St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 2 September 2018

This Sunday will mark the beginning of National Child Protection Week. National Child Protection Week provides an opportunity for government, business and community to come together to promote the safety and wellbeing of children. Supported by The National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), this year the focus is on ‘playing our part’ in creating safe and nurturing environments for all Australian children.

As a diocese we continue to champion the important work of protecting, supporting and hearing children. I encourage you to engage with the resources available at this week and help to play your part in building stronger communities, creating safer environments, and hearing the voices of all children.

“Child abuse and neglect is preventable. If we all work together as a community we can create an Australia where all children can grow up safe and well.

What role can you play in supporting children and their families?”

– Richard Cooke, CEO, NAPCAN

Every Blessing for the week to come,


This bulletin was emailed to members of the parish on Thursday 30 August 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.

An Invitation from the St John’s Women’s Guild

The Women’s Guild invite all women of the parish to join them in the parish hall for drinks between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 15th September. The Reverend Jacqueline Drewe, Deacon at Christ Church Cathedral, has accepted our invitation to share with us something of her life and her call to ordained ministry in God’s church.

RSVP: Monday 10th September to

Jenny Walkom – or,

Jennifer Benson – 4952 6279

Prayer School Success

The APN prayer school was held on Friday night and most of saturday. There were over 30 people in attendance across the two days and some incredible examples of answered prayer were offered. A special thanks to Matthew and Cathy Bolte for leading the teaching program, and to all those who volunteered to make the event such a great time!

AW Spring Celebration

Anglican Women Diocese of Newcastle presents the Anglican Women’s Spring Celebration!

The event will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd

99-101 Joslin Street, Kotara South


10.00 am Morning tea (provided)

10.30 am Holy Communion

Theme: Lord, you are our father; we are the clay, and you are our

potter; we are all the work of your hands. (Isaiah 64:8)

Guest speaker: Riding for the Disabled (RDA)

Lunch: BYO (tea & coffee provided)

Celebration will close after lunch

Contact Dorothy Harman for more information

Phone: (02) 4950 9932 Email:

Rectory Working Bee

The first working bee for volunteers will be on Saturday 8th September. Howard Benson is co-ordinating activities on the day so please let him know if you are available. If you cannot participate on that day a donation to cover the costs of materials is a good alternative idea.


Bishop Peter will be coming to St Johns for the sacrament of confirmation on Sunday 2nd December at the 9.00am service. We already have a number of young people who have decided to make this public declaration of their faith. Anyone interested in being confirmed, please let Fr Ken know. The Bishop will also perform the reception of people into the Anglican communion at this service. If you want to know more please talk to Fr Ken of Mark.

Church Flowers

The flower arrangement I have done in the church are in memory of the 12 Anglican Martyrs of Papua New Guinea. In August 1946 at the Diocesan Synod sitting at Dogura in PNG, the Priest from Gona who had been a prisoner of the Japanese asked if the 2nd September could be a day the church remembered the 12. The first New Guinea Martyrs Day was observed on 2nd September 1948 at Gona, where the first Martyrs were working and where the Japanese landed on 21st July 1942.

The twelve Birds of Paradise represent the twelve Martyrs, the Gymea and Monstera leaves represent the spears and shields of the Papuans who died and they also represent the ancestors of Lucian Tapeidi and Leslie Gariadi who would have welcomed the first missionaries. The greenery and palms represent the jungle undergrowth where the Martyrs hid to avoid capture. The white cross a reminder of the cross with bullet holes, the only thing left standing at the Gona Mission station, after the landing of the occupying forces.

The flowers on the floor are in memory of the missionaries and religious of other denominations.

The death of these twelve was not in vain, their sacrifice inspired the church in Papua New Guinea, had they deserted much of their work would have to be started all over again.

They were faithful unto death and we honour them.

Jennifer Benson”


  2 Sep. 2018 9 Sep. 2018
9:00 am
Welcomer Howard B & Jennifer B Helen C & Jenny K
Leader Xander G Thomas P
Preacher Ken Y Mark T
Communion Ken Y Ken Y
Server Sebastian T Isobel P
Candles Josephine T & Amy D Xander G & Sebastian T
Bible reading 1 X X Peter T
Bible reading 2 X X Amanda H
Prayers X X David B
Chalice Cathy B & Paul Y Mark T
Kids Church Leader X X Rob W
Kids Church Helper X X Kenna J
Refreshments Dane T & Sue T Amanda H & Jenny K
Counters June W & Penelope Y John F & Helen C
Flower Arranger Jennifer B June W
Brass Cleaner Jenny W & Helen C  
10:45 am
Welcomer *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Leader Mark T Ken Y
Preacher Ken Y Mark T
Communion Ken Y Ken Y
Music Leader Mark T Mark T
Music 2    
Prayers *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Refreshments *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
5:00 pm
Welcomer *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Leader   Rob W
Preacher   Mark T
Communion   X X
Prayers *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Music Leader    
Music 2    
Kids Church Leader   Murray W
Kids Church Helper    
Creche Leader   Bec D
Creche Helper   Lauren P
Refreshments *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Tidy after service    
Activity 1    
Activity 2    
Activity 3    
Activity 4    
Activity 5    
Activity 6    
Activity 7    

Upcoming at St John’s:

Thursday, 30 August 2018
9:30am Hall booking: Mini Sports 2018 sessions
10:00am Funeral of Carolyn Ainsworth
6:00pm Hall booking: Wilson family event
Friday, 31 August 2018
10:00am Memorial Service for Alison Lyons
10:30am Hall booking: Memorial Morning Tea – 31st August 2018
4:30pm K.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
4:30pm The Hub – KoG
6:00pm The Hub – Dinner
7:00pm The Hub – WORSHIP: Your Way!
7:00pm High School Youth Group
7:30pm The Hub – Youth
Saturday, 1 September 2018
11:00am Hall booking: Wilson family event
Sunday, 2 September 2018
9:00am Traditional Communion service
10:45am Informal Communion
12:30pm Baptism of Talan Fereti
5:00pm Evening service
Monday, 3 September 2018
9:30am St John’s Women’s Guild monthly meeting
6:00pm Healing Eucharist
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
9:30am Morning Prayer
6:00pm Hall booking: Pasvolsky Actors Studio – 2018 Workshop Program
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
10:00am St John’s Playgroup
Thursday, 6 September 2018
9:30am Hall booking: Mini Sports 2018 sessions
6:00pm Hall booking: Pasvolsky Actors Studio – 2018 Workshop Program
Friday, 7 September 2018
9:00am Card Luncheon setup
10:00am Card Luncheon
4:30pm K.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
4:30pm The Hub – KoG
4:30pm KoG Primary School Youth Group
6:00pm The Hub – Dinner
7:00pm The Hub – WORSHIP: Your Way!
7:00pm High School Youth Group
7:30pm The Hub – Youth
Sunday, 9 September 2018
9:00am Traditional Communion service
10:45am Informal Communion
12:30pm Baptism of Boston Greentree
12:30pm Baptism of Phoenix Percival
5:00pm Evening service

Sunday, 9 September 20189:00amTraditional Communion service10:45amInformal Communion12:30pmBaptism of Boston Greentree12:30pmBaptism of Phoenix Percival5:00pmEvening service