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The Cathedral is open for worship every day. Visitors are always welcome. Below on this page is a calendar of the Cathedral’s regular service times. You may view the calendar by day, week or month and hover over or click on each entry for more details. In the future we hope to add to the functionality of the calendar to incorporate concerts, seminars, workshops and events. For details of special events and services, please visit the WHAT’S ON page.

SERVICE TIMES 

Holy Communion
Sunday: 7.30am, 9.30am and 5.00pm
Monday-Friday: 7.00am and 12.30pm
Saturday: 7.00am

Choral Evensong
Sunday: 6.00pm

Children’s Ministry
Sunday: 9.30am

DAILY MORNING AND EVENING PRAYER

Morning Prayer at 8.30am
Evening Prayer at 4.00pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel

Each morning and evening we pray the Daily Offices. These short services of prayer and readings provide a way of formalising our practice of devotion. The offices help to keep God at the forefront of our minds, and bring us courage to both face and address the world’s challenges with the knowledge that God is with us. They are a beautiful and calming way to both begin and end your day.

MINISTRY OF LAYING-ON OF HANDS
AND ANOINTING

Following the example of Jesus, and his explicit instructions to his disciples, the ministry of healing for any kind of disease or distress is an integral part of the proclamation and application of the Gospel of compassion.

It is administered by the “Laying on of Hands with prayer” by a priest gently touching the head or shoulders of the person in need. No questions are asked although a person may, if they wish, give their name or a brief description of their concern. It is perfectly acceptable, even encouraged, to receive this ministry on behalf of another who cannot be present.

Those who wish to receive this ministry are invited to make their way to the Lady Chapel (north side of the Cathedral) following the reception of Communion.

HOLY COMMUNION

Celebrating the Eucharist together

We celebrate the Eucharist at the Cathedral 7 days a week. Visitors are always welcome.

Monday to Friday, there are two services for Holy Communion: one at 7.00am, and one at 12.30pm. Both of these are approximately 30 minutes in duration, take place in the Holy Spirit chapel, and are lovely, quiet spoken services to help bring the wonder of the sacrament into the thread of your daily activities. Come before work, or during lunch, to meet Christ in the bread and wine.

On Saturdays we have one Holy Communion service, held at 7.00am as above.

On Sundays we have three opportunities to partake in the Eucharist:

First, at 7.30am there is a spoken service with hymns, which lasts approximately an hour. This is followed by morning tea and fellowship.

Next, at 9.30am, there is a sung Mass, which features one of our splendid choirs 11 months of the year (February-December). This service adheres to the Anglo-Catholic tradition and is wonderfully transformative. There is also Children’s Ministry for the younger ones. This service usually finishes at approximately 11.00am, and is also followed by morning tea and a gathering of community.

Last, there is a spoken service in the Holy Spirit chapel at 5.00pm, preceded by afternoon tea from 4.00pm.

EVENSONG + CONTEMPLATIVE EUCHARIST

EVENSONG + MIDWEEK EVENSONG

Musical reflections at the day’s end

The Office of Evensong is a time-honoured Anglican tradition of sung evening prayer. Evensong takes place at the Cathedral every Sunday at 6.00pm, and also on the first Wednesday of each month, also at 6.00pm. Each week we have a different iteration of our Cathedral choir, who consistently provide uplifting music to keep us elevated for the week ahead.

CONTEMPLATIVE EUCHARIST

Meeting God in the Silence

On the second Wednesday of each month, a Contemplative (or Meditative) Eucharist is held in the Sanctuary. Beginning at 5.30pm with silent meditation, and then continuing on at 6.00pm with an intimate service full of poetic prayers, incense, and the space to be quiet and relax more deeply into God’s embrace.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Children are an important part of the worshipping community at St John’s. We love and enjoy the spontaneity and life that they bring with them when they come to worship and when they come as visitors.

The playpen, toys and colouring-in table in the west end of the cathedral near the shop are a permanent part of the cathedral life. They are there for children to use at anytime they wish.

Sunday mornings
Children of all ages are invited to join us on Sundays at 9.30am. During the 9.30am service on Sundays we meet by the playpen to talk, listen to stories and ‘do’ craft. We have fun with paper, cardboard, stickers, playdough, junk and sometimes even food! Parents are welcome to come if needed and children are free to spend as much or as little of the service as they wish in the children’s area. Children often help take the gifts up in the offertory procession and everyone is encouraged to go up to receive either communion or a blessing.

Special interactive liturgies for children take place on Christmass Eve, Good Friday and several other times during the year. Children of any age are invited with friends and family to join us for worship, music and fun.

Cathedral play area
The Cathedral Play area is available for families to use at all times. For further information or to join the Children’s Ministry mailing list please contact the Reverend Dr Ann Solari by email annsolari@westnet.com.au
or by phone on 0424 423 972