Luke 16:1-9 Don’t you just love it when Jesus praises dishonest behaviour? I particularly like the way that many Bibles, choose to spin this as the ‘parable of the shrewd manager’. Yeah, ok, the guy acted shrewdly, but I wonder what you would call a man who, afraid he was going to be sacked for squandering resources, used his final day at work to abuse his position, and rip off his boss in order to buy himself friends for the future? Shrewd? Maybe. Dishonest crook, more likely. Read More

Playjays music workshop

Next Friday, 24th September is the last Playjays of term - we'll be taking a two week break, and starting up again on 15th October. But on Friday 8th we have a special Playjays event: Rox McLeod, a Music Therapist, will be running a workshop for parents and children aged 0-5, to learn how to enjoy musical play with singing, dancing and instruments. Older siblings are also welcome to come along, and we'll organise games for them in the upper hall. The session will run from 10am - 11am, at a cost of $5 per family. Places are limited, so please register by calling 9489 1762 or emailing Read More

Playjays Celebration!

Our next family service will be held on Sunday 26th, at the usual time of 9:30am. It's going to be a Playjays celebration, so you can expect lots of stuff suitable for small children - singing, stories, creative craft, play - and probably a shorter than usual service! If you're a Playjays family - come along and meet some more of the St. John's community - and if you're a regular St. John's member, come and meet some of the kids! Read More

Mt Wilga circuit via Fishponds, Sat 28 August

Sue Shavikin descending watched by Mary Smith The competitive pressure of choir rehearsals, late night shifts and child minding reduced the Cartophiles to six for our exploration of one of the most surprising and accessible walks in our area.  We met at Doug & Aida Jenkins’ and after a short walk along Manor Road climbed the ladder down the rock face to descend to the Benowie Walking Track in Old Mans Valley.… Read More... Read More

Moses changed God’s mind

Exodus 32:7-14 You’ll probably have noticed that I don’t often choose to speak on the Old Testament reading. It’s not that I don’t find the Old Testament inspiring and challenging, it’s just that I’m so taken by the gospels, by the story of Jesus Christ, by the way that every time I read a gospel passage there seems to be something in it that I’ve never seen before. But today I’m going to make an exception. Because today the lectionary gives us the most extraordinary story. Indeed, it gives us, for my money, the most remarkable verse in the whole of the Old Testament: “And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster he planned to bring on his people”. Read More

Working Bee

18th September 9.30am - 12.30pm A good turnout of volunteers is needed to do some painting, some preparation work in the car park area, and some work on the rose garden and front lawn. Contact Gordon Fuller for more information. Read More


Mark 1:9-15 And Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God. I wonder, if you were asked to put into one sentence the 'good news', the 'gospel' of Jesus Christ, what you would say? Perhaps 'your sins are forgiven'. Perhaps 'God loves you'. Perhaps 'whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved' or 'whoever believes in him shall have eternal life'. Perhaps 'they may have life in all its fulness'. Perhaps simply 'there is another way'. All of these are truths of the gospel, all are parts of the Good News of Jesus. But Jesus' opening words in Mark's Gospel, the words he uses to name the good news are these: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the good news”. Read More