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Next: Sunday 4th August, 9.30am

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.

Next: Sunday 4th August, 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

~ 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.


Cathedral community member Gwenneth Roberts will be visiting East Timor in late August on a study tour led by Kirsty Sword Gusmao. Gwenneth will visit Ba Futuru, a school in Dili for 2-to-6 year-olds and has asked the school for a list of educational toys to buy and bring with her from Australia. Once the requested items have been purchased any additional funds will be given to the school. If you would care to contribute financially, please contact the Cathedral Office on 3835 2222 to make arrangements.



On Thursday 1st August, the Conservatorium Outreach: Performance Extension Students, then on Tuesday 20th August: UQ Music @ St John’s. Concerts start at 11.00am, with morning tea available from 10.30am. Everyone is most welcome to come along!

Thu. 1st – Sun. 5th August

Every year the Deans of the Australian Cathedrals meet to learn, to pray and to encourage one another. This year St John’s has the privilege of hosting this event from the evening of 1st August until the evening of 5th August.

The Deans will be joining us for the 9.30am and 6.00pm services on Sunday 4th August. The Dean of Newcastle, The Very Rev’d Kathrine Bowyer, will be the preacher at the morning services.

All are most welcome to join us!

Sunday 4th August, Evensong, 6.00pm

Bishop Cam Venables on: ‘Jesus in the Poetry of Jaluddin Rumi’ ~ come and round off your Sunday in our beautiful Choral Evensong and hear Bishop Cam speak about this 13th Century Persian theologian. This promises to be an enlightening and uplifting evening and there will be a time to gather together for questions, answers and sharing over cheese and wine after the service.

Study groups f
rom 14th July

With a choice of three days/times, each five-session study group with Barbara Cawthorne Crafton begins the study Embracing Forgiveness with clarity that eases the guilt often associated with the lack of forgiveness by saying what it isn’t.

It is not a job or task; it is not a conditional act to earn God’s love. It is, Crafton believes, a spiritual gift given freely by a God who simply wants to connect with us. Over the course of the study, she shows how forgiveness can remove the tumor of anger from our hearts to become a means of grace that gives us back our humanity.

Each session in the Series will consist of a 10-15 minute DVD presentation followed by group discussion. All are welcome: simply choose your preferred day and time to participate in this Series of study groups and come along!

  • Sunday Series:
    3.30pm–4.45pm from 14th July, Darnell Room

    (then 21st, 28th July, and 4th, 18th August)
  • Tuesday Series:
    7.30pm–8.30pm from 16th July, Cathedral
    (then 23rd, 30th July, and 6th, 13th August)
  • Wednesday Series:
    10.00am–11.30am from 17th July, Darnell Room
    (then 24th, 31st July, and 14th, 21st August)


NAIDOC Week each year celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s First Peoples.The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019: Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future.

In recognition of NAIDOC Week 2019 Jacki has chosen a mixture of cushions, some stitched in evocation of more traditional Indigenous style designs, and several showing iconic wetlands or billabong scenes.The Indigenous-styled cushions include birds, marsupials, reptiles, fish and traditional fishing scenes which represent the diversity of lives and experiences of our land’s initial custodians.


Please feel ‘mooved’ to join us at our regular COWS (Coffee on Wednesdays) gatherings between 10.00am and 2.00pm ~ followed by free English conversation sessions between 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Good friends, good food and great conversation all round.

Wednesdays, 2.00pm-3.00pm

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.

Sunday 21st July, 7.30am & 9.30am

The Arts & Craft Group is busy working and has a good range of winter goods to complement our stall, including an interesting selection of beanies – all sizes and colours – lovely winter scarves, tea cosies, hand-knitted babywear with snuggly jackets, and booties, baby giftware and a special new range of both children and adult coat-hangers, together with our usual handmade goods. Our stall will be operating before and after the 7.30am and 9.30am Eucharists.

Three Saturdays from 3rd August

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the Anglican Church from our Archbishop, Dr Phillip Aspinall, and others to present lectures are Bishop Jonathan Holland and The Rev’d Jo Inkpin. The course, 12 informative lectures held over three Saturdays in August–September, provides a door to a deeper understanding of Anglicanism, with time for questions and reflections. Cost is $100. Venue is St Francis College, Milton.

MORE INFO: see page 16 of the July CCNews
or phone the St Francis College Registrar
on 3514 7403 during business hours.


This year’s ANZAB (Australian and New Zealand Association of Bell-ringers) festival was held in Hamilton, in New Zealand’s North Island, welcoming ringers from both NZ islands and most Australian states and territories,as well as a few visitors from overseas. Queensland is a relative minnow when it comes to bell-ringing. We have just three church towers (St John’s Cathedral, St Andrew’s, South Brisbane, and St Paul’s in Maryborough), though a ring in Bundaberg is in the final stages of construction and ringing will start there any day now.

There weren’t enough attendees from Queensland to form our own team, but the rules permit two states to team up together, so we entered as a joint Queensland-Victoria team, beating NSW and NZ into second place for the prized Bob Ferris Shield. While there has been bell-ringing in Queensland for many years, this is the first time that a Queensland team has won the competition.

MORE INFO: see the DISCOVER page for more details about bell-ringing at our Cathedral
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TWO Christian Meditation Groups
Tuesday evening + Thursday morning

The Tuesday evening group meets at 6:45pm in the Lady Chapel, or in St Martin’s House if there is another event being held in the Cathedral. All are welcome also to join us for a shared meal before meditation any time after 5:30pm in the St Martin’s House kitchen. For entry at this time come to the rear corner door and press the buzzer marked “Passage”. Newcomers are invited to come to the Lady Chapel at 6.30pm to be introduced to the space and to our method.

The Thursday morning group meets from 11.30am to 12.15pm in the Choir Room in St Martin’s House. All are welcome to gather for conversation over morning tea before meditation at 11.00am and/or to attend the 12.30pm Eucharist afterwards. Come to main reception in St Martin’s House.

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