Evensong celebrating John and Charles Wesley

SUNDAY, 26 MAY 2013

wesley posterThe brothers John and Charles Wesley are commemorated together annually in May in the Anglican Church of Australia. The date marks the anniversary of the May day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced his ‘conversion’. He writes in his journal:

In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed.

At 5pm on Sunday 26 May we celebrate the work and witness of John and Charles Wesley as evangelists, teachers, and the founders of the Methodist movement. Charles was a fine hymnist and his contributions to the corpus of Christian hymns is immense. Many of his stirring hymns are sung at this service, along with music by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Charles’s grandson, one of the leading English composers of his generation.

The Reverend Dr Geoff Hadley, former Principal of Methodist Ladies’ College, Claremont, speaks on the influence and legacy of the Wesley family on education.

Venue: The Cathedral. To find us, please click here.

Further information: or (08) 9325 5766.

An opportunity to discover what it’s all about…

Our thanks to St George’s Cathedral, Perth, for organising and hosting the

Winter School of Ecumenism

SUNDAY 19 MAY & WEDNESDAYS 22, 29 MAY & 5, 12 JUNE 2013

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For members of all Christian Churches

Speakers drawn from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant Churches. All sessions are in the cathedral.

Pentecost, Sunday 19 May, 5.00pm – Ecumenical Service and Launch of Winter School of Ecumenism

Wednesday 22 May, 7.15pm-8.30pm – Conflict and Resolution in the Early Church

Wednesday 29 May, 7.15pm-8.30pm – The Great Schism – Western and Byzantine Christianity

Wednesday 5 June, 7.15pm-8.30pm – Reformation and Counter Reformation

Wednesday 12 June, 7.15pm-8.30pm – Modern Ecumenism

Venue: The Cathedral. To find us, please click here.

Further information: or (08) 9325 5766.

Equal Opportunities Commission – International Women’s Day

How do we stop the violence?

Yvonne Henderson, Equal Opportunity Commissioner invites you to join her to listen to CEO Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services, Guest Speakers:  Angela Hartwig. Relationships WA Manager, Domestic Violence Services;  Robert Andrew, Domestic Violence Counsellor & Counsellor.  Domestic violence survivor Angela Russo will speak about the critical issue of domestic violence.

WHEN:            Friday, 8 March

WHERE:           Parmelia Hilton Hotel, Mill St Perth

TIME:               7.30am until 9.00am

COST:              $40

For further details contact Sarah Johnston on or phone (08) 9216 3911


Scottish Evensong & Traditional Burns Supper

On Sunday 27 January we celebrate Perth’s Scottish heritage. Governor James Stirling  of Lanarkshire is one of Perth’s founding fathers, and Robert Burns’ birthday is the occasion of the celebration.

5pm Choral Evensong features all-Scottish music, new and old, and is followed by whisky punch on the Parvis. The company is then led down Hay St Mall by Pipes & Drums to Wesley Church for a full traditional Burns Night Supper.

The supper is now sold out, but the 5pm Evensong & Reception is, of course, open to all.

Venue:  St Georges Cathedral

Archiepiscopal Visit from the Church of Myanmar (Burma)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Most Rev Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Myanmar (Burma), pictured, visits the Cathedral on Sunday 27 January. He will preach at the 8am (BCP) and 10am (APBA) Eucharists.

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” is the life motto of Most Rev Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Myanmar (Burma). Prior to his election as Archbishop in 2005, Stephen served in many different capacities in the Church of the Province of Myanmar and was a lecturer and Dean of Studies at Holy Cross Theological College.

Archbishop Stephen brings unique insights into how God’s grace is at work in Myanmar/Burma. He also shares from his experience about engaging with those who follow Buddhist philosophies.

Venue:  St Georges Cathedral Perth

A Day in the Spiritual Life of the Cathedral





The Unfolding of The Mystery (Christmas) – Bishop Brian Kyme

Wednesday 12th December

The day begins with plunger coffee and muffins followed by prayers. The morning includes a Eucharist service, with addresses.

After lunch we join in a Christian meditation and contemplative prayer, a Celtic office and prayer of the heart.

Time: 9.30am – 2.00pm.

Venue: Upper Burt Memorial Hall – access via the Cathedral Parvis and wrought iron gate.

Entry: $12.00, including lunch, refreshments and materials.

Please book your place so that we can cater for you and ensure everyone has a seat. Registrations must be with Bishop Murray by the Monday before the event you are attending. Phone 9325 5766 or email:
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A Dickens of a Christmas

A special event in Perth’s historic St George’s Cathedral on the Terrace

Monday 3rd December at 7.30pm

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of authori and tireless worker for the poor – Charles Dickens.  Happily, Dickens’ writings are as popular as ever, but sadly, the poor are still with us.  Combine the great writer’s A Christmas Carol, yuletide carols and music, a group of Perth’s finest performers and you end up with A Dickens of a Christmas!

This colourful entertainment has one purpose, to raise funds for the purchase of street-swags for the poor and homeless, forced to live on the streets of Perth and Fremantle.

Tickets – $20 adults and $10 all concessions are available from the Cathedral office.  Phone (08) 9325 5766 or email for more details.

Bishop Tawadros Chosen As Pope For Egypt’s Coptic Christians

CAIRO — A blindfolded child reached into a crystal chalice and pulled out a slip of paper – and Egypt’s Coptic Christians had a new pope. The colorful but solemn ceremony at the Cairo cathedral of the troubled minority reflected none of the tensions outside. It was the end of a complicated process that began when the church’s charismatic leader for four decades, Pope Shenouda III, died in March at the age of 88. His main task had been to maneuver his flock through the obstacles facing a minority of 10 percent in a predominantly Muslim nation. For years, followers complained of systematic discrimination. A nominations committee narrowed the field of Shenouda’s possible successors to five, and a vote by 2,400 church leaders chose three of them. That set up the final act. At the Coptic Cathedral, there was a moment of silence. Then a boy, himself chosen by lottery, his face covered by a dark blue cloth decorated with religious images, was led to the chalice. Copts believe that his hand would be guided by God.

He reached into the vessel and pulled out the name of Bishop Tawadros, who will be the next spiritual leader of the Copts. On Nov. 18 he will be ordained as Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church. His challenges will be even more daunting than those that faced Shenouda. Over the past year, Islamists have risen to power in Egypt, and Copts charge that discrimination, persecution and physical attacks by Islamic extremists have increased. The new pope will have to walk the fine line of representing his people’s concerns to the government without becoming a tool of the regime on the one hand or alienating Egypt’s rulers on the other, and all the while maintaining the respect of his followers.

Refugee Welcome and Memorial Service

The ceremony will include a Welcome to Country, an Interfaith Service and a colourful display of multicultural music and dance.  CCWA President The Rt. Reverend Bishop Brian Kyme will be representing the Council of Churches and the Anglican Church and other speakers include a keynote address from Dr Casta Tungaraza and Janet Holmes a Court.  Representatives from several Christian churches  will attend, accompanied by members of  the Bahai Community, the Hindu community, and the Islamic community.

Date:                              Saturday 17th November 2012

Where:                           The Amphitheatre, Kings Park

Time:                              10.00am till 12.00 noon

Following the ceremony you are invited to share a barbeque and an opportunity to make new friends and share stories.  The programme also includes a cultural display of dance and music.  For more details  and to rsvpby 8/11/12 contact:  Jame Fletcher 0439 513 414, or Fremantle Multicultural Centre: 9336 8282, or Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka: 9440 0625