern Foundation is delighted to invite you to a concert being given by International Concert Organist Paul Rosoman. Paul will present a programme showcasing works which reflect the importance of ANZAC day. People whose politics, beliefs and aspirations are widely different can share a genuine sorrow at the loss of so many lives in war, and a real respect for those who have endured warfare on behalf of the country we live in. The programme includes works by Bach, Buxtehude, Parry and Dupre. 'The Spirit of ANZAC is at St Mary of the Angels Church on Thursday April 25th at 2.00pm and entry is free. CULTS, CHRISTIANITY, AND CONVERSATIONS You may be aware that the Shincheonji Cult is actively trying to recruit church leaders, congregants, and also targeting University students. This is a dangerous cult which isolates people from community, and twists Scripture to suit its purposes. Laidlaw Bible College has a workshop on Friday 3 May, 7pm at Wellington Central Baptist Church which will be informative and supportive. You can find out more or register here. LAIDLAW THEOLOGY TASTER On Saturday 4th May, 10:00-12:30, a team from the Laidlaw Bible College Theology faculty are hosting a morning of mini workshops at Ramsey House, to give a taste of what study at Laidlaw is like. They will be doing an intro to the Hebrew language, a peek into the Old Testament world through the Laws of Eshunna and the Law of Moses, a glimpse into Pasifika theology, and a session on Missions. Whilst the campuses are in Christchurch and Auckland, they have a multitude of courses available by distance learning. The workshops will be followed by a light lunch and time to chat. You can find out more or register here. A COVENANT OF RECONCILIATION - DR ALISTAIR REESE At this special event, historian and public theologian Dr Alistair Reese will help us to understand how the Treaty is he tatau pounamu—a covenant pathway of reconciliation. He will consider the history and context of this foundational document, including the role of the Church in its shape and interpretation. And he will weigh, with us, how best to respond—how best to honour the Treaty now. Tuesday 14th May, 7pm-9pm at St John’s in the City. Register here: CRAFT & COFFEE GROUP The group formerly named ‘Stitchers’ is henceforth to be known as ‘Craft and Coffee’. In other words, your craft doesn’t have to be made up of stitches. Also, a couple of our members have decided they would be available to mend clothes for people in the congregation. So, if your pants have a hole, if your cardigan/jersey needs help, if you have a dress that needs shortening, or a shirt that has lost some buttons, these can be fixed. Please see Lesley or Judi with your problem and they will ascertain whether they can fix your problem. JOB VACANCIES AT TSCF (TERTIARY STUDENTS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP) Wellington Team Leader – leading the ministry amongst students at Victoria University, Massey University, Te Pūkenga and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. The Team Leader is responsible for a small team of staff and volunteers in the region and also plays a role on the National Leadership Team of TSCF. Associate Staff (Volunteer) – supporting our student ministry to develop mission and ministry among tertiary students and advise and mentor student leaders in the TSCF campus groups. Please contact Wilma at personnel@tscf.org.nz for more information. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 21 April 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This weekend we meet together as usual on Sunday to worship at 10am. If you want to read the Bible readings before Sunday, they are: 2 Samuel 11:1 Song of Songs 5:10-16 Matthew 25:31-46 For our young people there will be a combined holiday programme, starting part-way through the service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… FELLOWSHIP GROUP The next meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd April, two days before ANZAC Day. The guest speaker is Andrew Brown, the General Manager of RSA Support Services. You are welcome to come and join in at 11am in the St John’s Centre Hall. ORPHEUS CHOIR CONCERT - THE ARMED MAN ANZAC DAY CONCERT The Zimbelstern Foundation is delighted to invite you to a concert being given by International Concert Organist Paul Rosoman. Paul will present a programme showcasing works which reflect the importance of ANZAC day. People whose politics, beliefs and aspirations are widely different can share a genuine sorrow at the loss of so many lives in war, and a real respect for those who have endured warfare on behalf of the country we live in. The programme includes works by Bach, Buxtehude, Parry and Dupre. 'The Spirit of ANZAC is at St Mary of the Angels Church on Thursday April 25th at 2.00pm and entry is free. CRAFT & COFFEE GROUP The group formerly named ‘Stitchers’ is henceforth to be known as ‘Craft and Coffee’. In other words, your craft doesn’t have to be made up of stitches. Also, a couple of our members have decided they would be available to mend clothes for people in the congregation. So, if your pants have a hole, if your cardigan/jersey needs help, if you have a dress that needs shortening, or a shirt that has lost some buttons, these can be fixed. Please see Lesley or Judi with your problem and they will ascertain whether they can fix your problem. JOB VACANCIES AT TSCF (TERTIARY STUDENTS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP) Wellington Team Leader – leading the ministry amongst students at Victoria University, Massey University, Te Pūkenga and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. The Team Leader is responsible for a small team of staff and volunteers in the region and also plays a role on the National Leadership Team of TSCF. Associate Staff (Volunteer) – supporting our student ministry to develop mission and ministry among tertiary students and advise and mentor student leaders in the TSCF campus groups. Please contact Wilma at personnel@tscf.org.nz for more information. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 14 April 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, “The Son of Man came eating and drinking” (Matthew 11:19) Looking at Jesus’ attitude to food, what is the theology and ethics of eating food? A defining practice of our faith together has food at the centre: we celebrate the holy meal of Communion this Sunday. All our young people can go straight to a combined Holiday Programme in the St John’s Centre at 10am, and we will all come together in the Church later for Communion. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… FELLOWSHIP GROUP The next meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd April, two days before ANZAC Day. The guest speaker is Andrew Brown, the General Manager of RSA Support Services. You are welcome to come and join in at 11am in the St John’s Centre Hall. SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Looking ahead to the middle Sunday of the School Holidays (21st April) there will be another combined Holiday Programme for our youth and children, going out part-way through the service. ORPHEUS CHOIR CONCERT - THE ARMED MAN JOB VACANCIES AT TSCF (TERTIARY STUDENTS CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP) Wellington Team Leader – leading the ministry amongst students at Victoria University, Massey University, Te Pūkenga and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. The Team Leader is responsible for a small team of staff and volunteers in the region and also plays a role on the National Leadership Team of TSCF. Associate Staff (Volunteer) – supporting our student ministry to develop mission and ministry among tertiary students and advise and mentor student leaders in the TSCF campus groups. Please contact Wilma at personnel@tscf.org.nz for more information. The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 7 April 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, Easter has brought hope in a way that opens up a new and different kind of world. We celebrate this hope together this Sunday as we accept the peace that Jesus gives us by his presence. We hear the story of Peter being reconciled back into relationship with Jesus – another sort of ‘Beach Clean Up’! We will all gather in the Church at 10am and our young people will go out part-way to their peer groups. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet: Order of Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… BEACH CLEAN UP This Sunday, following the morning service (and Morning Tea) we will be having a beach cleanup and picnic. Starting from the St John's site, those who are able will be walking to Oriental Bay and picking up rubbish as we walk down. We will have a picnic on the beach and spend some time with each other. Please bring warm clothes and covered shoes. This is a way to engage with each other, have a bit of fun and be actively engaged in God's creation by being good stewards. We will provide you with rubbish bags, gloves and you have the option to wear one of our amazingly bright St John’s t-shirts. MINISTRY ASSISTANT POSITION With our Youth Pastor Hannah North seconded for part of her time each week doing chaplaincy at Scots College, we are needing support for the Youth & Families Ministry during the week and on Sundays. Our St John’s Vision is encouraging us to focus on being intergenerational, having safe spaces for people to belong, being flexible and responsive, with an open-minded and positive culture. We are inviting applications from those who have a passion and aptitude for supporting our ministry in a part-time paid capacity, complementing the work of the dedicated volunteer teams who have the call to serve God and God’s people. Please contact the St John’s Office for more information, including the position description. Applications are due to the Office by Wednesday 10th April. The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - Easter 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This weekend is the most holy in the Christian year, as we again enter the story of how Jesus Christ has interrupted evil, hatred and even death. Good Friday Service at 10am After our worship we share Hot Cross buns in the St John’s Centre. Easter Sunday Service at 10am After our worship we have Morning Tea in the St John’s Centre. Many of our young people will be away at Easter Camp this weekend. Therefore, there will be no peer groups on Good Friday, but there will be a peer group time for children on Easter Sunday – including eggs! If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Good Friday Service Easter Sunday Service Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… YOUTH EASTER CAMP We pray for all our young people at the Easter Camp this weekend. May they encounter God and come to a fresh understanding of the love given for them, hearing the call to follow Jesus. TREASURER’S UPDATE End of Tax Year on 31 March The end of the financial year for tax rebates for donations is 31 March 2024. If you are thinking of making additional donations and gain the 33% tax rebate in the 2024 tax year, please ensure it is deposited in St John’s BNZ account by 31 March 2024 to be included in your tax receipt. St John’s bank account number is 02-0500-0021908-000 