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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.

During the COVID-19 crisis the Cathedral is closed other than as listed below.

Saturday
Holy Eucharist,5pm (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)

Sunday
Holy Eucharist, 7.30am (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Holy Eucharist, 9.30am (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Choral Evensong, 6pm  (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

Wednesday
Eucharist, 12.30pm  (Pre-registration Advisable – Click Here)
Friday
Eucharist, 7am  (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

Wasting Time With God: Myanmar
Wednesday  April 7
9.30am

Just weeks before international borders closed in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, eleven Anglicans from several Australian dioceses were on pilgrimage in Myanmar, hosted by the Anglican Church of the Province of Myanmar. A year later, and Myanmar is in the headlines for the wrong reasons as peace, development and justice are at risk due to the military seizing power. Encounter some of the colours, conversations and grassroots community development led by a church deeply connected to its local community in this richly diverse nation. Lyn Moorfoot is an educator, singer and philanthropy practitioner and will share some of her experiences as a member of this Anglican Board of Mission-sponsored visit.

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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 Lyn for her presentations and discussion at 10.10am.

To attend in person please register
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To join by phone dial in (07) 3185 3730 Meeting ID: 823 3447 0652# Password 303180# Participant:#

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LABYRINTH WALK 

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

The Walks are also available as a YouTube Video
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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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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.

12 March – S. Gregory the Great

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The “Father of Christian Worship”, the first Pope to come from a monastic background, and without whom we, probably, would not have “Gregorian Chant”. The Anglican Church owes much to him as well as he was committed to evangelising the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and dispatched S. Augustine to found what became one of the most enduring churches in history. Is his saying, “Do what you are doing”, a fitting challenge to us in Lent, to keep a focus on what we are doing in our calling to serve God?

To join the discussion, use either this Zoom link

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

Women in The New Testament

Tuesdays April 6 to May 25
7.30pm

Over eight weeks we will explore women in the New Testament and their roles in everyday life. In the New Testament we will consider Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the Woman at the Well and the Whore of Babylon. The second half will look at themes of everyday life such as marriage, sex and desire, family, and women in the early church. This study follows the Tuesday evening meditation group.

Offered in person in the Cathedral or via Zoom.
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or by phone – (07) 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 278 417 931#, Passcode: 042853# and then Participant ID: #.

Image of Teilhard de Chardin and candles.

Mystics, Theologians & God-Botherers:
Renè Girard

Sunday May 2, 6pm

René Girard (1923-2015) was the premier twentieth-century theorist of violence, culture and religion. Over 50 years of interdisciplinary work in the humanities, social sciences and theology, he outlined and refined a confronting account of human desire as highly imitative and derivative (social media providing the latest and best illustration of this reality). Girard adds a vision of human cultural origins in which escalating rivalry draws desire into potentially-catastrophic violence, which is avoided if it can be discharged onto a scapegoat. From such primal murders, and the miraculous peace they restored, comes the two-sided coin of culture and religion. In his extensive reading of taboo, ritual and myth, Girard unearths this universal mechanism and, most controversially, reveals its exposure and undoing according to the Bible. From the psalms and the prophets, from the Joseph story and the passion of Jesus, Girard shows how human beings are given an opportunity to reestablish their life together on a new foundation. Failing that, humanity risks the self destruction to which apocalyptic literature points—not peace, but a sword.
 
The Reverend Canon Professor Scott Cowdell is an Anglican priest, theologian, and writer. He is Research Professor in Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University, Canberra, and Canon Theologian of the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese. He is the author of eight books, most recently René Girard and the Nonviolent God (The University of Notre Dame Press, 2018). He is married to a senior lawyer at the Australian Taxation Office and lives in Canberra.
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This event will be held in person in the Cathedral, and over YouTube and Zoom..
Evensong will be in person at 6pm in the Cathedral and will also be accessible at 6pm on our You Tube Channel
From 7.15pm we will join together in person in the Cathedral and via Zoom for Scott’s address and Q&A.
To join the conversation by phone: Dial in (07) 3185 3730 Meeting ID: 768 010 419# Password 267366# Participant:#

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.

Click here for The Cathedral FaceBook page

Click here for the Cathedral YouTube channel 

Click here to access the Resources

A Legacy in Stone

Featuring the creation of the 13 Statues in the West end of St John’s.
Available on ABC iView
Copies of the DVD available
from Cathedral Shop for $15
Click here to Watch the Promo Clip

Acoustic Cathedral
No Session in April
Wed apologise for any inconvenience

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.

Pre-registration is advisable. Click here to Register

COFFEE ON WEDNESDAYS
10.00am-12.30pm

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 12.15pm.

Christian Meditation Group
Tuesday evening
6.45pm

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

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

Special Lenten gatherings on Fridays:
February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26

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).

Free morning concerts
Tuesday 20th April
11am
Anna Rabinowicz, flute & Jeremy Stafford, guitar

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The Journey 2021: God’s story, your story, my story.
Sundays, 4pm to 5pm
From April 11
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, pcatt@stjohnscathedral.com.au or phone 3835 2239.

A follow up to our Podcast:
Was Paul a Progressive?
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Click here to listen to the podcast

 

ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES
Wednesdays, 2.00pm-3.00pm

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.

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