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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.


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 

Next: Sunday 1st September, 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 September, 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

Wednesdays, 7.00pm to 21st August

~ 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 14th August, 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.


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.



The month of August includes Keep Australia Beautiful Week (19th—25th). Thoughts jump immediately to our waterways and beaches, from the still-many pristine wilderness areas to the many, many more under threat.Our large, dry continent and its adjacent islands, their river systems, coastal shallows and fringing reefs are home to breathtakingly-colourful and often unique marine life.

When we look at the beauty of our waters, we sometimes fail to appreciate the wonder of the diversity of the fish and other aquatic creatures that live in and depend on them. Keeping our waterways free of pollution and freely running is our responsibility. This month’s cushions depict the beautiful fish and exotic creatures of our oceans and waterways. Through the talents of our stitchers we are reminded of the various colours and shapes of these wondrous creations.

5th & 17th SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER is another ‘double-header’ with Free Morning Concerts on Thursday 5th (Conservatorium Outreach: Conservatorium Singers) and 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!

Sunday 18th August, 11.30am-2.00pm

Young people who are in school, between Grades 4 and 12, are warmly welcomed to join us for games, discussions, snacks ~ and pizza!

Two sessions left: 24th Aug. & 14th Sep.

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 5 of the August CCNews
or phone the St Francis College Registrar
on 3514 7403 during business hours.

Study groups end 18th-21st August

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. Each session in the Series will consist of a 10-15 minute DVD presentation followed by group discussion. All are welcome.

  • Sunday Series:
    3.30pm–4.45pm, Darnell Room

    (final sessions: 4th and 18th August)
  • Tuesday Series:
    7.30pm–8.30pm, Cathedral
    (final sessions: 6th and 20th August)
  • Wednesday Series:
    10.00am–11.30am, Darnell Room
    (final sessions: 14th and 21st August)


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.

Entries before Thursday 22nd August

Inspire others through your photography and art to celebrate creation and participate in bringing healing to our Earth! In 2019 QCEN marks the 3rd Season of Creation photographic display and again extends an invitation to photographers and artists to inspire others to celebrate creation and participate in bringing healing to the Earth. For five Sundays in September, Christians around the world celebrate the Spirit in Creation and, once again, QCEN is seeking photos and artworks to share as resources for liturgy during this season — with a selection to be displayed in our Cathedral.

or see the full article on page 19 of August CCNews

Saturday 24th August, 6.30pm

On the eve of their third international tour, during which the Sunshine Coast’s Oriana Choir will perform in some of the beautiful cathedrals and concert houses of Italy, Oriana Choir and the Sunshine Coast Youth Choir present Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light), a sublime collection of beautiful sacred and spiritual music, conducted by Matthew Collins and accompanied by Fay Baker.

Tickets $32 | $15 at:
or at the door.

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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