Congregational giving year to date At the AGM on 29 October 2023, it was reported that congregational giving was 10% below budget, even though the budget had been set at a realistic level achieved in previous years. For the year to date, giving is 12% below budget. The following graph shows monthly giving compared with budget. BEACH CLEAN UP On the 7th of April following the morning service we will be having a beach cleanup and picnic. Starting from the St John's site, those who are able will be walking to Oriental Bay and picking up rubbish as we walk down. We will have a picnic on the beach and spend some time with each other. Please bring warm clothes and covered shoes. This is a way to engage with each other, have a bit of fun and be actively engaged in God's creation by being good stewards. We will provide you with rubbish bags, gloves and you have the option to wear one of our amazingly bright St John’s t-shirts. A&J ANNUAL APPEAL Our goal was to generate additional giving of $6,000 through this annual appeal to support the ongoing work of our friends A & J. The total we have given this month is $6,547. That’s on top of the Outreach Committee commitment of $4,000 each year and the further matching dollar for dollar all additional donations up to $2,500 per year. As well as regular giving by a number of supporters throughout the year. Further gifts of support are welcome – as are your ongoing prayers for them. INSTRUMENTS NEEDED TO PRAISE GOD Our Youth Band has new members and looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking: a keyboard …and a banjo. We are delighted that an acoustic guitar has been donated for the Sunday morning Music Group! If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. Rose Luxford, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, encourages us to connect with the deep meaning of Easter… The resurrection event of Easter is not just something we remember as a past event, it is a continuing reality which gives us hope today. We live in a world that is in real need of a sense of hope. Individuals, communities, countries alike. There are many who are feeling disconnected, isolated, overwhelmed with the pressures around them and the polarization of society. The Easter narrative has something important to offer in this space. A word of hope into situations of despair. A promise of reintegration after brokenness. A sense of ‘gathering in’ as opposed to separating out. Relationship with the Risen Christ who connects with us on this journey of life and holds out the promise of fullness of life. In Christ all things are made new. The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 24 March 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday, as we enter Holy Week leading us to Easter. We will also conclude our Lent series exploring Spiritual Practices that sustain and grow our faith. We will all gather in the Church at 10am, with our Special Choir singing to start our worship. Our young people and leaders will go out part-way through the service to their peer groups. And afterward we have Morning Tea and a fundraising BBQ. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we are exploring Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with God. We are examining specific practices of Engaging with Scripture, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. You can access lots of resources for the Spiritual Practices we’ve been exploring, Here: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/news SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUTH Sausage Sizzle Easter Fundraiser: We have six amazing adults who are giving up their Easter Holiday to help support our youth group at Easter Camp. We want to help support them to get to Easter Camp and as part of that we are hoping to raise $500 to pay for some of their registration. To do this we will be hosting ‘blind bag sausage sizzles’. You'll take a beautifully decorated small paper bag and give whatever you want to give for your sausage. Any extra that we raise will go towards subsidising those youth attending the camp. This will be this Sunday after church in the St John's Courtyard. Old Towels: Do you have an old towel that's sitting in your cupboard or in the boot of your car? The youth group would love to take it off your hands! During Easter Camp Hannah is running the prayer stations which is a really powerful time to connect deeper with God. For one of the stations, Hannah needs bits of cloth to wipe people's faces. The dream is to recycle old towels that are no longer needed and cut them so that we would have enough for everyone. There will be a box available in the foyer on Sunday for you to leave your towel, give your towel to Hannah or drop them off at the office during the week. WHANAU NIGHT Whanau Night is back for 2024! The theme for this year is Restoration. The first Whanau Night event this year is at the Southern Cross Garden Bar, Sunday 24 March 5:00-6.30pm ($5 koha). A chance to connect, share and be a community together. No need to RSVP, just turn up, and invite your friends! HOLY WEEK Sunday 24th March Scots College Easter Service at 4pm Whanau Night at the Southern Cross 5pm Tuesday 26th March Fellowship Group Easter Service at 11am Friday 29th March Good Friday Service at 10am Sunday 31st March Easter Sunday Service at 10am TREASURER’S UPDATE End of Tax Year on 31 March The end of the financial year for tax rebates for donations is 31 March 2024. If you are thinking of making additional donations and gain the 33% tax rebate in the 2024 tax year, please ensure it is deposited in St John’s BNZ account by 31 March 2024 to be included in your tax receipt. St John’s bank account number is 02-0500-0021908-000 Congregational giving year to date At the AGM on 29 October 2023, it was reported that congregational giving was 10% below budget, even though the budget had been set at a realistic level achieved in previous years. For the year to date, giving is 12% below budget. The following graph shows monthly giving compared with budget. BEACH CLEAN UP INSTRUMENTS NEEDED TO PRAISE GOD Our Youth Band has new members and looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking: a keyboard …and a banjo! Also, we are looking for a regular acoustic guitar for the Sunday morning Music Group. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. Rose Luxford, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, encourages us to connect with the deep meaning of Easter… The resurrection event of Easter is not just something we remember as a past event, it is a continuing reality which gives us hope today. We live in a world that is in real need of a sense of hope. Individuals, communities, countries alike. There are many who are feeling disconnected, isolated, overwhelmed with the pressures around them and the polarization of society. The Easter narrative has something important to offer in this space. A word of hope into situations of despair. A promise of reintegration after brokenness. A sense of ‘gathering in’ as opposed to separating out. Relationship with the Risen Christ who connects with us on this journey of life and holds out the promise of fullness of life. In Christ all things are made new. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 17 March 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we delve into the fourth and final specific spiritual practice in our series over Lent: Sabbath. There are lots and lots of Spiritual Practices Christians find useful for ‘keeping company’ with God, and we are sampling some together in order to help each of us find something that sustains and grows our faith. For this Sunday’s service we will all gather in the Church at 10am and our young people will go out part-way to their peer groups. And afterward we have Morning Tea, a fundraising BBQ and a Newcomers Lunch (details below). If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we are exploring Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with God. We are examining specific practices of Engaging with Scripture, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. You can access lots of resources for the Spiritual Practices we’ve been exploring, Here. https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/news INSTRUMENTS NEEDED TO PRAISE GOD Our Youth Band has new members and looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking: a keyboard …and a banjo! Also, we are looking for a regular acoustic guitar for the Sunday morning Music Group. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. A&J ANNUAL APPEAL FOR MISSION SUNDAY 17TH MARCH The St John’s Outreach Committee encourages everyone to be part of the spiritual and practical support for A&J (a St John’s couple working overseas), by praying regularly and contributing financially to their work with poor migrant workers. A&J speak eight languages between them, so can talk to these migrant workers often in their own language. A&J are not paid a salary for bringing hope to these people . Instead, they raise most of the money that they need to live themselves. On Sunday 17th March there will be a Retiring Offering (making a donation in the foyer after the service). The Outreach Committee is committed to give $4,000 each year and matches dollar for dollar all additional donations up to $2,500 per year. We hope to generate additional giving of $6,000 through this annual appeal. If you would rather use internet banking, then use the normal bank account number and put AandJ in the reference. NEWCOMERS LUNCH If you've started worshipping with the St John’s whānau in the 12 months, we would love you to be part of an informal but special occasion to welcome you to the church family with a free lunch on Sunday 17th March – after morning tea. With pizza (and sweets) you can find out more about the St John’s Vision and Mission from our Minister Allister Lane and the elders. We encourage you, and will support you, to find ways to share your gifts and deepen your place of belonging at St John’s. For catering purposes, please let us know you are planning to come along – with a simple “I’ll be there’ to enquiries@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz TREASURER’S UPDATE End of Tax Year on 31 March The end of the financial year for tax rebates for donations is 31 March 2024. If you are thinking of making additional donations and gain the 33% tax rebate in the 2024 tax year, please ensure it is deposited in St John’s BNZ account by 31 March 2024 to be included in your tax receipt. St John’s bank account number is 02-0500-0021908-000 Congregational giving year to date At the AGM on 29 October 2023, it was reported that congregational giving was 10% below budget, even though the budget had been set at a realistic level achieved in previous years. For the year to date, giving is 12% below budget. The following graph shows monthly giving compared with budget. WHANAU NIGHT Whanau Night is back for 2024! The theme for this year is Restoration. The first Whanau Night event this year is at the Southern Cross Garden Bar, Sunday 24 March 5:00-6.30pm ($5 koha). A chance to connect, share and be a community together. No need to RSVP, just turn up, and invite your friends! SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUTH Sausage Sizzle Easter