St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 22 July 2018

Hello from the Parish of St John’s Cooks Hill! I hope you are keeping warm and well this week. Despite the school holidays and cooler weather, it is good to be able to share some exciting news with you this week about a number of different things happening at St Johns at the moment. Particularly, I am glad to be able to share with you an update regarding progress on the restoration works which are continuing at St Johns. This can be found below. Further details and hard copies will be available on Sunday at the rear of the church.

Importantly though, as we look toward the future of our community, and as we faithfully seek out God’s plan for us in this place, it is with joy that we share together the knowledge of a God who is with us and who calls us to His work in the world!

Blessings for this week,


The Parish Council is pleased to provide an update on the Heritage Restorations project at St John’s Cooks Hill.

You will recall in mid 2017 the Parish successfully raised $55,000 under the One K Project to match dollar for dollar Heritage Council funding to the same amount. Heritage approved the grant at St John’s for restoration and preservation work on the Church building and the Hall. The Hall was built originally for use as school rooms and was also used for divine service until the Church was completed. The first service in the school was likely to have been on the 19th July 1857 with the school opening the next day the 20th. The construction of the Church began September 1856 and it was consecrated 20th February 1860.

The Parish have faithfully maintained these building ever since and in 2017 there was an immediate and remarkable response to the Parish Councils call for special giving from the congregation to ensure the preservation of the buildings now suffering from rising damp and failing roof structures.

Contemporary Heritage provided a Conservation Management Plan prior to the fund raising and Heritage grant and were later engaged to develop a scope of works and design along with engineers Northrop for the re-roofing of the Hall, the replacement of gutters and downpipes in both the Hall and Church connecting to replacement in ground storm water pipes as well as sub soil agricultural pipe drainage systems.

Over the last six weeks the plans have been finalised and we are pleased to advise that documents have been sent this week to Newcastle City Council for a Development Application and to Heritage Council of NSW for Section 60 approval for our proposed work on these important heritage listed buildings.

As well tenders have been sought from roofing and drainage contractors and several of these quotes are already at hand. While the approval process is under way, which may take six weeks or more, we aim to assess the quotes and appoint our contractors so they are ready to start once we have the formal go ahead. Contractors are being advised we expect the works to be completed prior to Christmas so that we are within the deadline early next year for the Heritage grant.

The Parish Council again thanks all who have helped through their generous donations to make this preservation work possible and also thanks all those who help in many other ways to maintain our wonderful and welcoming community and our campus.

This bulletin was emailed to members of the parish on Thursday 19 July 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.

Prayer School – Learn how to pray for others!

Are you looking to deepen your conversation skills with God? Do you sometimes wonder how you might better hear God in your life? We’d love for you to join us at St John’s in August for a special teaching event! Please consider coming along and joining with others as we learn about prayer and its power in our lives.

The Australian Prayer Network (APN) will be running a Foundation Level course on prayer at St John’s on the 24th and 25th of August, presented by Pastor Mathew Bolte ( The school commences at 7:00pm on Friday night and continues from 9.00am till 4.00pm on Saturday. The School will run as follows:

Fri 24th August 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Session 1 How prayer works

Session 2 Intercession: A lifestyle

Sat 25th August 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm

Session 3 Understanding the DNA of your


Session 4 Spiritual authority the key to breakthrough

Lunch: BYO Lunch, tea & coffee provided

Session 5 How to lead a Spirit lead prayer meeting

Session 6 How to hear God’s voice

Should you have any questions or wish to register please contact Fr. Ken on 281 379 or Mark on

A Message from the Secretary of the St John’s Women’s Guild – High Tea Raffle

The Women’s Guild would like donations of goods suitable for a raffle for the High Tea to be held on Saturday 4th August. Suggestions include :- wine, chocolates, gift vouchers for Cinema, Hairdresser, florist etc or unwanted gifts.

All donations can be placed in the basket at the entrance to the Church.

The 2018 Diocesan Convention

People from our parish and around the Diocese are invited to attend the annual Anglican Diocese of Newcastle ‘Diocesan Convention’ which will be held at Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College, Fletcher, on Saturday 11 August, 9.15am – 3.30pm.

Our keynote speaker will be the Reverend Dr John Capper who will be speaking on ‘Evangelism and Apologetics’. We will also hear from Sally Bathgate who will present on ‘Tea and Threads’, plus a presentation by CEY on ‘Hearing the Voices and Views of our Children’.

This Year RSVP is via online booking which can be found at the following link: Online booking and payment is required by Sunday 5th of August. Further details and hard copies of the invitation will be available at Church.

Prayer after our services

The Psalmist reminds us that “”The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”” (Psalm 145:18)

After each of our services at St John’s we undertake a time of intentional prayer. This is a safe, welcoming and gentle time where we as a community offer prayer for those who need it in our midst. If you would like to be prayed over, or would like a member of our community to hold you in prayer during this time, please contact Fr. Ken Youman.

