At our church gatherings we do things you might expect if you’ve been to a church service before – we listen to God speak to us through his word as the Bible is read; we speak to God in prayer; we sing songs which give expression to our relationship with God, we listen to a talk based on the Bible and which helps us understand what God is saying to us; and we spend time simply gathering together as God’s family, enjoying one another’s company, encouraging one another, praying with one another, and helping one another grow as followers of Jesus.
What happens on Sunday
On any given Sunday, at our church gatherings, you can expect to be greeted at the front door where you’ll receive a bulletin with an outline of the service and news from our community. If you would like help finding a seat or if you have any other questions, the welcomers are very happy to answer questions!
During the morning service, children join the adults for the first part of the service and then, about halfway through the service, the children head off for Sunday School (Kindergarten to Year six). There is crèche which runs for the entire service for one to four years old. Please note that Sunday School meets only during Tasmanian public school terms. All our crèche workers, Sunday school teachers and Sunday school helpers are trained and have both State Government Working with Children and Presbyterian Church Breaking the Silence child protection accreditation.
During both services an offering of money is taken up. This is primarily for our regular members who provide funds for the ongoing work of our church, both in Hobart and beyond. If you are a visitor, please do not feel the need to contribute to this offering – you are our guest.
After the morning service we continue to gather together in the hall for morning tea. Likewise, after the evening service we gather in the hall to share a light meal together. Both the morning tea and the evening meal are free of charge and we are very keen for you to join us.
If on-street parking is unavailable, free parking is available during Sunday services in the CCAMLR Car Park opposite the church on Macquarie Street. This car park can be accessed via the second driveway on the left past the Barrack Street intersection. Please do not park in the private car park next door to CCAMLR.
The 10am service is approximately seventy minutes in duration and the 5pm service is approximately 60 minutes in duration.
Sunday School, which meets during our 10am service, includes singing, age-appropriate Biblical teaching and fun games. If your child is attending Sunday School for the first time, please feel free to come out with them after the Kid’s Talk. Parents are always welcome to join and watch on as Sunday school meets. There are three separate Sunday School classes which are structured around the age and development of each child.
A crèche is available for younger children during the 10am service. Children may be signed in to the crèche through the door to the left of the pulpit before the service or as the Sunday School children leave after the Children’s Talk.
A parenting room with a change table and comfortable couches is provided during both services for parents and babies through the door to the left of the pulpit.
The service is screened on a television so that you may continue to participate.
Growth Groups meet most weeks to study the bible, pray and encourage one another. There are daytime and evening groups spread across the city as well as a specific group for young adults and a Tuesday morning group for women.
The St. John’s Youth Group meets in school term on a Friday nights from 7pm. All youth in grades 7-12 are invited to join, and parents are welcome to stay and watch.
The YG program includes clear, straight-forward teaching and prayer, plenty of games & activities and food. There are also opportunities throughout the year to attend camps and excursions.
Friends of Mission
The Friends of Mission meet in the church hall at 12.30 on the first Thursday of each month for lunch, fellowship and to hear about how the gospel is being taken to the nations. There will usually be an engaging talk from a visiting missionary or from other missionary representatives. If you are interested in missions, you are most welcome to attend.
Our growth groups meet together on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm to pray for our ministry, city and world – please join us! If you would like the elders to be praying for a specific need, you will find a prayer card in each pew – please fill it in and place it in the offering bag when it comes around.
The St. John’s Library, in the Bellkirk building on Davey Street, is well supplied with a large variety of Christian books. It is open each Sunday after the morning service and mid-week 10am-4pm Tuesday & Fridays. Membership of the library is free.
Asking for Help
If you or someone you know is facing hardship, our Deacons can help. Ask one of our welcomers to introduce you to a Deacon when you arrive at church, or alternatively you can contact the office on (03) 6223 7213.