Fundraiser: We have six amazing adults who are giving up their Easter Holiday to help support our youth group at Easter Camp. We want to help support them to get to Easter Camp and as part of that we are hoping to raise $500 to pay for some of their registration. To do this we will be hosting 2 blind envelope sausage sizzles. You'll take a beautifully decorated envelope and give whatever you want to give for your sausage. Any extra that we raise will go towards subsidising those youth attending the camp. This will be on the 17th and 24th of March after church in the St John's Courtyard. Old Towels: Do you have an old towel that's sitting in your cupboard or in the boot of your car? The youth group would love to take it off your hands! During Easter Camp Hannah is running the prayer stations which is a really powerful time to connect deeper with God. For one of the stations, Hannah needs bits of cloth to wipe people's faces. The dream is to recycle old towels that are no longer needed and cut them so that we would have enough for everyone. There will be a box available in the foyer on Sunday for you to leave your towel, give your towel to Hannah or drop them off at the office during the week. PUBLIC THEOLOGY EVENTS Dr Luke Barnes: Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/events/2024/03/public-lecture-by-dr-luke-barnes 6pm, Monday 18 March, Hugh Mackenzie HM104, 28 Kelburn Parade Dr Zachary Ardern: Is there any purpose to evolution? https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/events/2024/03/public-lecture-by-dr-zachary-ardern 6pm, Tuesday 19 March, Hugh Mackenzie HM104, 28 Kelburn Parade “God receives us just as we are and accepts our prayers just as they are. In the same way that a small child cannot draw a bad picture so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer.” Prayer by Richard Foster (this book is available from the St John’s Library) Allister

    • Spiritual Practices
      • Summary of resources for Spiritual Practices Rule of Faith chart for personal and household use for identifying and committing to spiritual practices that you currently do and want to try. Rule of Faith Chart YouVersion Daily Bible reading and devotion app 'Make Space for What Matters: 5 Spiritual Habits for Lent'. Check it out Here, or however you download your apps. Make Space for What Matters Daily Bible reading plan ‘Every Day With Christ’ to read the whole Bible in a year. This is a BIG commitment, requiring much stamina. If you are starting the practice of daily Bible reading, there are better resources available – like the one above. Daily Bible reading Living the Lectionary: A daily devotion on the lessons from the revised common lectionary. If you appreciate artwork as a way to help you draw closer to God, this daily blog is another suggested resource for daily spiritual practice. (NB: it runs one day behind) Living the Lectionary G.K. Chesterton has written about the inconsistencies of materialism, everyday miracles, idealism and child-like openness to the possibility of a greater reality, in Chapter 4 ‘The Ethics of Elfland’ in his book ‘Orthodoxy’. There are many other books in the St John’s Library that are available to borrow. Orthodoxy The Examen is sometimes referred to as ‘examination of consciousness’. I was popularised by Ignatius of Loyola, in the Sixteenth Century (1491 – 1556). This spiritual practice is a practical way of reviewing our experiences encouraging us to pay attention to the promptings of God that we may have missed, including the times we were less than Christ-like. This grants us an opportunity to receive again the grace of Jesus. The Examen helps us become more aware of what is going on inside us – one day at a time. Here’s an easy alliteration to remember the process of Examen 4 R’s Replay - What happened today? Rejoice - Where did I feel grace today? Where was God particularly present? Return to God - Where did I feel emotional today? What truth might God be leading you to through your emotions? Reboot –ask for God’s help. And continue to listen. Here is a written guide to use: The Examen And a different version of The Examen as an audio guide: Examen Audio Guide Breath Prayer is a way of praying (drawing nearer to God) linked to our rhythms of breathing. God is like oxygen for our soul. Breath prayer reminds us that each breath we are given is God’s gift and that God’s Spirit is nearer to us than our own breath. 1) Breathe in: identifying your desire, in as few words as possible. 2) Breathe out: using a biblical name/image of God. To identify your desire, try answering this question from God: “What do you need today?” Use a name/image of God you are comfortable with. Perhaps one you use regularly, or one that suits your prayer today. Examples: "Come - Holy Spirit" “Peace – Jesus” "Protect us - Good Shepherd"

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 10 March 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we delve into the third specific spiritual practice in our series over Lent: Self-Examination. There are lots and lots of Spiritual Practices Christians find useful for ‘keeping company’ with God, and we are sampling some together in order to help each of us find something that sustains and grows our faith. A spiritual practice is any intentional activity, relationship or experience that creates space for us to keep company with God and transforms us in the process. We celebrate the holy meal of Communion this Sunday and so young people and their leaders go straight to their peer groups in the St John’s Centre at 10am, and we will all come together in the Church later for Communion. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we are exploring Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with God. We are examining specific practices of Engaging with Scripture, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. We are all using a Rule of Faith chart for personal use in identifying and committing to spiritual practices that you currently do and want to try. We will have printed copies available for you again this Sunday. A digital version is available below. Rule of Life Chart Here are some suggested resources for trying some Spiritual Practices: YouVersion Daily Bible reading and devotion app 'Make Space for What Matters: 5 Spiritual Habits for Lent'. Check it out Here, or however you download your apps. YouVersion: Make Space for What Matters Living the Lectionary: A daily devotion on the lessons from the revised common lectionary. If you appreciate artwork as a way to help you draw closer to God, this daily blog is another suggested resource for daily spiritual practice. NB: it runs one day behind. Daily Blog INSTRUMENTS NEEDED TO PRAISE GOD Our Youth Band has new members and looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking a keyboard. Also, we are looking for a regular acoustic guitar for the Sunday morning Music Group. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. A&J ANNUAL APPEAL FOR MISSION SUNDAY 17TH MARCH The St John’s Outreach Committee encourages everyone to be part of the spiritual and practical support for A&J (a St John’s couple working overseas), by praying regularly and contributing financially to their work with poor migrant workers. A&J speak eight languages between them, so can talk to these migrant workers often in their own language. A&J are not paid a salary for bringing hope to these people . Instead, they raise most of the money that they need to live themselves. On Sunday 17th March there will be a Retiring Offering (making a donation in the foyer after the service). The Outreach Committee is committed to give $4,000 each year and matches dollar for dollar all additional donations up to $2,500 per year. We hope to generate additional giving of $6,000 through this annual appeal. If you would rather use internet banking, then use the normal bank account number and put AandJ in the reference. NEWCOMERS LUNCH f you've started worshipping with the St John’s whānau in the last 12 months, we would love you to be part of an informal but special occasion to welcome you to the church family with a free lunch on Sunday 17th March – after morning tea. With pizza (and sweets) you can find out more about the St John’s Vision and Mission from our Minister Allister lane and the elders. We encourage you, and will support you, to find ways to share your gifts and deepen your place of belonging at St John’s. For catering purposes, please let us know you are planning to come along – with a simple “I’ll be there’ to enquiries@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz WHANAU NIGHT Whanau Night is back for 2024! The theme for this year is Restoration. The first Whanau Night event this year is at the Southern Cross Garden Bar, Sunday 24 March 5:00-6.30pm ($5 koha). A chance to connect, share and be a community together. No need to RSVP, just turn up, and invite your friends! MEMBERSHIP “God gathers us to worship and grow our faith so we can live and share Christ’s hope for our world” Do you worship at St John’s and feel a sense of belonging? We invite you to deepen your experience and take a step of faith to commit to the journey together. We strongly believe God calls you, and each of us, to be part of the community of faith. We are more than a ‘club’ – we are the Body of Christ, committed to participation, growth, journeying, contribution and sharing. To find out more about what we love about Membership, please talk to the Minister, an elder or the St John’s Office. SUPPORT FOR OUR YOUTH Sausage Sizzle Easter Fundraiser: We have six amazing adults who are giving up their Easter Holiday to help support our youth group at Easter Camp. We want to help support them to get to Easter Camp and as part of that we are hoping to raise $500 to pay for some of their registration. To do this we will be hosting 2 blind envelope sausage sizzles. You'll take a beautifully decorated envelope and give whatever you want to give for your sausage. Any extra that we raise will go towards subsidising those youth attending the camp. This will be on the 17th and 24th of March after church in the St John's Courtyard. Old Towels: Do you have an old towel that's sitting in your cupboard or in the boot of your car? The youth group would love to take it off your hands! During Easter Camp Hannah is running the prayer stations which is a really powerful time to connect deeper with God. For one of the stations, Hannah needs bits of cloth to wipe people's faces. The dream is to recycle old towels that are no longer needed and cut them so that we would have enough for everyone. There will be a box available in the foyer on Sunday for you to leave your towel, give your towel to Hannah or drop them off at the office during the week. “God receives us just as we are and accepts our prayers just as they are. In the same way that a small child cannot draw a bad picture so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer.” Prayer by Richard Foster (this book is available from the St John’s Library) Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 3 March 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we delve into the second specific spiritual practice in our series over Lent: PRAYER. There are lots and lots of Spiritual Practices Christians find useful for ‘keeping company’ with God, and we will be sampling some together in order to help each of us find something that sustains and grows our faith. A spiritual practice is any intentional activity, relationship or experience that creates space for us to keep company with God and transforms us in the process. Like any practice, we learn how to do it better as we practice it more and achieve more meaningful results through repetition. We adjust and learn over time. Drawing near to God is a lifelong practice. Spiritual practices help in our journey. For this Sunday’s service we will all gather in the Church at 10am and our young people will go out part-way to their peer groups. And we will all share Morning Tea together afterward. