In recent years a special part of the Lenten Journey here at St John’s has been Nocturnes. Each Friday evening during Lent, at 9pm, the building calmly resounds with the sound of thirty minutes of reflective seasonal choral music. This is followed by the intimate liturgy of Compline, where music and words gently bring the day to a close. Please join us for Nocturnes this year, featuring some of Brisbane’s favourite choral ensembles.

March 3 The Cathedral Singers

March 10 Choir of St John’s Cathedral

March 17 St Stephen’s Cathedral Schola

March 24 In Ecclesia

March 31 Canticum

April 7 The All Saints’ Singers (All Saints’, Wickham Terrace)

labyrinth walks

Journey to the Centre (and back again)

In the midst of our busy lives the labyrinth offers a time for reflection and renewal, a time to pray, or just “to be”. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart. Make the journey in to the centre and return to the world refreshed.

St John’s labyrinth is a 7 circuit modified Chartres pattern, a canvas labyrinth created by Cedar Prest of Adelaide, and contains at its centre the symbol of St John, the eagle. In Lent and during the year we offer 'group' walks where you can join with others in a themed walk with prayer/meditation cards.

Sunday 5th March & Sunday April 2nd after 9.30am service (approx 11am)

World Labyrinth Day

Saturday 6th May, 9.30-12.30pm

Come and be a part of a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the world turns. The event bring together people from all over the planet in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for tolerance, healing and peace.

Friday 24th March – 7.30pm with candles illuminating the darkness and prior to Nocturnes.

Lady Day Service

Wednesday 29th March at 10am

Fusion Vocal Ensemble Concert

Saturday 1st April at 7pm

St John's Cathedral, Brisbane

Adults $30, concession $25, students $15

For bookings or more information about Fusion, visit

Fusion Vocal Ensemble directed by Debra Shearer-Dirié will perform Path of Miracles by contemporary British composer Joby Talbot. This stunning choral work takes listeners on a journey through northern Spain and four staging posts along the Camino trail: Roncesvalles, Burgos, Léon, and Santiago. Walked annually by over 200,000 people from around the world, this pilgrimage route traces the footsteps of St James, the first Christian martyr and one of Jesus's disciples. Talbot's beautiful music, set for 17-part SATB choir and crotales (a bell-like percussion instrument) weaves together expressive vocal writing with text by Robert Dickinson. This intriguing, moving, exciting, and contemplative work is being performed in Queensland for the first time by Fusion.

mystics, theologians &

The Rev'd Jonathon Inkpin speaking on John O'Donohue
@Evensong, Sunday 2nd April, 6pm

Down the ages there have been those who enlighten us with a fresh vision of God. These are the voices that stir our imaginations; shake our comfortable perceptions and whose lives witness to the Spirit in their time. Continuing this series from 2016, we seek to revisit the teachings of some of those who have shaped our tradition in radical ways and see how they may speak afresh to us today. After the service we gather in the West End of the cathedral to share a discussion with the guest preacher over refreshments.

Priest, Poet, Philosopher and Visionary
Grounded in a profound connection with the mystery of being in silence, word and creation, John O'Donohue (1956-2008) helped enflesh Celtic spirituality for the contemporary world, thereby touching the lives and imagination of millions, many estranged from the Church. His emphasis on the mystical flame of faith and inclusive theology contrasts with what he saw as the 'manufactured coherence' of so much that passes for religion and its 'frightened functionaries'. In doing so, his work continues to challenge us to receive beauty, seek depth and express love in language which resonates with body, mind and soul.

Wasting time with god

Dr Rhyl Hinwood: Carving a Meaningful Artwork
Wednesday 5th April 9.30-11.30am

Dr Rhyl Hinwood is a professional sculptor with over 40 years experience, which have included many prestigious commissions, such as the ceramic Australian Coat of Arms for the House of Representatives Chamber in the new Parliament House, Canberra. Rhyl has carved several portrait heads in the benefactor’s gallery of St John’s Cathedral, and is the designer and sculptor of the thirteen monumental statues for the West End façade. Rhyl has executed many works with religious themes, and will talk about her art and the meaning-making process of sculpture. The morning begins with a time of prayer and reflection in the North Chapel.

Lent and Holy Week 2017

PALM SUNDAY 9th April, 2017

7.30am Holy Eucharist

9.30am Choral Eucharist

11.30am The way of the Cross Children’s Liturgy

5.00pm Holy Eucharist

6.00pm Choral Evensong


MAUNDY THURSDAY 13th April, 2017

7.00am Holy Eucharist

8.30am Morning Prayer

12.30pm Holy Eucharist

1.10pm Stations of the Cross

4.00pm Evening Prayer

7.00pm Liturgy of the Last Supper

Washing of Feet and Watch

GOOD FRIDAY 14th April, 2017

7.30am Morning Prayer

9.30am Children’s Service - The Way of the Cross

Noon Eucharist

followed by Stations of the Cross

7.00pm Musical Devotion

Handel’s Messiah

HOLY SATURDAY 15th April, 2017

8.30am Morning Prayer

Easter Sunday 16th April, 2017

5.30am Vigil Eucharist

7.30am Holy Eucharist

9.30am Choral Eucharist

5.00pm Holy Eucharist

6.00pm Choral Evensong


Thursday 25th May 2017 at 6pm

Cologne Philharomica prEsents "BETREFF"

June 21st 7.30pm

For more information please their website

(Coffee On Wednesdays)
English conversation classes

A Gathering of Community

Each Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm, we hold free morning tea to which everyone is invited. Come and enjoy a cuppa and spend some time in a welcoming space with a vibrant and friendly community.

On Wednesday afternoons, from 2.00 - 3.30pm we hold free English conversation classes for people who are interested in improving their English speaking skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Come and drop in anytime, or call 3835 2222 for more information.