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)
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
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.
30 October – S. Bede “The Venerable” – Benedictine monk, historian and the only native of Great Britain to be honoured as a Doctor of the Church. Entering the season of All Saints/All Souls, what do the rituals of the past mean for us as “Saints on a Mission into the future?
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
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
for attending both via Zoom or in-person in Brisbane:
Online via Zoom
St Johns Cathedral
Register here to attend in-person:
Monday 2 November
6pm-8pm Qld Time
Christians of all persuasions are invited to take another step in a journey towards listening and relationship. Please join us for an evening of storytelling, listening and relationship building.
The earth, our common home, is crying. People are suffering. As Christians we are called to be good stewards of creation. We are called to be a voice for the voiceless.
But if we are truly honest with ourselves, we might be willing to acknowledge that the Church has been found wanting when it comes to caring for our common home. Care for creation and country are intimately linked.
This call to care is for all of us. First Nations peoples have also helped build and sustain the church. More than ever we need to come together in right relationship as a community of faith for creation and for country.
Dr Rose Elu (Aunty Togiab McRose Elu)
Elder from Saibai Island in the Torres Strait, and Executive Member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Anglican Council (NATSIAC)
Proud woman of the Widjabul clan of the Bundjalung nation, First Nations Justice Campaign Director for GetUp!, and Co-Founder & former National Director of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network.
Aunty Rev Alex Gater
Wangan Jagalingou Elder, first Aboriginal woman in Queensland to be made an Anglican Priest and Nobel Peace Prize nominee
JOINTLY HOSTED BY:
Anglican Board of Mission, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Common Grace, St John’s Cathedral, Anglican Church Southern Queensland Social Responsibilities Committee, Angligreen, Tearfund Australia, Queensland Churches Together, Queensland Cristian Environmental Network, Ecumenical Social Justice Group, Edmund Rice Centre, Five Leaf Eco Awards, St Francis Theological College, QARRCC
WOMEN in the BIBLE
The Old Testament
Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings
October 20 to November 11
Over four weeks the Rev’d Kate Ross will guide discussion about women in the Old Testament. We will explore the many roles women hold in biblical stories. This is the first of a three part study on women in the bible. Future studies will be on women in the New Testament, and themes relating to women’s daily life. This study will be held in person and over Zoom. If you wish to attend in person, please register.
This study will be on Tuesday evenings 7.30-8.30pm and will be repeated on Wednesday evenings 5.30-6.30pm.
Tuesday evenings: Click Here to Access Zoom
Dial in 07 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
Password 042853# then Participant: #.
Wednesday evenings: Click Here to Access Zoom
Phone 07 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 858 9439 1629#
Password 909081# 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.
WASTING TIME with GOD
Wednesday November 4
9.30am to 11.30am
What’s new about domestic violence? On the one hand violence against women is nothing new. On the other hand, there are developments in the responses of services and coercive control legislation. This month we will have a panel of speakers including survivors, doctors, counsellors and police.
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 Sarah for her presentation at 10.00am.
Image: Abraham Driving Out Hagar and Ishmael, oil on canvas by Il Guercino, 1657–58; in the Brera Picture Gallery, Milan. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Il-Guercino#/media/1/248250/5776
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.
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.
ALL SOULS’ COMMEMORATION
SUnday 1st November, 6pm
This annual commemoration of those who have died and are now living in the nearer presence of God will be held next Sunday in place of the usual Evensong.
During the liturgy we have the opportunity to light candles, to remember those who have gone before us, to celebrate the Eucharist together and to be uplifted by beautiful music.
This year the choir will be offering the Requiem by Tomás Luis de Victoria.
If you would like a departed loved one remembered during the liturgy, please send us email Lisa Clarke.
Free Morning Concerts
Thursday 5th November: Australian Army Band Ensembles
A Wind Quintet and Brass Quartet from Enoggera Barracks.
Twilight Organ Recital
Saturday November 7, 6pm
For the final recital in this year’s series, Andrej Kouznetsov (Assistant Director of Music, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane) will present the monumental Symphony No.1 by contemporary Canadian composer Rachel Laurin, as well as works by Buxtehude and Vierne.
A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Andrej Kouznetsov was Organ Scholar and then Organist at St James’, King St, Sydney, before relocating to the United Kingdom where he held organ scholarships at Salisbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Andrej is currently Assistant Director of Music at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, as well as Director of Music at St John’s College in the University of Queensland.
Saturday 7 November, 6pm
St John’s Cathedral, 373 Ann St, Brisbane
Tickets: $30, $20 (concession). School students free.
* Pre-booking on Trybooking is recommended (see COVID-safe notice below).
Free parking available in the Cathedral precinct.
Enquiries: (07) 3835 2222, or AKouznetsov@stjohnscathedral.com.au
* Notice: St John’s Cathedral operates according to the government’s COVID-safe guidelines. Because of our COVID-19 Industry obligations to keep contact lists, we recommend pre-booking via Trybooking at this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BMCPN . Please note that bookings at this link will close at noon on the day of the recital.
Credit card sales will also be available at the door, together with sign-in sheets. We recommend that you arrive earlier than usual, to allow plenty of time for processing under COVID guidelines.
Toccata in D minor, BuxWV 155 — Dieterich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)
from 24 Pièces de Fantaisie — Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Symphonie No.1, Op.36 — Rachel Laurin (b. 1961)
Return of Friday 13th!!
AND returning LIVE quizzing inside St John’s Cathedral!!
Friday 13th November 6.45 for 7pm start; 9pm finish.
Donation $5 per person
(Payable on the night; funds raised will go to reimbursing the Cathredral’s sound system investment)
Team numbers – restricted to a maximum of 10 people per team.
CATERING: Teams are encouraged to source their own catering; sharing of catering between teams will not be possible given the Cathedral’s COVIDSafe Industry Plan.
DESCRIPTION: A fun night out – you never know what you know! A friendly, enjoyable, but still competitive (just ask the Dean!) team-based trivia night, hosted by one of Australia’s most adept quizmasters, Blair Martin of Something Else Entertainment.
This interactive, multi-media format quiz with a multiple-choice-style answering option allows anyone ~ any age, any background, any knowledge level ~ to participate. And being ‘Friday 13th’ dressing up in a appropriate costume is encouraged!
ACCESS: Via the north-western door only (car park side). Parking is available on the north side of the Cathedral (access via the Anglicare-signed carpark entry on Ann Street).
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: To assist with setting up, please guarantee your seat via TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BMAFA
FURTHER INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.