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we will explore Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with God. We will examine specific practices of Engaging with Scripture, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. Perhaps you have found a spiritual practice particularly helpful in putting your faith into practice, and you would be able to share this with our church whanau? Please let me (the Minister, Allister Lane) know if you would be willing to share something of your own experience for the sake of encouraging others. We are all using a Rule of Faith chart for personal use in identifying and committing to spiritual practices that you currently do and want to try. We will have printed copies available for you again this Sunday. A digital version is available below. Rule of Life Chart Here are some suggested resources for trying some Spiritual Practices: YouVersion Daily Bible reading and devotion app 'Make Space for What Matters: 5 Spiritual Habits for Lent'. Check it out Here, or however you download your apps. YouVersion: Make Space for What Matters Daily Bible reading plan ‘Every Day With Christ’ to read the whole Bible in a year available Here. (this is a BIG commitment, requiring much stamina. If you are starting the practice of daily Bible reading, there are better resources available – like the one above) Every Day With Christ THE GATHERING SATURDAY 9th MARCH This Presbytery Gathering day is about getting together with others who in the wider church who serve God and ‘keep the congregation going’. Lots of us are involved in the mechanics of church life and might be interested in the ideas of others serving in similar ways. This is a totally worthwhile day – sharing helpful practical ideas and resources, as well as seeking inspiration. Speakers include Geoff New, Craig Donaldson, Mo Morgan, and Andrew Nicol. We have a group of elders going from St John’s for the day, and we will be carpooling – so let the Minister Allister Lane know if you want to join in the road trip! For more details and registration go to: www.presbyterycentral.org.nz/presbytery-gathering-march-9-2024/ SPECIAL CHOIR EASTER You are invited to sing as part of a Special Choir in the 10am services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The rehearsals are the preceding three Sundays (3rd, 10th and 17th March) from 11.15am - 12.15pm in the Chapel. Please contact our Music Director Eleanor Carter for more information, the music repertoire, and to confirm your involvement. INSTRUMENTS NEEDED TO PRAISE GOD Our Youth Band has new members and looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking a keyboard. Also, we are looking for a regular acoustic guitar for the Sunday morning Music Group. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. A&J ANNUAL APPEAL FOR MISSION SUNDAY 17TH MARCH The St John’s Outreach Committee encourages everyone to be part of the spiritual and practical support for A&J (a St John’s couple working overseas), by praying regularly and contributing financially to their work with poor migrant workers. A&J speak eight languages between them, so can talk to these migrant workers often in their own language. A&J are not paid a salary for bringing hope to these people . Instead, they raise most of the money that they need to live themselves. On Sunday 17th March there will be a Retiring Offering (making a donation in the foyer after the service). The Outreach Committee is committed to give $4,000 each year and matches dollar for dollar all additional donations up to $2,500 per year. We hope to generate additional giving of $6,000 through this annual appeal. If you would rather use internet banking, then use the normal bank account number and put AandJ in the reference. NEWCOMERS LUNCH If you've started worshipping with the St John’s whānau in the 12 months, we would love to have the occasion to welcome you to the church family with free lunch on Sunday 17th March after morning tea. This is an informal gathering with pizza (and sweets) where you can find out more about the St John’s Vision and Mission from our Minister Allister lane and the elders. We would love to encourage you to share your gifts and deepen your place of belonging at St John’s. For catering purposes, please let us know you are planning to come along. See you then! WHANAU NIGHT Whanau Night is back for 2024! The theme for this year is Restoration. The first Whanau Night event this year is at the Southern Cross Garden Bar, Sunday 24 March 5:00-6.30pm ($5 koha). A chance to connect, share and be a community together. No need to RSVP, just turn up, and invite your friends! MEMBERSHIP “God gathers us to worship and grow our faith so we can live and share Christ’s hope for our world” Do you worship at St John’s and feel a sense of belonging? We invite you to deepen your experience and take a step of faith to commit to the journey together. We strongly believe God calls you, and each of us, to be part of the community of faith. We are more than a ‘club’ – we are the Body of Christ, committed to participation, growth, journeying, contribution and sharing. To find out more about what we love about Membership, please talk to the Minister, an elder or the St John’s Office. May God’s Spirit continue to help us make space to ‘keep company’ with God. Allister

    • EASTER - Come & Join Us
      • Good Friday 29 Mar 2024, 10:00am Easter Sunday 31 Mar 2024, 10:00am Come and join us as we enter into these holy days of Christ's death and resurrection. All are welcome as we tell the story and experience the presence of God's grace with us, in our unity with the Church all around the world.

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 18 February 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday is an All Age Service. We start our series exploring Spiritual Practices, which will run throughout these six weeks of Lent. There are lots and lots of Spiritual Practices Christians find useful for ‘keeping company’ with God, and we will be sampling some together. A spiritual practice is any intentional activity, relationship or experience that creates space for us to keep company with God and transforms us in the process. Like any practice, we learn how to do it better as we practice it more and achieve more meaningful results through repetition. We adjust and learn over time. Drawing near to God is a lifelong practice. Spiritual practices help in our journey. For this Sunday’s All Age Worship Service we will gather in the Church at 10am and remain together until Morning Tea (with Griffin’s Sampler biscuits!) Please note you will be randomly assigned into a mixed group – kids can decide to remain with a parent if they prefer. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Starting with an introduction to the series this Sunday, we will continue over the six weeks of Lent to explore Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with God. We will examine specific practices of Bible reading, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. Perhaps you have found a spiritual practice particularly helpful in putting your faith into practice, and you would be able to share this with our church whanau? Please let the Minister Allister Lane know if you would be willing to share something of your own experience for the sake of encouraging others. THE GATHERING SATURDAY 9th MARCH This Presbytery Gathering day is about getting together with others who in the wider church who serve God and ‘keep the congregation going’. Lots of us are involved in the mechanics of church life and might be interested in the ideas of others serving in similar ways. This is a totally worthwhile day – sharing helpful practical ideas and resources, as well as seeking inspiration. Speakers include Geoff New, Craig Donaldson, Mo Morgan, and Andrew Nicol. We have a group of elders going from St John’s for the day, and we will be carpooling – so let the Minister Allister Lane know if you want to join in the road trip! For more details and registration go to: www.presbyterycentral.org.nz/presbytery-gathering-march-9-2024/ PUBLIC LECTURE - EPHRAIM RADNER "Something Beautiful For God: Art And The Christian In An Age Of Mass Culture" What is a work of art? How has the significance of a work of art changed in our contemporary era of mechanically copied objects and mass digital access to images and sounds? This lecture will explore these questions from a Christian perspective, and will use as a springboard the idea that modern ways of reproducing art have changed art's significance, an idea made famous by the German social critic Walter Benjamin. Ephraim Radner is an ordained Anglican Priest, recently retired as Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, Toronto, Canada. 5:30pm Tuesday Feb 20th at the Loaves and Fishes Hall, Wellington Cathedral. Cost: Koha FELLOWSHIP GROUP Lent is defined as ‘the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter of which the 40 week days are devoted to fasting and penitence in commemoration of Christs fasting in the wilderness.’ There will be the chance to share thoughts and memories of observing Lent at this next meeting on Tuesday 27th February @ 11am in the Hall. SPECIAL CHOIR EASTER You are invited to sing as part of a Special Choir in the 10am services on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The rehearsals are the preceding three Sundays (3rd, 10th and 17th March) from 11.15am - 12.15pm in the Chapel. Please contact our Music Director Eleanor Carter for more information, the music repertoire, and to confirm your involvement. MEMBERSHIP “God gathers us to worship and grow our faith so we can live and share Christ’s hope for our world” Do you worship at St John’s and feel a sense of belonging? We invite you to deepen your experience and take a step of faith to commit to the journey together. We strongly believe God calls you, and each of us, to be part of the community of faith. We are more than a ‘club’ – we are the Body of Christ, committed to participation, growth, journeying, contribution and sharing. To find out more about what we love about Membership, please talk to the Minister, an elder or the St John’s Office. PHOTOS FROM SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST May God’s Spirit continue to help us make space to ‘keep company’ with God. