St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 13 May 2018

Last weekend was a big weekend at St John’s! We were blessed with a successful Annual Parish Fair last weekend which raised over $7,000 towards Mark’s ministry among us. Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful effort!

I also announced that my time at St John’s is coming to an end. I have accepted the post of Chaplain to the NSW Police Force Academy in Goulburn and will conclude my ministry at St John’s at the end of June. I have written more about this in a letter at

Blessings, Murray

This bulletin was emailed to members of the parish on Friday 11 May 2018 – if you would like to join the Weekly Bulletin email list, please call the church office on 02 4927 5399 and we will happily arrange this.

Pentecost – Sunday 20 May 2018

Pentecost Sunday is a holy day when Christians celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit forty days after Easter.

Before Jesus was crucified, he told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would come after him:

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16–18

And 40 days after Jesus was resurrected (10 days after he ascended into heaven), that promise was fulfilled when Peter and the early Church were in Jerusalem for Pentecost:

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1–4

At St John’s, our worship on Pentecost Sunday reflect the story of this first coming of the Holy Spirit to the early church. We decorate the church with red balloons and encourage our congregations to wear something red to remind us of the tongues of fire that appeared on the heads of those first believers. We also have special worship experiences to remind us of the gifts of the Spirit and His presence with us.

We invite you to be part of the Pentecost experience at St John’s!

An unflinching documentary: ‘For the Love of God’

The Bible society is partnering with The Centre for Public Christianity in the release of their new film documentary called “For the Love of God”. The Newcastle screening will be held at Tower Cinemas 7pm on Wednesday 30 May 2018.

This film has been made so it can be a tool for church outreach and also as an in-church equipping and encouraging event. At the Newcastle screening, the film-makers will be conducting a Q & A session after the film, so bring your questions, and your non-Christian friends who might have questions about the history of the church – the good AND the bad!

The tickets need to be purchased on-line before the event.

Funeral of Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore was a former organist here at St John’s. Margaret recently passed away in Canberra. Her funeral memorial service will be held at St John’s on Monday 14 May at 1.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Join us for an exciting Trivia Night – Saturday 26 May!

Forget the Logies, the Baftas, the Emmys and everything else. COME ON DOWN for the biggest night in television…. the St John’s TV Trivia night!

Form a team of six friends or come on your own and join other members of the community for a night of fun on Saturday 26th May from 6pm to 8.30pm. Arrive from 5.30pm for a 6pm start and bring your own dinner or nibbles to dine on whilst answering questions about all your favorite shows!

Tickets are available at church this Sunday or you can book online now at

Where: St John’s Anglican Church Hall, 1B Parry St, Cooks Hill NSW 2300

When: Saturday 26 May 2018, 5.30pm for 6pm start. Evening finishes 8.30pm

Cost: Tickets are $15 per head and $5 for children (a movie and pizza will be held in the church while parents go head to head) available at

For more information please contact Mark Thornton on 0403901348 or

Supporting St John’s Church

We encourage members of St John’s to support the ministry of our parish by giving directly to the parish account, rather than bringing cash to church. If you can do this, our account details are:

BSB: 705-077
A/C: 00040401
Name: St John’s Anglican Church Newcastle

Thank you to all members of our parish who are able to support ministry in this way.


13 May 2018 20 May 2018
9:00 am
Welcomer Jennifer B & Howard B Helen C
Leader Josephine T Isobel P
Preacher Mark T Murray W
Communion Murray W Ken Y
Server Matthew B Josephine T
Candles Matthew B & Sebastian T Thomas P & Xander G
Bible reading 1 Howard B Peter T
Bible reading 2 June W Amanda H
Prayers David B Howard B
Chalice Mark T & Rob W Jennifer B & Jenny W
Kids Church Leader Rob W Cathy B
Kids Church Helper Kenna J
Refreshments Elizabeth E & Jenny Y Dane T & Sue T
Counters June W & Penelope Y Lance W & Jason T
Flower Arranger Jennifer B Dianne W
Brass Cleaner Dane T & Sue T
10:45 am
Welcomer Jill F Prue H
Leader Murray W Mark T
Preacher Mark T Murray W
Communion Murray W Murray W
Music Leader Mark T Mark T
Music 2
Prayers Rob W Liz A
Refreshments Jill F Ray C & Robyn C
5:00 pm
Welcomer *Volunteer needed* David H
Leader Rob W
Preacher Mark T Rob W
Communion X X X X
Prayers *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Music Leader
Music 2
Kids Church Leader Murray W Phil A
Kids Church Helper Dan T Gill S
Creche Leader Bec D Fiona D
Creche Helper Lauren P Gavin D
Refreshments Bridie W Kathryn H
Tidy after service Dan T
Activity 1
Activity 2
Activity 3
Activity 4
Activity 5
Activity 6

Upcoming at St John’s:

Friday, 11 May 2018
4:30pm KoG Primary School Youth Group
Sunday, 13 May 2018
9:00am Traditional Communion service
9:00am Sunday School: New Life through Jesus
10:45am Informal Communion
10:45am Baptism of Blake Adamson
5:00pm Evening service
5:00pm Kids Church: New Life through Jesus
Monday, 14 May 2018
1:30pm Memorial service for Margaret Moore
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
9:30am Morning Prayer
6:00pm Hall booking: April/May Acting Lessons
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
10:00am St John’s Playgroup
7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study Group
Thursday, 17 May 2018
9:30am Hall booking: Mini Sports 2018 sessions
7:00pm Parish Council meeting
Friday, 18 May 2018
4:30pm KoG Primary School Youth Group
Saturday, 19 May 2018
1:30pm Wedding of Sazdanoff & Tennant
3:00pm Hall booking: O’Brien Family Event
Sunday, 20 May 2018
9:00am Sunday School: Day of Pentecost
9:00am Traditional Communion service: Pentecost
10:45am Thanksgiving for a child: Jonathan Woolfrey
10:45am Informal Communion: Pentecost
12:00pm Hall booking: Woolfrey Family Celebration
12:30pm Baptism of Maximus Ruz
5:00pm Kids Church: Day of Pentecost
5:00pm Evening service: Pentecost