Newsletter 06-December-2016

"Our Coming Saviour - Herod Advent 2"
Isaiah 9: 6-7
Micah 5:2-4, 2 Samuel 7:12-17


Sunday Worship: 13th December 2015 Advent 3
Christmas Theme is:
"Our Coming Saviour – Shepherds"
Focus Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Other Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 19:1-6


Prayer Points:- Please pray for: George Morrison who is improving well please pray for this to continue. Little Cubs Kindy for more children, they need at least 15 more children for the New Year. Averill Rule and Brenda Ryan with ongoing health issues.


Christmas is coming!!!! “Church Decorating” Please come and join in preparing our church for Christmas on SATURDAY 5th December from 2 – 5 pm. We need you. Lorraine


December/January Rosters:- This week the blank pages will be in the foyer on the table for people whom are able to assist in all roster areas for December and January Rosters. Please put your name in to positions where you are available. Thank you so much for your support.


CAROL SINGING IN THE COMMUNITY:- We are at it again this year – taking our voices and Christmas spirit out into the community to bring some pleasure (we hope) to members of our church and the community!

Date: Tuesday 15 December – meeting in car park at 6pm heading off at 6.10 sharp! We have a lot of visits this year – including 3 Retirement Villages – Highlands, Bruce McLaren and Dannemora Gardens!

We need as many voices as possible – in fact we need YOURS! You do not have to be a trained singer or be part of our singing group – if you can make a noise come along!

Bring a plate for supper – Dannemora Gardens will be hosting us for supper when we finish singing there. Need more information – contact Judy 2748534


THANK YOU “Thank you to all those who contributed photos to the St Johns Photo Archive.” A third volume has been started with photos from our 40th celebration and includes additional photos taken by John Copping. All three volumes have been available in the church foyer during the past week, and will now be kept in the church office. If anyone wishes to view them at church, or borrow them for a short time, ask Lorraine or Jeannine.

There are more photos to be processed, but these can wait until 2016! The demands of the Christmas Season come first!

Best wishes to you all! Trevor Haigh.


FAMILY BARBECUE:- The Leadership Team has decided to hold a "Family Barbecue" before Christmas. The "Family" we have in mind is the community who use our buildings through the year - Kindergarten, Mainly Music, Holiday Programme, our Korean friends etc. etc. and all their families. We want to make a time to meet them, get to know them, thank them for the rent they pay us and in an informal setting be the Gospel. No preaching - just invite them to our Christmas services.


To make this work it is vital that you, the congregations of St Johns, are there to be the hosts. Bring your own family.

The date and time is the afternoon of the first Sunday in December, Sunday the 6th of December at 4pm. Put it in your diary and pray for a fine day.

    We need people to help:-
  • Setting up after morning service on the 6th
  • Salad and soft drink servers
  • Tea and coffee servers
  • People to supervise and play with children
  • Cleaner-uppers
  • Loan of gazebos – freestanding

If you have any ideas for improvement or can help please talk to me, Alan Vickers or Ian Dittmer. Bob Williamson


FELLOWSHIP CHRISTMAS LUNCH, Thursday, 10 Dec., Noon, at ARA TAI Café, Half Moon Bay .Please add your name to the List in the Foyer. If you wish, you may bring a small unwrapped gift for a child at the Women's Refuge. I believe 8 year old boys often miss out. Thanks, Loas Toung


Mandarin Fellowship Christmas party/dinner 12 December, 5pm. Shared dinner here at Church with dinner first then songs and prayer. All Welcome. Any questions please see Shania Qiu.


Christmas and Sunday Services for December 2015:

  • December 6th 9:30 am is our Regular Sunday Worship.
  • December 13th 9:30 am is our Children’s Nativity Service.
  • December 20th 9:30 am is our Lessons and Carols Service in the morning.
    7pm is our Blue Christmas service.
  • December 24th 7 pm is our Family Christmas Service
    10:30 pm Carol singing
    11 pm Christmas Eve Service.
  • December 25th 9:30 am Christmas Day Service.
  • December 27th 9:30 am Is back to regular Sunday worship!

Please invite friends and family to join you and us in these special times of remembering Our Coming Saviour, celebrating the coming of our Saviour and looking to his coming again.


Finance summary 4 months to 31 October 2015

 ActualBudgetLast YearNotes
Giving 31525 36666 34861 1
Rents 28848 28560 24657
Total Income 64020 71962 65515
Staff 39123 39647 31085 2
Total Expenses 68484 70548 61075
Surplus/(Deficit) (4708) (1414) 4439
      Notes- Reasons for (deficit) against budget
    1. Thanksgiving (1610), Envelopes (3214)
    2. Insurance all year paid (3681) will save in full year.

“Giving is down almost 15% on our budget forecast which is requiring us to defer maintenance. If you are able, please review your giving and if you would like to join the envelope system or to move to Direct Credit giving please talk to Bob Williamson or Brannie Ma.”