We are a parish in the Anglican Diocese of Armidale and are committed to following the Lord Jesus Christ and sharing the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection, through the study, exposition, proclamation and application of His Word, the Bible.
We hope this website serves as a helpful introduction to who we are. Scroll down through this page to get a quick feel for who we are as a church. You’ll find information about our numerous services, beliefs, aims, ministries, our leadership and ways you can get connected.
But the best way to discover who we are is to join us at one of our services.
We hope you’ll visit soon.
Joshua Bovis – Vicar
Danny Morris – Senior Associate
We have three services every weekend, each with a different style. Here at St John's we believe in expository preaching from God's Word (the Bible) and each term our sermon series mainly follows a book of the Bible to help us understand and apply God’s Word today so that we can glorify God and be effective disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A traditional Prayer Book Anglican service. Each time we meet together we devote a good amount of time to readings from Scripture, (with readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, Gospels and Epistles). This service also has Holy Communion (also known as the Lord's Supper), using the 2nd Order Service from the Prayer Book of Australia. This service tends to run for an hour and fifteen minutes. There is a genuine warmth of friendship and fellowship among congregation members and we share in morning tea together immediately following the service.
A Service for all ages. We sing a mix of modern songs and traditional hymns, and celebrate Holy Communion on the second Sunday of the month. We include a regular Children’s Spot followed an opportunity for the children to attend an age-appropriate ministry called Sunday Club in the Parish Hall. Following the service we have morning tea together and once a month we have lunch together at one of the several different parks in and around Tamworth.
This is a service of Communion, using a modernised version of the Book of Common Prayer. We tend to sing hymns with guitar and piano. The service goes for an hour.
Also known as 'The Daily Office', this is a time during the day where Christians pray and read the Bible. These services are accompanied by daily Scripture readings which include readings from the Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels, as well as confession of sin, thanksgiving to God and the wonderful reminders of God’s grace found in Jesus’ sin bearing death for us and his resurrection from the dead!
J.I. Packer when speaking about ‘The Daily Office’ reflects:
“None of us will ever find a better pattern for private prayer and Bible-reading anywhere than that offered by the Prayer Book’s own daily offices.”
Everyone is welcome to come. A great way to start and end one's working day!
At this service Holy Scripture is read and explained, with an opportunity to confess our sins and be reminded of God’s wonderful grace as we share in Holy Communion together around the Lord’s Table. We also sing hymns and there is also an opportunity for those who would like to be anointed with oil and ask God for healing, (whether it be from sickness, sin, addictions, or various other trials). If you or someone you know needs healing from anything we would encourage you (and them) to come to this service.
and we stand on the Scriptures, (God's Word written) as the final authority in matters of faith and practice therefore we affirm:
1. A belief in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; three distinct Persons co-equal in Glory and co-eternal in majesty and of one substantial Godhead, such that there are not three gods but one God.
2. A belief in the Holy Scriptures as divine revelation, inerrantly inspired by God, carrying the full measure of His authority, containing all things necessary to salvation, and to be submitted to in all matters of faith and practice of life.
3. A belief in the One Saviour of mankind, Jesus Christ, who in His person is both fully God and fully man; of one substance with the Father in regard to his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us in regard to his manhood.
4. A belief in the perfect obedience of Christ, His true and actual suffering, His substitutionary and atoning death on the cross, and His bodily resurrection and ascension as the only means given for our salvation and reconciliation with God.
5. A belief in faith alone as the only grounds for the merits of Christ being imputed to us for our justification before God (justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone).
6. A belief that God’s Holy Spirit is given to all believers at conversion, so they might be convicted of their sinful nature and need for Christ as their saviour. And that God’s Spirit dwells within the Christian to cause ongoing repentance, increase in holiness and the ability to live lives that please God.
7. A belief in the return of Jesus Christ in glory to judge the living and the dead, and a belief in the bodily resurrection from the dead of all people and their entrance into either eternal damnation or everlasting blessedness.
8. A belief in the one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic Church as those souls that have been redeemed entirely by the work of Christ and called out of slavery into freedom, out of darkness into light, out of error into truth, out of death into eternal life.
