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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.

(When not in Lockdown) During the COVID-19 crisis the Cathedral is closed other than as listed below.

Holy Eucharist,5pm

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

Eucharist, 7am
Tuesday and Friday

Eucharist, 12.30pm
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), Monday 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

Tuesday evenings: 7.30pm–8.30pm
From September 7 until October 12

Ken Keith, a retired lecturer in environmental management and a parishioner at St Barnabas, Sunnybank, will lead us in a broad discussion of reconciliation.

Topics to be covered are:
Biblical and personal reconciliation
First Nations peoples
Other cultures
The church
Renewal in creation

The sessions will be held in the Cathedral following the Meditation Session and via Zoom
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To Join by phone – 07 3185 3730,
enter Meeting ID: 278 417 931#,
and then Participant ID: #. 

Acoustic Cathedral
Sunday 3rd October

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.

Free morning concerts
Thursday October 7
Conservatorium Outreach: Vocal Department

Experience classical music like never before

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Candlelight concerts are a unique musical and sensorial experience created by the stunning ambience of candlelight. These concerts allow you to enjoy some of the most famous works of classical music in a completely new way and in various spectacular locations.

This series of candlelit concerts will feature some of history’s most renowned composers—such as Beethoven, Mozart and Vivaldi—alongside prestigious contemporary composers such as Ludovico Einaudi, Ennio Morricone and Hans Zimmer.



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.

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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.

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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 

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Anglican clergy, communications professionals and advocates nationally are invited to join in a ‘Reframing climate and creation care communications and conversations for Christians’ Zoom workshop, hosted by the Brisbane and Grafton Anglican Cathedrals.
Participants will explore an alternative and groundbreaking messaging approach that is centred around scripture, shared values, positive framing and solutions so that hope and agency are emphasised and messaging is respectful and effective.
Christians care about God’s creation; however, based on feedback we have received and lessons we have learned, church messaging could be more hopeful, positive, tangible, tailored, engaging and solutions focused.
Thus, this workshop will provide participants with an alternative way to reframe climate and creation care communications for Christians who are unsure where they stand or may be ambivalent about the issue.
The workshop is especially designed for clergy, communications professionals and advocates to help sharpen their advocacy messaging skills, and especially the effectiveness of:
• news feature writing
• press release and opinion piece writing
• media liaison
• campaigning and political lobbying
• sermons / public lectures
• Bible study and small group facilitation
• community forum and panel presenting.
Workshop facilitators include The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt (Dean of Brisbane), Peter Branjerdporn (Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s Justice Unit Coordinator) and Michelle McDonald (anglican focus Editor), in partnership with The Very Rev’d Dr Greg Jenks (Dean of Grafton).
Importantly, while the workshop will focus on climate and creation care, the key principles explored in the workshop are relevant across diverse advocacy sectors.
Brief workshop outline:
• Facilitators will share their climate and creation care advocacy learnings.
• Examples of current/common messaging will be discussed.
• Reframed messaging and best-practice advocacy principles will be explored.
• Participants will work in small groups (with assistance) to rewrite a sample message using the alternative messaging principles.
• There will be time for questions during the workshop (with the option to stay online after the event closes to ask more questions).
Essential details:
• Free event held via Zoom.
• A Zoom link will be sent to you via email ahead of the event.
Please register online by 27 September:
For more event information, please contact Peter Branjerdporn via or 0431 606 432

Wasting Time With God:
Into the Storyverse
Wednesday  October 6

George Johnston is the author of Into the Storyverse. He will  talk about how and why he wrote the book and about the relationship we have with storytelling, explaining how we understand our world through stories. Sometimes creating, reading and enjoying fiction can give us the permission to explore many truths that are less obvious when we are just trying to get the facts right. George will mention the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, the stories we tell others and the truth of our stories that lie in the middle. He hopes that people walk away from the morning with an interest in unlocking their creativity to engage with their story and the stories of others in a way that brings life to everyone. 

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George Johnston lives in Brisbane and draws inspiration from the natural world. He thinks outside the box but would prefer to say “What box?” He has many adventures bush walking, kayaking and either clambering up a mountain or paddling down a creek. 

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 George for his presentations and discussion at 10.10am.

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

Thursdays, 2.30pm-3.30pm

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.

Faith asking Questions
Sundays from October 17

Bishop Bill Ray will lead us over six weeks in this St Francis College short course. We will examine six themes about the Christian faith. They are:
Religion and why it makes a difference
The Creator and being created
Who am I and what am I here for?
Evil and what to do about it
Grace and learning to forgive and hope
Life, death and what comes next
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The study will be in the Darnell Room & on Zoom.

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To use you phone: 07 3185 3730
enter Meeting ID: 865 2657 7724#
Passcode: 847471#
Participant ID: #.

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

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

Image of Teilhard de Chardin and candles.

Mystics, Theologians & God-Botherers:
Florence Nightingale
with Bishop Jeremy Greaves
Sunday October 3, 6pm

Bishop Jeremy will speak on that well known nurse and English social reformer, Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910). The founder of modern nursing, Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses
during the Crimean War. Nightingale was very aware of the presence of God in her life and she served others in many ways.

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Bishop Jeremy became our Regional Bishop in February 2017. Before then he served as Rector of Buderim, Dean of Darwin as well as at Katherine and Ceduna.
This event will be held ‘in person’ in the Cathedral, over YouTube and Zoom. Evensong will be ‘in person’ at 6pm in the Cathedral and will also be accessible at 6pm on our YouTube channel. Bp Jeremy’s sermon about Florence Nightingale will be part of Evensong. From about 7pm we will join together in person in the Cathedral and via Zoom for discussion with +Jeremy. 

To join the conversation by phone: Dial in (07) 3185 3730 Meeting ID: 768 010 419# Password 267366# Participant:#

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


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.

First Sunday of each Month at 11.15am

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

The Walks are also available as a YouTube Video
Click here to Download a finger Labyrinth

September 19 – Pride Sunday
Click here to view the video from 11.30am
Click here to Download the Walking Notes


To celebrate Season of Creation, Queensland Churches Environment Network (QCEN) invites people to share creative works celebrating Creation. Creative works include
prayers, photos, videos, poems, short stories, drawings, paintings, art, music, etc.

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All photographs and creative works are displayed on the QCEN Facebook page (

During September, a selection is also being exhibited here at the Cathedral. The theme for this year is “A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God”. Oikos is an ancient Greek word that refers to family and the family’s home.

Please take time to view the exhibition and to marvel at the creativity of so many.


A Celebration of the New Book on Neville Bonner by Sean Jacobs

Tuesday 5 October 2021
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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The Journey 2021: God’s story, your story, my story.
Sundays, 4pm to 5pm
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, or phone 3835 2239.

Blessing of the Animals
October 3

Twilight Organ Recital

Saturday October 16

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Saturday 16 October, 6pm
St John’s Cathedral, 373 Ann St, Brisbane
Tickets: $30, $20 (concession). School students free.
* Pre-booking on Trybooking is recommended (see 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. We recommend pre-booking via Trybooking at this link: 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.

Wine before Breakfast

The First Friday of Every Month
Next: October 1

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).

Tuesday Coffee
10.30am to 11.30am

Relax for an hour having a coffee and chat online with various members of the Cathedral community. Bring your coffee (or other preferred cuppa) and be welcomed into the conversation on Tuesdays from 10.30am

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By phone – (07) 3185 3730, enter Meeting ID: 885 952 546#, Passcode: 399344# and then Participant ID: #.

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