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 2nd June, 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 2nd June, 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.
FREE MORNING CONCERT (2)
Tuesday 21st May, 11.00am
Featuring UQ Music @ St John’s ~ concert starts at 11.00am, with morning tea available from 10.30am. Everyone is most welcome to attend!
ASCENSION DAY CHORAL EUCHARIST
Thursday 30th May, 6.00pm
Exploring the teaching of Richard Rohr ~
“Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy”
Each of the five sessions consists of a 10—15 minute DVD presentation followed by group discussion. In this series, Richard explores topics central to Franciscan theology and practice:
- Atonement Theory
- The Christ who Existed before Christianity
- Orthopraxy versus Verbal Orthodoxy
(Living Like Jesus)
- Mysticism over Moralism
All are most welcome to join us ~ simply choose your preferred day and time and come along!
- Sundays from 12th May, 3.30pm
- Tuesdays from 14th May, 7.30pm
- Wednesdays from 15th May, 10.00am
‘PLAN BE’ study groups
From Sunday 10th March
‘Plan Be’ rescues the ‘ Be-Attitudes’ from obscurity and uses them for ‘Plan Be’ — ‘being the change we want to see in the world’. ‘Plan Be’ is a simple practical easy-to-use manual for a do-it-yourself global ethical revolution.
In this book Dave Andrews rescues the ‘beatitudes’ from their obscurity as a poetic introduction to Jesus’ sermon on the Mount, and reframes them as a set of radical ‘Be-Attitudes’ that we can use as a life-changing framework for ‘being the change we want to see in the world’. In eight concise, punchy chapters Dave unpacks the hidden dynamics in the eight Be-Attitudes and shows us how they can help us reshape our personal-political worlds. The book is available from The Cathedral Shop.
Groups meet at our Cathedral:
• Sundays from 10th March, 3.00pm-4.30pm
• Mondays from 11th March, 10.00am-11.30am
• Thursdays (*Facebook live) from 14th March, 6.45pm (preceded by bring-and-share meal from 5.30pm)
By logging on Facebook and connecting to our St John’s Cathedral page, you will be able to see and hear the group meeting here at the Cathedral and join in the discussions through your device or computer at home. A short 5 minute summary of the study can be found on Youtube
NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK SERVICE
Thursday, 23rd May, 10.00am
PRIDE GOES TO THE MOVIES!
Friday 31st May, 7.00pm-10.00pm
Brisbane Pride Choir presents an evening of your TV and Movie favourites! This will be a night to remember, with two wonderful acts to whisk you away:
• Act One: Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
• Act Two: This Is Us
All funds raised through this event will enable choir members to attend the “Out & Loud” choral festival in Canberra, to celebrate pride in our LGBTIQ+ community through music.
PRAYERFUL YOGA CONTINUES!
Now WEDNESDAYS @ 7.30am
Yoga is a practice that has found a place in many religions and cultures. It can enrich the life of the Christian and prepare for prayer and meditation through its balancing postures and breathing awareness that calm the central nervous system and quieten the mind.
Yoga with prayer is ‘meditation in motion’, enabling a release of tension and stress in the body and assisting you to focus your attention on God’s presence and retain that focus for a period of time. Yoga also has the ability to help its practitioners feel more centred and at home in their bodies.
While yoga has never had a single purpose for all its users, at our Cathedral Prayerful Yoga will be offered as a Christ-centred practice that assists in cultivating inner peace, as an aid in stress management, and to create an environment in the mind and body for Christian meditation and prayer.
Sessions continue every Wednesday morning from 7.30am to 8.30am (between the 7.00am Eucharist and 8.30am Morning Prayer).
Classes are in the Hatha style at a beginner-to-intermediate level. A basic health history and waiver form will need to be completed at the first session attended. If possible, please bring a yoga mat and a water bottle. There is no cost and all are welcome.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK 2019
27th May – 3rd June
At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.
Today, 80% of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth-telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.
On Tuesday 28th May, all are most welcome to join us at 6.00pm to hear an address by National Aboriginal Bishop Chris McLeod.
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.