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.

Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition at Wesley

Emerging and Established Artists Come Together for Easter Exhibition

Perth’s annual Stations of the Cross exhibition is returning to Wesley Uniting Church in the City this Easter. This unique Western Australian event features newly created artworks, specially commissioned for the show. This year’s exhibition includes such eminent artists as Brian McKay alongside some of the strongest visual art talents currently at work in Western Australia’s visual art scene.

Every year 15 artists are invited to respond to the traditional Easter story known as the ‘Stations of the Cross’. The challenge put to each artist is to draw on their own personal understanding of the meaning of Easter and share their thoughts and idea in a newly created artwork. The result is a unique and often powerful exhibition comprised of a fascinating collection of visual interpretations that tackle some of the most complex aspects of the human condition; namely the journey of life and death that lie at the heart of Easter.

“The Stations of the Cross exhibition always provides an exciting new take on the traditional Easter narrative, and this year has proved to be no exception” says exhibition curator Catherine Czerw. “It has been wonderful to work with so many widely admired names with such strong professinal reputations; but equally satisfying to be able to offer opportunities to some fresh new faces such as Natalia Treviño Lozano, a young Colombian artist currently studying in Perth. The quality of the responses is second to none, and with such a strong line-up of artists working across painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and textiles, there is much to appreciate, contemplate and enjoy.”
Stations of the Cross 2013 features specially commissioned artworks by Toby Bell, Robert Birch, Victor France, Marie Hobbs, Peggy Lyon, Anne McCaughey, Brian McKay, Peter Saxon, Annette Seeman, Cathy Swioklo, John Teschendorff, Natalia Triviño Lozano, Jane Whiteley, Lauren Wilhelm and Andrea Vinkovic.

But the last word should go to Rev Don Dowling, Minister of Wesley Uniting Church – Perth Uniting Church and the man responsible for establishing Perth’s annual Stations of the Cross exhibition five years ago: “These artists have blessed us as by offering artworks that assist us explore this journey we call life. Our purpose is to create a reflective space that allows conversation so that as we discuss these works, we gain a deeper understanding of our journey as human beings together. We invite everyone to view the exhibition as a medium to a deeper story, a different story, a story of hope and love.”

Stations of the Cross 2013 will be presented at Wesley Uniting Church in the City, corner of Hay and William Streets, from Saturday 23rd March to Monday 1st April. The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 5pm and entry is free.

Evensong of St Valentine sunday, 10 february 2013

St Valentine, an early Christian martyr, who boldly helped couples celebrate Christian marriages when it was against the law to do so, has become the patron saint of lovers and married couples.

The Cathedral takes this opportunity once a year to invite married couples, and those about to marry, to celebrate the true nature of the love that lies at the heart of marriage. Canon Theresa Harvey will be with us at this service for the last time, as she retires in March of this year.

Married couples from our daughter church, Christ Church Claremont, join us on this occasion also and the Rector, Fr Peter Boyland, is the guest preacher. Children are very welcome.

The service is followed by a champagne (and soft drinks) reception on the Parvis.

The service is sung by Schola Aedis Christi, a choir of young professional musicians from Christ Church Claremont.

If you use Facebook, you can invite friends using this Facebook event:

Images by Andrew Day (left) and Aksent Photography (right)

Time: 5.00pm.

Venue: The Cathedral.  For location and parking information, please click here.

Further information:
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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.