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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.

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


In this 8 week course the group will explore in-depth Paul’s letter to the Romans. Romans has been enormously influential in the development of Christian faith, Christian theological reflection, and Christian practice. This course seeks to examine why Paul wrote to the Romans, what he seeks to say to them, and what this means in the context of Jewish-Gentile relations at the time.
The group will be led by the Rev’d Dr Graham Warren and will meet on Wednesdays at 10.30-11.30am both in person in the Darnell Room and via Zoom. The study group will start on Wednesday 8 July. The dates are 8, 15, 22, 29 July, 12, 19, 26 August and 9 September. (The group will not meet on the first Wednesday of the month to allow attendance at Wasting Time with God.)
To join by Zoom Click here or
Dial in 07 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 827 3100 5587#
Passcode 211079#
Participant: #.

Using a technique known as the African Bible Study we will explore how the Gospel reading for each Sunday touches our lives and reflect on what it might be asking of us.

The group meet by Zoom on Tuesday nights (7.30pm to 8.30pm), following the Meditation Group.

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


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

~ 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 

Wasting Time With God: Poetry, Meditation and Healing
Wednesday August 5, 9.30am

This month we will be reflecting on poetry, meditation and healing through the writings of Paul Kraus.
Paul Kraus was born in a Nazi forced labour camp towards the end of WWII. After he was born his mother escaped from the camp with Paul and his brother. After Paul’s father was reunited with his family, they migrated to Australia as refugees in 1948.
Paul studied at both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. Upon graduation he worked for some years as a history teacher, editor and writer.
In 1997 Paul was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His prognosis was six months. However, Paul radically changed his lifestyle and he survived the cancer. He has written the definitive guide to surviving mesothelioma. Paul has also survived heart problems, a large brain tumour and prostate cancer.
Paul has recently published a book of poetry and prayers around meditation and healing.
In this session we will read Paul’s poetry and be led in a guided meditation on healing.
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 a guided meditation from 10.00am.
Click here to join using Zoom
Dial in (07) 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 823 3447 0652#
Password 303180#
Participant: #.
To register in person please email

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.

Friday August 7. Transfiguration – a day of great symbolic power (celebrated on August 6 annually) opening our hearts and minds to a transformation and living in “that one moment ‘in and out of time'” when we get a “glimpse of how things really are”.

To join the discussion, use either this Zoom link

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



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


COWS is currently meeting via Zoom due to the Coronavirus.

Every Wednesday 10.30am Good friends, good food, great conversation.   To join by Zoom, click here.

To join by phone, ring 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 741 468 477#
Passcode: 045151#
Participant ID: #.

Please feel ‘mooved’ to join us at our regular COWS (Coffee on Wednesdays) gatherings between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Twilight Organ Recital
Christopher Trikilis
Saturday August 22, 6pm

We are delighted to launch the St John’s Cathedral Organ Recital Series for 2020, featuring the organists from Brisbane’s two Cathedrals. To open the series, it gives us great pleasure to welcome Christopher Trikilis, the newly-appointed Director of Music at St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Saturday 22 August, 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

* 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: . Credit card sales will be available at the door, together with sign-in sheets.

Toccata – Eugène Gigout (1844-1925)
Pièce d’Orgue (Fantasia in G), BWV 572- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 – Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Trois Improvisations (1928) – Louis Vierne (1870-1934)
– Marche Épiscopale
– Méditation
– Cortège
Variations on ‘Mein junges Leben hat ein End’ – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
Gabriel’s Oboe (from ‘The Mission’) – Ennio Moriccone (1928-2020)
Prelude and Fugue in G – Franjo Dugan (1874-1948)
Pastourelle – Fela Sowande (1905-1987)
Toccata – Wesley Jordan (b. 1943)

My Soul Feels Lean: The Poetry of Joyce Rupp
Monday evenings, from 27 July to 7 September,

This is a series in the style of a retreat. Over six weeks Elizabeth McConnell, pastoral carer and theological student, will accompany us as we use the poetry of Joyce Rupp to examine the losses that we have experienced this year—fires, viruses, and humanitarian ideals. The poetry will give us a voice to help us connect with our own experiences, and bring us to a hopeful view of restoration.
Joyce Rupp is a prolific writer, retreat leader, and a member of the Servite community.
Sessions will be offered on Zoom only.
Click here to join by Zoom
or Phone 07 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 838 8122 6980#,
Password 596893#
Participant ID#


During the COVID-19 pandemic we will be offering a virtual labyrinth walk each month.

LABYRINTH WALK – Sunday, August 2
View anytime from 11.30am

“Seeking God on the Path – as we journey through the so-called “Ordinary” Sundays after Pentecost/Trinity, time spent on the Labyrinth can help our focus by seeking God on the path we journey both alone and with others”.

Previous Walks

July 5
Click here to view the video.
Click here to Download the Walking Notes

June 7
Click here to view the video.
Click here to Download the Walking Notes

May 3
Click here to access The Video
Click here to Download the Walking Notes

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

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:
Click this Link
To join by phone ring (07) 3185 3730 and enter these details:
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
Passcode: 042853#

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.

Study – Reading the Bible
Tuesday evenings (Every Second Week), July 28, August 11 and 25, September 8

Over four sessions, the Rev’d Canon Julia Van Den Bos will engage us in considering questions such as who decided which writings would be in the Bible? And when were these decisions made?
The Bible can be intimidating and confusing. Learning about the amazing and inspiring literature that is the Bible will enrich the understanding of any seeker of spirituality. This study will be in person in the Cathedral and on Zoom. If you wish to attend in person please register.
Join Zoom Meeting Click this link
or by phone Dial in 07 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 278 417 931#
Passcode 042853#
Participant: #.


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
(07) 3185 3730
Meeting ID: 211 868 230#
Passcode 356354#
Participant ID: #.


The concert scheduled for July has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The situation will be reviewed in mid-July and an announcement about the August concert will appear here in due course.

Sadly we have had to postpone this year’s event due to the Coronavirus.
More to come

Acoustic Cathedral
Second Wednesdays – 5.30pm
Not being offered during the COVID-19 crisis.

These will resume after the COVID-19 pandemic

A new offering for 2020, held on the second Wednesday of each month, 5.30pm to 6.20pm, leading into the Contemplative Eucharist.

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 can be purchased from The Cathedral Shop.

Contemplative Eucharist
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.

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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