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 11 February 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we have a kick-off celebration, now that we are all back from the summer break. After the service we have a BBQ and games in the courtyard. We celebrate the holy meal of Communion this Sunday and so young people and their leaders go straight to their peer groups in the St John’s Centre at 10am, and we will all come together in the Church later for Communion. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST You are warmly invited to celebrate Shrove Tuesday together THIS TUESDAY with a pancake breakfast in the St John’s Centre. Come along before school/work at 7:30 (we will be all done before 8:30am). Your koha will support the work of DCM. ASH WEDNESDAY This coming Wednesday (14th February) at 5:15pm we have a combined Ash Wednesday at St Mary of the Angels with the Imposition of Ashes. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we will explore Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with Jesus. We will examine specific practices of Bible reading, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. Perhaps you have found a spiritual practice particularly helpful in putting your faith into practice, and you would be able to share this with our church whanau? Please let Allister Lane know if you would be willing to share something of your own experience for the sake of encouraging others. PUBLIC LECTURE: "SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD: ART AND THE CHRISTIAN IN AN AGE OF MASS CULTURE" What is a work of art? How has the significance of a work of art changed in our contemporary era of mechanically copied objects and mass digital access to images and sounds? This lecture will explore these questions from a Christian perspective, and will use as a springboard the idea that modern ways of reproducing art have changed art's significance, an idea made famous by the German social critic Walter Benjamin. 5:30pm Tuesday Feb 20th at the Loaves and Fishes Hall, Wellington Cathedral. Cost: Koha FELLOWSHIP GROUP Lent is defined as 'the period from Ash Wednesday to Easter of which the 40 week days are devoted to fasting and penitence in commemoration of Christs fasting in the wilderness.' There will be the chance to share thoughts and memories of observing Lent at this next meeting on Tuesday 27th February @ 11am in the Hall. SERVING ON GOVERNANCE BOARDS There are currently two opportunities for nominations to positions serving in governance roles for two community-facing organisations that work closely with St John’s. The BGI Board – the Boys’ and Girls’ Institute is located in the top floors above the St John’s Office and their mission is to stand with young people to build great communities and help them to live meaningful lives. https://www.bgi.org.nz/ The DCM Board – St John’s is a member church community of Downtown Community Ministries in partnership to serve those in our city with high and complex needs. https://www.dcm.org.nz/ We are inviting expressions of interest in these opportunities by Friday 9th February. Please speak to the Minister, Allister; The Session Clerk, Rob Anderson; or the Chair of Council, Pamela Cohen. YOUTH BAND Our Youth Band has new members and is looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking a keyboard. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. May God’s Spirit continue to help us make space to ‘keep company’ with Jesus. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 4 February 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday is the closest to Waitangi Day, and we will explore what this means for us through our worship together – as we hear the witness of God’s Word to covenant love. All young people will be invited to go out part-way through the service for a combined Holiday Programme in the Centre. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CHRISTMAS STAR BOXES Thank you to all who gave toys and gifts to the Christmas Star Boxes before Christmas. Wellington City Mission has recognised the generosity of filling the Christmas Star Boxes to help show love at Christmas for underprivileged people. Including the 3 boxes filled by us, there were 875 boxes distributed! This is a new record. Praise God! GIVING ISN’T JUST SOMETHING WE DO AT CHRISTMAS To continue God’s mission at St John’s we have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and are asking one another to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. Giving by regular bank transfer expresses an ongoing commitment to be part of our mission and ministry, and details for setting that up are available on the ‘Donations’ page of the website: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/donate If you are already giving regularly, you may want to decide if your giving can change to reflect our goal. We know it is hard times for many, so if you are already giving what you are able, please know it is deeply valued. YOUTH BAND Our Youth Band has new members and looking to expand the range of instrumentation. A bass guitar has been generously loaned, and we are still seeking a keyboard. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. SERVING ON GOVERNANCE BOARDS There are currently two opportunities for nominations to positions serving in governance roles for two community-facing organisations that work closely with St John’s. The BGI Board – the Boys’ and Girls’ Institute is located in the top floors above the St John’s Office and their mission is to stand with young people to build great communities and help them to live meaningful lives. https://www.bgi.org.nz/ The DCM Board – Downtown Community Ministries was co-founded by St John’s to serve those in our city with high and complex needs. https://www.dcm.org.nz/ We are inviting expressions of interest in these opportunities by Friday 9th February. Please speak to the Minister, Allister; The Session Clerk, Rob Anderson; or the Chair of Council, Pamela Cohen. SPECIAL DATES Sunday 11th February - Kick-off of Peer Groups with courtyard celebrations Tuesday 13th February - 7.30am Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast Wednesday 14th February - 5.15pm Ash Wednesday Combined Service at St Mary of the Angels with the Imposition of Ashes Sunday 18th February - First Sunday of Lent and start of our series on Spiritual Practices (see below) SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we will explore Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with Jesus. We will examine specific practices of Bible reading, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. Perhaps you have found a spiritual practice particularly helpful in putting your faith into practice, and you would be able to share this with our church whanau? Please let Allister Lane know if you would be willing to share something of your own experience for the sake of encouraging others. May God’s Spirit continue to help us make space to ‘keep company’ with Jesus. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 28 January 2024
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, Welcome back to those who have had a summer break. The Minister is back, and the St John’s Office is open again! This Sunday we will be examining a ritual we have at St John’s that starts and concludes our gathered worship together. What is this ritual? And how does this help us inhabit God’s truth and guide our lives? All young people will be invited to go out part-way through the service for a combined Holiday Programme in the Centre. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL As part of our Christmas giving we dedicated our offering of money on Christmas Day to Christian World Service (CWS) whose annual appeal has been working to Share Food. The total cash offering we passed on to CWS was $1222.40. This excludes those who gave by credit card and direct transfer. Our collective offering helps small-scale farmers learn how to grow food and improve their livelihoods in these very challenging times. We continue to pray for all those who will be helped by this sharing of our gifts. GIVING ISN’T JUST SOMETHING WE DO AT CHRISTMAS To continue God’s mission at St John’s we have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and are asking one another to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. Giving by regular bank transfer expresses an ongoing commitment to be part of our mission and ministry, and details for setting that up are available on the ‘Donations’ page of the website: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/donate If you are already giving regularly, you may want to decide if your giving can change to reflect our goal. We know it is hard times for many, so if you are already giving what you are able, please know it is deeply valued. YOUTH BAND Our Youth Band has new members and is looking to expand the range of instrumentation. We are seeking a keyboard and a bass guitar. If you may be able to donate an instrument, please contact the St John’s Office. SERVING ON GOVERNANCE BOARDS There are currently two opportunities for nominations to positions serving in governance roles for two community-facing organisations that work closely with St John’s. The BGI Board – the Boys’ and Girls’ Institute is located in the top floors above the St John’s Office and their mission is to stand with young people to build great communities and help them to live meaningful lives. https://www.bgi.org.nz/ The DCM Board – Downtown Community Ministries was co-founded by St John’s to serve those in our city with high and complex needs. https://www.dcm.org.nz/ We are inviting expressions of interest in these opportunities by Friday 9th February. Please speak to the Minister, Allister; The Session Clerk, Rob Anderson; or the Chair of Council, Pamela Cohen. SPECIAL DATES Sunday 11th February - Kick-off of Peer Groups with courtyard celebrations Tuesday 13th February - Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast Wednesday 14th February - Ash Wednesday Combined Service at St Mary of the Angels with the Imposition of Ashes Sunday 18th February - First Sunday of Lent SPIRITUAL PRACTICES SERIES – FOLLOW ME Over the six weeks of Lent we will explore Spiritual Practices. This continues our emphasis of putting our faith into practice, and will focus on our desire for more of God through intentional practices, relationships, and experiences that gave us space in our lives to ‘keep company’ with Jesus. We will examine specific practices of Bible reading, Prayer, Self-examination, and Sabbath. But also consider many other spiritual practices that have helped Christians around the world. Perhaps you have found a spiritual practice particularly helpful in putting your faith into practice, and you would be able to share this with our church whanau? Please let Allister Lane know if you would be willing to share something of your own experience for the sake of encouraging others. May God’s Spirit continue to help us make space to ‘keep company’ with Jesus. