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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.

(When not in Lockdown) During the COVID-19 crisis the Cathedral is closed other than as listed below.

Holy Eucharist, 7.30am
Holy Eucharist, 9.30am
Holy Eucharist,5pm
Choral Evensong, 6pm

Monday to Friday
Morning Prayer, 8.30am
Private prayer, 11am to 2pm
Evening Prayer, 4pm

Eucharist, 7am
Tuesday and Friday

Eucharist, 12.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Prayer During the Day, 12.30pm
Monday and Thursday.

Cathedral Shop Open
Sundays (following the 7.30am and 9.30am services), Monday 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

Brian McLaren: We make the road by walking

10.00am Wednesdays
August 17 and 24
September 14, 21 and 28 
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We Make the Road by Walking is a book of reflections on the Bible, each one easily read aloud in ten to twelve minutes. Working with the framework of the church year, they provide a Genesis-to-Revelation overview of the Bible that can be used in a variety of ways: a year of church services, a year of weekly dinner-dialogue gatherings, a year of classes or online interactions, a series of retreats, or simply a rich reading experience.

Explore what it means to be alive in the way of Christ – reading, praying, meditating, discussing and acting our way through God’s word to us, the Bible.

The study will be in the Darnell Room  and on Zoom.

To join via Zoom
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By phone – 07 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 827 3100 5587#, Passcode: 211079# and then Participant ID: #.

Candlelight Concerts
Experience classical music like never before

Candlelight concerts in the Cathedral are a unique musical and sensorial experience created by the stunning ambience of candlelight. These concerts allow you to enjoy some of the most famous works of classical music in a completely new way.

Next Concerts:

  • Thursday 25 August – Vivaldi Four Seasons (tickets from $29).
  • Friday 23 September – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake & More (tickets from $28 – selling fast).
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Further Information and Tickets:

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.

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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.

Click here to read: ‘What is Spiritual Direction?’

Spiritual Direction sessions are now available at the Cathedral. To find out more, please contact Glynis by email

~ 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.


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 

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On The Way Podcast presents:
Marriage and Sexuality: Exploring the role of Scripture with Matthew Anstey
Wednesday 24th August, 7pm
The Darnell Room

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It is often the case that the Bible is portrayed as a single, simple and straightforward document that provides easy answers to the most complex of questions.

Many who advance a conservative approach to human sexuality and marriage claim that their view is the biblical one and that those who hold to a different view are being unbiblical.

The Rev’d Dr Matthew Anstey will join Dom Fay, Sue Grimmett and Peter Catt to explore some of the complexities of Biblical interpretation and the role the Bible can play in developing a more inclusive understanding of human sexuality and the gift of marriage.

Come along and be part of the conversation as we record an episode of the Podcast. 

First Sunday of each Month at 11.15am

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
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

The Walks are also available as a YouTube Video
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August 7
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June 5
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May 1
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April 3
No video available
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March 6
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February 6
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January 2 2022
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December 5
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November 7
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October 3
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September 19 – Pride Sunday
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September 5
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July 4
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June 6
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May 2
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April 4
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March 7
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February 7
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January 3
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December 6
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November 15
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November 1
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October 6
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September 6
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August 2
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July 5
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June 7
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May 3
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Tuesday Coffee
10.30am to 11.30am

Relax for an hour having a coffee and chat online with various members of the Cathedral community. Bring your coffee (or other preferred cuppa) and be welcomed into the conversation on Tuesdays from 10.30am

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By phone – (07) 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 885 952 546#, Passcode: 399344# and then Participant ID: #.

Wednesday 3rd August

Forum: The Anglican Church and its relevance 

Bishop Bill Ray will be inviting three or four people to offer insights for a general discussion on the relevance of the Anglican Church today. 

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We would like to explore the results of our General Synod as well as our Archbishop’s Presidential Address from our Diocesan Synod and what they mean for us as Brisbane Anglicans here at St John’s. It is hoped that these will give us a broader context as we build on the outcomes of the Cathedral Community Planning and Visioning Day held on 11 June (see page 13).

The background material for this discussion that people may find useful includes:

This event will be held in person and on Zoom and will begin with a short prayer service at 9.30am. Following that, people are encouraged to get a cup of coffee or tea and we will then join
Bishop Bill for discussion at 10.10am.

To join via Zoom, use either this Zoom link (video/audio)
By phone – 07 3185 3730
enter Meeting ID: 823 3447 0652#

Participant ID: #.

