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St. John’s Presbyterian Church

A member congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa,
New Zealand

Minister : Rev Dr Colin S. Marshall, +64 21 750 362, colin@stjohns.org.nz

422 Mt Albert Rd, Mt. Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone : +64 9 620 6609
Email : office@stjohns.org.nz


Update 28th May 2020 – The elders of the church met online last night and discussed the way forward in the current COVID19 environment. After full discussion of options, challenges and positives it was decided unanimously that we will not recommence services, in person, until mid-July at the earliest. This decision will be reviewed in the first week of July. The primary reasons for this center around the safety of the congregation, particularly our elderly and those who may have lowered immunity for a number of reasons. Also of concern is the nature of our plant with many soft surfaces and areas that are not easily deep cleanable (as they would need to be), certainly not multiple times a day. In the meantime everything will continue online as at present. We have received lots of very positive and supportive feedback about our online presence and services, groups and ALPHA course. The Board of Managers is currently investigating ways to get a few of our older folk, not currently in visual contact, online as well.

As we enter the next COVID level the following video offers great (and fun) advice …

Have you checked out this week’s new ENGAGE material for family prayer and faith activities at home?
ALPHA is now running on Friday at 7:30pm. Contact Colin if you are interested in joining us.

We all love a piece of appropriate opera … thanks Frances for this one … enjoy and laugh!

The following have been shared with thanks to Allen:


Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum, who we have had the privilege of hosting on a number of occasions, has released a free gospel presentation from a Jewish Messianic perspective. He provides some wonderful insights that are well worth us thinking and praying about this week. Enjoy!

Ariel have a number of online courses you might be interested in at https://www.arielcourses.com/

Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Reflection on Philippians 4:4-9
This morning in our Men’s 4×4 we reflected on the great words of the apostle Paul to the Philippians. We also reflected on our earlier discussion that routines and how we approach the various situations we face is critically important. Underlying these is the spiritual-mental approach we take to any challenge. Paul encourages us to begin with thanksgiving. What is it that we can be grateful for today? We know from mental health advisers today that what is known as the ‘gratitude-attitude’ attitude can make a significant difference to our mental well being. Can you start and end the day identifying and thanking God for 10 things for which we can be grateful? Thereafter focusing and thinking on the good, the positive and the best role models we have seen (especially in Jesus) is also critically important!

Hey folks – don’t forget your physical fitness in this lock-down period – yours, your kids, your family. Physical fitness, as well as a goal in itself, is also one of the keys to good mental and spiritual health. We are blessed that here are so many options to help us around – from TV led exercise every morning, to multiple on-line options to simple things we can do at home. Make sure you are able to get out once the lock-down is over!

Chatroom:

Our chatroom with the Minister is online for anyone to join us at 2pm (NZ time) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays when the red CHATROOM button is active.

Site Notes

The red button above will be updated for the next ZOOM meeting automatically. When you come on for your meeting simply click the button. If meetings overlap there will be additional red buttons.

We can now access the web page from two domains either http://www.stjohns.org.nz or http://www.stjohnsnz.org

COVID-19 Updates

Check here for the latest government site with full details on COVID-19 – lots of resources, info.


Awesome …

COVID-19 Update and the Church

Key message: Stay home, wash hands, keep in touch, pray heaps! Encourage someone today!

We are now well into a complete shut-down as far as physical meetings and events goes. As church we adapt the ways we do things knowing the the church is far more than bricks and mortar, it is the gathering of people of faith who love the Lord. Today we are blessed that there are many ways that we can join together to share, encourage and worship via electronic means … even from great distances. If you are part of this community and have any specific requests for assistance then please contact the Minister (021 750 362) and we will see what can be arranged. Also keep up with the Ministry of Health advice … there is lots of mis-information on the web so be aware of what the official advice is.
Click here to view the Ministry of Health web site for advice

Notices

From the Treasurer re ANNUAL RECEIPTS These will be available as soon as we are allowed to be able to process data on site. If you have any urgent requests please contact the Treasurer or Minister.

Sunday Night Bible Study 6pm – Online ZOOM meeting at 6pm from the link above – you are welcome to join us.

Ladies Fellowship Group – Online ZOOM meeting at 7:30pm on the second Friday of the week.

Community Chatroom – 2pm Zoom meeting available Mon/Wed/Sat for general catchup and discussion.

Congratulations!

The final in-person service we were able to achieve before the lockdown was the marriage of Alice Hansen and Andrew Mumford. While it was small, for obvious reasons, and people who had flown in from all around the world were either quarantined or unable to make it, it was still a wonderful occasion.

Our hearts go out to Katherine and Harry who had to have their wedding postponed at the last moment due to work requirements and quarantine but we will look forward to celebrating their turn in due time.

Alice and Andrew … happy even to do paperwork! Praise God!

Sermons

This week’s Sunday sermon:

PDF sermon copies can be downloaded here:

Prayers

There is a lot to pray for and about at this time…

Please pray for people from our community on the front line including… Medically: Jo, Katherine, Rachel. Working in pharmacies: Alice, Kevin … plus others you will know about.
* Pray for Reg and family currently staying safe in India.
* Pray for those parishes and ministers struggling in a new environment and with many practical challenges.
* Pray for families, together for extended periods in an unusual ways … particularly for those with younger children .
* Pray for those countries lacking leadership or resources in this time.
* Please email Kate or the Minister if you have any specific prayer requests.

Engage @ Home

Check out this great material Rebecca has put up for us. We will try to refresh this material each week. The powerpoint runs as a video with about 5 secs on each page so resize and pause it as you need.

And some awesome worship from Hillsong for kids! Have a look at their site for multiple options :

Groups

For our active regular groups click on the appropriate button at the top of the screen from 10mins before 10am.
Alternatively you can phone in on 09 884 6780

FRIDAY 10am Men’s 4×4 Group – Yes guys … not 6am! ZOOM Meeting.
FRIDAY 7:30-9pm Ladies Fellowship Second Friday of the month ZOOM Meeting.
SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY 6pm ZOOM Meeting.
Click on the first button at the top of the screen from 15mins before 6pm.
Alternatively you can phone in on 09 884 6780

Banking Details

We have been asked to put up our bank details so people can contribute to the Lord’s work. Thank you for your generosity. Please do not compromise your, or your own family’s, wellbeing but prayerfully consider what is appropriate.

If you would like a tax receipt please include appropriate details (name, email, address etc) so our Treasurer can send you a receipt.

Account Name:

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

Account No :

12-3033-0617107-00

Resources

The parish Minister is available to meet with you on-line if you want to catch up, with yourself, or with a group. Txt meeting request time/day to 021 750 362.

* Great PARENTING resources …
Resources from Focus on the Family NZ

* Materials for children (and their parents!)
Primary Level
Khan Academy
NZ National Geographic for kids
Reading skills
Have fun with Dr Suess
Maths and Reading skills
Favourite stories
American site with stacks of resources!

Try out some of these helpful links …

Bible Gateway
The Parenting Place
Radio Rhema
Hope@Home – Christian movies (req payment)
Northern Presbytery Youth

Find safe games for your children and young people: https://taminggaming.com/

Relax: fun stuff…

Fun stuff to do at home … check these out … Fun At Home

This turns out to be one of our most popular young people’s songs this month – enjoy!

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