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 24 December 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, In this week of Christmas we are celebrating the birth of Christ with three services at St John’s in the City… Sunday 24th December 10am Sunday 24th December 6pm Monday 25th December 10am If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheets: Printable Service Sheet - Sunday 24th December 10am Printable Service Sheet - Monday 25th December 10am Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY SERVICE A kids-friendly celebration for everyone …and inviting others along. Starts at 6:00pm and will be finished by 6:30pm CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL We are dedicating our offering of money on Christmas Day (once again) to Christian World Service (CWS) whose annual appeal is working to Share Food This Christmas. The poorest people are already experiencing the challenges of the climate crisis. Our offerings will help small-scale farmers learn how to grow food and improve their livelihoods in these very challenging times. With the help of our local partners, they will be able to prepare for the more intense natural disasters that come with climate change. There will be special envelopes provided during the Christmas Day service to make a donation; you can put your details on the envelope to receive a receipt from CWS. OFFICE CLOSURE The St John’s Office will close over the holidays starting midday Wednesday 20th December 2023 and reopening the morning of Tuesday 23rd January 2024. During this time there will not be weekly emails, so please check the St John’s Facebook page for any current updates/alerts. The usual Zoom link for joining the services online will continue. NEW YEAR LUNCH Come and celebrate the start of a new year on Sunday 7th January 2024. After the morning service, we would love you to join us for a special New Year Lunch in the St John’s Centre. KOHA : $5 Fellowship, Fun, Delicious Food …...and Ice cream! Hosted by the Building Community Vision Team YOUTH & FAMILIES PASTOR SECONDMENT Next year Hannah North is expanding our ministry to young people by making connections directly with school students. One of our goals for our St John’s ministry with young people is: Build numbers of youth and children attending and being reached by our programmes. To build relational connections with school students and encourage non-churched young people to join in what we do at St John’s, next year Hannah will be at Scots College 10 hours a week working with the Chaplain Rev David Jackson. This secondment is just for 2024, while the Assistant Chaplain Rebecca Wilcox is on 12 months parental leave. Working within a community of over a thousand young people is an expansion of the St John’s youth ministry, and we will find ways for Hannah’s ongoing ministry to be further supported by others. Are you (or someone you know) interested in working part-time with our Youth & Families ministry team? Let us know if you want to know more about this. GIVING ISN’T JUST SOMETHING WE DO AT CHRISTMAS To keep all we do going strong we have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and asked to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. Giving by regular bank transfer expresses an ongoing commitment to be part of our mission and ministry, and details for setting that up are available on the ‘Donations’ page of the website: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/donate If you are already giving regularly, you may want to decide if your giving can change to reflect our goal. We know it is hard times for many, so if you are already giving what you are able, please know it is deeply appreciated. If you are away at Christmas, may God give you safe travels and we look forward to seeing you next year. Wherever we are at Christmas, may our hearts be open to the coming of Christ. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 17 December 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This week we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent with a Carol Service, featuring some of the ‘Top Ten’ carols we love! All ages remain together for the whole service, and there will be a special Christmas musical offering from the Choir. After the service there will be barbecued sausages as part of our shared Morning Tea. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD Thank you all for your support of last Friday’s Christmas in the Courtyard. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves there. Altogether we raised over $1,000 for DCM. CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL We are dedicating our offering of money on Christmas Day (once again) to Christian World Service (CWS) whose annual appeal is working to Share Food This Christmas. The poorest people are already experiencing the challenges of the climate crisis. Our offerings will help small-scale farmers learn how to grow food and improve their livelihoods in these very challenging times. With the help of our local partners, they will be able to prepare for the more intense natural disasters that come with climate change. There will be special envelopes provided during the Christmas Day service to make a donation; you can put your details on the envelope to receive a receipt from CWS. NEW YEAR LUNCH Come and celebrate the start of a new year on Sunday 7th January 2024. After the morning service, we would love you to join us for a special New Year Lunch in the St John’s Centre. KOHA : $5 Fellowship, Fun, Delicious Food …...and Ice cream! Hosted by the Building Community Vision Team YOUTH & FAMILIES PASTOR SECONDMENT Next year Hannah North is expanding our ministry to young people by making connections directly with school students. One of our goals for our St John’s ministry with young people is: Build numbers of youth and children attending and being reached by our programmes. To build relational connections with school students and encourage non-churched young people to join in what we do at St John’s, next year Hannah will be at Scots College 10 hours a week working with the Chaplain Rev David Jackson. This secondment is just for 2024, while the Assistant Chaplain Rebecca Wilcox is on 12 months parental leave. Working within a community of over a thousand young people is an expansion of the St John’s youth ministry, and we will find ways for Hannah’s ongoing ministry to be further supported by others. Are you (or someone you know) interested in working part-time with our Youth & Families ministry team? Let us know if you want to know more about this. GIVING ISN’T JUST SOMETHING WE DO AT CHRISTMAS To keep all we do going strong we have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and asked to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. Giving by regular bank transfer expresses an ongoing commitment to be part of our mission and ministry, and details for setting that up are available on the ‘Donations’ page of the website: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/donate If you are already giving regularly, you may want to decide if your giving can change to reflect our goal. We know it is hard times for many, so if you are already giving what you are able, please know it is deeply appreciated. SERVING ON GOVERNANCE BOARDS There are currently two opportunities for nominations to positions serving in governance roles for two community-facing organisations that work closely with St John’s. The BGI Board – the Boys’ and Girls’ Institute is located in the top floors above the St John’s Office and their mission is to stand with young people to build great communities and help them to live meaningful lives. https://www.bgi.org.nz/ The DCM Board – Downtown Community Ministries was co-founded by St John’s to serve those in our city with high and complex needs. https://www.dcm.org.nz/ We are inviting expressions of interest in these opportunities to contribute in this collective way. Perhaps this is something to think about over summer? Please speak to the Minister, Allister; The Session Clerk, Rob Anderson; or the Chair of Council, Pamela Cohen. May our hearts be open to the coming of Christ. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 10 December 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This week we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent, with the St J’s Kids Nativity Pageant and Communion. All ages remain together for the whole service. The Youth Band will lead us in singing. We will celebrate Grace (our Youth Worker), and Jemma (our Youth Intern) as they conclude in their roles and embark on their next adventure. And we will bless the Christmas Star Boxes as we share love and joy with children in Wellington. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD Tomorrow (Friday 8th Dec) is Christmas in the Courtyard from 5:00-8:00pm. And the weather forecast is looking great – an answer to prayer! There will be choirs, brass bands, crafts, food and lots of fun. Proceeds from the event will go to DCM and their work supporting our city’s most marginalised people. This is an opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with our city neighbourhood! CHRISTMAS STAR BOXES This Sunday is the final opportunity to make a gift into the Christmas Star Boxes. Please bring something unwrapped for children in the Wellington area. Wellington City Mission will be distributing them again and we are invited to give new gifts that will delight children who perhaps will not be receiving very much. CONCERT IN THE CHURCH ‘Buzzing Brass’ (Wellington's Junior Brass Band who are playing for Christmas in the Courtyard) will present their end of year concert. St John's on Sunday 10th December at 1pm. All are welcome. Free admission! CAROLS WITH THE ANGELS @ ST MARY OF THE ANGELS Join the Cuba St Salvation Army Brass Band, Wellington Young Voices, and the musicians of St Mary’s for a carol concert at St Mary of the Angels. Wednesday December 13th, 7pm. Free entry, all welcome. CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL We are dedicating our offering of money on Christmas Day (once again) to Christian World Service whose annual appeal is working to Share Food This Christmas. There will be special envelopes provided during the Christmas Day service to make a donation; you can put your details on the envelope to receive a receipt from CWS. May our hearts be open to the coming of Christ. