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.
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
MINISTRY OF LAYING-ON OF HANDS
Next: Sunday 6th October, 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 6th October, 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
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
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.
Wednesday 11th September, 6.00pm
On the second Wednesday of each month all are welcome to share in a contemplative Eucharistic service. This service holds space for each of us to contemplate the mystery of God in our midst through silence and stillness, and in the bread and wine. The service commences at 6.00pm, but those who would like to meditate before the service are welcome to arrive from 5.30pm to enjoy the silence in this beautiful space.
BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019
Visit our special Pride page!
JACKI’S NUTTY SEPTEMBER CUSHIONS
IN OUR CATHEDRAL
September is Biodiversity Month. Biodiversity has been described as the ‘web of life’, ‘the variety of living things’ or ‘the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and ecosystems of which they are a part’. It’s in our bushland. It’s in our waterways and oceans. It’s in our towns and cities.
As humans, we depend on biodiversity for sustenance, health, wellbeing and enjoyment of life. The cushions this month show some of the interdependencies of insects and plants. If we fail to preserve these smallest of relationships we will lose the very building blocks of God’s wondrous creation.
Friday 13th Sep, 6.45pm for 7.00pm
The mysterious, the spooky, the altogether otherworldly – the Friday 13th edition is coming!
Why not come and be part of a fun night out – you never know what you know! A friendly, fun, but still competitive (just ask the Dean!) team-based trivia night, 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 appropriate costume is encouraged!
BOOKINGS essential: please email or phone the Cathedral Office on 3835 2222.
FREE MORNING CONCERT
SEPTEMBER is another ‘double-header’ with our second Free Morning Concert on Tuesday 17th (UQ Music @ St John’s).
Concerts start at 11.00am, with morning tea available from 10.30am. Everyone is most welcome to come along!
COFFEE ON WEDNESDAYS
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.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASSES
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.
UN International Day of Peace Lecture
Saturday 21st Sep, 6.00pm-8.00pm
“Protection of human rights in an era of ongoing wars”
ABC TV investigative reporter (Four Corners) Sophie McNeill is a former Middle East correspondent and the recipient of three Walkley Awards. Everyone is warmly welcomed to join us for this free lecture; no RSVPs needed.
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.