Thank you for visiting St John’s Cathedral’s events page. Here you will find information about concerts, seminars, workshops, special church services, short-term exhibitions and community events taking place at the Cathedral or in the Cathedral Precinct. On this page, items will generally be presented with imminent or current events at the top of the page, and longer-running or future events beneath. Please see the sidebox below left for more information.
MORE ABOUT EVENTS
Offsite events, particular theme days/weeks or festivals which might be of wider interest are more likely to be found in the GENERAL NEWS section on the home page of this website. This is not a hard-and-fast rule: we will be keeping an eye on the dispersal of information across this new website, to try to minimise the number of clicks and cross-reference links needed.
Regarding links, some of the events featured here (and on the home page) may require registration, ticketing or booking fees. Where this is the case, either the event image or a specific text link should take you to the relevant (external) website for more details.
Please note that St John’s Cathedral provides such information in good faith and cannot be responsible for the veracity or otherwise of such links. If you find a link is broken or are concerned about its redirection, please contact the Cathedral office during business hours, 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, or by email
MINISTRY OF LAYING-ON OF HANDS
Next: Sunday 3rd March, 9.30am
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.
The Ministry of Laying on of Hands with Anointing is also available at other times, including after each act of worship. Please contact the Cathedral Office.
Next: Sunday 3rd March, after 9.30am
Walking the Labyrinth occurs on the first Sunday of each month following the 9.30am Eucharist. If you have not walked the Labyrinth before, you would be most welcome to join the group who regularly do so. Please join us to walk the Labyrinth – we meet under the Rose Window.
The path is always new, because,
as a spiritual discipline, the labyrinth
is a path of contemplation,
reflection, prayer …
Beneath the surface, walking the labyrinth
is a profound discipline in listening,
in active silence, in finding movement
and rhythm in the stillneses underneath
and in between everyday’s noise.
Walking the labyrinth is an exercise
in finding the voice speaking in whispers
underneath the whirlwind of sound.
~ Travis Scholl, “Walking the Labyrinth –
A Place to Pray and Seek God” p.17, IVP Books, 2014
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM)
~ a ‘taster’ program coming!
EfM can be summed up as Exploring Faith Matters! It is formational and transformational for Christian life and ministry. We do EfM in small groups led by trained mentors. Through individual study, sharing discoveries and exploring our faith together, we learn to think theologically. We connect what we come to know of the Christian tradition with our ordinary daily activities.
The 2018 EfM group developed a ‘taster’ program for 2019, to introduce newcomers with sample sessions over several weeks. These sessions have begun on Monday 4th February and are held in St Martin’s House at 6.00pm. To find out more, please call the Cathedral Office on 3835 2222 during business hours.
TWO Christian Meditation Groups
Tuesday evening + Thursday morning
The Tuesday evening group meets at 6:45pm in the Lady Chapel, or in St Martin’s House if there is another event being held in the Cathedral. All are welcome also to join us for a shared meal before meditation any time after 5:30pm in the St Martin’s House kitchen. For entry at this time come to the rear corner door and press the buzzer marked “Passage”.
The Thursday morning group meets from 11.30am to 12.15pm in the Choir Room in St Martin’s House. All are welcome to gather for conversation over morning tea before meditation at 11.00am and/or to attend the 12.30pm Eucharist afterwards. Come to main reception in St Martin’s House.
VITRA “MINIATURES EXHIBITION”
Friday 8th – Friday 22nd February
An exhibition of miniatures – 100 Classical Seats (including one of our own Cathedral chairs!)
For more than 168 years, Vitra has captured the hearts and imaginations of design lovers around the world with its distinctive approach to contemporary design. Gracing Australian shores for the first time, the Miniatures Collection is the largest (and smallest) retrospective of Vitra Studio’s iconic designs between 1850 and 1990, and embodies the characteristics for which the brand is most beloved: meticulous craftsmanship and careful, considered design.
MORE INFO: Living Edge website
CATHEDRAL IN-QUIZ-ITIVE RETURNS!
Friday 22nd February, from 7.15pm
This interactive, multi-media format quiz with a multiple-choice-style answering option allows anyone ~ any age, any background, any knowledge level ~ to participate!
Join us from 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start in the Narthex (West End of the Cathedral; come along to the side doors) – $5 a head and BYO drinks/snacks. Parking is available on the north side of the Cathedral (access via the Anglicare-signed carpark entry on Ann Street).
BOOKINGS essential: phone 3835 2222 Monday-Friday office hours or email
The planned schedule will be for a quiz night once a quarter throughout 2019 – next will be Friday 14th June. Funds raised will go to reimbursing the Cathedral’s sound system investment.
WINE BEFORE BREAKFAST
continues in 2019
Continuing on the first Friday of the month – next on 1st March, join us to celebrate the 7.00am Eucharist in the Southern Chapels with an emphasis on social justice and community outreach, followed by breakfast and conversation at ‘RAW on Ann’, just down from the Cathedral.
$10 breakfast menu available, and no-one is turned away for lack of funds; all are most welcome. At our next gathering our focus will be on St David of Wales, whose feast day falls on 1st March.
Wednesday 13th February, 6.00pm
On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service. This service holds space for each of us to contemplate the mystery of God in our midst through silence and stillness, and in the bread and wine. The service commences at 6.00pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space.
PLANNING & VISIONING DAY
Saturday 23rd February, 9.00am – 4.00pm
You are invited to help shape and participate in St John’s response to the Call to be a People of Grace and a Transforming Presence in the World — our 2019 theme will be:
How do we live into being one community with many parts?
How can we continue journeying together, reflecting our love and increasing our vitality, to intentionally build and support our community … in 2019 and beyond? Please come to this get-together of people who want to make a
difference to that world the Cathedral and its community touches. Through a creative, open process we will reflect on valued strands of ministry and define new areas of ministry and interaction.
Join Dean Peter Catt and members of the Cathedral Chapter and Council for this pivotal event to listen to the Holy Spirit and to each other and plan to make a difference. Children are most welcome to join the activity group! We will gather at the High Altar at 9.00am and lunch will be provided during the day.
INFO and RSVPs: Phone 3835 2239 Monday-Friday office hours or email
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday 1st March
“COME – EVERYTHING IS READY”
The 2019 program has been written by women in Slovenia. At the core of the theme, an invitation – Come; to enable the response – Everything is ready. Come to praise, thank, and proclaim the kingdom of love.
GENEROUS HOSPITALITY LAUNCH
Friday 15th February, from 5.30pm
You are warmly invited to attend the launch of Archbishop Phillip Aspinall’s 2019 Diocesan theme ‘Generous Hospitality’.
Come together with people of all ages from across the Diocese to enjoy worship, interactive prayer spaces, food, fun and fellowship. Formalities from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm, followed by food and fellowship, 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm @ our Cathedral. This is a free event.
MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/events/253977065270745/
‘TREBLE HELIX UNLOCKED’
Tuesday 26th February, 7.30pm
Ethereal interlocking harmonies from the turn of the 16th Century sung standing around a beautiful facsimile of the Eton Choirbook – a giant, 500 year-old manuscript from the pre-Reformation period!
This sequence of music features a thrilling setting of the Magnificat, heartrending motets, the earliest polyphonic Passion by a named composer, and an extraordinary 13-part canon.
Note: No Choral Evensong first Wednesday in March as this is Ash Wednesday – see LENT & EASTER page.