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 3 December 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This week we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, as we prepare for the coming of Christ. Our Bible reading is Mark 13:24-37. Although this passage might sound scary, it is actually about HOPE. In our worship service we will be making a presentation to some young people in recognition of important milestones for them. Peer groups for our young people will start part-way through our worship service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… COMBINED CHURCHES ADVENT SERVICE THIS SUNDAY EVENING Our local tradition is to celebrate our unity at the start of Advent by joining together for combined worship. And this year we are starting a new tradition… Sharing our experiences of each other’s specific denominational practices, and how these shape our spiritual journey. St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church is hosting our annual Combined Advent Service Sunday 3rd December at 7:00pm. What were those stroppy Protestant Reformers so worked up about? Come and join the other congregations and choirs as we anticipate the coming Prince of Peace. CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December, 5:00-8:00pm. There will be choirs, brass bands, crafts, food and lots of fun. This is an opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with our city neighbourhood! There are many ways you can play a part – please contact Rob Anderson. You can help publicise Christmas in the Courtyard by pinning the Facebook Event by pinning to the top of the posts on your Facebook page: Login to Facebook and go to your Facebook Page. Find the Christmas in the Courtyard event on the St John’s in the City page, indicate you are interested then going ( if you haven’t already). Click on the blue arrow ( share arrow) and select ‘Share to feed’ and click on Share at the bottom after you’ve added a message if you want to (e.g. “Looking forward to this event! Come and help support DCM as well as enjoy some Christmas fare.”) Go back to your home page, click on your name so you are on your own page, and go to the Christmas in the Courtyard post on your page. Click on the “more” icon (the three dots) in the upper-right of the post. Select “Pin to Top of Page.” The event post will move to the top of your Page and stay there ahead of other posts. CONCERT IN THE CHURCH Buzzing Brass (Wellington's Junior Brass Band that are playing in Friday's Christmas in the Courtyard) will present their end of year concert. St John's on Sunday 10th December at 1pm. All are welcome. Free admission! CHRISTMAS STAR BOXES Yes, it’s that time again. We have four boxes to fill with gifts, unwrapped, for children in the Wellington area. Wellington City Mission will be distributing them again and we are invited to give new gifts that will delight children who perhaps will not be receiving very much. We have TWO Sundays left in which to fill these boxes so don’t delay. Fill ‘em up! Thank you in advance. Any inquiries, contact Lesley Shaw CWS CHRISTMAS APPEAL We are dedicating our offering of money on Christmas Day (once again) to Christian World Service whose annual appeal is working to Share Food This Christmas. There will be special envelopes provided during the Christmas Day service to make a donation; you can put your details on the envelope to receive a receipt from CWS. May our hearts be open to the coming of Christ. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 26 November 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we conclude our four-week exploration of the faith practice ‘Welcome Others’. Our Bible reading is Luke 7:36–50. In this encounter, Jesus challenges the ‘othering’ of his day, and this invites us to challenge the ‘othering’ we might do. Peer groups for our young people will start part-way through our worship service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… SPECIAL SERVICES FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON You are very welcome to join in these worship services at St John’s Scots Christmas Service, Sunday 26th Nov 4:00pm The story ‘Kiwi Christmas’ by Joy Cowley invites us to recognise the truth of Christmas experienced in our own celebrations, as well as identify further expressions of the themes in the narrative of ‘God with us’. We are pleased to welcome the Scots College community to join us in worship at this special time of year. Please come early to enjoy the pipe band! Fellowship Group Advent Service, Tuesday 28th Nov 11:00am A special new hymn helps us ponder the meaning of how God is ‘constricted into maleness, and of a woman born’. And to honour the role of God’s willing servant Mary: ‘The milk of life is flowing as Mary guides and feeds her wordless Word, embodied in infant joys and needs’. All are welcome to join in this intimate time of worship at the start of Advent. Combined Churches Advent Service, Sunday 3rd Dec 7:00pm Our local tradition is to celebrate our unity at the start of Advent by joining together for combined worship. And this year we are starting a new tradition… Sharing our experiences of each other’s specific denominational practices, and how these shape our spiritual journey. St John’s in the City Presbyterian Church is hosting our annual Combined Advent Service Sunday 3rd December at 7:00pm. What were those stroppy Protestant Reformers so worked up about? Come and join the other congregations and choirs as we anticipate the coming Prince of Peace. CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December, 5:00-8:00pm. There will be choirs, brass bands, crafts, food and lots of fun. This is an opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with our city neighbourhood! There are many ways you can play a part – please contact Rob Anderson. You can help publicise Christmas in the Courtyard by pinning the Facebook Event by pinning to the top of the posts on your Facebook page: Login to Facebook and go to your Facebook Page. Find the Christmas in the Courtyard event on the St John’s in the City page, indicate you are interested then going ( if you haven’t already). Click on the blue arrow ( share arrow) and select ‘Share to feed’ and click on Share at the bottom after you’ve added a message if you want to (e.g. “Looking forward to this event! Come and help support DCM as well as enjoy some Christmas fare.”) Go back to your home page, click on your name so you are on your own page, and go to the Christmas in the Courtyard post on your page. Click on the “more” icon (the three dots) in the upper-right of the post. Select “Pin to Top of Page.” The event post will move to the top of your Page and stay there ahead of other posts. CHRISTMAS STAR BOXES Yes, it’s that time again. We have four boxes to fill with gifts, unwrapped, for children in the Wellington area. Wellington City Mission will be distributing them again and we are invited to give new gifts that will delight children who perhaps will not be receiving very much. We have THREE Sundays in which to fill these boxes so don’t delay. Fill ‘em up! Thank you in advance. Any inquiries, contact Lesley Shaw. LAST WEEK’S FOODBANK APPEAL Thank you for all who helped with the DCM Foodbank Appeal last Saturday. It was another big success, with 69 boxes of stock taken and approx $1500 in donations. DCM does things differently with the Foodbank – they have genuine conversations with everyone asking for assistance so they can discover the underlying reasons that have brought them to the Foodbank. And hopefully, with support, these recipients won’t have to keep returning to the Foodbank, but can go on to be housed, connected, valued and thriving in their own communities. Those who use DCM services are under more pressure than ever amidst the cost of living crisis – especially as the busy summer period approaches. Thank you for supporting them at the Foodbank Appeal, and giving regularly to our foodbank basket as part of our Offering every Sunday. OUTCOMES OF AGM LAST MONTH We appreciate one another as we contribute our time, expertise, and energy to achieve our Church mission. • We are challenged to build up our Church and reach out to our neighbours and community to share God’s love to others. • We have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and asked to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. • The cost of insurance has become unaffordable and unsustainable. More information is being sought from experts, including the Property Trustees of the National Church, and we will need to consider options including self-insurance. May the Love of Christ expand our hearts to welcome others. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 19 November 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we continue our four-week exploration of the faith practice ‘Welcome Others’. Our Bible reading is Luke 10:38–42. How do we see Jesus recognise what is ‘good’ and what is ‘great’? There are peer groups for our young people that will start part-way through our worship service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… CHURCH LIFE SURVEY Dr Margaret Galt will be facilitating a Congregational Forum on the findings from the Church Life Survey – examining and discussing the results for St John’s and for the wider Christian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the St John’s Centre after the service this Sunday (19th November). OUTCOMES OF AGM LAST MONTH • We appreciate one another as we contribute our time, expertise, and energy to achieve our Church mission. • We are challenged to build up our Church and reach out to our neighbours and community to share God’s love to others. • We have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and asked to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. • The cost of insurance has become unaffordable and unsustainable. More information is being sought from experts, including the Property Trustees of the National Church, and we will need to consider options including self-insurance. CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December, 5:00-8:00pm. There will be choirs, brass bands, crafts, food and lots of fun. This is an opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with our city neighbourhood! If you can contribute in any way, please contact Rob Anderson. SPECIAL SERVICES FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON You are very welcome to join in these worship services at St John’s… Scots Christmas Service, Sunday 26th Nov 4:00pm Fellowship Group Advent Service, Tuesday 28th Nov 11:00am Combined Churches Advent Service, Sunday 3rd Dec 7:00pm CAROLS IN PARLIAMENT This is a wonderful celebration of ‘the reason for the season’, with a range of people from various Christian churches & cultures participating. Dignitaries from foreign embassies, government MPs, city councillors, along with leaders and people from city-wide Churches, schools and community groups, come together on Sunday 10 December at 7pm to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Please note that RSVP is essential for security reasons, by 1 December email: carolsparliament@gmail.com May the Love of Christ expand our hearts to welcome others. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 12 November 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we continue our four-week exploration of the faith practice ‘Welcome Others’. We will celebrate the holy meal of Communion this Sunday. Peer groups for our young people and their leaders will start in the Centre at 10:00am, and they will then join in for Communion in the second part of the service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… LAST WHĀNAU NIGHT FOR 2023 Come and join us for board games and a BBQ! Our last Whānau Night for the year is this Sunday. We're excited to share a relaxed and fun evening. Sunday 12th November, 5:00 - 6:30pm in the St John's Centre. What board game will you be bringing? HELP THE DCM FOODBANK Volunteers are required for the DCM Foodbank Appeal at Chaffers St New World on Saturday 18th of November from 9:30am until 1:30pm, two people per hour are required. Can you help serve the most needful in our city? Please see Carolyn Goudswaard CHURCH LIFE SURVEY Dr Margaret Galt will be facilitating a Congregational Forum on the findings from the Church Life Survey – examining and discussing the results for St John’s and for the wider Christian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the St John’s Centre after the service on Sunday 19th November. (NB: this forum has been delayed one week from previous notices) OUTCOMES OF AGM LAST MONTH • We appreciate one another as we contribute our time, expertise, and energy to achieve our Church mission. • We are challenged to build up our Church and reach out to our neighbours and community to share God’s love to others. • We have budgeted for an overall increase in congregational giving of 10% for the coming year, and asked to discern God’s guidance for our personal/household giving. • The cost of insurance has become unaffordable and unsustainable. More information is being sought from experts, including the Property Trustees of the National Church, and we will need to consider options including self- insurance. EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY EFM is a four year study programme, in which participants only sign up for a year at a time. Each year level focusses on a different topic: Year 1 The Hebrew Bible, Year 2 The New Testament, Year 3 Christian History Year 4 Theology, Ethics and Inter-Faith Encounter. In addition, each year there is a theme and these cycle throughout any four year period, exploring living faithfully as Christians. CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December, 5:00-8:00pm. This is an opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with our city neighbourhood. If you can contribute in any way, please contact Rob Anderson. May the Love of Christ expand our hearts to welcome others. