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.
During the COVID-19 crisis the Cathedral is closed other than as listed below.
Holy Eucharist,5pm (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Holy Eucharist, 7.30am (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Holy Eucharist, 9.30am (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Advent Musical Offering, 7pm (Pre-registration Advisable – Click to access details of each service)
Monday to Friday
Morning Prayer, 8.30am
Private prayer, 11am to 2pm
Evening Prayer, 4pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Prayer During the Day, 12.30pm
Eucharist, 12.30pm (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Cathedral Shop Open
Sundays (following the 7.30am and 9.30am services), Tuesday to Friday 11am to 2pm
We are live-streaming our 7.30am Eucharist, 9.30am Choral Eucharist and 6pm Evensong Services each Sunday
Here is the link:
St John’s YouTube Channel
Check below for the status of other offerings, many of which will be offered online
ADVENT and CHRISTMASS
Click here to visit our Page dedicated to Advent and Christmass Offerings
SAINTS on a MISSION
Fridays at 10.30am.
In lieu of wine before breakfast, come for Friday coffee with Blair, our knowledgeable church history enthusiast’
Join Cathedral community member and “self-discovered” medieval and liturgical historian Blair Martin, leading interested folk in reflections and discussion on how we connect the ancient stories and rituals of Feast Days to the world of 2020, developing a sense of purpose & meaning for our disrupted and changed lives. Along the way the focus will also be on matters of social justice and our call to be “Saints on a Mission”, living out the Great Commission – to be “Easter People” living in the Resurrection and bringing the good news of the gospel to the lives of those around us.
27 November – S. Bilihildis
Merovingian noblewoman and later abbess whose life traversed difficult times and circumstances while holding her faith close. When we are challenged by life’s circumstances and cannot follow the path we wish, how can we keep the light of Christ burning in our lives?
To join the discussion, use either this Zoom link
or phone (07) 3185 3730, enter:
Meeting ID: 966 2167 6899#
Participant ID: #.
MINISTRY OF LAYING-ON OF HANDS
Available by appointment during the COVID-19 Crisis
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.
What is ‘Spiritual Direction’ …?
Spiritual direction is about making a space for God in your life. Contrary to the name, Spiritual Direction is not about being ‘directed’, it is being encouraged to draw closer to God in a more conscious experience of God’s presence, grace and love in your daily life.
In the midst of life we often find it difficult to notice God’s action within it. And yet we yearn to be able to discern the presence and the voice of God at a deeper level. In the practice of Spiritual Direction you are given the time and space to reflect on the experiences of your daily living, and as this contemplation takes place, you begin to discern God’s invitations and the work God is doing in your life.
Spiritual Direction sessions are now available at the Cathedral. To find out more, please contact Glynis by email
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM)
~ a ‘taster’ program!
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 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.
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
An Introduction to Year B, Mark
The Anglican Church is a liturgical church and as such the Scripture readings each week are set by the church and published in a booklet called the Lectionary. We will briefly explore the structure of the Lectionary, including the daily readings for the Eucharist, Morning and Evening Prayer. We will also hear why some minor saints are not kept each year.
The Lectionary we use is a three year lectionary and on Advent Sunday (29 November) we will commence Year B, sometimes referred to as the Year of Mark. Why three years and not four years is an often asked question, as we have four Gospels. This fact will be explored. Please come along with your questions about the Lectionary and Mark’s Gospel. This will be our starting point for an exciting hour with Bishop Bill Ray. Two opportunities are being offered.
Wednesday November 25 (10.30–11.30am)
(Darnell Room and Zoom)
If you wish to attend in person, please pre-register at TryBooking:
(select Wednesday session).
To join via Zoom, use either this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82731005587… (video/audio) or your phone – 07 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 827 3100 5587#, Passcode: 211079# and then Participant ID: #.
Booking is not required for Zoom attendance.
The Nativity in Art
Mondays: November 30, December 7 and 14, January 11
Join Crisia Constantine as she introduces us to images of the Nativity of our Lord.
Crisia is a visual artist, artist, curator, writer and researcher. She is currently completing a PhD in visual arts and is also in discernment.
This is a Zoom only study. To join, use either this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83881226980… (video/audio) or your phone – 07 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 838 8122 6980#, Passcode: 596893# and then Participant ID: #.
VIRTUAL LABYRINTH WALK
During the COVID-19 pandemic we will be offering a virtual labyrinth walk each month.
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
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TALKS
Each Week we provide two video talks for Children. These appear on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel on Thursday and Sunday mornings at 9.30am. The talks encourage and enable engagement with the Christian narrative and the themes and festivals associated with the Church Year. Many of the talks have resources associated with them.
No Offering in December – Resumes in 2021
First Thursday of each month – 5.30pm
Dr. Michael Knopf is a concert guitarist and composer, a dedicated teacher and a music researcher from the United States residing in Southeast Queensland, Australia. The Acoustic Cathedral experience is not a recital but an aural aesthetic assistance to help drain away stress/anxiety/pain for all comers. Michael would love to see people of all walks of life, status and condition benefit. He will be playing some original music, classical guitar repertoire and improvisations, each piece aesthetically modified to encourage a relaxed engagement and to impart the sense of beauty, colour and other-worldliness that we sometimes experience within ourselves as we are immersed in better thoughts and feelings. Michael’s CDs will be available for purchase after the session.
Visit the Cathedral Stall and say Hello
Wasting Time With God: Staying awake to the Aboriginal Cry for Justice
Wednesday December 2, 9.30am
Dial in (07) 3185 3730 Meeting ID: 823 3447 0652# Password 303180# Participant:#
COFFEE ON WEDNESDAYS
COWS returned to the Cathedral on September 2.
Every Wednesday 10.00am Good friends, good food, great conversation.
Please feel ‘mooved’ to join us at our regular COWS (Coffee on Wednesdays) gatherings between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Christian Meditation Group
The Mediation Group is now meeting again in the Cathedral and also by Zoom.
To join by Zoom please either:
Click this Link
To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
Wine before Breakfast
Wine Before Breakfast will resume after the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime you might like to join SAINTS on a MISSION on FRIDAYS. (See Above)
End the week well with an early Eucharist in the Holy Spirit Chapel followed by breakfast at a local cafe. The short Eucharistic service will include contemporary reflections on issues of justice and peace and prayers for our communities and our world that reflect recent events of the week.
We will then head to a nearby cafe for conversation with good friends, great coffee and cooked breakfast. All are welcome, with a cost of around $10* for the breakfast (*for those who can afford it).
Wednesday Evensong will not be offered during the COVID-19 crisis.
Sunday 6pm is available by live stream and is also recorded.
Sunday 29th November
(Please note that this service starts at 7pm, and there will be no 6pm Choral Evensong on this day)
Thursday 3rd December, 11am
COFFEE with the PREACHER
Chat to the preacher about the themes they explored during the homily they offered at the Choral Eucharist.
Sundays at 11.15am bring your coffee to our Zoom Meeting.
To join, click this Zoom link or
Phone: (07) 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 211 868 230#
Participant ID: #.
Second Wednesdays – 7.00pm
Not being offered during the COVID-19 crisis.
A gentle contemplative Eucharist including silence, song, bread and wine. Silent meditation from 6.30pm to 6.55pm.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES
English Conversations are not happening at present due to the Coronavirus.
Every week we host English conversation classes in the Darnell Room, in which our wonderful team of volunteers assist people who would like to practise their English speaking skills. We are also seeking more volunteers to help. You don’t need any special qualifications at all, just a patient and friendly demeanour and the urge to help others. Please contact the Cathedral office on 3835 2222.