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, 7.30am
Holy Eucharist, 9.30am
Choral Evensong, 6pm
Monday to Friday
Morning Prayer, 8.30am
Private prayer, 11am to 2pm
Evening Prayer, 4pm
Tuesday and Friday
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), 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
Sundays May 30 to June 27
4pm to 5pm
How well do we know our own Anglican heritage and identity?
How confident are we that it has something valuable and worthwhile to offer the wider community?
People sometimes joke about Anglicans being lukewarm, and a bit wishy-washy; that you can believe anything you like and still be an Anglican.
Using this St Francis College short course Bishop Bill Ray will cover the following topics:
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Anglicans Before Henry VIII?
Tradition & Order
A Scriptural Emphasis
Reason & Experience
The Middle Way
The study will be in the Darnell Room & on Zoom.
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Wasting Time With God:
150th Anniversary of The Coming of the Light
Wednesday July 7
In July 1871, the Reverend Samuel MacFarlane, a member of the London Missionary Society, anchored at Erub (Darnley Island) in the Torres Strait. He was accompanied by South Sea Islander evangelists and teachers. In defiance of tribal law Dabad, a Warrior Clan Elder on Erub welcomed the London Missionary Society clergy and teachers. The acceptance of the missionaries and Christianity into the Torres Strait Islands is often credited with ending conflict between different island groups. However, Christian principles were already somewhat compatible with Islander religion. The missionaries offered a more practical advantage. Torres Strait Islanders had been grossly exploited in the maritime industry. The missionaries provided some protection and assistance to Islanders who negotiated with outsiders in the maritime industry. The acceptance of missionaries and Christianity into Torres Strait led to profound changes that affected every aspect of life from that time onwards.
Aunty Rose Elu is a dynamic Christian lady who loves and serves God and the world God created. Aunty Rose was the Senior Queenslander in 2021, a most worthy award and honour. She is extremely passionate about the impact on Climate Change particularly on the Torres Strait. She has spoken to politicians, leaders of industry, at General Synod as well as at the United Nations.
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Aunty Rose was born on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait, close to the PNG mainland. She grew up on Cape York Peninsula at Seisia, which currently has a population of about 200 people.
Aunty Rose is also an advocate for traditional Torres Strait practices, and was instrumental in negotiations to legally recognise the traditional customary adoption practices of Torres Strait Islander families, which led to the introduction of a landmark bill to the Queensland Parliament.
It is great to have Aunty Rose back at the Cathedral. When you hear Aunty Rose, you are never in any doubt as to what she is thinking. You will be blessed.
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.
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First Sunday of each Month at 11.15am
Next: July 4
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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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
Mystics, Theologians & God-Botherers:
Pauli Murray, Priest and Acyivist
with Dr Andrew McGowan
Sunday July 4, 6pm
Pauli Murray lived one of the most remarkable lives of the twentieth century. She was the first Black person to earn a JSD (Doctor of the Science of Law) degree from Yale Law School and was a founder of the National Organization for Women.
Pauli Murray crafted a broad vision of justice, equity, and human rights using words as her primary tool in the fight for liberation.
She resisted categories of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, wrestling with issues raised by her own racial identity, economic struggles, and sexual and gender identity. She aspired to an integrated body, mind, and spirit that aligned with a holistic sense of self.
In 1977, Pauli Murray became the first African American woman in the US to become an Episcopal priest after the church changed its policy.
Pauli Murray died of cancer in Pittsburgh on July 1, 1985. Today the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice (www.paulimurraycenter.com) lifts up the life and legacy of the Rev’d Dr Pauli Murray – a twentieth-century human rights activist, legal scholar, feminist, poet, Episcopal priest, labor organizer, and multiracial Black, LGBTQ+ community member of transmasculine experience.
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The Very Rev’d Dr Andrew McGowan has held clerical appointments in Melbourne, Darwin, Alice Springs and Perth. He is currently the Dean and President, Berkeley Divinity School and McFaddin Professor of Anglican Studies, Yale Divinity School.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES
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.
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.
COFFEE ON WEDNESDAYS
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.
FROM BISCUITS TO BISHOP – CHANGING WOMEN, CHANGING CHURCH
AN EXHIBITION OF BRISBANE DIOCESE ANGLICAN WOMEN’S HISTORY FROM 1859 TO THE PRESENT DAY
This Exhibition, telling the stories of Anglican women, will be presented in St John’s Cathedral and also online from May 6 to June 20, 2021. Nineteenth century women worked in prescribed roles of fundraising for new churches, often unacknowledged; significant women’s and girls’ organisations were formed at the turn of the 20th century; prominent lay women moved into fields of education, mission, religious orders, homeless women, single mothers, medicine and nursing. In the late 20th century church women campaigned for the ordination of women and deacons. Women deacons were ordained in 1988 (Brisbane Diocese), and priests in the National Anglican Church in 1992. We want to honour all women and to look to the way ahead for their place in the Australian Anglican Church.
For information contact Dr Gwenneth Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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No Session in May or June
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.
Christian Meditation Group
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#
Wine before Breakfast
The First Friday of Every Month
Next: May 7
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).
Conversation morning around same-sex marriage blessings
A talking circle to listen to stories about how the blessing of same-sex marriages has been and could be a blessing for people. This sharing will help Clergy and Lay Representatives to prepare for conversations at Synod in September regarding the blessing of same-sex marriages.
This is related to one of the outcome actions from the Visioning Day.
- Date: Saturday, 3rd of July
- Time: 9.30am-11.30am
- Venue: Darnell Room
All are welcome.
SAINTS on a MISSION
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
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Meeting ID: 966 2167 6899#
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Thursday July 1
Jaimee Dowsett, Soprano
Thursday August 5
Conservatorium Outreach: Wind Department
The Journey 2021: God’s story, your story, my story.
Sundays, 4pm to 5pm
Resumes on July 4
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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For more information please contact:
The Dean, Peter Catt, email@example.com or phone 3835 2239.