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 5 November 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday we remain together for a service that is fully intergenerational (All Age), as we start our four-week exploration of the faith practice ‘Welcome Others’. We will meet in the Church as usual, and for this special service we will all be given a designated group to sit with. Do you know a word/phrase of welcome in another language? Near the start of the service anyone is invited to share a welcome in another language. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… MARGARET HUNT On Monday this week Margaret Hunt passed away at Village at the Park. We remember the many years of Margaret’s rich life, her love for others, her choral voice, and her committed service to church and community. And we pray that God will comfort Dayle and Rob, and the whole family. Margaret’s funeral is at St John’s in the City on Friday 3rd November at 11am. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. (Psalm 4:8) QUIZ NIGHT Keen to be part of a fun, all age night out at St John's? Come and join the youth group intergenerational quiz night on Friday 3 November, 6:30-8:30pm. CHURCH LIFE SURVEY Dr Margaret Galt will be facilitating a Congregational Forum on the findings from the Church Life Survey – examining and discussing the results for St John’s and for the wider Christian Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. In the St John’s Centre after the service on Sunday 12th November. LAST WHĀNAU NIGHT FOR 2023 Come and join us for board games and a BBQ! Our last Whānau Night for the year is coming up fast. We're excited to share a relaxed and fun evening. Sunday 12th November, 5:00 - 6:30pm in the St John's Centre. What board game will you be bringing? HELP THE DCM FOODBANK Volunteers are required for the DCM Foodbank Appeal at Chaffers New World on Saturday 18th of November from 9:30am until 1:30pm, two people per hour are required. Can you help? See Carolyn Goudswaard CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December. If you can contribute in any way, please contact Rob Anderson. DUTY ROSTER HELP! None of our regular duty convenors are available for duty on December 24 and 25. If anyone can help with this duty please contact Linda Van Milligan. May the Love of Christ expand our hearts to welcome others. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 29 October 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday is the Rugby World Cup Final, which leads many to prayer for God’s provision! The outcome of the game may lead you to prayers of thanksgiving …or lament – either way we will gather for worship at 10am as usual. After a month away on holiday, I look forward to being back with you as we gather for worship together on Sunday. The service will be shortened to accommodate our Annual General Meeting straight after the Benediction. We value your participation in this important time of collective reflecting, discerning, planning and decision-making. There will be peer groups as usual, with our young people going next door part-way through the service. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… HERITAGE WEEK During Wellington’s Heritage week, the church will be open 11am to 5pm. October 23 (Labour Day), Friday October 27 and Saturday October 28. An exhibition of quilts from the Wellington Quilters’ Guild will be on display in the Church. https://wellingtonheritagefestival.co.nz/event/st-johns-in-the-city-open-day-and-quilting-display/ ST JOHN’S ANNUAL REPORT & AGM The Annual Report of St John’s in the City for the year ended June 2023 is available on the St John’s website, this also includes the Annual Financial Reports: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/publications-and-archive A limited number of printed copies of the Annual Report are now available. The Annual General Meeting is after the Sunday morning service on the 29th October 2023 in the church. RUGBY FINAL BEACH CLEAN UP After the St John’s AGM we are heading to Lyall bay to do a beach clean up. Finishing with a Barbeque at Hannah’s. Meeting at the playground at the end of Onepu Road on the beach. Sunday 29th October, 1pm-ish. QUIZ NIGHT Keen to be part of a fun, all age night out at St John's? Come and join the youth group intergenerational quiz night on Friday 3 November, 6:30-8:30pm. CONCERT Voices in the Wind present their Sounds of Africa concerts: 7.30pm Wednesday 25 October at St Barnabas Church, Mana 7.30pm Friday 27 October at St Ninian’s, Karori 3pm Sunday 29 October at Khandallah Town Hall. Tickets are $20/$15 available at the door or trybooking.co.nz CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December. If you can contribute in any way, please contact Rob Anderson. DUTY ROSTER HELP! None of our regular duty convenors are available for duty on December 24 and 25. If anyone can help with this duty please contact Linda Van Milligan. May the Love of Christ change our hearts each day. Allister

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 22 October 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This weekend we meet together as usual on Sunday to worship at 10am. If you want to read the Bible readings before Sunday, they are: Exodus 33:12-23 Matthew 22:15-22 Our young people have their peer group time during the second part of the service, going out after the Sung Blessing. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… WELLINGTON HERITAGE WEEK During Wellington’s Heritage week, the church will be open 11am to 5pm. October 23 (Labour Day) October 27 October 28 An exhibition of quilts from the Wellington Quilters’ Guild will be on display in the Church. https://wellingtonheritagefestival.co.nz/event/st-johns-in-the-city-open-day-and-quilting-display/ FELLOWSHIP GROUP Our next meeting comes right after Labour Weekend on Tuesday 24th October 2023 at 11am in the Hall. Our speaker is Eldred Gilbert, an Elder in our Church. Her theme? Caring for yourself and others in the disastrous world – the Hummingly way. Intrigued? Be there! ST JOHN’S ANNUAL REPORT & AGM The Annual Report of St John’s in the City for the year ended June 2023 is available on the St John’s website, this also includes the Annual Financial Reports: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/publications-and-archive A limited number of printed copies of the Annual Report are now available. The Annual General Meeting is after the Sunday morning service on the 29th October 2023 in the church. CONCERT Voices in the Wind present their Sounds of Africa concerts 7.30 pm Wednesday 25 October at St Barnabas Church, Mana, 7.30 pm Friday 27 October at St Ninian’s, Karori and 3 pm Sunday 29 October at Khandallah Town Hall. Tickets are $20/$15 available at the door or trybooking.co.nz BEACH CLEAN UP YOUTH DISCUSSION QUIZ NIGHT Keen to be part of a fun, all age night out at St John's? Come and join the youth group intergenerational quiz night on Friday 3 November, 6:30-8:30pm. See you there. CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December. If you can contribute in any way, please contact Rob Anderson. YOUNG ADULTS GROUP A weekly group for university students and young professionals to meet and study the Bible together, with occasional social events. When: 6:00 – 7:15 pm on Thursdays Where: St John’s Office Contact Hannah North: h.north@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

    • Weekly Bulletin: Staying connected as a church - 15 October 2023
      • Kia ora St John’s whānau, This Sunday is CLUBS DAY at St John’s in the City! This is a fun opportunity allowing us all to find out about activities across St John’s, and get more involved! If you want to read the Bible readings before Sunday, they are: Exodus 32:1-14 Matthew 22:1-14 Our young people have their peer group time during the second part of the service, going out after the Sung Blessing. If you can’t gather in the city, and you want to join the worship service via Zoom, here are the details to access the live-stream: Zoom Meeting ID: 370 260 759 Passcode: worship The link to join the Zoom worship service is below. If using your phone: dial 04 886 0026 (Meeting ID: 370 260 759#, Passcode: 1560107#) This is the link to the printable Service Sheet Printable Service Sheet Link to Zoom Service OTHER THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT… ST JOHN’S ANNUAL REPORT & AGM The Annual Report of St John’s in the City for the year ended June 2023 is available on the St John’s website: https://www.stjohnsinthecity.org.nz/publications-and-archive A limited number of printed copies of the Annual Report will be available closer to the time of the Annual General Meeting, which is after the Sunday morning service on the 29th October 2023 in the church. YOUNG ADULTS GROUP A weekly group for university students and young professionals to meet and study the Bible together, with occasional social events. When: 6:00 – 7:15 pm on Thursdays Where: St John’s Office Contact Hannah North: h.north@stjohnsinthecity.org.nz DUTY ROSTERS It’s time to complete the rosters for Nov-Feb. Please let Linda know your availability for this session. New people, especially bell ringers are most welcome. WELLINGTON HERITAGE WEEK During Wellington’s Heritage week, the church will be open 11am to 5pm. October 23 (Labour Day) October 27 October 28 An exhibition of quilts from the Wellington Quilters’ Guild will be on display in the Church. Volunteers are required to welcome and show visitors around. If you are able to assist, please contact Rob Anderson. https://wellingtonheritagefestival.co.nz/event/st-johns-in-the-city-open-day-and-quilting-display/ CHRISTMAS IN THE COURTYARD We are having Christmas in the Courtyard again this year on Friday 8 December. If you can contribute in any way, please contact Rob Anderson. The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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