St John’s Op-Shop is situated beside the church in Mc Lean Street. It is staffed by volunteers from the parish and the community, who work on a roster basis by serving, sorting, cleaning, ironing and a myriad of other duties required to keep the op shop open.
The Op-Shop is open from:
9:00am – 12 noon Sat
For further details please contact our Op-Shop co-ordinating team on the Op-Shop phone, 6650 0433 – or leave a message and your contact details at the Parish Office, 6651-4700.
THE ‘BOOTIES & BEAR’ RUN
Volunteers in the parish knit booties and little teddy bears which are then distributed to the mothers of new born babies at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus. Gae Shorten from St John’s organise this outreach, and there is always an invitation for anyone who knit these goodies to become involved in this outreach. If you are interested contact Rev Anne at the church office 6651 4700.
THE MEN’S GROUP
All are welcome to this social gathering of men, meeting every second Monday of the month at 6.00pm at St Johns, for a shared meal and time of fellowship. A small charge is levied to help cover the cost of the meal.
WOMEN’S BRUNCH GROUP
Meeting from time to time at different venues around Coffs Harbour, all women are welcome to register for any of the lunches that are planned. Details of upcoming dates are advertised in the Parish Bulletin and on the noticeboard at the rear of the church. Cost depends on the venue.
COFFS COAST SCHOOLS’ MINISTRY (CCSM)
The vision of CCSM is that every student in our Public Schools might be exposed to the Christian teachings and the Good News in a culturally relevant way, with ongoing opportunities to respond and become involved in a local church. CCSM currently has 72 volunteer teachers who minister to students in 21 Primary Schools, and 2 paid teachers & 3 assistants teaching years 7 – 9 in the High Schools in the Coffs District. Altogether these teachers are taking the Good News to approximately 6 000 students. These people are supported by the CCSM Board, which is accountable to the Christian Ministers Association –and this group represents almost all the Churches in this area.
How can you support this mission?
- By becoming a teacher and joining the ranks of those working in schools.
- By Prayer support. The CCSM Newsletter is available on the CCSM mission table at the back of the church. You can register as a prayer support person via the form in the newsletter.
- By making a financial commitment. Donations are fully tax deductible. A CCSM donation box can be found at the back of St John’s – and many parishioners make a donation of a few dollars each week. This money is forwarded to the CCSM Board, and is used to buy equipment and resources.
For further information ring the secretary of CCSM, Lois Drummond, on 6658 8275 – or speak with John Tigwell at St John’s who is a member of the CCSM Board.
COUNCIL OF CHURCHES – CITY OF COFFS HARBOUR
Representatives from St John’s attend monthly meetings where ecumenical activities are discussed, debated, and acted upon. Working together with Christians of different communities is a broadening and enriching experience – strengthened by a sense of Christian unity in Spirit. For further details or information contact St John’s parish office on 6651 4700.