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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.


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.

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City-based EfM group begins
Monday 16th April, 6.00pm

Together with Kangaroo Point and Aspley-Albany Creek Parishes, your Cathedral will be offering a city-based EfM group this year.

Education for Ministry is an adult learning program that seeks to enable people to see and to experience the connection between Christian faith and daily life. EfM helps us to interpret the richness of the church’s faith in our complex world and to express it with confidence, in both words and actions, in our day-to-day lives.

EfM is open to people of all denominations and faiths. Mentors are The Rev’d Nicholas Whereat and The Rev’d Canon Gary Harch. There are still a few places available in this opening session: please contact Nicholas or Gary by email to: or by phone on 0487 414 068 as soon as possible.

More info:

First Sunday each month, 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
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

CONVERSATION: “A collaborative ministry
for the coming church”

Thursday 19th April, 6.00pm

An invitation to join us for an evening of wine, coffee, cheese and good conversation in the Darnell Room for a discussion titled “From fragmentation to integration: a collaborative shaped ministry for the coming church?” with The Rt Rev’d Professor Stephen Pickard.

What can we learn from complexity theory in science and the new organisational thinking that is building on it? What might a genuine ‘ministry of the gospel’, one that generates a collaboratively shaped ministry look like? What theology might underpin it?

Such ideas swim against the stream of our culture, a world of increasing speed, in which autonomy and individualism are vaunted, and in which we still look to hero leaders and strong men to “fix things” … Could a collaborative shaped ministry be a way of reimagining leadership? Our communities? A basis for a “slow Church” movement? Or what else is possible …?

A contribution of $5 at the door if you are waged is appreciated. Free and ample parking on the Cathedral grounds.
Please RSVP to Jen on 0402 965 204 or email:

2018 Series – next event:
Boughen in F sharp minor
(with brass)
Sunday 22nd April, 9.30am

In our worship at St John’s Cathedral we constantly celebrate the rich diversity of liturgical music. On occasions we highlight particular masses in our “Eclectic Mode” Series. Join us at 9.30am on these occasions, or on any Sunday, as words and music come together in liturgical celebration.

Further eclectic masses planned for 2018 include:

  • Sunday 24th June –
    Haydn: Missa Brevis in F Hob XXII
    (with strings)
  • Sunday 26th August –
    Vierne: Missa solenelle
  • Sunday 28th October –
    Jonathon Dove: Missa Brevis

To download the A5-size flyer (630kb) of the 2018 Eclectic Masses click here

Wednesday 25th April
Working for peace: 22nd-28th April


Tuesday 1st May, 12:15pm

This year’s 25th L&F Luncheon marks the Silver Anniversary of this annual event. Since the completion of the Cathedral in 2009, fundraising efforts have supported community initiatives which otherwise receive neither funding nor wider attention.

Funds raised at the Luncheon this year will be directed to a Brisbane-based charity called Aunties & Uncles Queensland. Its mission is to provide a unique relationship-based early intervention program that offers vulnerable and socially isolated children in Queensland opportunities to shape their future and reach their potential.

All donations made prior to or at the Luncheon are fully tax-deductible.

Distinguished guest speaker:
Justice The Hon. Susan Kiefel AC
Chief Justice of Australia

Luncheon MC:
Former Wallaby Tim Horan AM
Ambassador for Aunties & Uncles Queensland

PLEASE NOTE: this event is now fully-subscribed ~ thank you to everyone who has committed their support so early to both this year’s special anniversary event and our 2018 beneficiary!

Prebooked parking special rate $25 @ Cathedral Square carpark – download the leaflet here

Enquiries: phone (07) 3835 2222 during business hours or email:

More info:

Dr Adis Duderija on “Progressive Islam
as philosophy of life: Scholarly and personal reflections”
Wednesday 2nd May, 9.30am-11.30am

Dr Adis Duderija will reflect on his 15-year-long engagement with the discourses pertaining to theorising and embodying of the ideals, values and objectives of progressive Islam.

Apart from discussing some of the main features of progressive Muslim Thought, Dr Duderija also ponders over the question why progressive Islam informs his life philosophy.

The morning will begin in the Lady Chapel with opening prayers and reflection before morning tea and the presentation and discussion with Dr Duderija in the Darnell Room.

Everyone is warmly welcomed to join us.

Saturday 5th May, 9.30am-12.30pm

A global celebration of the labyrinth: come and walk the labyrinth as a symbol of unity with walkers from all over the world along with sharing in guided meditation, art, prayer and poetry and sacred movement.

Our morning at the Cathedral will be one of the first labyrinth walks across the globe so come and be a part of a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the world turns.

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Next: Sunday 6th May

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.

Sunday 6th May 2018, 2.00pm–7.00pm

An exciting opportunity for young girls to experience life as a chorister in one of Australia’s stunning cathedrals. Under the leadership of the Cathedral conductor and the choral tutors, girls will explore the Cathedral environs, rehearse music, share afternoon tea, make new friends and then sing a service with the adults of the Cathedral Choir.

Parents and friends are invited to attend Evensong at 6.00pm to see the girls, in splendid red robes, singing this beautiful service – just as girl and boy choristers do in all the great cathedrals around the world. Girls who participate may then also like to consider joining the new St John’s Cathedral Girls Choir!

Click here to download an A5-size flyer (368kb)

More info and registrations:
Participation is free, but places are limited; contact St John’s Cathedral Director of Music Graeme Morton by email:

The Rev’d Jim McPherson
on St John the Evangelist ~
“John’s Gospel: Misfit Messiah
and Awkward Grace”

Sunday 6th May 2018, 6.00pm Evensong

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