The Locum’s Letter – Edition One

Now that Rev. Murray has departed from St John’s, we have entered a period of interregnum, as we search out and select a new Rector for our Parish. Through this time, a locum is appointed to the parish while the important work of prayerfully seeking out and selecting a new leader for our community is undertaken. Fr. Ken Youman has been appointed as locum for St John’s by the Bishop for a period of 3 months.

Fr. Ken has produced the first ‘Locum’s Letter’, which will be the first in a number of regular updates on important activities being undertaken at St John’s through this transition period. Hard copies of this letter, and future editions, will be available at Church.

An important Prayer Request for the Tonkin Family

In March of this year, Adelaide Tonkin, daughter of Laura and Nathanael, was baptised here at St Johns. It is with sadness that we learned recently that Adelaide has been diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare type of tumour which grows in muscle tissue. Around 15 children a year are diagnosed in Australia.

We ask that you please pray for Adelaide, Pierce, Verity, Laura, and Nathanael, as they continue to care for Adelaide through this very difficult time. We invite you to pray for her oncologist as they decide on a suitable form of radiation treatment, that her doctors are able to source the best possible advice and information on treatment both locally and overseas, but especially pray for Adelaide as she undergoes this treatment, for strength and resilience so that the treatments can occur without delay. Please keep the Tonkin family in your prayers as we lift them up as a community.

There are also a few important ways you might be able to assist the Tonkin family as they care for Adelaide.


One way is to assist with the preparation of meals. The family have set up a large cooler box for the delivery of meals at the front of their home and would greatly appreciate anyone who is able to assist with preparing and bring meals for the family. There is currently a roster for meals and if you would like to assist in this way please give Mark or Ken your email address so you can be added to the meal roster.


Any donations of suitable clothing would also be greatly appreciated. Specifically Boys size 3 winter and/or summer and girls size 6 winter/summer.


Like wise, the Tonkins would also appreciate any donations of toys, craft sets, puzzles or other similar items that the family can enjoy. As Adelaide is largely confined to the home during her treatment, anything that you might otherwise give to a local thrift shop would greatly be appreciated to keep spirits up and keep boredom at bay! Should you have any such items of good quality to donate please contact Mark or Ken.

The family have asked only for hand-me-down items, that would otherwise be donated, rather than new items that need to be bought. We will endeavor to provide updates when they become available.””


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9:00 am
Welcomer Nona B & Penelope Y Amanda H & Penny P
Leader Sebastian T Isobel P
Server Matthew B Thomas P
Candles Amy D & Josephine T Matthew B & Xander G
Bible reading 1 Joanne D Helen C
Bible reading 2 Margret Y Ken Y
Prayers June W Margret Y
Chalice Howard B & Dianne W Jennifer B & Jenny W
Kids Church Leader Rob W Mark T
Kids Church Helper Julie Y  
Refreshments Dane T & Sue T Lance W & Dianne W
Counters John F & Helen C Nona B & Penelope Y
Flower Arranger Don S Dianne W
Brass Cleaner    
10:45 am
Welcomer *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Leader Mark T Ken Y
Preacher Ken Y Rob W
Communion Ken Y Ken Y
Music Leader Mark T Mark T
Music 2    
Prayers Helen P *Volunteer needed*
Refreshments Helen P Praveena T & Helen P
5:00 pm
Welcomer *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Leader Mark T Ken Y
Preacher Ken Y Rob W
Communion X X X X
Prayers *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
Music Leader    
Music 2    
Kids Church Leader Rob W Mark T
Kids Church Helper    
Creche Leader Ruth W  
Creche Helper    
Refreshments *Volunteer needed* *Volunteer needed*
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Upcoming at St John’s:

Thursday, 19 July 2018
7:00pm Parish Council meeting
Sunday, 22 July 2018
9:00am Sunday School: Spirit-Filled Church: Members of God’s Family
9:00am Traditional Communion service
10:45am Informal Communion
12:30pm Baptism of Spencer Caban
5:00pm Kids Church: Spirit-Filled Church: Members of God’s Family
5:00pm Evening service
Tuesday, 24 July 2018
9:30am Morning Prayer
Wednesday, 25 July 2018
10:00am St John’s Playgroup
Thursday, 26 July 2018
9:30am Hall booking: Mini Sports 2018 sessions
Friday, 27 July 2018
4:30pm K.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
7:00pm High School Youth Group
Sunday, 29 July 2018
9:00am Sunday School: Spirit-Filled Church: Unimaginable Power
9:00am Traditional Communion service
10:45am Informal Communion
12:30pm Baptism of Maximus Ruz
5:00pm Evening service
5:00pm Kids Church: Spirit-Filled Church: Unimaginable Power