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 1st December, 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 1st December, 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
JACKI’S MEMORABLE NOVEMBER CUSHIONS IN OUR CATHEDRAL
The cushions for November have been selected to inspire us to think about Remembrance Day and all it means. On 11th November 1918 at 11.00am the guns on the Western Front in Europe fell silent. Some 330,000 Australians fought during the four-year campaign and more than 60,000 died. Many families in Australia have loved ones who fought, died or survived the Great War. We also remember those who have fought and died in all wars, before and since, and those who stand ready to defend us now.
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
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.
FINAL MIDWEEK EVENSONG FOR 2019!
Wednesday 6th November, 6.00pm
Evensong, a musical and liturgical reflection for the end of the day, occurs on the first Wednesday each month. All are warmly welcomed to join us for this last midweek Evensong of 2019.
ARTS+CRAFT CHRISTMASS STALL
Sunday 10th November. morning
Come and join us after each morning Eucharist (7.30am and 9.30am) to choose something special from our extensive range of hand-made gifts, cakes, toys, clothes – and much more! As with our other stalls this year, total proceeds from this stall will go towards the payment for the sound system that we now enjoy so much. Thank you so much: we look forward to seeing you!
GIRL CHORISTER FOR A DAY
Sunday 10th November, 2.00pm—7.00pm
Do you know a girl aged 8 to 16 who likes to sing?
Under the leadership of the Cathedral conductor and the choral tutors, girls will explore the cathedral environs, rehearse music, share afternoon tea, make new friends and then sing a service with the adults of the Cathedral Choir. Parents and friends are invited to attend Evensong at 6.00pm to see the girls, in splendid red robes, singing this beautiful service. Participation is free, but places are limited.
MORE INFO: please contact the Conductor St John’s Girl Choristers, Kathryn Morton by email for more details and registrations.
ANGLICAN / ROMAN CATHOLIC RECONCILIATION
Sunday 10th November, 6.00pm
Everyone is invited to attend this special Evensong service in our Cathedral, presided by The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s. Preacher will be The Very Rev’d Dr Anthony Mellor, Dean of the Cathedral of St Stephen. Light refreshments follow the service.
The Sunday nearest to Remembrance Day (11th November) is formally recognised by the Anglican Church of Australia as ‘Defence Sunday’and as a special day of prayer. Defence Sunday is an opportunity for the whole church to pray for the women and men of our Defence Force and for the ministry that occurs within and to the ADF — for the Anglican clergy serving as military chaplains, for the laity and their families serving in the ADF, as well as for the wounded and the grieving.
On Sunday 10th November, as you leave after the service, a special collection plate will be available to receive contributions to the work of Defence Force Chaplaincy. Many of the activities undertaken by Anglican chaplains in the Defence Force and the Bishop to the Defence Force are not funded by the Commonwealth. Our financial support will both enhance and extend the Church’s mission and ministry to service men and women at home and abroad.
If you would like to receive a tax-deductible receipt, please place your donation in an envelope together with your name, postal address and phone number (please print clearly) and the Defence Force Bishop’s Office (not the Cathedral) will send you a receipt.
More information about Defence Force Chaplaincy, including the opportunity to donate via direct bank transfer, is available from: www.defenceanglicans.org.au
For donation information, see The AMOS Foundation page
To pray for Defence Force Chaplaincy, you may download the Defence Anglicans Prayer Diary from: https://tinyurl.com/yy5ffcx5
FREE MORNING CONCERT
Thursday 7th November, 11.00am
Concerts start at 11.00am, with morning tea available from 10.30am. Everyone is most welcome to come along! On Thursday 7th visitors can enjoy the sounds of The Stairwell Project ~ a professional chamber ensemble.
NEXT: Thursday 5th December: Cathedral Christmass Concert!
11th hour, 11th day, 11th month
Wednesday 13th November, 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.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES 2019: RECITAL #2
Saturday 16th November, 6.00pm
Andrej Kouznetsov, Assistant Director of Music, presents a program featuring the monumental and moving Symphonie-Passion by Marcel Dupré, as well as works by Bach, Duruflé and others, with special thanks to Pierce Pipe Organs.
Tickets at the door:
• Adults $30 • Concession $20
Enjoy wine and refreshments following the recital.
SERVERS’ GUILD MEETING, DARNELL ROOM
Sunday 17th November, 11.00am
Cathedral Servers: what do they do?
The team of servers at the Cathedral fills vital roles at the many and varied services, supporting the clergy and helping to make each service run smoothly. From leading in the choir and Sanctuary team with the silver and gold crosses, to lighting the gospel reading, and even on special occasions, flying a kite, there are many ways to contribute. Being a server also provides the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the different liturgies we have throughout the year. Training on a one to one basis is provided for all new servers.
All welcome to attend if you are interested in finding out more!
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.
Friday 8th November, 6.45pm
This is the final fun team trivia contest for 2019 – and, yes, there WILL be prizes!
Come along either as a team or as an individual, you never know what you know! This interactive, multi-media format quiz with a multiple-choice-style answering option allows anyone ~ any age, any background, any knowledge level ~ to participate. Funds raised for the Cathedral’s sound system repayment. Join us from 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start in the Narthex (West End of the Cathedral; come along to the side doors): $5 a head, BYO drinks/snacks.
BOOKINGS ARE RECOMMENDED: please phone the Cathedral Office on 3835 2222 or send an email
NEXT Cathedral In-QUIZ-Itive: Friday 21st February 2020.
MURDER MOST FREE – SUSPICIOUS MINDS!
Thursday 21st November, 6.00pm
STOP! THIS IS A CRIME SCENE!
Elvis has been murdered at the Cabaret Club, but by who? Was it the Mayor and his Assistant; the Club Director; the Cabaret Dancers; or could it be the Bar Manager? You have been summoned by Detective Tony Hammer to help solve this murder mystery. Revisit events from the evening, listen to witness statements, and review evidence. Who will be taken to jail?
RSVP: Tickets are FREE but please register at www.bit.ly/susminds or call 1800 275 753 by Friday 8th November.
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
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.