Care in our growth groups
At St John’s, growth groups are the main source of care. In growth groups that you will feel known, thought of, and cared for both organically and intentionally. Within these smaller contexts we can learn from and care for one another more deeply as brothers and sisters in Christ, connect with new friends and walk through life together – through the good times and difficult ones.
Care Connect is our organised and often more formal care initiative that connects need with the right support. Care connect supports our growth group, and also provides for those not in a small group, and those family and friends who are known to St John’s.
The care encompasses practical needs (transport, shopping, household tasks, meal delivery); spiritual (prayer and Bible reading) and emotional support (e.g. visits).
Helpful websites and links:
Mental health resources in our area
The latest statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Australians will experience a mental health disorder in any twelve-month period and a quarter of those will have more than one condition. In addition, one third of young people will have an episode of mental ill health by the age of 25. If you haven’t personally struggled with mental ill health, it’s highly likely that someone close to you has.
If your life, or the life of someone you know is in danger, please call 000 for assistance or call Lifeline for around the clock crisis support 13 11 14.
Individual and family support services
For information about parenting programs, child, youth and family support, counselling and domestic and family violence support we recommend the following two services:
Are you (or someone you know) experiencing control, threat or abuse from someone you live with? It is called domestic abuse: it is not your fault, you are not to blame. Your safety matters! Support is available and we encourage you to speak to someone who can help you.
- 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
- DV Hotline 1800 656 463
- Anglicare Counselling 1300 651 728
- contact the police 000
Food & financial assistance
Anglicare can provide immediate practical assistance and longer-term solutions to help you in times of struggle.
A number of churches in Sydney run regular DivorceCare recovery support groups. Please contact the individual church for more information about current courses:
NorthLight Anglican Church, West Pymble
The Bridge Church, Kirribilli & Neutral Bay
Northside Community Church, Crows Nest
Village Church, Annandale