9. A belief that the visible church exists to worship the Triune God and to lift up the Saviour Jesus Christ before all people through sharing the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection; through the study, exposition, proclamation and application of His Word, the Bible; through prayer and song, and through the faithful administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also known as Holy Communion).
10. A belief in the historic creeds of the Church as accurate representations of the essence of the Christian faith, and in the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church, as a coherent and concise expression of Anglican doctrine.
We hold to the unique authority of the Bible as “God’s Word written” so we are careful to give the Bible its rightful place as the primary source of our knowledge of God and our faith.
We preach the Good News of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross, which justifies all those who trust in Jesus as their saviour and submit to him as Lord.
We are committed in our belief in the sovereignty of God and the other doctrines of grace rediscovered in the Reformation of the 16th century.
We stand with the historic church in accepting the summary of this Biblical faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
We use forms of service that are consistent with the teaching, principles and practice of the Book of Common Prayer.
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Col 2:6-7
At St John's our desire is to see God's people grow in Christian maturity, so we aim as a church to model and encourage God's people in:
We seek to Worship God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that worship is not primarily about us, nor measured by how good we “feel” when we leave the service on Sunday. It is measured by our discipleship throughout the entire week. Our feelings or emotional highs are transient and secondary in importance to obedience to Jesus’ teaching of the Great Commandment: “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbour as yourself.”
We seek to study, digest, and then apply the truths of God’s Written Word – the Bible - in our church life, our family life, through our vocations, and by serving God at all times and in every place.
We desire to grow into a community of grace, where we serve one another in love, in supportive and accountable relationships. Accountability to others in our community is a vital part of what makes Church of the Holy Spirit a safe place for children and their families.
We seek to raise up and equip leaders from every generation for gospel ministry, to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God, that God will use each of us for the service and building up of God's church until Jesus returns.
We want to introduce people to Jesus and help them home to heaven. The way to do this is to tell them of who Jesus is (the Saviour of the World) and what he has done (died on the cross for their sin and rose from the dead) and why he has done it (to save or rescue us from the penalty of sin and the sting of death).
St John's is a very active parish and during the week it is always a hive of activity. There is always something happening.
for children aged 3 to Year 6, held during our 10:30am Family Service
various groups are held throughout the week. Contact our church office for more details.
held on Fridays from 9:30-11:30am during school terms. This is a time of play, craft and stories where parents and carers can enjoy meeting each other as their babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers play together.
Our upper primary student discipleship group meets on Fridays from 3:30-5:30pm during school terms.
Held in the Parish hall at 102 Carthage Street on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am-12:30pm, and staffed by volunteers.
Please contact our ministry team if you would like a home visit, home Communion or know someone who needs a visit.
Ministry at St John's Anglican Church doesn’t rest on the shoulders of any one person. We all have a place of belonging and service here.
Oversight and pastoral care for our clergy is the responsibility of our Bishop, Rick Lewers. Local spiritual oversight is the responsibility of the Vicar, Rev Joshua Bovis working in tandem with the Associate Minister, Rev Danny Morris. A group of elected lay leaders, called a Parish Council, works with the Vicar and the Associate to tend to the financial and tangible needs of the parish while also providing the Vicar & Associate with wise counsel.
The role of the Ministers is to lead by serving and shepherding. The Lord Jesus set the tone when he said about himself, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The job of the ministers is not to direct attention to themselves, but to point the people continually toward the person and work of the Lord Jesus, his life, teaching, death and resurrection, and they do this through the study, exposition, proclamation and application of God’s Word, the Bible.
Joshua joined St John’s in 2017. He is married to Melanie and they have four children. Prior to St John’s, Joshua served as Assistant Minister at St Paul’s Anglican Church in West Tamworth, and has previously served in churches in the Upper Hunter, Newcastle and Falkirk (Scotland).
Joshua's hobbies are lifting heavy objects repeatedly, reading (theology, history, biographies), watching movies, playing numerous musical instruments and cutting hair.
Danny joined St John’s in 2010. He is married to Jeanette and they have three adult children. Prior to serving at St John’s, Danny served as the Vicar of St Laurence’s Anglican Church in Barraba, and was previously the Youth Minister at St Peter’s Anglican Church in South Tamworth.
Danny hobbies are spending time outside, preferably with a fishing rod, and he also enjoys painting, drawing and growing chillies.
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