St John’s Weekly Bulletin – Sunday 25 June 2017

This weekend we are launching the St Johns ‘1K Club’ that I foreshadowed last week.

Our historic church and hall both have problems with water in the walls. In the hall, this shows as patches where the wall feels wet, and where sections of paint peel away. In the church, we are seeing paint peeling away from the walls, interior and exterior walls crumbling, stained-glass-window surrounds disintegrating, and finding objects wet in one of the cupboards.

We have just received notification that we have been successful in applying for a grant from the NSW Department of Heritage to fix the problems in the roof and gutters and do groundwork to get water away from our buildings. However, this is a matched grant and we will need to raise around $60,000 over the next two years to complete the project.

This is a significant amount of money that we need to raise. At its June meeting, your Parish Council decided to begin a ‘1K Club’, inviting members of our parish to commit to giving committing $1000, or multiples of $1000, between July 2017 and June 2019 over the next two years to see this project through.

This Sunday, we would like to invite you to take part in this project.

If you are able to make a contribution up-front, that would help us a great deal. But if you would like to commit to $10 a week, or $42 a month extra on your giving over those two years, that would get us there as well. If you wanted to organise your own fundraising towards that total, we would greatly appreciate it. Can you commit to one or more ‘K’s to protect our buildings for the years to come?

There are four main ways to contribute:

This bulletin was emailed to members of the parish on Friday 23 June 2017 – 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.

Account Number: 00021969

Account Name: St Johns Anglican Church Newcastle Restoration Account

Giving can be done as a one-off transfer, or regular donations.

Account number: 898154

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

If you give to this account, please ensure that your name is used as the Reference information for the transfer. Without this, we cannot give a tax-deductible receipt.

Tax Deductible giving by cheque through the National Trust

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

If you give by cheque, please give the cheque directly to Murray or Howard Benson. Howard will provide you with a tax-deductible receipt for your tax return.

Giving on the plate or a making a one-off donation

We can supply you with ‘giving envelopes’ specially marked for this project if you would like to regularly give cash on the plate to this project. If you would like to write a cheque now to support the project, we would gladly accept your gift.


We have already received some initial funding for this project! Between the Women’s Guild, the Playgroup, two members of the parish, and the Hollywood Quiz Night Fundraiser we have 12K of our 60K total! Many thanks for the generosity of all involved. Some other members of the parish have indicated that they would be willing to commit to this.

This Sunday, we are asking for written commitments to this project. We will be distributing cards to members of our congregations and asking people how much they would like to commit, and how they would prefer to give out of the four options above.

Please consider how you would like to support this project and please join us on Sunday to help us begin!




Service 25 Jun 2017 2 Jul 2017
9:00 am
Welcome 1 Rita N Amanda G
Welcome 2 Penelope Y Penny P
Leading Murray W Murray W
Preaching Ken Y Murray W
Reading 1 Rogers F June W
Reading 2 Penny B Cathy B
Prayers June W Sunday School
Chalice 1 Howard B Paul Y
Chalice 2 Dianne W Cathy B
Refreshments 1 Amanda G Bill D
Refreshments 2 Jenny K Kara D
Counters 1 Lance W Nona B
Counters 2 Jason T Judy H
Flowers Don S June W
Brass cleaning 1 X Jenny W
Brass cleaning 2 X Helen Carroll
10:45 am
Welcome Virginia M Prue H
Leading Murray W Murray W
Preaching Ken Y Murray W
Music Leader X X
Prayers Claire K *Volunteer needed*
Refreshments *Volunteer needed* Ray C & Robyn C
5:00 pm
Welcome Marg T Paul B
Leading TBA Murray W
Preaching Ken Y Murray W
Prayers Lyndsey McK Messy Prayers
Kids Church Leader Rob W X
Kids Church Helper X X
Creche Leader Ruth W X
Creche Helper Margaret B X
Refreshments Lyndsey McK Val G
Music Leader Kim H Kim H
Music 2 Grant R Grant R
Music 3 X X
Music 4 X X

Upcoming at St John’s:

Friday, 23 June 2017
4:30pm K.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
7:00pm High School Youth Group
Third Sunday after Pentecost, 25 June 2017
9:00am Traditional Communion with Sunday School
10:45am Informal Communion
12:30pm Hall Booking
5:00pm Informal Worship with Sunday School
Monday, 26 June 2017
7:30pm New Lambton homegroup
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
10:00am St John’s Playgroup
7:00pm Cooks Hill Bible study group
St Peter and St Paul, 29 June 2017
10:30am Weekly Thursday Informal Communion
10:30am Women’s Bible study group
Friday, 30 June 2017
4:30pm K.O.G youth group for School Years 2-6
7:00pm High School Youth Group
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 2 July 2017
9:00am All-age Traditional Communion
10:45am Informal Communion
12:30pm Baptism of William Marsden and Madeline Marsden
5:00pm All-age ‘Messy Church’ service