Free morning concerts


Tuesday 16 August:
UQ Music: Pulse
Thursday 1 September:
Conservatorium Outreach: ‘Sound Devotion’ new music
Tuesday 13 September:
UQ Music: UQ Chamber Singers
Thursday 6 October:
Conservatorium Outreach: Percussion Department


20th August

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Overture to Don Giovanni, K.527
Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major, KV.488
Serenade No.6 in D major, K.239 Serenata Notturna
Symphony No.41 in C major, K.551 Jupiter

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Thursdays, 2.30pm-3.30pm

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.

10.00am – 2pm

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 10am and 2pm.

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The Journey 2021: God’s story, your story, my story.
Sundays, 4pm to 5pm
via ZOOM

Those who want to take stock of their lives using a spiritual focus;  Those considering baptism for themselves or for their children;
Exploring the art of storytelling as a way to discern God’s call on our lives.

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Who is The Journey for?  
Those considering confirmation;  
Those who want to become an Anglican;  
Those wanting to discern some future direction for their life;
Those interested in unpacking the faith. 

What is the process?
The Christian faith is a way of life. Entering into a way of life requires reflection.
Christians are people who seek to live out the way of love. We seek to follow Jesus who,  in his own life, demonstrated that we were made by God, who is love, for love. God’s  love gives us the energy to love in turn. Since we are made for love, we each have a  purpose. The Journey exists to enable people to discover what this truth means for  them.
The process aims to give people the space to test and then find their own way into this  way of life. It takes what has happened in life to this point seriously. We believe that by  reflecting on our life-story we discover how God has been at work in our lives since  before we were born, and also identify ways in which we, as unique people, are to  respond to this. We discover the way in which God’s love for us can shape our  relationships, inform our motives, and help us find deep happiness.  

How does it work?  
By allowing those involved to ask questions, to talk over issues, share insights and to  learn about specific areas that interest them. This takes place within small groups.  

Why this way?  
We learn most effectively when we are seeking answers to questions that matter to us. 

Attending via Zoom:
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or your phone – 07 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 894 0003 0380#
, Passcode: 885493# and then Participant ID: #.  

For more information please contact:
The Dean, Peter Catt, or phone 3835 2239.

Sunday 24th July, 11.30am for Noon

For members of the Rainbow community and allies.
Brunswick Street Hotel.  Please join us for lunch or a coffee.  All are welcome.

Fridays at 10.30am.

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.

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To join the discussion, use either this Zoom link

or phone (07) 3185 3730, enter:
Meeting ID: 966 2167 6899#
Passcode: 787645#
Participant ID: #.


Mystics, Theologians and God-Botherers
George MacLeod: The Iona Community

Sunday 4th September

George MacLeod (1895-1991) was a Scottish soldier and clergyman; he was one of the best known, most influential and unconventional Church of Scotland ministers of the 20th century. He came from a place of privilege to minister in the tenement blocks of Glasgow during the Great Depression. He had a heart for training clergy so they could care for people. He set up Iona Abbey in 1938 to get labourers back into work during the Depression, while at the same time creating an intentional incarnational ministry. He also had a huge heart for social justice and the environment.

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Underpinning the fellowship of the Iona Community were four emphases: mission, political involvement, a ministry of healing, and worship, by which MacLeod and the Community sought a way to connect the Church with an industrial age.

George MacLeod’s influence on the Church of Scotland was considerable. Through the creation of the Iona Community, he was a pioneer of new forms of ministry (outside more conventional parish or chaplaincy structures). 

The Rev’d Patrick King is the Priest-in-Charge at the Parish of St Augustine’s, Hamilton. He thinks that he must currently be the most far-flung member of the Community.

This event will be held ‘in person’ in the Cathedral, over YouTube and Zoom. Evensong will be ‘in person’ at 6pm in the Cathedral and will also be accessible at 6pm on our YouTube channel. Patrick will talk about George MacLeod in his sermon as part of Evensong.  From about 7pm we will join together in person in the Cathedral and via Zoom for discussion with Patrick. To join via Zoom, use either this Zoom link (video/audio) or your phone – (07) 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 768 010 419#, Passcode: 267366# and then Participant ID: #.

Acoustic Cathedral
30 October 2022

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…. 

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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.

Wine before Breakfast

The First Friday of Every Month
Next: August 5

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).

Christian Meditation Group
Tuesday evening

The Mediation Group is now meeting again in the Cathedral and also by Zoom.

To join by Zoom please either:
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To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
Passcode: 042853#


The Appellate Tribunal found that there is nothing in the Constitution of the Church that would prevent the blessing of any marriage solemnised by a civil celebrant. Synod passed a resolution that noted these findings and invited the Diocese to explore the implications for the future.


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.

Click here for The Cathedral FaceBook page

Click here for the Cathedral YouTube channel 

Click here to access the Resources

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