What’s On

Here is a list of all our upcoming events. Click on the image or text summary to find out more about any of our events and to book your place. If you are planning to attend a number of events, click here to download a copy of the 2018 programme and become a subscriber.

If you would like to attend an event but find the costs prohibitive, please contact us about our straightforward bursaries programme.


The Door To Paradise: The Music of the Eton Choirbook

Thursday 18th October, 6:30pm-8pm

Professor Stephen Darlington, recently retired Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Oxford, presents this talk about the Eton Choirbook – a 16th century collection of choral music written for Eton College. Under Dr Darlington’s direction, the Choir of Christ Church, Oxford recorded a five CD series showcasing the extraordinary compositions contained in the Eton Choirbook. Click here to find out more and to book. 

Lift Up Your Hearts! The Human Heart and the BCP

Wednesday 24th October, 4:30pm-6pm

The Rev’d Dr Michael Jensen joins us for this seminar on the Book of Common Prayer. Exploring the language, liturgy and structure of the book, this talk provides a practical guide to using the Book of Common Prayer, or extracts from it, in liturgy and in private devotion. Choral Evensong according to the 1662 BCP follows at 6:15pm with the Choir of St James’ conducted by Dr Stephen Darlington (Oxford). Click here to find out more.

Living Dialogue: Spirituality at the Service of Unity

Sunday 28th October, 2:00pm-3:30pm

A conversation on Ecumenicism and unity with Christopher and Jane Evans (London). Christopher Evans is an Anglican priest who has served in a number of parishes in England and Wales. Together with his wife, Jane, they play a key role in fostering unity and dialogue through the work and ministry of the Focolare movement. All are welcome to attend this free talk, please click here to register

God in the Warzone

Saturday 3 November, 3pm-4:30pm

As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this seminar explores the role of Defence Force Chaplains in history and in the present time. We will  explore poetry, prayers and liturgies used in conflict zones and hear first-hand from the Archdeacon to the Army, Chaplain Catie Inches-Ogden about her ministry. The St James’ Choir concert for Remembrance-tide follows at 5pm. Click here for further information. 

How We Came to Sing Hymns

Saturday 17th November, 2:30pm-4:30pm

With Professor Michael Horsburgh AM. Explores how hymns came to take their place in our services and how congregations first came to join in the singing of hymns. Featuring a group of singers from the Choir of St James’, this workshop takes place in the Chancel of St James’ Church and includes some audience participation.

2019 Season Launch

Annual Subscriptions available

Join us after Evensong on Sunday 25th November for our 2019 season launch. Hear about the highlights of our upcoming annual programme, share in a glass or two of sparkling wine, and sign up for your subscription. The launch is free to attend and open to all. Evensong is at 4pm in the church, the launch follows in the Courtyard at 5pm.

Advent Studies: The Lord’s Prayer

Leaders include Fr Andrew Sempell, Fr John Stewart, Sue Mackenzie, Christopher Waterhouse

Various times and venues, commencing Monday 26 November. Drawing on materials from Book 2 of the ‘Pilgrim’ course, our Advent Studies will focus on the Lord’s Prayer and prayer generally. Groups meet in the city and suburbs of Sydney for four weeks during Advent. Sessions are free to attend. $10 for booklet.

Advent Reflection Day

at St John’s Church, Balmain

On Saturday 1st December join us from 10am to 4pm for a day of reflection and prayer as we prepare for Advent. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.