St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 24 June 2018

This Sunday we will come together to give thanks for the ministry of our Rector Murray Woolnough. Rev. Murray joined the St John’s Leadership team in January of 2014 after two years working on the Central Coast and 6 years training and working in the UK. Murray leaves us to begin a new ministry as chaplain to the Police Academy in Goulburn and will depart for Canberra to take up this new role in the coming week.

As we come together this weekend we will have an opportunity to give thanks for all the good God has done through Murray’s ministry, and also to wish Murray and his family well as they prepare to begin a new and exciting chapter of their lives in Canberra. But we are also provided with a chance to pause and to reflect on God’s will for us in this coming season – and to have faith in a God who is with us; who renews the strength of those who put their hope in him, so that they might soar on wings like eagles and run but not grow weary(Is. 40:31).

In Scripture we are encouraged, not to be anxious about anything, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” to let our requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6). And so as we come together on Sunday and in our prayers throughout the week to come, I encourage you to pray for Murray and his family, for all God has in store for them, but to rejoice, and give thanks in all things, for as Paul reminds us “this is the will of God in Christ Jesus” for us (1 Thess. 5:16-18).

Every Blessing for the week to come,


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Service of Thanksgiving and Lunch to Celebrate the Ministry of Rev. Murray Woolnough – Sunday 24th June 10:30am

On Sunday the 24th of June St John’s will hold a combined service at 10:30am to give thanks for the ministry of our Rector Murray Woolnough, who will take up his new role as chaplain to the police acadamy at the beginning of July. This service will be followed by a shared meal in the hall. Lunch will be soup and damper with slices to follow.Drinks are BYO. We invite you to come along to this service to wish Murray and his family well as they begin a new and exciting ministry!

For this reason there will be no 9am or 5pm services on Sunday 24th of June.

The St John’s Hall Restoration – A Final Reminder from the Parish Treasurer

This time last year we launched an appeal to raise funds to replace the hall roof and replace inadequate guttering and downpipes on the church. The generosity of our parishioners to this appeal was exceptional. The money given by our parishioners will match a $52,000.00 grant from the New South Wales Heritage Department.

It may appear that we have not proceeded with this work, however our Heritage Architect in conjunction with hydraulic engineers and land surveyors have been preparing documents that will be submitted to the Heritage Department in the form of a Section 60 application, when this is approved a development application will be submitted to Newcastle City Council, quotes can then be called to start this work.

With the end of the financial year approaching, tax exemption donations can still be made to assist the parish in this important work of maintaining our heritage buildings.

An online donation can be made to:

National Trust of Australia, St Johns Church (Newcastle) Restoration Account.

BSB 032 044

Account number 898 154

The deadline for this is Wednesday 27th June

Please put your surname as the reference as receipts can not be given to donations marked anonymous.

Alternatively give me, Howard Benson a cheque made out to St Johns National Trust Account. Email me at or phone me on 4952 6279 and I will arrange to collect the cheque.

If a cheque is given to Howard the deadline is Sunday 24th June as the cheque needs to be banked prior to Friday 29th June.

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.

Prayer School – Learn how to pray for others!

The Australian Prayer Network (APN) is one of the largest prayer networks in Australia. It is linked internationally to prayer networks across the world and has a reach to tens of thousands of

praying people representing Churches of all Christian denominations. The 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

Teaching Eucharist – 9am July 1st

In Mark, Matthew and Luke’s Gospel, we read about the meal that Jesus shared with his friends on the night before he was condemned. Each week, when we come together to break bread and share a cup together, we encounter the presence of this same God who loves us and who cares for us; who has formed us and who nourishes us (John 6:47-67).

On Sunday the 1st of July we hope you can joi us at 9am for a special teaching Eucharist during our regular 9am worship service. This will be in conjunction with our normal service with young people, held on the first Sunday of the Month, but will provide an opportunity for us to explore what the Eucharist means, why breaking bread and sharing a cup is significant in our worship and how we can use this time each week to encounter a God who is with us, and who nourishes us. All are welcome at this service and we look forward to seeing you there as we come before a mighty and loving creator in our worship.

Healing Eucharist and Mindfulness Services at St John’s

A reminder that St John’s offers several mid-week services of healing and prayerful meditation. On the first Monday of the Month a gentle service of healing and Eucharist is offered, where we meet the healing presences of Jesus in a real and tangible way. On the third Monday of the Month, we offer a service of Taize meditation. This is an opportunity for mindfulness in the presence of the Spirit, through a series of guided meditations for healing and peace. Our Next service will be on Monday the 18th of June at 6pm. All are welcome


  24 Jun. 2018 1 Jul. 2018
9:00 am
Welcomer N/A Amanda H & Penny P
Leader N/A Thomas P
Preacher N/A Ken Y
Communion N/A Ken Y
Server N/A Isobel P
Candles N/A Xander G & Matthew B
Bible reading 1 N/A  
Bible reading 2 N/A  
Prayers N/A *Volunteer needed*
Chalice N/A Paul Y & Cathy B
Kids Church Leader N/A  
Kids Church Helper N/A  
Refreshments N/A Elizabeth E & Jenny Y
Counters N/A Nona B & Penelope Y
Flower Arranger   June W
Brass Cleaner   Jenny W & Helen C
10:45 am
Welcomer N/A *Volunteer needed*
Leader   Mark T
Preacher   Ken Y
Communion   Ken Y
Music Leader   Mark T
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Prayers N/A *Volunteer needed*
Refreshments N/A Ray C
5:00 pm
Welcomer N/A *Volunteer needed*
Prayers N/A *Volunteer needed*
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Upcoming at St John’s:

Sunday, 24 June 2018
10:30am Informal Communion
12:00pm Hall booking: Newcastle Strings Concert
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
9:30am Morning Prayer
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
10:00am St John’s Playgroup
7:00pm Wednesday Night Bible Study Group
Thursday, 28 June 2018
9:30am Hall booking: Mini Sports 2018 sessions
Friday, 29 June 2018
4:30pm The Hub – KoG
4:30pm K.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
6:00pm The Hub – Dinner
7:00pm High School Youth Group
7:00pm The Hub – WORSHIP: Your Way!
7:30pm The Hub – Youth
Saturday, 30 June 2018
9:30am Hall booking: Bourke Family Event
Sunday, 1 July 2018
9:00am Traditional Communion service
10:45am Informal Communion
10:45am Baptism of Isabelle Lea
12:30pm Baptism of Ava Dove
5:00pm Evening service